21 DISARMing Questions for Dean Garcia of SPC ECO

Curve multi-instrumentalist Dean Garcia and his daughter Rose Berlin formed SPC ECO in 2008.  An electronic musical maverick, Dean’s style complements Rose’s vulnerable yet tender vocals. As a father and daughter, they explore their relationship and the world around them through music, creating heartfelt sounds to express the language of their souls and conversations that are often too difficult to be encapsulated by mere words.

With the recent release of Fifteen in February, Dean had this to say about the new album.

“This album means everything to us. A collection of songs that simply happened to us over a period of the 9 months or so it took to record, during which time there have been numerous uncomfortable, unsettling and challenging changes all around us, not just to our personal real life situations as to where we live, but also to the catastrophe of various unaccountable, blatantly corrupt governing bodies that perch menacingly over us all like death itself.  This record is about that, this and the other, a selection of recordings that mean more to us than we can ever possibly know.”

Recently, Dean was kind enough to answer Disarm’s standard volley of questions sharing his thoughts about music, art, and life in general.

Hi Dean. Congratulations on the release of your new SPC ECO Fifteen album with
Rose Berlin.

Thank you 🙂 X

What are you listening to right now?

The soundtrack to The Favourite.

What was the first LP/tape/CD you remember owning?

Paranoid by Black Sabbath.

Vinyl or CD/Digital?

Any either.  Vinyl is romantic.

What are your favourite bands?

Pink Floyd, Beatles, Radiohead, Massive Attack

Why do you live where you do?

Because of the Faeries.

What is your favourite journey?

Anywhere on a train.

What’s your idea of a perfect Sunday?

Very late start, big roast dinner followed by lots of various enhancements.

What essentials do you take on a plane or tour bus?

Plane: Paranoia. Tour Bus: Humour

What is your dream vacation if money was no object?

A tour of India with all the trimmings.

What do you do with 4 hours to yourself in a new city?

Go back to the hotel room.

What inspired you to take up music?


What was your most memorable day job?

Chef at a Wimpy Bar in the 70s.

What advice should you have taken but didn’t?

Stay on the path at Grizedale Forest.

What should everyone shut up about?

Nothing, keep on shouting.

Who’s your ideal dinner guest, living or dead, and what would the menu be?

Olivia Colman, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz (has to be all three). Gin and Tonic, Lemons, and a shit load of ice.

Who is your favourite hero of fiction?

Postman Pat.

What was the best live gig or music festival you attended (as a fan or artist)?

Prods at Alley Pally 2017.

What are your “must” read magazines, news, websites, blogs?

No idea, whatever you want is fine by me.

Name something you consider a mind-altering work of art.

A Thousand Years by Damien Hirst

What does the next 6 months look like for you?

Possible stroke, heart failure, and musical block but I try to look on the bright side.

Which musician rule do you agree with? Always meet your heroes or never meet your heroes?

Meet them. Trouble is, you turn into a single celled jellyfish the moment you’re with them.

Thank you for your time Dean!

Most welcome.. (funny questions) X

Get Fifteen from SPC ECO’s Bandcamp page HERE!

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