GET TO KNOW: HUGO MANUEL OF CHAD VALLEY

Next Wednesday the 19th is our CMJ showcase with Fixed at Public Assembly and we couldn’t be more psyched. As we lead up to the big day, check in at the OAK blog for exclusive interviews with the artists who will be performing.  Today, up at bat, we have British jack-of-all-musical-trades Hugo Manuel a.k.a Chad Valley who you may also know as a member of the band Jonquil. His side project music under the nom de guerre Chad Valley  has been called “a slinky Hot Chip on downers” and has also been said to “make a nice addition to your “Ibiza sunrise smooth jams” playlists.” We’re into it. Today we talk with Hugo about the beauty of playing shows in laundrettes, helming the Renaissance, and why he nixed pre-performance rituals.

What decade or era do you wish you were around to experience?

The fucking Renaissance. I would have been at the helm of that shit.

What is your spirit animal?

A tortoise. Slow and steady.

Best gig you ever played? Why?

In a laundrette in East London. Because everyone was so excited to hear some music somewhere that wasn’t a dank, smelly venue. The vibe was unreal.

What do you listen to really loudly when no one else is around?

One Night In Bangkok from the musical Chess.

Last coolest discovery?

iCal.

Do you have any pre-performance rituals?

I used to take my shoes off and play barefoot, but it wasn’t fair on the people who had to be near my shoes, so I don’t think I have any rituals anymore.

If two musicians had a baby (you) who would your parents be?

Johann Sebastian Bach and Ludwig Van Beethoven.

A secret about yourself.

My secrets are way too dark for that.

Your vice.

Onion rings.

Song that gets you in the mood… This can be any mood.

Warlock(ed) by Skinny Puppy gets me in the mood to tear up shit.

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