I’ve never really had to ponder these things in the past because I have always just followed my passion in music without regard for the trend of the moment being so in bedded in the uk underground music scene i have been pushing music forward in ways that might not be the normal expected sound of the moment and that said I would never presume to have invented anything or any style but i’m pretty sure I have been influential in moving things along in the uk dance music scene but that’s not a fact its just how I see it and your welcome to think otherwise, but recently with my new and very difficult set of albums i’m questioning what exactly i’m supposed to be and to who?
Putting my name on music and I’m feeling more like an artist than a record producer, especially since recently i’m reading feedback from the self professed movers and shakers in radio and press who question where I am with what i’m doing , i’m getting feedback like “this is not in one style?” or “its all a bit too varied” and for the acid dubs album comments like “its interesting to listen to but will people get it “ or “it sounds very old skool”
I read these things and wonder how if i’m a creative artist I can truly be creative without being stamped on with comments that want to place me in one style rather than just take the trip for what it is meant to be, comments like it sounds a bit 90’s on an acid house albums is like saying every morning the sun will rise (like der?)
My intention in my music will always be misunderstood I supposed because too many people want one thing and nothing different as an artist its not my intention to follow the trend of the day just to be in and trendy,
I know my ability to make music is varied and those that know me know i’m able to match up to anything right now that’s being made but as an artist i’m trying to be different and break out from the normal expected sound of now and i’m trying to mix up old and new and not be categorised as one style, to me being an artist is all these things and anything less is a compromise and blatantly designed for the masses and the reviewers to just keep with the current flow (if you fit your cool).
I suppose that’s why I never used to put my name on tracks as being told the stuff is rubbish or doesn’t fit by someone who has not skills in making music them selves but has the power to diss you in print is very painful its like people can totally not understand what your doing but tell everyone its rubbish and you have no means to respond.
I realise that’s one of the reasons I have all my life just put the music out and let it work its way up on its own merits, the main stream only want main stream and if you try to give them anything different from what they want they just think its old or wrong or wont work.
Ho hum i’m just ranting but also realising my fears of rejection as an artist are always hard to take and it’s a bit like being bullied but someone you cant fight back against but can turn the hole class against you.
Being an artist is when you stand up and say this is who I am do you like me, I realise having been a ‘record producer all y life’ that why I don’t like being an artist but this is where I am and I will stand up for what I do and hopefully people will take the time to see each album as a journey and not the next lady gag a release, what make what I do special is that I do it with a serious history of success and so i’m not blind in what i’m doing i’m just determined to do it this way.
It you try to bag and tag this music it you wont get it, you have to want to take the trip for what it is and it is not the next big thing its just an artist being totally unique and pushing things in various ways outside of the obvious norms.
We (artists) are not all of us, commercial robots in the music industry. Put on your raving shoes and unplug your-self from the matrix of bland music that is currently in control of your lives. I cant guarantee you’ll like it but at least you would have understood that this artist is pushing thing in a totally different and unique way to anyone else right now and yes it has an old skool flavour which is intended and being different well, that’s what I have always done its just now I’m so far different that those that are designed to only understand the sound of the moment with that attitude to creative artists your never gonna get this at all, you just have to want to try to understand that its nothing like now but its still underground from the uk and its all totally original. and maybe my nothing like now might trigger off other to make similar experiments and my nothing like now will be come the now..thats was a good artist can do when trying to be different.