this is an interview with okayplayer board members instigated by Mdcl !!!
* List of influences
my crew Akwasi,Kaidi Tatham and Matt Lord also help me by teaching me music techniques and exercises.
* Equipment list
In storage in London or in friends possession i have an oberheim obxa,roland jx3p,paraphonic 505,tb303,fender rhodes,arp omni & solina,moog source,polymoog,bass guitar,various efx pedals and percussion.
* Impressions on the ‘scene’ in 2010
What inspires Dego in his writing lyrics?
1.) If you could work with any mainstream artist and give them a single for their album who would it be? and why?
2.) Why was there such a delay for this Silhouette Brown album?
3.) What will be the next single off the project?
4.) As great as your music is … Why do you think it’s harder for the mainstream audiences to digest your music?
when people are fed a diet of beans on toast all their lives,how the hell are they going to digest and appreciate some fine well balanced diet? what i am saying is there is no balance nowadays, growing up the top 30 chart was incredible looking back.straight up bubble gum pop stood next to social commentary from The Specials the way out there sounds of Art of Noise and the groove of D-Train.the shit is so elementary now that its embarrassing. to sell worldwide you have to win ‘pop idol’ ffs. as for all this style over substance…. ok i better stop before i rant.time i go listen to some Underground Resistance,Micachu & MF Doom.
5.) If you could go back in time and find yourself (a young Dego) knowing what you know now …. what would you say to yourself?
No i would say stop hiding behind all these pseudonyms and triple check your quality control.
Who’s your favorite female artist to work with AND will this (Q&A) be on your website? I want to make sure it’s legit, ya mean?
i had no plans to put this on my site but to satisfy you i will post it on my blog page.
what’s the album (not yours of course) you listened to the most in your life ?
i used to listen to johnny hammond ‘shifting gears’ lp religously.i will not have a bad word said against that lp or the Mizell brothers. i will fight anyone to the death if they dare question this.do you hear me?TO THE DEATH i said
any plans to put together a live band to perform in the States?
Do either you or Marc Mac plan on releasing anymore “beat tapes”?
What happened to Deborah Jordan? Was it a matter of y’all just in different directions musically? With the first SB being such a success, I was surprised she wasn’t a part of TWO.
Deborah Jordan is doing her thing she put out her solo lp in 2008 i think. it was not a matter of different musical directions as the music goes in our(K&D) direction.full stop.I moved to nyc and i didnt have the time to be flying back an forth to record vocals.plus i wanted a richer sounding voice on ‘two’.
What’s up w/ the hip hop album you’re doing? I want to know more about that.
Like who’s that young woman on Simple Sacrifice?
1. I noticed that you and Marc Mac don’t share a single writing credit on the whole of the Play With The Changes album. Was this album recorded separately and released together as a group a la Outkast’s Speakerboxxx/The Love Below? If not, what is your collaborative process like? (This last question is polite bullshit as it’s pretty obvious to even a sometimey 4hero fan that they don’t work together anymore, but it’d be nice to get an official answer to this first question.)
2. Did you make a conscious decision to move away from the earlier (4hero) sound into a more neo-soul, R&B, mellow jazz direction?
excuse me.i dont make mellow jazz thankyou.well 4hero after getting signed to mercury/talkin loud knew it needed songs as it quickly became apparent that the label was not gonna have us as a priority.besides it was a challenge for us and great to learn how to produce the way of people we had followed all our lives.so whilst we made ‘cooking up your brain’ we went home and listened to clifford coulter ‘loves to hot to hide’…you get me?
Jacob’s Optical Stairway: talk about it. Specifically, what went into making that record?
Outta their (4hero) discography to date, I think that record is the one that is most criminally slept on.
Playing that 15 years later, it still sounds ahead of the times.
aah man that was a long time ago.i will try to remember what i can.firstly we loved detroit techno and was fortunate to become friends with a lot of the artists,carl craig,mad mike,kevin saunderson,claude young,juan atkins(who is on the lp) etc .now R&S records approached us to do it and we felt it would be great to be the first D&B artist on the roster alongside the techno greats.
we wanted to to make techno,slighty cinematic drum & bass. it was made pretty fast because it was an enjoyable process. it was my first time using a vocoder and rocking a minimoog.we used a fostex 16track which helped with the sound.you cant beat the sound of tape.there was a fair bit of jd 800 going on too.hold on lemme find the lp so i can refresh my memory.brb….ok right then, madness.lol.i love the fact it was made free of any chains.
we used to do weekends of lab coat sessions.processing sounds retreating drum breaks.made our shit distinctive.i should get back into that.
ok thanks for the questions,and a big NO thanks to mashi.i dont really do this stuff but it was cool.
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