Total Science talk about biscuits and their release on Dispatch
Words by Mat Taylor
Well ,we’re both recovering from our weekend shows. We’re not spring chickens anymore! Great otherwise.
We hate working with Jay as he’s a moany tosser but we forced ourselves to put up with that and get in the studio with him again! Seriously though, we’re all good friends so it’s easy to work together. This was really started by us having a sampling session with DLR’s vinyl selection. Some old dub tunes and a breakbeat album. Then we took the samples up to Jay’s studio and the rest is history
With most collaborations we all get in the studio together and vibe it out. With the tunes we make ourselves that will vary from tune to tune, one of us will write a sketch and then bring it to the table for the other to add his input to, then other times we will sit and write a tune together from scratch.
This changes from track to track but the main thing to start with is a good folder of samples for the session. We really put that to effect with a recent tune we finished. Went through a whole bunch of 93 jungle tunes and took all the bits we could from them and then instantly got a vibe going once we starting playing around with them in logic. As for knowing when it’s finished, we only know when we’ve tested the track out a few times out in our sets.
Well we are all good friends with Ant, DLR obviously works with Ant a lot, and Ant was feeling the track so it made sense to give it to Dispatch. We all want the people releasing and pushing our music to really be feeling it and not just trying to make a quick buck out of you.
Yes we are very old men. We’d been friends for a good few years before we started making music and that just strengthened over time. We couldn’t work with people we didn’t get on with or consider friends on some level.
Have some patience, don’t try to run before you can walk, meaning make sure you’re at a good standard to start with. That might mean reaching out to people for advice or just knowing it yourself. Try not to stick your first ever effort (unless it’s amazing, which would be rare) on Soundcloud and have your friends tell you how great it is, you’ll think you’re at a better standard then you are and that’s not helpful to grow as an artist. Like all good things in life, it takes time to get good at something.
Smithy – Tight Fit, our remix of Doc Scott’s NHS, Embargo, Soul Patrol, and Street Level.
Quiff – I couldn’t narrow it down to five, we’ve been doing this over 20 years and made too many tunes for us even to remember. So off the top of my head: Silent Reign, Jungle Jungle, Redlines, Taxman, Contraband, Radius, Squash VIP, Another Time, our Jazznote remix, Green Tomatoes, the list goes on and on…
S – It’s a completely different world now. It’s easier than ever to get hold of the music you want. That’s not necessarily a good thing for me because it stops you from socialising with fellow artists like you did back in the Music House days. Tunes were made big from us all being at Music House at the right time, that doesn’t happen now. It’s also made music a bit throwaway, having a record collection was such a thing now you have a hard drive full of music. That said, it’s a lot easier to move house now with a hard drive!
Q – Like Smithy said its a totally different ball game, drum and bass was as much about the group of people who made it and played, and the fact you had to have skills to be part of that group push the sound forward and helped it grow. I still have a pretty large vinyl collection stretching back to my first electro purchases and the memories I have of hearing then hunting down the tracks are priceless in my opinion. It’s just much more satisfying having a physical item than an audio file but again the audio file is the music I want to hear. I’ve had to move twice in the last few years and it is a back breaking nightmare.
We think the whole thing stinks of gentrification. Their main concern isn’t public safety in this instant. They just don’t want a club smack bang in the middle of an area they are trying to develop. It’s money that’s the main agenda here and it stinks!
We spent most of the late 80s and early 90s raving hard and were at Castlemorton for 3 days so if it were to happen we’d probably be there. With the world in the state it’s in at the moment we think it could well be a good thing if a cross section of like minded people got together in a field and had a good time without having to pay hundreds of pounds to see the same old acts in basically a massive corporate advisement. So yeah, good to hear the free party scene is on the rise.
S – Vegetable Biryani
Q– Mixed Shish Kebab
S – Rarely eat them but I’d go for Lotus Biscuits.
Q – I’m more of a sweet addict and am currently hooked on Kinder Chocobons but if I had to choose a biscuit it’d be chocolate chip cookie.
S – West Highland Terrier .
Q – A good mongrel never lets you down.
S – The nearest I came to rowing was doing the dance at weddings.
Q – No, we didn’t come from that side of Oxford if you know what I mean…
S – No.
Q – …also no.
S – Two very different events. Pirate Station in St. Petersburg was amazing: 25000 partying to DnB all night. The other was a weekday event in Ottawa: there were only 30 people in the club but they were all up for being taken on a journey.
Q – Been too many great experiences to really pinpoint one. Every gig has a good moment and for me every time I leave the house I end up on an adventure with a new group of friends.
S – Pissing myself on stage at Viram in Miami. Pissed covered shorts are never a good look.
Q – When the adventure is a bad one!
S – I was a plasterer’s labourer from 16 to 21 and I think I’d probably be a plasterer now if it wasn’t for music.
Q – I left school with one qualification, a CSE D in Drama. But before I discovered music (the reason I left school with one qualification) I trained to be an electrician, welder, and bricklayer. Before that though I actually wanted to be a pilot in the RAF, like my Uncle Pete (RIP). I was an air cadet before I left school but then I heard electro and my world changed forever.
In terms of us, we have a track on Break’s 10 Years of Symmetry LP called ‘Betamax’, and collab tracks with Onemind on Metalheadz coming soon. We also have a CIA vs. Phantom Audio EP which is a collab with Digital and Spirit and their label, which should be dropping the next month or so.
With CIA, we have an EP from Nymfo dropping in November or December, and we’re also finishing a Total Science EP/LP, which should be out late January or early February. Both FD and Phaction are also finishing off new EPs for us, so keep an eye out for them. Then there’s EPs from Pennygiles, and one from Phil Tangent and Need for Mirrors, in the pipeline for Deepkut.
Just a massive thanks to everyone who has supported us over the years & to those that will in the future. We truly appreciate it.
On The Edge is out now on Dispatch, and you can grab a copy by clicking here.