What have you done to develop your skills?
I’ve studied and kept on making music. I’ve learnt about using Fruity Loops, then Ableton which is what I use now. I’ve been studying music at City Lit for about two and a half years, but on top of that I’ve read Bob Katz’s book on Mastering, subscribed to Computer Music Magazine, watched loads of online tutorials, picked people’s brains on forums, slowly improved my equipment, and kept on writing songs. It’s not something that can be learnt just in a book. It has to be done on the job, but the course at City Lit, the MFC2, has helped move it along a lot quicker than if I’d carried on myself and its introduced me to some bigger concepts. The other thing I’ve found is it’s as much about what is right for you is not right for someone else, but the only way you can find out that is to experience it. You learn a lot about yourself making music.
And one other important thing I’ve realized is that all those flashy promo vids on new synths etc aren’t just about an amazing piece of gear, they’re also about an amazing musician, so if you haven’t got the keyboard skills of Marc De Clive Low, for example, no matter how good the gear is, you’ll be out of your depth.
What has been the most influential thing in your music?
I think nearly dying a few years ago has been a massive factor. I had an abscess and was in hospital for 10 days, and was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease. About 6 weeks after I came out of hospital I developed the fibromyalgia, but this kind of focused me into making the music because I could hardly do anything else. One of my favourite memories from that time was discovering The Remix on XFM, which hosted by Eddy Temple Morris, a real diamond bloke. I was lying in bed feeling like crap listening to the radio, half a wake, half asleep suddenly hearing these obnoxious bass sounds coming out the radio and I can remember thinking ‘What is this?’ and it really triggered something and gave me an idea of a direction.
What are your favourite albums?
Some of them are-
Pantera-Vulgar Dislay of Power and Cowboys from Hell, Ash-Free all the Angels, The Hiss-Panic Movement, STP-The Purple Album, I’ve got 6 funk compilation CDs from Spitalfields that are mind blowing, Beastie Boys-Ill Communication, Freak Nasty-Bring me the Head of Freak Nasty and err lots more I can’t remember
Freestylers, Freq Nasty, Mampi Swift, Krust, Andi C, Scratch Perverts, MixMaster Mike, Steve BCee, and there’s alot of the guys who’ve done CM videos that are so impressive, so big thanks to you all.
If there’s one thing you could tell yourself 6 years ago about making music, what would it be?