Archive for December, 2009
Here’s one London musician who’s had a very productive year, and hopefully things will stay that way in 2010: this year, Paul White has released two EPs and three long players on One-Handed Music and he’s got plenty of other projects in the pipeline, including working with Tranqill and producer Tightface. Paul’s tunes are sometimes dreamy, sometimes sober, other times banging down your door as on ‘Ultra Violet’ or ‘Wait For Me’. This man is definitely out to give you something with a slightly different twist. He’s also done a mixtape that’s still available on groovement.
But enough of the palaver: you can download his latest album here or play this while you read the interview…
Q: What’s up Paul, where are you from? How did you get into making music?
A: I’m from south east London, a place called Lewisham. My dad used to play a lot of music in the house, and my parents got me piano lessons when I was a kid, then I played guitar and sang. I just always loved music, the energy and emotion of it!
Q: You worked as a library producer for the BBC and Channel4, how has that shaped your sound? What kind of projects were you working on during that time?
A: I used to write ambient music anyway and loved creating atmospheres so getting to do that for picture was a great experience! I was doing music for an interactive educational drama series, a long time ago now. I still do little bits for it now and again though, that was really good to try other things musically. I also did some music and sound design for some crazy animations and short films, mainly on mental health. Lots of fun, pretty heavy stuff though.
Q: What types of music do you like? Are you a vinyl head?
A: I like everything pretty much, reggae dub soul funk prog rock psych jazz electro new wave avant garde, everything really. I love discovering new music, and yeah I’m a vinyl head!
Q: What elements do you think are important to a good tune?
A: Feeling, put your personality and heart and imagination in there!
Q: Tell us more about your record label, One-Handed Music: who’s involved in that?
A: A guy called Alex Chase runs it, he’s a really opened minded guy with great ideas, he’s been amazingly supportive! I met Bullion through him and the label, Tranqill’s got an EP coming out soon, hopefully a guy called Tightface will have something out soon too, ever expanding!
Q: What do you do outside from making beats to chill out?
A: Listen to music, jump on a recently borrowed drum kit, read a wax poetics. If I could I’d love to surf more, I love it!
Q: Are there any good club nights or music events going on in London that you can recommend?
A: To be honest I’m a studio man, but there’s stuff going on, the Jazz Cafe always has so many amazing nights I always miss!
Q: Any fresh music that you’re listening to right now?
A: Tightface, loving Karriem Riggins stuff! I mainly listen to old records now to be honest!
Q: Have you got any plans to release a new record in the next year?
A: Got an album coming out on joint One Handed Music and Now Again in the spring, a remix for Tranqill, a remix for Mux Mool, another couple singles are nearly done too, plans to work with some MCs, and hopefully loads of other stuff too!
It’s not just Christmas that’s being celebrated in a few days…
Krispy are a hip hop group from the north west of England: producer Mr Wiz and his brother Mikey D.O.N. have made a big impact on UK hip hop, especially in the early days when most of the new sounds still came from the US. They were brought up on a diet of roots reggae and dub, mainly through their father’s sound system MellowTone. Together with their homie Sonic G they formed Krispy3, got down to business and released “Coming Through Clear” in 1989. They’ve been on the scene ever since and Mikey now hosts a show on Manchester’s Unity FM (Tuesday, 8-10pm Brit time).
In the 1990s, the Finlayson brothers traveled Europe with MC D on the ‘Kold Sweat’ tour. Mr Wiz remembers: “Katch 22 was also on tour with us and I remember being in Dortmund in Germany, roundabout 1995. The atmosphere was amazing: Mode 2 was painting graff pieces and the crowd were going crazy. It’s something I won’t ever forget.”
Paul Pre is a DJ from northern Germany who’s been doing gigs across Europe. He lives by the seaside and is starting his own club night in February 2010; Every month, he brings out a fresh mix for general listening pleasure…check ’em out for yourself, Beat Bungalow favourite right now is ‘mondayjazz‘.
Q: Where are you from? When and how did you become a music addict?
A: I’m from Kiel, Germany. A small town (250.000 citizens) by the seaside.
I became a music addict in 1999 when I was 13. Back then I lived in an even smaller town (11.000 citizens) called Büdelsdorf in the heart of northern Germany. A friend of mine gave me a CD with German rap music. I was fascinated by the genre so I tried to get as of this kind of music as I could. I was recording everything from the radio, I was recording everything from TV and I was recording everything from my friend’s CDs and tapes.
Q: Your mixes are very eclectic and experimental with a lot of different sounds in there: how do you go about making a mix – do you work with some sort of theme, is there a method to the mix madness..?
A: Yeah, it’s kind of a main theme I’m trying to follow/create. I think about music all the time and I listen to music all the time also, so most of the time I start with a new mix, I already have some songs/ mixes in mind which could fit and most of the time they do…the style/theme of a mix allways depends on my mood. It’s winter time so right now I feel like creating something deep/warm/relaxed…
Q: The cover pictures look pretty cool, too – who does the artwork?
A: Thanks a lot. I did most of the artwork by myself but some of them are by my good friend “bonsch”.
Q: Which records do you never get bored of, what are some of you all-time favourites?
A: This is hard to answer…I do have some all-time favourites but sometimes I also get bored by those. anyway, some records I’ve heard for a very long time now are:
De La Soul – Stakes is High
Common – Like Water for chocolate
DJ Premier – New York Reality Check 101
Quasimoto – The Unseen
Slum Village – Fantastic Vol. 2
Nas – Illmatic
Q: Have you got any musical heroes that are DJs, any old school heads from back in the day?
A: Hm. I really like Jazz Jeff but he’s no hero for me. Maybe J Rocc. He’s not an old school head like Grandmaster Flash, but he’s one of my favourite DJs/heroes since Soundbombing Vol.2 (which might be old school for a lot of heads).
Q: What do you do outside from being a DJ, your hobbies..work?
A: I work in an advertising agency as a day job. Being a DJ beside this job takes too much time to have hobbies. But I like playing basketball and watching movies…
Q: What’s good about Kiel, what’s it got that other places don’t have?
A: Kiel has a lot of water sports to offer, but I’m not into water sports at all…it’s a pretty boring place right now but it’ll change on
Q: Where can people see you play, have you got any regular gigs?
A: After playing irregular shows all over Germany and Europe I’m going to have my own club night in Kiel starting in February 2010. So come and see me supporting and playing with guests like fLako, Yoggyone, Débruit, Lucky Paul and many more…
Here we go: something wicked this way comes…Beat Bungalow got together with Ollie Teeba for a chat before a recent gig in Berlin. Ollie spoke about his love of soundtracks, all things old school and legendary sound engineer ‘No Sleep Nigel‘…
Q: Some of your music sounds quite cinematic, ‘Something Wicked This Way Comes’, springs to mind. Are you inspired by people like Quincy Jones or Lalo Schifrin?
A: You’ve pretty much nailed it on the head right there, with a few of other names I would throw in. A bit of John Barry, Roy Budd and Morricone. All of those guys have had a massive influence on us because they were the ones that really mixed the orchestral sound with funk. I remember when I was about 11 or 12, watching ‘Enter The Dragon’ and ‘Dirty Harry’. In ‘Dirty Harry’ just from that first scene where he shoots the woman on the rooftop and there’s that heavy drum with that amazing sound, buzzing organ, I was like ‘Whoooaaaa, what’s that?’.
Q: Your new record label K7 is based in Berlin: what about the city itself, what do you think of it compared to London?
A: Berlin is definitely a cool place to be in. The east part seems to be particularly interesting. There’s really good graffiti everywhere, whole shop fronts and big pieces and you just don’t see that in London. If you did have it, in no time it would be covered in tags. You get some cool shops out here and some really nice records shops. People in Berlin definitely know their stuff, they know their music, they know their style and it’s a good place to be. There aren’t many places I visited other than London where I could see myself living. Berlin is definitely one of them.
Q: You’ve worked with the same engineer in the studio quite a lot: ‘No Sleep Nigel’ has been doing a lot of your albums.
A: We started working with him on our second album ‘Blow Your Headphones’, and a rapper we had done some work with had recommended him. Basically we did a mix and he said that the mix was no good and he said we’d need to speak to ‘No Sleep Nigel’. And I was like ‘ I’ve heard of him, he’s the guy who’s mentioned on all the 80s hip hop records’. He die a lot of MC Mello’s early stuff… also Blade. It just had that big booming sound and we thought he was the right man for us. He’s just a really cool guy that we’ve become really good friends with. He’s quite a lot older than most hip hoppers, he’s in his 50s and just knows so much about so many different types of music. Although sometimes, you don’t want to get him talking because once you get him started, the mix gets done several hours later (laughs).
He’s a wealth of information, and man, he’s forgotten more about sound than I will ever know. He’s a scientist and understands how it works on a complete scientific level, which I suppose any good sound engineer should do. We wind him up and let him go and a little while later you’ve got an album that sounds fantastic.
He also mixed our new album Session 2 – we’ll keep working him until he dies…
Q: Does he still get no sleep?
A: Well, he’s more ‘Some Sleep Nigel’ now, because he’s older now and he needs his rest.
Q: How many rooms have you managed to fill with records at your home?
A: I have one room that’s entirely filled with records and otherwise it’s just got a bed in it. Nothing else. But there’s even some spill into my living room that’s why I’m moving and I need a bigger place. Too many records, too many sneakers and too many leather goose jackets. All this stuff is something I got into when I was 13 or 14 and it’s all part of the old school, original hip hop experience, which is something I hold very dear to my heart and it’s still the coolest thing. No matter what new stuff people are doing with hip hop. I look at it, I listen to it but it’s just not as cool as the old school, dude.
Download the album here (incl. tracks produced by Black Milk, Jake One, DJ Spinna..)