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INTERVIEW: MINUTE TAKER – Fashion Soundtrack

In Interviews, Music Reviews on August 20, 2013 at 5:57 pm

If you haven’t already heard of him, Mancunian-based musician Minute Taker, aka Ben McGarvey is not only the latest one-to-watch on the Northern music scene, but he has also found the time to lead the ‘digi-folk’ revolution with his glockenspiel and synthesiser in tow. Gabriella Swerling catches up with him for what turns out to be an unexpected counselling session.

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Minute Taker is a multi-talented singer-songwriter and producer whose otherworldly beats have garnered comparisons with the likes of Björk and Bat for Lashes. Ben McGarvey is an unassuming yet charming Shropshire-born lad whose peculiar and haunted imagination is unveiled only when he performs under his pseudonym. Bizarrely, Minute Taker and Ben McGarvey are somehow the same person.

It is precisely this Jekyll-Hyde-esque polite shyness and creative genius that makes Minute Taker’s latest album, Last Things, released 15 April 2013, all the more intriguing. He released his first album Too Busy Framing in 2008 under his own name, and against his gut instinct. “I just didn’t really feel comfortable when it came to promoting it,” he says. “I think because my music is so personal, by using my own name I just somehow felt too exposed, so I decided to find a stage-name that I liked instead.”

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