Stereo MC’s: “influentele noastre au fost intotdeauna eclectice”

Salutare oameni buni!
Eu sunt Andrei si imi este rusine sa recunosc ca urmatorul vostru concert este prima data cand va vad live. Este deci o adevarata onoare sa vad un performance complet al LP-ului Connected. Vorbim totusi de un reper urias pentru muzica alternativa. Eu reprezint radio-ul EclecticFM si noi promovam trupe talentate care intra in sfera eclecticismului. Primele mele ganduri merg direct catre legende precum voi si va vizualizez ca pe niste pionieri ai muzicii alternativ-electronice. Majoritatea intrebarilor vor fi despre clasicul vostru disc pe care il veti interpreta pentru noi in Control.

Intrebarile au primit raspunsuri de la disc jockey-ul si producatorul Nick Hallam.

1.Care a fost prima piesa pe care iti amintesti ca ati terminat-o de pe Connected si cum v-ati simtit?
Cred ca primul cantec finalizat a fost THE END, pe care o facusem cu 3 luni inaintea restului albumului. A fost initial un B-side pentru un alt single, insa avea in mod clar calitati de sine-statatoare si am decis sa il pastram si sa il mai lucram pentru long play-ul care urma.

2.Ce ne puteti spune despre procesul de selectie prin care decideati ce sample-uri ati folosit pentru acest album?
De fapt ascultam muzica tot timpul, inca o facem, muzica care ne ramane in cap si cand lucram la o piesa noua, in asa fel incat se poate sa imprumuti o mica idee care are pentru tine sens in atmosfera cantecului.

3.Cat de eclectic erau influentele voastre cand lucrati in studio pe vremea aceea?
Influentele noastre au fost intotdeauna eclectice: asta e frumusetea muzicii, un album electronic minimal de la inceputul anilor optzeci putea foarte simpla sa combine un sample de funk cu un beat obscure de rock sau ceva de genul. Se “decora” totul cu un un sintetizator analog, precum o cireasa pe tort, erau foarte multe optiuni.

4.Ati cunoscut vreodata pe cei de la Bomfunk MC’s? Sunt la fel de cool precum voi?
Stiu la cine te referi, dar nu, nu i-am intalnit niciodata.

5.Eu sunt un mare fan Happy Mondays, asa ca nu ma pot abtine sa va intreb, care este cea mai faina amintire pe care o aveti din zilele cand erati in turneu impreuna?
Happy Mondays sunt o gasca cu care radeam si inca ne intalnim si simtim bine. Imi amintesc ca eram in turneu in Statele Unite si ca era in nebunie generala, muzica era foarte buna, uneori situatia devenea haotica insa intotdeauna am fost prietenosi unii cu altii.

6.Nu in ultimul rand, unul din cele mai recente hituri ale voastre in Romania a fost colaborarea cu Jamie Cullum, Boy. Ce ne mai puteti spune despre ce artist ati alege pe viitorul album pentru a face “puntea” intre generatii.
Am facut in ultima vreme muzica dance cu prieteni precum Terranova, care este la casa de discuri Kompakt din Germania, si avem acum o piesa noua cu Adam Port, la labelul Keinemusik, din Berlin, o piesa house care incepe usor sa faca valuri in topurile Beatport.

Multumesc mult pentru timpul acordat.
Ne vedem in Control, nu pot pune in cuvinte nerabdarea pe care o simt cand ma gandesc ca urmeaza sa va ascult.
Multumim si asteptam si noi cu drag.
Noroc!

Hello good people of Stereo MC’s!
My name is Andy I’m ashamed to tell you that your next concert will be the first time I’m seeing you live. So then it’s quite an honor to see a full performance of the Connected LP. Such a massive landmark record for alternative music. I represent the radio station called EclecticFM and we’re on a quest to perform new upcoming talents very much like the title says: eclectic. My thoughts go directly to legends like you, one of the pioneers of electronic-alternative music. Most of my questions will be about your classic record that you’re going to perform for us in Club Control.

The questions have been answered by dj and producer Nick Hallum.

1.What was the first song you remember being finished off the Connected LP and how did that feel?
I think the first song we completed was a song called THE END, which we actually made 3 months before the rest of the LP. It was originally a B side for another single, but we felt it had a really strong vibe of its own, so we kept it and did a little more work on it for the LP later on.

2.Can you tell us a bit about the selection process you had in choosing the samples you used on making this record?
Really, we just listen to music all the time, so music gets logged in your brain and then when you are working on a track, you can remember a little idea that fits a soundscape you have in your head.

3.How eclectic were your influences while in studio in those days?
Our influences have always been Eclectic: that’s the beauty of music, a minimal electronic record from the early eighties can mesh with a funk tune or some obscure rock beat etc., and then play an analogue synth on top, there is so much choice.

4.Have you ever met the Bomfunk MC’s? Are they cool guys like you?
Know who you mean, but never met them.

5.I’m a big fan of the Happy Mondays too, so I can’t contain but to ask you this, what’s the coolest memory you’ve got from back in the day when you were touring with that bunch?
Happy Mondays are a great bunch of people we always had a real laugh with them and still do. Remember being in America on tour with them and general madness going on it was great music funtimes sometimes messy but always friendly.

6.Last and least, you had a massive alternative hit here in Romania with Boy your collaboration with Jamie Cullum. Tell us about any other artist you would pick to feature on your future records so to say ”to bridge the gap” between generations.
We have been making music with awesome electronic dance music friends like Terranova, who makes records on Kompakt, in Germany, and we have a track just out with Adam Port, on the label Keinemusik, from Berlin, which is starting to do well in the beatport house charts.

Thank you very much for your time.
See you soon in Control, I can’t put it into words how anxious I am to see you!
Thank you we are really looking forward to this.
Cheers!