Eatbrain’s campaign of delivering bulldozing, smokebelching D&B has caused us to witness recent fireballs hurtling earthward in the forms of Qo, Kung and related conspirators. Now we have the Full Force ep from kiwis State of Mind. Soooooo let’s don flak vests and go in…
I always feel that you guys are propelled by a lot of positive fury, some of which is socio-political, is this the case here? Did something thematic lurk about in your mind to create this ep? Nice light opening question there!
Thanks. Glad you like it. No this EP isn’t really political in any way. Eat the Rich was, well the title certainly was.
How did the linkup to Eatbrain come about? You got a shared mindset? I think it’s important that people come from the same outlook in what they do… how do you get on?
Gabor has been a friend of ours for many years. In fact, he has stayed with both of us in NZ a couple of times now when he has toured NZ and Australia. Likewise we have spent lots of time with him in Budapest. When he started Eatbrain he asked us if we would like to do an EP. Of course we were keen so here we are.
…and how did you come to collab with Jade?
This particular collab was made while Pat was touring in Europe. He stayed in Budapest for a week and made ‘Know your Place’ with Gabor and Greg (Mindscape) in Gabor’s studio. They started another couple of tunes too, but alas, Gabor’s PC died and we lost those projects before they could be finished.
Your tune with Chris.SU is phenomenal! Holy sh*t! If that was dropped at any big D&B night I think they have a circle pit. Can you tell us how you guys worked together and what it was like? Chris is famously a big-hearted guy.
Well ‘Chariots’ was made while I was over touring in Europe. You see a pattern emerging here.
It started from two samples basically. That spoken word thing in the breakdown and that ‘Break!’ vocal hit every four bars. The rest kinda fell into place.
We’ve worked on so many tunes with Chris now I kinda lose track. Maybe a dozen releases. He’s really easy to work with and again a good friend of ours. He’s very musical which is great, because Pat and I, well our piano skills are kinda lacking.
Chris on the other hand can basically play a chord progression as you tell it to him, so it makes it really fast. We have different skill sets I think which always makes for good collabs.
Wicked sound on this… what are some favourite studio habits of yours? Good or bad.
Studio habits? Well I drink about ten cups of tea a day. I guess I get that from my mum who is English. Even on a roasting hot day.
Right, ‘Bypass’? That, connected to the title track, makes a pretty unholy pairing I must say! Twin stealth bombers.
Well that one I started while Pat was in Europe making ‘Know Your Place’. It’s handy being able to work like that! I sent it over to him and he dropped it second tune that weekend so he was into it. I’m not really sure what inspired it as such. That main bass was kinda accidental.
I just happened to loop part of a larger riff and thought Well, hey that’s simple but it’ll work.
Sometimes good things happen by accident.
What other killers exist in the box/wallet/stick right now that you may be drawing to screw people up with, old and new, yours and others’?
The is a new L33 ep on Eatbrain which is sick. New Current Value ep on Blackout is killing it.
Audio is killing it in general too.
Scene talk: people talk about places ruling for D&B, then it dies, then it comes back… what’s it like in NZ right now? Always so assertively strong there.
Ah it’s pretty sh*t. Worst its been in about ten years I reckon. It’s a combination of factors, but yeah, basically I look forward to getting out on tour. Sorry NZ.
OK have you got any shouts, dates or anything for us?
Just shouts to anyone that’s still reading this interview I guess…