Hi Steve. I`ve always wondered why yourself and David decided to change your surnames legally rather than just use Jansen/Sylvian as `showbiz` names, like Bowie/Jones ? Were your parents upset at the time ? My sister merely took a middle name off legally, and it caused ructions for years in our family. To be fair, it was `Florence` she had removed, as the Magic Roundabout jokes were wearing very thin :-/

I think it made things a lot simpler in terms of travel and contracts and it was a very easy process to go through, costing 50 old pence. We were also pretty keen to do something different as we were all about metamorphosis at that age. I think our parents were upset but were probably quite numb towards the level of offence we’d managed to instil by that time. They were pretty keen to get their lives back and move to the West country. Once that distance had been established they could settle into their lives and find a better capacity to understand what their kids chose to go through, despite it being so different from their generation. Middle names are rather superfluous. David and I ditched those as well.

Sometimes I think your experimental approach to the research of new sounds and improvisation reminds the same of the jazz and prog rock musicians.Did you ever feel influenced by these kinds of music? do you feel connected with any particular drummer?

I like to explore all aspects of recording whether sonically or in terms of arrangement, although I wouldn’t say that incorporated improvisation very often. I don’t associate with any one particular drummer.

“Worlds In A Small Room” is one of those recordings I’ve enjoyed since the 80s, but it was only relatively recently I was able to watch the video version in decent quality (it’s on YouTube). I assumed that you created the tracks without the images particularly in mind, but I was surprised at how good they work with the film – and the video version uses some different elements (such as communications chatter). How integral to the writing and recording process was the video?

Pretty important. It was essentially like composing a soundtrack except the film was ultimately edited to the music as opposed to the other way around.

Hi Steve :) I am 19 and very much enjoy past music, mainly from the 70’s/80’s, more than anything recent. I do like some things but not as much as from then, I just don’t feel the same kind of ‘connection’ to it. How do you feel the evolution of music from that time has changed the way it’s put together, the way people perceive it and how it’s publicised and do you feel that the way music is put out now is better or worse than back then or do you think it’s simply another way of doing things?

I think there are good and bad from all eras. Music has been incredibly transformed by technology though, comparable to the way in which cinema has changed. So much is simulated. We have the most incredible tools now and there are some wonderfully creative people out there putting them to good use, and others that use them with no imagination whatsoever, but then hasn’t that always been the case? – just a different set of tools.