Bruce Bickerton [aka alucidnation] has been writing and producing music since he invested in his first studio equipment in the heady days of the early 1990's.
Always musical, he studied and played classical piano throughout his formative years. Bruce's first proper job was as a studio engineer and this experience laid a solid foundation for his future music career. After being exposed to the ambient house boom of the late eighties Bruce decided to invest in his own gear. What started off as a full-time hobby alongside parallel jobs in the design and photographic industry has since blossomed into a second, tangible career.
Alucidnation played at a number of Big Chill Festivals in the UK, Greece and also in Goa. These were significant because they planted seeds which have since flourished worldwide, and along with the Megadog festivals and clubnights in UK they represent, in hindsight, an inspiring highpoint for chill out music, DIY culture and live electronic music performance. Bruce released two critically acclaimed albums on Big Chill Recordings; Induction and Get Lost. The label also released two alucidnation ep's, simply titled ep:01 and ep:02. Bruce also did the mix on The Big Chill's Glisten compilation.
In 2005 Bruce licensed Interchill a track for the Earth Octave Lounge Volume 2 compilation. Here at Interchill we've always respected Bruce's work and know that he is hardwired into the same source that has inspired us for years. Bruce makes classic chill out music, where melody is central and the overall sound is calm and mellow. There's a simplicity of approach that doesn't rely upon bit crushing and fashionable plugins. This gives Bruce's music a timelessness and also rewards the listener. In terms of production approach Bruce favours the immediacy of keys and vocals in one take sessions. Once he has the sound and elements he's after he flattens the board which prevents any revisiting or recycling later on. It's an unconventional ethos which seems to work.
Alucidnation is published by Faber Music, has his own label Lucid Recordings, has done remixes for Tom Middleton, Pitch Black, Hexstatic. Chris Coco, Minuit and more and broadcasts and presents a weekly show on Chill DAB radio.
for more info please visit www.alucidnation.co.uk