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Power Punk Asympt Man Releases "Mad Dogs and Englishman”


Most artists create a brand that’s personalized to them. Their brand is the solid foundation behind their artistry and the most noticeable trait on their persona as a whole. Asympt Man creates a brand that’s not only customized for him, but it’s connectable to a worldwide audience. His name came from the term asymptote which has the meaning of a function that approaches a given value or status but does not ever resolve at any finite position or time. A unique artist with significant amount of talent to propel a vision to his listeners. His single “Mad Dogs and Englishman” speaks about how some things can't go unsaid and should not be ignored! A political punk-rock assault by Asympt Man. In a world corrupted by power, greed and political lies alongside fear-mongering, it’s important for us to have punk music that can aggressively push forward the society’s agenda and fabricate a message different from the norm. The fast paced trashy guitar, mixed in with Asympt Man's raspy and edgy vocal resonance makes "Mad Dogs and Englishman" a hit sound for all you punk rock lovers! It’s chaotic, bold and channels your inner temperamental attitude against the issues that are going on in our world today. Asympt Man's song is a daily reminder to us all to stand up and be confident in what you believe and stand for.


Get to know Asympt Man through our exclusive #BuzzMusic interview.

Listen to "Mad Dogs and Englishman" here!


How did you come up with the name Asympt Man? Where did you find inspiration behind your name?

I’ve always been fascinated by mathematics and particularly the word ‘asymptote’ which

describes an equation that approaches a known value but never actually reaches it, except

for at the unobtainable position of infinity. It’s been a powerful metaphor for me that the

human race knows essentially all about right and wrong, equality, kindness and peace, yet it

is a seemingly impossible objective that has never been achieved collectively, and despite

our ongoing increase of knowledge and technology, the greater our ignorance and fallibility

unfolds. So the name kind of represents that; humankind’s mission for perfection that is

derailed by greed, egotism, bigotry and fearmongering. I think music and art has a role to

play in highlighting such issues and has the power to connect diverse communities much

greater than through our current structures of politics and economics.


Did you grow up listening to punk music?

Yes, all kinds of music that could be classed as ‘punk’ or against the norm. I started off being

first drawn into music by Nirvana, Rage Against the Machine and the more punk side of

REM, and then quickly moved backwards to embrace Fugazi and Mudhoney, then back

further still to Buzzcocks and the Sex Pistols. But I’m a big fan of all music that has a

message to deliver – be that Bowie, Dylan, Patti Smith, Beastie Boys, The Smiths,

Underworld. All the members of the band are music producers and we work professionally

in music across all genres, and in my experience any music that has meaning and passion is

great to listen to. Music has the ability to take us to emotive places like no other art form,

and to see or hear someone telling stories that expose their inner thoughts and feelings is a

really powerful thing.


How do you feel the genre of Punk music is individualistic to other genres?

Punk is the protest vote, the two fingers up at convention and ignorance. Many things in our

world go accepted or unsaid, and many people think they have little influence on the wider

world we inhabit. Punk music is the flag that cannot be ignored, that stands up and

demands to be listened to. I think punk is an attitude more than a direct music genre – and

can be incorporated into acoustic, electronic, indie and rock music. But of course, there’s

nothing greater than a simple lineup of drums, bass and thrashed out guitars getting their

point across with no production tricks or magic, just raw energy and attitude.


What’s the message behind “Mad Dogs and Englishman”?

I wrote Mad Dogs and Englishmen a few years ago as a direct retaliation against

underground fascist nationalism and egotistical government interference in worldwide

politics, assuming that values of other nations are inferior to our own and politicians

meddling in complex issues which they can’t fully understand. The song was put on hold for

a while since the previous band I was in at the time disbanded, but a few years later the

political climate seems to have not changed, and possibly deteriorated further. I played the

song to the Asympt Man collective and we all agreed that it was great to play live and held a

valuable message to share at this moment in time. We’re lucky to collaborate with some top

producers and engineers in the music industry, and our friend Simon Gogerly (Grammy

winning mixer for U2, No Doubt and Underworld) was keen to mix the track, so we’re really

pleased with the finished version and the raw energy that it gets across.


What is your biggest challenge creating new music. Can you give a word of advice to other artists out there?

There are lots of approaches to writing and producing, and sometimes it’s good to mix

things up – I write some songs on acoustic guitar, some in the studio with a beat and synths,

and some collaboratively in the rehearsal room while jamming with the band. That way the

results are always different, and it’s good to keep trying new methods. But most

importantly, for me, a song has to really mean something worthwhile to find its way to

completion. Usually it will start off sounding cool or having a vibe, but then I really need to

let the music point me to a concept or narrative – sometimes this will be digging deep and

personal to share some emotion or feeling, or sometimes external, reflecting on stories and

observations on the world around us. At that point the lyrics start to flow and it’s possible to

start putting some emotion into the performance of the song, developing hooks and builds

and trying to take the listener on a journey that can provoke some of their own feelings as

they listen. It’s certainly not easy, and doesn’t always work out, but generally the best songs

rise to the top and the others fade away or get reworked at some other point in time. There

are obviously challenges with getting your music heard by the people that would most enjoy

it, and it’s great when labels, bloggers, promoters show an interest, but actually that’s not

the most important thing to me – I prefer to just make the best music I can and don’t get

hung up too much on the things I can’t control. It’s important to see the success as

connected to the making of music, rather than the rewards or returns that might come as a

result.


What’s next for you in 2019?

Asympt Man is still a relatively new project, with out first release only in July 2018. So we’re

continuously developing our creative methods and our ultimate sound. We bring different

aspects of grunge, punk, indie and other genres together and our first releases have been

exploring those things. We’re now writing collectively, myself (Rob, guitar/vocals) with Mike

(bass) and Paul (drums), but Mike’s a fantastic synth and piano player and a hip-hop artist in

his own right, and Paul’s a great guitarist and songwriter too, and we’re all music producers

as well, so we have plenty of avenues to experiment with and try to find the perfect sound

for Asympt Man. We’ve got three new songs in production which will hopefully tie that all

together and these will be released in the first half of 2019. We’re planning a few more gigs

in the UK and a small tour of the US East Coast around May/June time, and then hopefully

some festivals too, so there’s plenty to keep us busy!

Connect with Asympt Man on social media:

Website: www.asymptman.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/AsymptMan Instagram: www.Instagram.com/AsymptMan YouTube: www.youtube.com/AsymptMan


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