Jono Podmore – Jaki Liebezeit: Life, Theory And Practice Of A Master Drummer (book, 2017)

Jaki Liebezeit, photo courtesy of Jono Podmore

Metamono‘s Jono Podmore (aka Kumo) has arguably done more than anyone else in recent years to keep the legacy of Can alive, whether in groups like Cyclopean with Can members Jaki Liebezeit and Irmin Schmidt, or remastering the Can back catalogue and sundry unreleased cuts with Holger Czukay and long-standing Can supporter Daniel Miller.

To those initiatives can be added a new book that Podmore has assembled with US music journalist John Payne, Jaki Liebezeit: Life, Theory & Practice Of A Master Drummer, which seeks to document the unique approach practiced by Can’s late drummer, who passed away in January of this year. The book is currently subject to a crowdfunding campaign via Unbound which can be found here.

I wrote a news piece for Clash which explains more about the book and which can be found here.

In the process of putting my news piece together I asked Podmore for his recollections of working with Liebezeit, and that insight can be found in the Clash piece. “While we were having dinner one night, I was putting on some music,” Podmore also recalled. “At one point I put on some Charles Mingus. Without looking up, Jaki said, with a mixture of confusion and disgust, ‘Jazz? Been there. Done that.’ With that in mind I asked him if there were any other drummers that interested him. ‘Yes,’ he said. ‘808 and 909.'”

(c) 2017 Mat Smith / Documentary Evidence for Clash


MuteResponse 3 Update – New Track From Jono Podmore & Georgina Brett


In 2013 Documentary Evidence compiled and released MuteResponse, a two volume collection of artists and tracks inspired – on some level – by the legacy of Mute Records.

Planning is currently underway for a very special third volume in the series, and Jono Podmore and Georgina Brett‘s ‘Toroidal Celeste’ is the first track to be taken from the album. The track is available for streaming at Soundcloud.

Podmore and Brett will be performing live on Saturday 13 September 2014 at the Oxo Tower on London’s South Bank as part of the London Analogue Festival. For more details go to: London Analogue Festival – Saturday

Georgina Brett (vocals) creates music using nothing more than loops of her own voice, while Podmore (Theremin) has previously recorded with all-analogue group Metamono, Cyclopean (with members of Can) and as Kumo.

MuteResponse 3 will be released in late 2014 / early 2015.

The first two volumes can be found at

(c) 2014 Mat Smith / Documentary Evidence
‘Toroidal Celeste’ (c) 2014 Jono Podmore and Georgina Brett