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Interviews

Interviews thus far:

  • Amy Douglas
  • Buzzard Beats

Interview: Amy Douglas

On to the second interview. So we got the chance to get an interview with the vocalist of Supra 1’s Still Believe EP –Amy Douglas. Gucci Vump’s remix for this can be found in yesterday’s post. Following precisely this post, I received a mail from Douglas and from there the interview kicked off. Have a read and enjoy!

Hey, Amy, thanks for coming. How are you?

I am most excellent y’all! Thanks for having me aboard!

How did the Supra 1 project come about? The vocals are compelling. What was your aim with your vocals added to the song?

About a year ago, I had the pleasure of hanging out with Drop The Lime, the Commander In Chief of Trouble & Bass Recordings at his studio in Williamsburg and we spent a fantastic afternoon kind of jamming if you will, and doing what musicians do – talking music, playing each other ideas and just acquainting ourselves with each others work. When it has been decided that Supra 1 needed or wanted a really big intense vocal on Still Believe, I am honored that he thought of me and he hooked the whole shebang up. My aim vocally where the song is concerned, was make what I felt was a very dramatic and compelling piece of dubstep turn into something that much more dramatic, almost operatic. There is a great twist to hearing a track where the message “I Believe in Love” and the mood is so intense, almost like we’re all falling off the edge of the world! You get this contrast where it’s “you BETTER still believe in love, cause you’re loving and believing for your LIFE!”

We read that you were the only one making music in your family. How did you tackle this challenge of “being the only one”?

Hah. To clarify a little further, I was indeed the only one in my immediate household making music, but my grandmother and her mother were both world class pianists, so I wasn’t totally without an ally in the family.  The biggest challenge of being the only musician in my household was simple.  Make music my parents like!  Well, that and try to endear myself to them whenever possible, cause the very nature of my lifestyle was surely enough to give them fits and twitches!

Haha, good to know you weren’t an ally then after all. What’s your favorite genre to add your vocals too? You’ve skipped between many lately – any definite one you want to focus on entirely?

Oh man!  That’s a hard question!   Well I love to sing and write and play keys on just about everything, and I am absolutely loving making new music, in areas I hadn’t done before.  As of late I’m working with a good amount of dub-step artists, and I love working in that medium because it’s not a type of dance music that you really tend to hear a vocal on.  I’m starting to hear from the My objective is always to think like a musician first and then sing accordingly, I get tracks now of so many varying styles, and I take this as a huge compliment and honor, because it’s as though these incredible artists are essentially entrusting me to make their tracks into magic, irregardless of the genre.  That said, in my deepest heart of hearts, the genres I love to sing in most, are in pure Disco, especially Tropical Disco, Knee Deep Funk, and Rock.  Jazz is also a huge part of my musical heritage and having spent a lot of years singing bop and trad jazz has made me the fluid vocalist I am today.  That said, if I were forced at gunpoint to choose spending the rest of my life doing only one genre, it would be rock.   I guess at the end of the day, I’m a rocker at heart.  If I were allowed to do nothing else, I’d want to be in a band like Led Zeppelin, who to this very day are my all time favorite rock band.  Beatles are food, and Zeppelin are air.  It’s not such a secret that I’m putting out the vibes in the hopes that Jimmy Page,  my hero of life will reach out and ask me to work with him.  I’d probably need to be resuscitated for that experience.  It’s a tough call though because as much as I want to make a nasty heavy riff based rock album, I also really really really want to make an EPIC DISCO album, in the style of the classic Donna Summer albums with Giorgio Moroder.  I’d also love to work with Nile Rodgers.  I’m hoping Pedro Winter from Ed Banger Records calls me up!  I’d love to work with him!  Come to think of it, there is a big list of people I’d die to work with.

That’s interesting. What are your plans for 2010 or the future in general?

My plans are to continue to work with the incredible artists who are contacting me to lend my voice, and focus on my original projects, namely Discokaina and Bamela.  And there’s no secret that I would love someone to get a hold of me, and make the ultimate Disco album with me.  I think it’s all possible.  I’d also love to start the “Led Zeppelin” of dance music with a dream team of producer/DJ/musician personalities.

If there is one thing you can say about the development of music over the next 5 years, what would your statement be?

I think it’s great that people want vinyl again!  There is a new demand for it.  As for the development of music over the next 5 years, it’s clear that dance music is the new pop music.  For all intents and purposes dance music has infiltrated mainstream pop so much, that I defy you to turn on the radio and hear music that isn’t engineered to deliver a dance feel.  I personally am loving the freedom of dance music, it allows for me to basically call upon all the music I love and work with it.  Anything that destroys genres for me, is a positive thing.

Any song you’d like to recommend to wrap this interview up?

Oh yes!  A couple! First and foremost there is “The Feeling” by 92 Eternal which is myself, AC Slater (also of Trouble and Bass and Party Like Us Records….he’s amazing as I’m sure you know), and Juiceboxxx from Iheartcomix.  It’s a rave supergroup if you will, and the song is burning up mixtapes and dancefloors around the world right now, the remixes by Udachi, Kastle and Luna-C are getting as much attention as the original!  And also, “I Do It Like” which is my first single with BAMela, a funk three piece band I sing in with Freekbass, this amaaazing bassist and Tobotius, the producer and engineer of Bootzilla Productions, which is Bootsy Collins’s studio in Cincinnati.  In fact, the song has the appearance of Mr. Collins, and let’s just say that making a song in which a legend appears on your track, well I think that just about made my 2010!  That track is up at our Myspace page, at http://www.myspace.com/bamela. I want peeps to go there specifically to hear it, cause we’re in a sort of contest there, and we’d love to get people to vote on the song if it’s making their earholes happy.   Lastly, my project Discokaina, which I do with Rubio Res from Bogota, Colombia is a filthy sleazy disco Latin rock project that marries dirty pop, and rock and Latin Music together in interesting ways.  We’re in the studio finishing up what will be our debut EP, but we leaked a track called Fashion Magazine out about a month ago, just to see if it would smut up anyone’s ears, and we’re pleased to say that it did. I hope it smuts up your listeners ears too.  We’re devoted to being devious!

We almost forgot to ask one of the most essential questions! What’s your favorite remix off the Still Believe EP?

Oh boy, I’m gonna get it for this one!  My personal fave is the Boogaloo Crew Arpsteppa remix.  I think it’s brutal and heavy and sexy.  I also love the Franki Chan remix.

♫ Download

Supra 1 – Still Believe feat. Amy Douglas (The Boogaloo Crew Arpsteppa Remix)

Thanks for your time, Amy.

Thank you so much guys!  I hope I get to come up to you soon and rock out – twofours rule!


Interview: Buzzard Beats

One usually tends to see interviews featured on blogs with famous Dj’s/producers, but do you ever see interviews with other blogs? This strange thought struck me when reading countless interviews on the daily sites I tend to check. The first music blog I started to actively read before making twofours was Buzzard Beats, (don’t forget to stop by) so a quick email proposing an interview between blogs started things up. The response by the man behind Beats gives an interesting insight to many artists you can expect to see on here in near future too, and hopefully we can continue working closely with Beats himself. So, without further ado, here we are, with a thorough reply and debut interview with hopefully many more to come. Enjoy!

Hey, Buzzard Beats, how are you?

Pretty good, thanks for having me! Sorry in advance if this interview ends up a bit boring as I’ve never done one of these before, but I’ll try my best!

Buzzard Beats was founded mid-January – did you browse other blogs prior to making your own? If so, which ones?

I browsed a whole lot of blogs for a long time before I started my own, particularly in the eighteen months before I began Buzzard Beats. I started out reading all the bigger blogs like Discobelle, Stoneyroads, Fluokids, Hot Biscuits and Boule A Facettes, along with magazine blogs like XLR8R and FACT. Bok Bok’s Lower End Spasm was also quite an influence. I still read a lot of those blogs to this day, as well as blogs that have poped up since then like AO-AO, Vegas On Acid and Truants. My favourite blog at the moment is probably Electric Zoo.

What was the inspirational drive behind creating a project like Buzzard Beats? And, how did the name come about?

I’m not so sure what the inspiration was behind creating Buzzard Beats, as it was pretty much something I did one day on a whim. All of my mates were at the beach and I couldn’t go cos I was really sunburnt, so I just signed up to wordpress and put something together in an effort to kill time. I think you’ll agree with me when I say that it gets a bit addictive, and blogging the music you love just becomes an enjoyable habit over time. That’s all the blog really is to me, a place where I share the music that I love to people that might not hear it otherwise. The name of the blog stems from a nickname that I had at the time (that had something to do with my eating habits on a particular occasion). I just used it because it sounded catchy.

We’ve generally seen what kind of music you tend to prefer with your posts, but you surprise us with slight variations from time to time. How would you describe the overall genre on Buzzard Beats?

That’s a really difficult question to answer, to be honest. When I post I don’t really think about genre, I just like the music and that’s all there is to it. I guess there is an overriding house influence, but there are vast differences within this genre. Some of the stuff might be easily accessible electro house while other stuff might have a heavy tropical influence. Lately a lot of the things I’ve been posting have been influenced by Chicago footwork tracks, as well as UK Garage and bassline stuff. Every now and again there will be the odd track that sticks out though. I did a dancehall post the other day and I’ve posted some grime tracks in the past. I’m surprised I haven’t posted any cheesey early 2000s RnB yet, as that’s something I listen to a lot (Destiny’s Child, Aaliyah, Ashanti, Ciara) and I’m a big fan of hip hop but that hasn’t shone through on the blog yet.

What are your aims with Buzzard Beats and how do you maintain these?

I don’t really have any specific aims apart from hoping people like what I post. I’ll never post something with the specific intent of garnering clicks or downloads, and I only really want to grow the site further through the right means – organic traffic as a result of people actually liking the music I share. I do intend to expand the site greatly in the coming months though, get a proper domain name, design and hosting and all that, if only to make the site’s content more accessible and easy on the eye. I’m hoping to line up some talented DJs to do regular mixes in the coming months as well.

What are some of your favorite artists at the moment, and which up- and coming artists should we look out for?

All the night slugs fam are killing it at the moment. Every release has been flawless, including the stuff that was only put out on white labels. The last release from Girl Unit has been my favourite release of the year, with the three originals on the EP all being amazing. Egyptrixx is another favourite (his remix of Brodinski’s Arnold Classics is amazing) and Mele has been on fire lately as well. Lil Silva’s upcoming EP on Night Slugs should turn some heads as well.

In terms of up and coming artists, there are a couple of young producers that I think are going to do some big things in the future. New Zealand boys Chaos In The CBD have been producing some really smooth tech-house and funky-influenced stuff, and I think its only a matter of time before more people become aware of their talents. Screendeath is another name I think you should all be on the look out for. His track Packback comes with Fake Blood’s seal of approval and should be dropping on a well known label in the near future. Scottish boys Clouds have also been making waves of late with their agressive productions, and are going to blow up massively in the near future. Look out for EPs on Fake Blood’s so-far unnamed imprint and maybe even Turbo Recordings.

And finally, any song recommendations to end the interview?

Lil Silva – Pulse vs. Flex
Ikonika – Idiot
Roll Deep – When I’m Ere
Ciara – Oh
James Blake – CMYK
Ramadanman – Glut
Moodymann – Freeki Mutha (Chaos In The CBD & Tom Lawson Bootleg)

We decided to give you James Blake’s riddim.

Thanks for your time, Buzzard.








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