HOT VOX POP QUIZ WITH MUTANT VINYL
Who is Mutant Vinyl?
Mutant Vinyl is my musical & creative alias. I coined it as a vehicle for weird, saxophone driven music, where I didn’t have to answer to anyone but me.
Who came up with the name Mutant Vinyl and does it have a story or any meaning behind it?
My Dad & I pulled the words out of a hat, literally. It immediately seemed perfect though, as I love vinyl records & X-Men..
If you had to describe your music using just five words, what would they be?
Saxophone not sounding like saxophone.
Who are your biggest influences musically?
As a saxophonist, Michael Brecker blew my head off. His creativity with the instrument, & his jazz / funk / fusion cross-over flipped everything for me. But also, without Prince, Massive Attack or Erykah Badu, I would still probably be selling mobile phones everyday..
What’s your biggest achievement so far?
Playing to 20,000 at Lenin Square in Belarus was pretty special for me. To go over there unknown & end up receiving such an incredible welcome just showed how special art is at breaking down social & language boundaries.
It gave me some hope that we will always come together with new cultures by sharing our art, even if certain political decisions *cough* the b-word, try to close us off.
Walk us through your songwriting process...
It 99% of the time starts out with a drum loop or rhythmic pattern. Throughout all the genres of music I obsess over, the drum & bass backbone are always the first thing I swoon over.
From there I go to keyboard / samples / saxophone, for melody / harmony, & will then skim through notebooks of scrawled lyrics. It’s a messy, shambolic process, ranging from hours to months..
If you could go on tour with any current band or artist, who would it be and why?
At the moment, I would love to open up for Everything Everything. I think they’re pretty special, both lyrically & musically, & I reckon we could share a great common ground of weirdness & creativity.
If you could put your dream team band together consisting of any musicians from the past or present who would the band members be?
Okaaaaay so I’d probably have to have Billy Cobham on drums, Sheila. E on percussion, Josh Klinghoffer on guitar / synth, Michael League on bass, & Janelle Monae fronting it. I’d probably then just watch & occasionally get them refreshments..
How would you describe your live show to someone who has never seen you perform before?
The live show is where Mutant Vinyl makes the most sense. Musically, I think it feels like a mixtape at times flipping between electronica, nu-jazz, dub & trip-hop. The energy levels are high, & the improvisation is frequent.
For this run of album shows, I’m very lucky to have some fantastic friends / musicians alongside me, so it’s a heavy, full sound.
Do any of you have any pre-gig or post gig rituals?
Before gigs I’m a nervous wreck, chugging coffee & water, pacing around somewhere. Post gig is strictly Guinness & straight to the merch table!
What would your ultimate rider be if you could have anything without being accused of being a diva?
Ideally, there would be a draught Guinness pump in the dressing room & a bath of hummus, next to a pile of pita bread..
Tell us one thing your fans would be really shocked or surprised to hear..
One of the first gigs I did as a teenager in a rock band, was supporting one of Boyzone on their tiny church tour of Dorset. It was.. surreal.
If people want to check you out online where is the best place to go?
Stick Mutant Vinyl into any social media platform / search engine & you’ll find me! Soundcloud has the most music > http://www.soundcloud.com/mutantvinyl
Finally, What does the future hold for Mutant Vinyl?
My debut album comes out on April 26th, via the wonderful folk at Klee Music. Then I’m playing gigs into 2020 (festivals & support tours), in amongst a spluttering of special remixes & EPs coming out.
The Camden Assembly,28 June
The Borderline,13 July
The Camden Assembly,27 July
The Borderline,14 August
The Camden Assembly,06 September
The Borderline,07 September
The Jazz Cafe,03 December