Eclectic Minds: Trolley Snatcha

Eclectic Minds: Trolley Snatcha

trolley snatcherAnd now for something completely different… 

Eclectic Minds is a chance for an artist from another scene to share their love for drum & bass and let us know their all time favourite tunes.

To kick off we’ve got Zack Kemp, a man more commonly known as Trolley Snatcha. Although with his chirpy chatter we find it very hard to believe he’d ever be so brazen as to half inch a portable shopping device.

“Course I snatched trolleys,” he laughs. “Usually from a well-known supermarket, walking home with a trolley in one hand and a kebab in the other… Mischief about to happen, you know what I mean?”

More of his mischief can be found on his Subtext EP. Out this week, it features five distinctive cuts, each one revealing a new side to his repertoire. The stadium-ready Giving Up, for example, shoots out every shade of rave while The Jungle is a fitting fistful of savage electro with supersized cajones.

“The whole idea for the EP was to do everything slightly differently,” he explains. “It’s all my influences from different times. I loved the electro scene and it was a big influence on me so The Jungle is my take on it all.”

‘Doing everything differently’ is a common theme through Trolley’s D&B choices below too. We wouldn’t expect anything less from such a connoisseur, mind. He’s been a closet junglist for a long, long time…

“Oh yeah I was a jungle head from a very early age,” he grins. “I was getting Sidewinder mixtapes from my child minder’s son when I was seven. And I didn’t even have a stereo! Remember Home Alone 2? He had a Talkboy to record all his shit into. I used to have one of them and that’s how I’d play the tunes in my room. My mum would kick off!”

Check out Trolley Snatcha’s selection after the jump.

Pendulum – Back 2 You

“This was before they hit their mainstream market and it blew my mind! It’s so different to what everyone else was doing at the time. They came along with something completely new and exciting that no one had ever done. I’d been a jungle head for time, but this was one of the first real drum & bass tunes I properly fell in love with.”

Synkro & Indigo – Guidance

“I don’t know if you class this as drum & bass? I do. It’s the right BPM but it’s a deeper thing: all subbed out and twinkly melodies. Totally innovative, it joins the dots. These guys push things in a different direction. You know what I mean? A lot of the time a sound just keeps moving along, following the crowds but then something pops out and says ‘no, you can do things differently’. That’s what these guys do for me.”

Taxman – Too Bad

“For me this just reminds me of a time when my music career was becoming a reality. At the time all I was writing was drum & bass, predominantly jump up, and this really stuck out for me. All those wild rhythms and that classic sample at the start? You can’t go wrong! Just like the other two, Taxman pushed a template in a different direction. I really love that in any form of music.”


Drum&BassArena Editor: Dave Jenkins has documented beats for over 15 years working with the likes of UKF, Mixmag, DJ Mag, iDJ, Bandcamp, Resident Advisor, Radio 1 Xtra and many more.
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