Welcome to the Andrea Parker's Kiss my Web. This is a semi-offiicial website. Andrea Parker is an electronic musician and DJ. She makes amazingly beautiful and wickedly haunting, yet warm electro music. She will immerse you into environments where you'll never want to leave.
It's hard to believe this site has been up for 8 years!. This is v.3. I will be tweaking the site for the next few days. thanks for your patience.
"Before I write a song I've always got complete
vision of what I want," surmises ANDREA PARKER
when quizzed on her musical philosophy. "And I
am not going to stop until I get it." Which explains
a lot. Why, for instance, her debut album Kiss
My Arp has been almost four years in the making.
And, indeed, why it's likely to long outlive most of
its competition. Trying to pin down Andrea's music,
however, is not so easy. "Whenever I release a
record it seems to get reviewed in a different section
to the last," she laughs. "But I've always
tried to keep a common flavor with it. People might
think my music sounds dark I've had people come
up and call me DJ Satan when I'm DJing but I
think I'm more concerned with getting a certain depth
to it. This is definitely a deep album rather than a
This is where Andrea paints the bigger picture, drawing on her experience as an experimental DJ at clubs like Lost and the legendary defunct Megatripolis, her love of hard dancefloor techno and her ear for a classic song, in equal amounts. Which might well be down to growing up in Yalding, Kent, initially divorced by geography from the club scene. "I spent a lot of time listening to ethereal stuff like This Mortal Coil and Cowboy Junkies when I was smaller," she remembers, "it wasn't until my big sister passed her driving test and we'd drive up to hip hop jams in London that I really discovered the funk."
Kiss My Arp was meticulously stitched
together at longtime studio compatriot David Morlay's
studio, a world away from Andrea's London home,
deep in the Bavarian countryside. "That was definitely
good for me being there," she says, "I like
to concentrate on one thing at a time and there's
absolutely nothing to do in Bavaria apart from work
all day!" In fact, it's one of Marley's
keyboards that ancient analogue contraption the
Arp that gave the album its title. "I remember
the first time I walked into his studio," she recalls,
"I stood there and went oh my God'.
He had all the original Fairlight and Arps and Moogs
that I had always wanted to use but never been able
to get my hands on. I couldn't think about working
without him now. I guess it's just because he loves
the same mad sounds as I do." Like the found sound
samples that form the backbone of "Sneeze",
the first track Andrea recorded for the album. "That's
actually me sneezing," she says, "chopped
up into a four-bar loop. It's like the approach
the Art Of Noise used to take; just finding as many
mad sounds as you can possibly find and stick them together.
I remember going out for the day and leaving my DAT
machine recording for 24 hours. Just stuffing tape after
tape into it and recording things like the sound of
my car tires driving over cats eyes in the road. The
biggest challenge was the vocals," says Andrea,
"Music is never a problem for me, I've been
writing instrumentals for quite some time. I'd
left them until last and it took me a while to find
my feet, but then you do a couple you're really
into like "Breaking the Code" which
I did in one go and things start to happen.
Here is another biography at Andrea's booking agent, which interesting enough "borrowed" my short little bio (see paragraph at the top of page).
Site Info: Online since May 1997.
[Please note:: this site is about Andrea Parker, a Musician/DJ from England and not the actress of the same name]