This episode of SleepTalker has been a long time in the making.

Sometimes I think I should record all my conversations, just in case I want to listen back to something. I even went through a phase of carrying my iPhone at parties and making continuous voice memos. I’ve since recovered from my audio-anxiety, but there are still those moments I wish I could turn back time and hit ‘record’.

When Zed first told me the story of the tattoo above his right eyebrow, I was wishing for a ‘rewind’ button. I immediately knew I had to get the conversation on tape. He agreed, but it took months to get him in front of a microphone.

Interviewing Zed, and then editing him, required a lot of patience and reworking. It was a bit like when you try to fall asleep but your mind is still racing; no matter how exhausted you might be, when your mind is spinning sleep remains elusive. In the darkness you don’t know¬†if your eyes are opened or closed. If only you could shut off these thoughts, you’d fall asleep. But your mind remains switched on.

You drift, the room shifts. Are you dreaming? Still awake.

Roll over, get comfortable. Consciousness fades and you’re somewhere else. You’ve been tossing and turning for a while now but you’re finally asleep. And tonight, we’re dreaming with Zed.

Music credits:
‘Adinatisa O Kaymenos’ by Daniel Padden and ‘Black Eyes’ by Nettle, both from the compilation ‘On a Steady Diet of Hash, Bread and Salt’ at the Free Music Archive

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