Gary Numan Interview

This video captures an interview with synth pop legend Gary Numan.

Geary Yelton, contributing editor to Keyboard and Electronic Musician magazines, talked with Numan at Asheville’s Mountain Oasis Music Festival, in October 2013.

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7 thoughts on “Gary Numan Interview

  1. Here’s one from this interview for everyone on this forum (about 43:20 of the vid).

    On hardware vs. software: “I don’t see why people have to make any comment about it at all. There’s some amazing software and some amazing hardware. Just use what you like… It’s all about making noises. Who gives a shit about whether it’s digital or analog, hardware or software? I don’t care. If the noise at the end of it is a cool noise- that’s the only thing that matters.”

    Gary Numan has hereby solved this debate. Game over. Pack it in.

    1. Well said, the debate is for the weak minded really. It is ultimately about the talent behind the machine, device or software….instrument! Remember, they are all instruments.

      The debate of analogue vs digital has become more about marketing than fact and science.


  2. Along those lines…I once played one of my songs for a very talented guitarist friend of mine. He said, “I didn’t know you played guitar!”

    It was a CZ-101 through a Rat distortion pedal and EH Memory Man…LOL

  3. Wow, that was really great, an amazingly personal and candid interview, not what I was expecting at all and I would highly recommended any musician to watch the whole thing. Thanks for posting it!

  4. Interesting that around 27min he mentioned being ‘lazy’ and using drum loops instead of programming his own. That is the single thing that ruined my favorite Numan album in recent memory, Exile. It was the same drum loop over and over again in every song. So many great melodies, themes, etc… but I couldn’t get over that drum loop. It was like that beat P.M. Dawn used… and Enigma used… and Maxi Priest… and… and…

  5. I kinda agree about GN’s thoughts on analog vs digital. However, what I really like about analog gear is, that it tends to have a stronger focus. Fewer buttons, less clutter. Some might call these products limited. I dig limitations a lot, though. Some of the best music has been made in spite (or more likely: because) of these limitations.
    Digital products quite often have a myriad of options, if for no other reason then … because they can. In my case it leads to option paralysis.

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