On The Outside, Looking In Vol. 1: Sicknote x Soul Beat Runner

Most of the blog’s features are thematically based on informal conversations with my guests. Although I often include verbatim excerpts, it’s been a long time since I posted an actual interview. This is the first installment of a new category introduced to replace one of the blog’s oldest series “Jump The Q”, which has unceremoniously completed its cycle. The “Jump The Q” questionnaire template was designed to be short and simple rather than thought-provoking; the general idea being to discover a few personal details about artists and djs (from their favourite drink to the worst live performance they’ve witnessed), whose music-related work I admire and respect.

The new category titled “On The Outside, Looking In” will encompass a broad and conceptual music-centered scope. The timeline is intentionally non-linear, jumping back and forth in times and places and the head-title is borrowed from the first Modern Urban Jazz release by Glider-State (Blame & Justice); a casual chat between friends and a retrospective sneak view into old photo albums, collections, musical diaries, hazy memories and internal monologues.

Sicknote x SBR

Sicknote x Soul Beat Runner

The new series kicks off with two guests, who share common musical taste, vision and aesthetics, dating back to the early days of drum & bass. Really intrigued to find out more about their views, perspective and insight, I am very happy to present Lewis ‘Sicknote’ and Michael ‘Soul Beat Runner’ (SBR) discussing all things music.

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On Reflection: Six Years Of Blogging

“What came first, the music or the obsession?”

GodIsNoLongerADj 6th year

This coming month is the sixth year anniversary since the blog went officially online. Three years ago I shared some thoughts here about how it all started, a retrospective account of the events that influenced the blog’s thematic basis, as well as a quick walk-through the blog’s various categories/series and a brief background story behind each one of them. A lot has changed since then, so I thought it would be apt to update regular and non-regular readers about the new direction, forthcoming features and what the future holds for this blog. Certain categories have completed their cycle, new have been added and some remain dormant until the right trigger or inspiration comes up.

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Beastie Respond Jumps The Q

“… I never set out to achieve something particular. I was listening to lots of electronic music when I first started writing my own, and for completely selfish reasons I wanted to create something that I enjoy myself. Something I felt was missing. I still feel like that. That and the acknowledgement I get for my work is what keeps me going. Career-wise I take it as it comes. I don’t want to change anything in my music to put myself in a better financial situation … ” – Beastie Respond reflecting on the beginning of his musical career

Beastie Respond

Beastie Respond

The next guest featuring in the blog’s Jump The Q series, sharing some interesting and funny personal trivia, is Danish producer Tobias Pedersen aka Beastie Respond. After taking a short break from writing music, re-inventing his sound and developing his studio techniques, Tobias re-emerged recently ever so creative with the “Back To The Future EP“; a throwback to 80’s aesthetics and nostalgia, with a modern twist. Artist profile and biography, discography highlights, extensive review of his latest EP, as well as social media links are available in the section right after the Q&A.

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Law (drumtrip.co.uk) Jumps The Q

A mini-interview with 22 short questions (some personal, some tricky) looking for equally short answers, addressed to artists, producers, promoters, djs, friends and affiliates of the blog in general.

The next international guest featuring in the Jump The Q series of the blog is Dj Law; an old school specialist, the mastermind and curator of drumtrip.co.uk, sharing some personal trivia with the blog. A short bio, information about Drumtrip and respective links can be found below the Q&A.

Drumtrip

Drumtrip

Law Jumps The Q

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Nymfo Jumps The Q

A mini-interview with 22 short questions (some personal, some tricky) looking for equally short answers, addressed to artists, producers, promoters, djs, friends and affiliates of the blog in general.

Today Nymfo Jumps the Q

Nymfo 2

Nymfo

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