Influence Behind The Album Pt 1

Standing On The Shoulders Of Giants

With the album release only days away I thought it would be a good idea to do a couple of blog posts about the influences behind it. Obviously my past experiences and the people with who I share my life have played a huge factor in shaping the narrative, but the musical beds in which they reside are built upon the shoulders of those I consider giants. 

To be honest, considering I am a hip hop artist, I listen to very little hip hop. It's not that I don't enjoy it anymore, it's purely because I find there is such an abundance of good music in all genres that I don't listen to a great deal of any one particular style. So it's a mixed bag when I do get time to listen, and that has to be slotted in around the time I spend creating music. Other times you just gotta rest the ol' lugholes. 

Innovation Of The Everyman

There is nothing better though than hearing a piece of music for the first time, and it have such a profound effect on you, you instantly feel a shift in how you view the world. The older I get the less that happens unfortunately and I have a few possible theories why this is the case - maybe as we get older the shine of life fades, or the "new experience" part of our brain has seen and heard all too similar things before, or maybe we have just lost the naivety of youth? Who the fuck knows? But who the fuck cares?! Anyway, I digress...

It was my introduction to the early 90's rave scene that gave me my first epiphanistic thunder crack (one I still feel to this day). The whole culture was held up by a strong pillar of community, a "them and us" type affair which was a beautiful thing. If you knew, you knew and you was in, if you didn't know, we knew, and we weren't telling you.  Add into the mix a fuck load of uplifting breakbeat, so badly mixed in comparison to the Tesco-esque EDM of today, it survived solely on primitive emotion and the innovation of the everyman. 

Sonz Of A Loop Da Loop Era

Nothing gave me the goosies more than the Suburban Base label. In particular Danny Breaks as Sonz Of A Loop Da Loop Era. This guy was a genius in a deceptively mock simplistic way. The mixture of upbeat, gritty textures and rhythmic scratching sitting alongside the syncopated Korg M1 piano and slightly detuned stabs made for a listening experience and an influence I frequently draw from to this day.

I tend to approach production in a similar way as I imagine he does. It's everything and the kitchen sink type shit, which to be honest can get me into trouble and detract from the vocal so I have to rain it in most of the time. But it's the chaos in an orderly fashion that I love and tracks such as House Of Frauds and We Lack Shellac are evidence of this.

Pieces like this are so atypical of common hip hop I think possibly my love for rap could get lost in translation to some. To be honest I ain't arsed about that though because to me it's a tribute to a collection of era's, movements and  vibes that have moved me and shaped the music I make. 

'Rip Eat Prescription' is out available on CD and download from Friday.