An Interview with 'Sentience Machine'
Who are the band members and what do they play?
Sentience Machine is fronted by UK psychedelic trance DJ and singer Psibindi (aka Rena), guitarist and producer Edward Abela, drummer Jamie Steenbergen and bassist Stephen Clift.
How and where did you get together?
The band was born last Autumn in Panic studios. The musicians have previously worked with each other and forged Sentience Machine.
What are the band's main influences?
Nothing But Thieves, Foals, Prodigy, Asian Dub Foundation
Have you played any notable gigs, festivals or other events? Likewise radio or TV appearances?
Psibindi was interviewed by top British broadcaster Jasmine Dotiwala on her cultural show 'The Scene' on BBC Radio London. She also performed a live acoustic set with Edward Abela on the show. Psibindi's music has featured twice on Gary Crowley's BBC Introducing London show. She has also performed at Boomtown Fair twice on the legendary Tribe of Frog stage and toured across Europe, performing on the main stage at top festivals Ozora and VuuV. Psibindi was interviewed on TV show 'London Live' in Feb 2018, to promote her solo single 'Find Me'. Recently, her psy-trance production with Aphid Moon 'Binary Star' was featured on Hot Steel steam, selected by legendary DJ Nina Kraviz. Psibindi also played a live DJ set for charity Last Night a DJ Saved My Life's Covid-19 relief appeal, a fundraising campaign headed by dance legends Carl Cox, Nightmares on Wax and Eats Everything. Her recorded message about the campaign was then broadcasted by the charity organisers.
Are there any other interesting or amusing happenings – no matter how small – that the band have been involved with that would be of interest to those who like your music?
'Black Mirror' has been selected to feature on 'Music With A Conscience' series on the Women of Substance Music podcast. The award winning show features music by female fronted bands that's heard by over 12,000 listeners each month. The podcast will be aired on 2nd November 2020.
Do you have any favourable quotes from previous reviews of the band that you'd be happy to share?
Steve Savale, Asian Dub Foundation: “Rena sounds like the deviant android that knows there’s a humanity out there somewhere and she’s gonna fight to get it. The sound is stark and tight, guitars spewing glitched out corrupted data like a high speed King Crimson without the prog, and early Radiohead without the whine. Sentience Machine are waking up the electric sheep with a full force dream-weapon". Charlotte Kelly - Soul II Soul: “Black Mirror is beautifully delivered. With conscious lyrics and a hypnotic ambient vocal tone. Laced with electronic sounds, captivated by intense rock guitar. The song captures your imagination and forces you to listen through the lens of the new world. Love it!”
Where was the single/EP/album recorded and who was involved in its production?
Produced and recorded by Edward Abela at his studio. Edward is a musician, composer and orchestrator. Previous works include writing albums of different genres for Basstone Music and Warner Chappell. Scoring for Independent films, syncs with BBC, Channel 4, ITV and Google.
Is there a particular ethos behind the single/EP/album or any particular music styles or events that inspired it?
As an invisible enemy confronts our humanity and authoritarian leaders impose tactics for expanding the surveillance state, Sentience Machine are rising from the embers of the global pandemic, ready to unleash an explosion of energy with the powerful vibrations of their alternative rock sounds.
Can you briefly describe what the song/each song is about? If you are releasing an album then either describe the thinking behind the project or choose a couple of lead tracks to focus on.
The band’s rebellious and anarchic spirit has been captured in their gritty debut single ‘Black Mirror’, reflecting on this Orwellian oppression and how the violation of our privacy and data is serving a capitalist system intent on crushing our welfare state.
Were there any notable or amusing happenings surrounding the recording/production of the EP? As above, list whatever might be of relevance.
The music video was filmed in an abandoned labyrinth built circa 1930's
Please provide a one or two-line personal quote that can be attributed to a band member, about either the band themselves or the release. Obviously the more eye-catching this is the better.
Sentience Machine is a band about here and now. Our songs are reflections of what is going on around us in modern day society. Despite the music industry having been brought down to it's knees because of the global pandemic, we still believe music has the power to inspire and wake people up!