Source: The Wire.
It was almost exactly 20 years ago that composer and double bass player Simon Fell agreed to speak with me about his life in music. Our conversation led to an article published in The Wire 198, August 2000. We met in Cambridge, where at the close of the 1970s Fell had studied English Literature. At his suggestion, we sat and talked in the sunshine beside a stretch of urban pasture. Birds were singing and insects buzzed. Cattle sidled by occasionally, looking inquisitive. Even in that relaxed setting Fell was brimful of energy and enthusiasm for all aspects of music making. At the same time he remained intensely focussed and perceptive. That combination of passion and clear-sighted practicality was striking and memorable.