Infidel Interview #147: Catgotwasted


First off, just want to thank you for participating in this edition of Infidel Interviews. Could you start off by giving a little information about you to the audience? Whatever you feel comfortable with, but name, age, and where you live would be pretty standard?


My full name is Ralph Paul William Essex. I am 45 years old and from Portsmouth City, a Naval Port with Southsea beach, which is a suburb of Portsmouth, on the South Coast of England, it is situated opposite the Isle of Wight. I studied on the Isle of Wight and when we were kids, my two younger brothers and I would visit there with my Dad and we would have a nice time.

What did the name Catgotwasted mean to you / symbolized when you first started the project? Has the name / meaning changed or evolved over time?


I thought the name, Catgotwasted. It's about my cats, Cleo and Chloe losing a home where I lived before I moved to The Isle of Wight at age 20 to study a BTEC Course in Music Technology. It was a two year course and is an alternative to about 2 A-Levels. I sublet the flat to a close friend and somebody tried to rob him in an aggressive burglary, people were after his Technics 1210's. Poor dude had to leave the flat quickly and he did get Chloe a nice home with a kind family.


Poor Cleo wasn't found a home and was left outside to fend for herself. So, in her mind, she would have been very shocked and was found by a neighbour who lived in a flat above, found Cleo meowing outside the door and he rescued her and looked after her and still does as he has owners' rights and didn't want to return my cat to me.


I didn't find out until a couple of months after the event and believed for years that she might have died and there was a grief I went through in losing my two cats.

I thought it up whilst living in Brighton after my Degree in Art, Media & Design, History & Cultural Theory. I still hadn't found out about Cleo and the upstairs neighbour and was feeling down at heart.


How do you enjoy where you live? Is there a vibrant music community where you are? Would you say you find that your local scene influences your attitude and/or creativity?


I was born here. It is an Island City. Catgotwasted is my version of Jaws but from a synthesizer rather than a beach. Portsmouth City is home to many people but the fair at Clarence Pier will be open.


There are plenty of characters to be found here.


What do you feel separates your music from the rest of the music in the British Electronic music scene?


I always aimed at producing something that could be acquired, or available on CD.

Available to download in digital format.