UK undergound dance stalwart Mekon (aka John Gosling) chatted to Skrufff this week about his typically eclectic, interesting new artist album and revealed hes resolutely uninterested in mainstream crossover success.
I think it becomes a lot of work, doesnt it? As far as I can make out when you become really successful you have to start working really hard and Im pretty lazy; cheerfully lazy, he chuckled.
Im not bitter in any way about other people becoming successful, because I think you are either that kind of person or you are not. You are either driven or you are not. The ones that really want to be successful, its like a genetic thing, as far as I can make out, because I have known quite a few people that have had nothing then gone on to make a lot of money. You can see it in them. Lee (Alexander) McQueen for one. As much as hes like a really talented guy, hes also a really good business man and really driven.
Mekon provided musical backing for many of the superstar fashion designers earliest shows and admitted hes perplexed by todays Kate Moss obsessed celebrity culture.
Andy Warhol was right, wasnt he? He was predicting it would be like this all that time ago, said Mekon.
Its difficult to say, its like the chicken and the egg. Do those people crave it or do we create it? Who is to blame? Everyone is to blame. Its both sides isnt it?
Mekons (fantastic) new single Yes, Yes, YAll (featuring Roxanne Shante) is out shortly on Wall Of Sound (his album Something Came Up is out now).
Jonty Skrufff (JontySkrufff.com)