Mungo's Hi Fi + Eva Lazarus + Max Romeo - Babylon Raid

 

 Mungo's Hi Fi + Eva Lazarus + Max Romeo - Babylon Raid

Mungo’s Hi Fi + Eva Lazarus + Max Romeo – Babylon Raid

 

ARTIST NAME: Mungo’s Hi Fi + Eva Lazarus

 

SONG TITLE:  Babylon Raid

 

ALBUM TITLE: ‘More Fyah’

 

RELEASE DATE: 19th July (Album)

 

GENRE: Reggae

 

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Interview with Tom Tattersall

 

Tell us your opinion on creativity and originality.

It is very rare for artists to be completely original. For me, creativity is the process of identifying elements that you like within other music and other parts of life and blending them together in a way that represents yourself and what you want to express.

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Tell us the beginning of your passion for music.

I used to have piano lessons when I was young and one day I got bored with practicing the sheet music I’d been given. I started messing about and came up with a rock n roll riff of my own. I realized that I didn’t always have to play other peoples music but could make up my own stuff! Then I became fascinated with synths and bought my first synth when I was 13.

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Elaborate on how you make sure the quality of your sound is high.

I use a studio which I designed and built myself and put a lot of thought into the sound treatment to make sure every mix is as balanced as possible. We try out new tracks on our sound system and DJ gigs before we release to check the sound and most importantly the reaction of the crowd!

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Tell us how you get ideas to develop your songs.

I produce many styles of reggae and other bass music, from ska and rocksteady to dancehall and dubstep. I might hear another track that inspires an idea or a vocalist who I’d like to work with.

 

If I’m producing a track for a particular vocalist I research their other tracks and their style and try to make a track that I feel will fit. Often, once I’ve recorded a vocal I make some changes to the instrumental to work around the vocal.

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Discuss your music background.

I started playing music when I was 9 or 10 and had piano lessons. At school, I was in a couple of bands. In the first band, we played mostly covers of indie and rock tunes then when I was 16 I joined another band that played jazz and funk.

 

Also while in school I got hooked on using a basic music program on an Atari computer and started borrowing synths and other equipment to take home in the holidays. I started buying records and with one turntable I would record multitrack mixes with backing tracks and scratching routines.

 

I moved to Glasgow in 1994 and formed a band with some friends playing all kinds of styles from Latin to psychedelic rock.

 

I also set up my first electronic studio in my bedroom first with only a drum machine and a multi-track recorder and then bought keyboards and other stuff when I could afford it. I used to perform under the name ‘Algorhythm’ and played live sets of electro, house, techno, and dub.

 

I then met my friend Doug and we started Djing together as the ‘Dub Dentists.’ I began to focus on producing mainly Dub and Reggae and around the same time we started to build a sound system and called it Mungo’s HiFi.

 

We started a monthly reggae club night in a Working Men’s Club in Glasgow.

 

In 2005 we started our record label ‘Scotch Bonnet’ and released tracks that I was making.

 

We gradually expanded the studio and label and started working with more vocalists and other producers.

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Discuss your music process.

I often get musical ideas when I am out walking in the hills in Scotland. I don’t think too much about it and try and let ideas flow naturally. I record ideas on a voice recorder and take them to the studio and make a quick sketch of the idea. I listen to the sketch outside of the studio, for example in my kitchen or while driving and see what other ideas I can come up with to build up the track.

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State five hit songs and name the artists.

Nina Simone – My Baby just cares for me

 

The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Purple Haze

 

The Beatles – Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club

 

Damian Marley – Jamrock

 

Rihanna – Work

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Tell us how you entertain the audience during a live performance.

I play a wide selection of music that encompasses what we do. I try to show that I’m enjoying myself on stage and connect with the audience.

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List the name of artists that have a similar sound to yours.

OBF

 

Prince Fatty

 

Numa Crew

 

Coki

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Discuss how you think your music is impacting your fans.

Hopefully, it is blurring the borders between genres and showing the influence that Jamaican music has had on our culture.

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Tell us how you master your songs after production.

Sometimes I master tracks myself using high-end plugins; sometimes we use an external mastering company to do it.

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Discuss how you get your songs to digital stores.

We use a digital aggregator.

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Discuss how to generate income through music.

In our experience, playing gigs is the biggest source of income but it goes hand in hand with having a steady output of releases. Building a catalog of tracks gives income from streaming and publishing.

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Tell us your piece of advice to a new artist.

Find someone with experience to guide you! Believe in the music you make and don’t compromise too much to other peoples’ ideas of what you should be doing.

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State your favourite radio station.

BBC Radio 1Xtra.

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Go into details on this song.

Eva Lazarus recorded the vocal for us as a dubplate on a classic reggae instrumental. I felt it was a strong vocal and wanted to build a new instrumental for it. We then had a request from a multimedia theatre show called Kid_X to provide music for the soundtrack to their show. They were able to fund a video for one of the tracks and we decided to use More Fyah.

 

We decided to make the track and video about a futuristic dancehall scenario where people could send their avatars to a virtual sound system session.

 

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