So Simon it goes without saying that you a real bonafide Doctor of The Funk, so if you could cure anything in the music industry today, what would it be, I’d personally eradicate the epidemic of the use of autotune vocals.
“Yeah, autotune as an overblown effect can go. Unless you're rocking some super silky Herbie Hancock Future Shock vocoder skills - then you can stay. As with any industry there's a ton of things that need change, but it would be nice to wave a magic wand and cure the lack of diversity for starters”
Thanks for answering a few questions for Music To Shake A Hoof, 20 years in the game with numerous singles, four albums with a further one on the way, (Lab Experiments Vol 2) you’ve always featured some great guest vocalists and I’m personally loving the collaboration with ‘Kaiit’ on new single ‘Warning’ so what can we expect on the new album.
Eight tracks of heat! Seriously though, instrumentally, Vol. 2 has a tasty mix of jump up breakbeat jams (for the b-boys and b-girls) and some grittier, more cinematic numbers. Vocally, aside from our collab with the fabulous Kaiit,…
So tell us how many versions of hot sauce did you have to cook up before you got that ‘just right’ taste.
Hot Sauce was more or less straight out of the pan, with a bit of seasoning along the way. Most of my beats start with a main section (8 bar loop for example) I build this up until it feels right and full. At this stage I then create other sections of the beat and arrange it. Next is removing elements to refine and clear out the unnecessary juices. Get the basic flavours working together but don't over season... There's nothing worse than an over salty dish…