77Klash - Klash Of The Titan
Author: Scott Henderson
Monday, 14 July 2008
Prior to this new EP you've written some massive dancehall riddims, in particular the Skallawa riddim, which was used for the hit track Notorious; how does it work with riddims, do you get to pick who uses it, or once it's out and about is it free reign- Â
With the riddims I play it for different artists, and the ones who feel it records a tune on the riddim.
Notorious was a favorite of Radiohead, who've used it to open their shows; are you a fan of the band at all- Would you ever want to work together-
I am a big fan of Radiohead- I am obsessed with one particular track Climbing Walls I used to play that song everyday; I still play it when I need inspiration music to write lyrics too. Yeah, I would like to work with them, they're one of my favorite bands.
Can you tell us a little about the dancehall scene in Brooklyn-
The Brooklyn dancehall scene is coming back in NYC in a major way. For the first time in years Brooklyn dancehall artists are putting out tunes that are running the place here and abroad. This has not happened since the '90s when men like Shaggy and Red Fox busted out big tunes in the dancehall.
Being Jamaican born but living in New York, do you find you have a different take on writing riddims to Jamaican based producers- Â
Yeah my riddims always come out a bit different, most artists when they hear them for the first say, 'this is a international riddim,' I guess because they sound different from the ones they're used too.
The track Mad Again features Johnny Osborne, who is something of a reggae legend and has been on the scene since the 1970s. How important is it to you to fuse the older sound of your reggae roots with what is a much harder sound-
Everyone has a heartbeat; the music I am doing now is very new territory and a bit genre defying so the heartbeat is what I use to connect it all.
You've also said that The Clash have been an influence on your music, and they themselves were influenced by reggae and dub. In what ways does punk rock influence your production style-
I grew up around a lot of punk music, punk rock is message music, and any music that has a positive message about changing the way we live with each other is the music I like the best.
Would you say you're continuing The Clash's tradition of taking reggae in new directions as 77Klash-
I am saying I make music that I like and enjoy- If it's a new direction for reggae it is what it is-. I sampled The Clash on Mad Again; the intro is a sample from a track off the Sandinista! album Let's Go Crazy.
What are you working on, and who with, just now-
I am working on The Swarm Riddim remix right now along, with a solo album and my new riddim Skully.
Are there any other genres of music you would like to experiment with, or blend with your sound- Â
Yeah, man, keep listening.
Finally, do you have any plans to come out to Australia for a tour-
Yeah, when the promoters down under book me!
WHAT: Code For The Streets through Klash City
WHEN: Out now