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Brownswood Bubblers Eight // Rough Fields

July 14, 2012

Photo by Sarah Faraday

Manchester based Rough Fields rolls up next on Bubblers Eight with ‘The Harbour Wall’. We thought we’d share with you a little insight into this chapter’s featured artists. Check out Rough Fields’ Soundcloud to hear how he gets down.

Bubblers Eight drops on Monday 16th July, and you can pre-order the album direct from Brownswood, from Amazon or . Listen to a teaser of the compilation below.

Can you introduce yourself please?

My name’s James, I record as Rough Fields. I’m originally from Manchester, moved around a lot, live in London now. I spend my time rescuing instruments, making stuff in the studio, running the Bomb Shop label, wrapping tapes in brown paper and recording environmental sounds.

How would you describe your music?

Lo-fi inside-brain-movie type stuff.

Where do you draw your inspiration?

Mostly from non-musical sources, landscapes, visual art, films, ideas. Especially landscapes. I grew up in the Pennines, it’s a pretty inspiring environment – rugged but beautiful. Of course, music feeds in, too – I’m hugely inspired by people like Gavin Bryars, Jim O’Rourke, Chris Watson, Steve Reich, Rachel Evans and all the DIY organistations, De Stijl, Not Not Fun etc.

When can we catch the Rough Fields live show?

Next few gigs are Manchester Castle Hotel on the 30th June, Brixton Windmill on the 14th July, more over the summer tbc. I’m playing Dimensions Festival in September, should be nice!

Where can folks check out you and your music?

Best bet is at You can stream the full album over there. There’s a DJ mix over at Samurai FM (, and I’ve also done a few remixes – one for Part Time Heroes is out any day now…