Dirty Talk: Until The Ribbon Breaks

Welcome to another instalment of Dirty Talk! This time around we’ll be getting to know a Mr Pete Lawrie Winfield AKA Until The Ribbon Breaks a little better. Pete featured as my Artist of the Month in the November edition of Dirty Dancing with his latest EP A Taste Of Silver, and I was eager to find out more about his work.

Please introduce yourself and what it is you do.

My name is Pete Lawrie Winfield. I create music and film under the moniker Until The Ribbon Breaks. I am twice the length from the middle and live in Brooklyn, New York.

Was there a moment, a track or gig that inspired you to get into the music business?

I think to want to get into the music ‘business’, if you wish to work on the creative side, is a strange motivation. There are certainly infinite moments that have inspired what I do. A moment that stands out is watching DJ Shadow support Radiohead in Cardiff, in 1997. I had never heard anything like what Shadow was doing. It seemed like music from another planet; it bore so little reference to anything else around at the time. Truly inspirational.

Who do you look to for inspiration musically?

Anything without words. More and more it seems I listen to instrumental music. It allows me to wander more, to daydream. I find myself dreaming up words to film scores. A great way to unconsciously write lyrics.

Vinyl, CD or MP3?

I grew up with the CD, but it is hard to feel nostalgic about them; they seem to have a less romantic appeal than a record. However, the format that I love and miss most is the cassette. You were almost forced to listen to an entire album and they just look great I think. MP3 has its role, but it is impossible to feel passionate about a file.

What can we expect from you in 2014 – are there other musical avenues you wish to explore?

I would like to push myself more in the field of production and perhaps do that by decreasing sounds available. I have been thinking about trying to make electronic music that is limited to only three or four sounds. To work in the same parameters as a band would. I think that would be an interesting challenge. I would like to work on a film project and compose the score. That has been a dream of mine forever.

To date, what has been your worst gigging/DJ’ing moment?

Once, a while ago, I arrived to perform a gig in Exeter and the only member of the audience was my Dad. Safe to say I managed to control my post show adrenalin rush on that occasion.

What gigs this year are you most excited about?

I am excited to play Terminal 5, in New York in support of Phantogram this December. A venue that I love and the city in which I live.

If you weren’t involved in music, what would you be doing?

I think I would be involved in film. It is what I studied at university and a real passion of mine. Perhaps behind the camera or editing. It is something I hope to pursue more in time.

Many readers will be aspiring DJs or producers - what advice would you give them with regard to success in the music industry?

The only thing I can say is that I made the mistake early on of courting too much opinion and it led to me compromising and making decisions. I instinctively knew were wrong. Now I have to know that the work is good enough for me to be comfortable before I share it.

The Dirty Dancing column centres on discovering new artists and sounds. Recommend us a ‘hidden gem’ track we may not have heard of.

A producer called Atu. Really beautiful sense of space. Nothing in there that does not to be. Perfectly considered.

For more information about Until The Ribbon Breaks, visit their website.

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