How did your passion for music begun?
I started collecting records and tapes when I was about 6 years old, making pause tapes off the radio, that kind of thing… my parents bought be a double tape deck for dubbing! But I first got hold of a mixer and some old decks around the time I finished high school in Australia.
I met some guys who were into breaking and graffiti, and we started doing a funk and hip hop party. At the start of the night the guys would do a fresh piece on the wall in the back garden of the club… It would set the scene, and the rest would just be a kind of freestyle jam. Myself and some other DJs were into house and techno but we were in the minority at the time.
Why did you started Voyeurrhythm?
Tyson Ballard first floated the idea one winter night in London. For us to start something with our friend Mostyn who had this great boogie band called Megadon Betamax. We’d all been recording some music and just decided to press a record.
We had no plan whatsoever, just thought we’d just go around to shops and sell them as a limited edition. Fortunately Serge at Clone got hold of one and offered to distribute them internationally. So for us it was ideal – a way we could release records, as and when we wanted to. We never stuck to an aggressive release schedule, just tried to make good music whenever we had the time.
Why are you publishing your debut album? How was the process of production?
An album is a chance to dip into some different atmospheres and go on a journey with the listener. To try and create a glimpse of a world within.
I’d been going at in different ways for a while, loads of different tracks and combinations. But most of the tracks on there were recorded in a 2 month period where I just got down and focussed on it.
For the gear heads… I was using and Akai S3000 sampler with an MPC60 – for a lot of percussive elements too… On keys I was playing mostly my Juno-60 and Yamaha DX7. The little Volca Bass got lots of play too! I’ve got a funny little collection of cheap drum machines that I run through a 2-pole analog filter to shape the sound and bring it to life. They are a TR-626, a Dr Rhythm DR-660, a Volca Beats and a Yamaha RX7. I might have to upgrade the drum section this year though…
Artists that may have influenced you in your career...
Ah, there are dozens of artists that have influenced me in different ways.
But to be specific... at the time of making this record, I was trying to figure out how to squeeze a lot onto a single vinyl, and weave it all together with interludes and a continuous narrative... I was exploring methods and styles inspired by music makers like Stock Aitken Waterman, RAH Band, Madlib, Vaughan Mason, Severed Heads, Marshall Jefferson… So there’s elements of a pop-oriented dance sound, as well as some deeper tendencies. That’s also why I wanted to do a single LP with a story element, preferring that format over the modern double pack.
What are you future plans? Gigs? releases?
I have recently started another project called Earth Patterns, with a 6 track EP called First Light (on Utopia Records) – also coming out this month, by coincidence. For me this is an opportunity to explore a different soundscape... more about space / texture / atmosphere than say, hooks and basslines. My intention is to retreat into the studio over the coming months and see where that takes me. Perhaps a follow-up record, and possibly working towards a live show. The plan would be to have no computer, just some hardware sequencers and synthesizers. Keep things interesting.
What do you tried to accomplish with the mix?
Well this was a mix for Clubbing Spain, so whilst I wanted to make it kinda deep and interesting, I also wanted it to have some energy and be a bit uplifting. You could listen in your headphones or turn up the speakers and have a dance around the kitchen. For some reason I had in my mind the phrase 'nourishing house music'... So I guess that was the point of reference.
If you have to choose one of the tracks of the podcast... which one would you select? why?
Hmmm. I think I'll go with 'Dreams' by Norma Jean Bell. My actual favourite might be Ginger Snaps by Jamal Moss but I'll say NJB for nostalgic reasons... this is from an era when I was just discovering house music, coming out on Peacefrog, early 00's... I think the whole album was produced by Moodymann. A real blend of soul, jazz elements and raw house.