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Joe Muggs interviews: Rob Gordon, Mary Anne Hobbs, Tony Thorpe, EL-B Cumbia mix.
more in the furture no doubt...
Proper in-depth stuff, inspiring.
The cumbia mix is awesome.
amuses me that he writes for mixmag and the wire. i need to get out more.
one of optimo did a good, free downloadable/ streamable cumbia mix for beats in space not long back.
In Joe Muggs' interview in the Wire a few months back El-B talked about how much he'd fallen in love with cumbia. I seem to recall him saying his wife's Colombian. His music was always so deeply percussive and focused on groove, it's not entirely surprising that he's found other stuff that has a similar effect...
just in case anyone wants to check it out... this is the interview that made me realise that long, in depth stuff could work online.... http://thewire.co.uk/articles/2280/
I hadn't read that full interview transcript before, it's really interesting to hear him talk in more depth about the stuff that influences him and the way he's rebuilding all these salsa and cumbia tracks in house format...
they're going to surprise a lot of people. As he implies, they are SHAMELESSLY cheesy, but dropped at the right moment to a dancefloor they are absolutely unstoppable. They've saved my bacon a couple of time playinig in rougher venues, in fact... Good vibe guaranteed.
Appetite suitably whetted...
Thank you all for the kind words.
It is kind of an experiment to see if I can buck the trend for web things to be short-attention-span based and argument-provoking (both of which I have terrible tendencies to be sucked in by), and so far it appears to be working. Huge huge props to Ben Bashford (design) and Brian Stevens (pics) as it's down to them that the pages are just so pleasant to linger on!
There's tons more stuff to come - interviews with Cristian Vogel and Geiom are done and just being transcribed, and I've got ones with Twitch (Optimo), Herbert, Mark Moore, Mark Pritchard, Dego (4 Hero) lined up, as well as various other less well known people that I admire... Get it on your RSS feeds!
I'll keep reading, really interested to see what Geiom is saying let alone the rest. Keep doing your thing!
Can I draw people's attention to http://theartsdesk.com please? It's a pretty amazing venture with some heavyweight writers... I have reviews up there of Jeremy Deller's Depeche Mode movie, 2562, Rustie, Hudson Mohawke, Fleetwood Mac, The xx, and a rather spiffy interview with Kode 9, amongst many other things... have a root around...
I've been reading that too haha
There are a lot of really good people writing for them by the looks of things. Enjoyed your review of 2562's launch party at Corsica, it joined the dots between my fairly hazy memories of parts of the evening.
Looking forward to reading the Geiom interview, I'm sure he's got a lot of interesting things to say about the leaching of global influences into UK bass music. It's good to hear so much about MAH as well, props for that - she's had a pretty amazing life by all accounts, which I knew nothing about before.