Sweet news from DJDownload… Layo and Bushwacka! spent most of last year recording, the first offering from this period came at the end of last year with their Endangered EP on Plus 8. They are back with their first release on their own label in eleven months. Summer Gone is a groove that starts on an up that slowly breaks down and brings in sounds, voices, rhythm and then kicks back with a really strong vocal and groove. What Do You Say Now hits from the moment it begins with a stripped down sound and dub vocal and then slams with strong percussion and then back to the groove. Totally tested out by Layo & Bushwacka! but supported big by the only two other DJ’s with copies, Richie Hawtin and Laurent Garnier … And here we have one of electronic music’s most esteemed duos on their musical influences, their top gigs, key to getting noticed and more…
Who or what has been the biggest influence?
Layo – In terms of the original DJ who really influenced me, it was Mr C, the RIP parties at Clink Street and Lea Bridge Road were life changing. Musically it is a huge, broad canvas, but always music with soul and music with an edge, melancholy/haunting…
What’s the first record you bought?
Layo – Elvis Presley Best of when I was 6.
What have been up to lately and what can we expect from you over the next couple of months?
Layo – We’ve been on an extensive tour of South America, kind of bypassing January and February in England…
Which one do you enjoy the most, Djing or producing?
Both at different points, there is an amazing feeling to creativity in the studio sometimes but also a fantastic connection with the crowd when you DJ on certain nights.
What do you see as your main strengths as a producer?
Layo – Attention to detail, broad set of influences and ideas and being open.
What’s the key to getting noticed?
Making very good music, two or three fantastic tunes can open up the world and then of course performing well, be it live or DJ.
When and where was your best gig?
There isn’t one, maybe ten, one night in Space a long time ago when the other DJs missed their connection and we played all night, our first time together at Glastonbury, The End closing… and so on…
Who is your all time musical hero?
Again there are many, older people like Bob Dylan and Otis Redding, bands such as Can and Radiohead, Prince, then new producers such as Kanye West, it’s a big list…
Well we have obviously done one or two in our 13+ years together where there were only a few people, very demoralising… but the worst was our first ever live performance, it was in Brazil and it felt very spinal Tap…
What makes a party good & bad?
People, venue, sound, security, bar, organization, these things need to be good…
What’s your current take on the dance scene?
Matt – there is a whole new wave of names out there now and the scene seems to be changing much faster than it used to, probably due to digital downloading, djing, etc. Its very exciting.
What’s the biggest crowd you’ve played to?
Matt – 2 million people at the Salvador Carnival
What’s the most ridiculous promotional thing you’ve done?
Matt -Interview with Danni Minogue in a bright pink stretch limo mini cooper!
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Matt – acid house grandads…..haha
Where do you go out?
Matt -I love to eat out a lot – club wise I don’t do out if I am not working, but I am almost always working.
Do you think the club scene is a closed shop with regard to new DJs getting heard?
I think music production is the surest way to get a chance as a DJ.
Is there a different reaction in clubs from different countries across the globe?
Not really – we all have our favourite places, but house music is a global feeling.
Do you have a favourite place or somewhere where you get the best reaction?
Ibiza, Brasil, London, Tokyo, Argentina.
Is there an all-time favourite track you wish you’d produced?
No. But hopefully one day I will make it. lol
Do you sample, use old records, listen to them, or how does your producing process go?
We do use old records, stuff recorded ourselves out and about, cd’s, whatever works…
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