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Indian E-music – The right mix of Indian Vibes… » Interviews by Dave Simpson

How we made Good Life: Paris Grey and Kevin Saunderson of Inner City

Delivered... Interviews by Dave Simpson | Scene | Tue 6 Aug 2019 6:00 am

‘When the song was a global hit, I flew to London every week, while working at a department store in Chicago. My bosses said: “Take another day off! This is great!”’

I was in Chicago and a DJ friend told me about Kevin Saunderson, who needed a singer. Back then there was no internet or email, so Kevin sent me a tape in the post. I put it on my little cassette recorder and out came Big Fun. The version was very basic, just a keyboard line I think, but I listened to the melody and sang whatever came into my head.

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Oxide & Neutrino: how we made Bound 4 Da Reload (Casualty)

Delivered... Interviews by Dave Simpson | Scene | Tue 29 Jan 2019 7:00 am

‘There was a rise in gun crime and garage was blamed. We went from being on Top of the Pops to not being able to play anywhere. Then I was shot’

I met Neutrino at the pirate radio station Supreme FM, where we were doing DJ sets. We clicked and joined So Solid Crew, who at that time were 30 strong. When we all piled into a tiny room, it was crazy – but when Neutrino and I signed our own record deal, we became a separate entity.

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Groove Armada: how we made At the River

Delivered... Interviews by Dave Simpson | Scene | Tue 20 Nov 2018 7:00 am

It was the chill-out classic that beguiled the 90s – and it all started in a 50p bargain bin in Ambleside

A schoolfriend suggested Andy and I meet, so he came up to my attic in my parents’ house. I was lying on a beanbag and a bit stoned when he walked in, all 6ft 8 of him. The ceiling was low anyway, so I thought I was hallucinating, but we clicked. After we left university we DJ-ed together for a little club night in London, called Captain Sensual at the Helm of the Groove Armada.

While we were recording, news of Princess Diana’s death came on the radio. Maybe that added to the melancholy feel

Groove Armada’s 21st anniversary tour starts at the Marble Factory, Bristol, on 29 November, and continues until 2 December.

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Jean-Michel Jarre: how we made Oxygène

Delivered... Interviews by Dave Simpson | Scene | Tue 16 Oct 2018 6:00 am

‘Hi-fi shops played it as an example of state-of-the-art music. I didn’t tell them I made it with Sellotape in my kitchen’

I played in rock bands as a teenager and would use a tape machine my grandfather gave me to get processed sounds out of my guitar. During the French student uprisings of 1968, this felt like a way of being rebellious. I loved it when people said: “What is this crap?” But by the mid-70s, I wanted to bridge the gap between experimental music and pop.

The Planet Jarre: 50 Years of Music box set is out now on Sony. Jean-Michel Jarre’s new album, Equinoxe Infinity, is released on 16 November.

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How we made: Roni Size on the Mercury-winning album New Forms

Delivered... Interviews by Dave Simpson | Scene | Tue 17 Jul 2018 6:00 am

‘We just went to the Mercury prize ceremony to scoff all the free food and alcohol. Then Eddie Izzard said: You’ve won!’

I was born Ryan Owen Granville Williams but, because I was lighter-skinned, everyone called me Roni, after the only white character in the film Babylon. I was quite short and if my mates were talking about a girl, they’d say: “Oh, she’s Roni’s size.” So that’s how I came up with the name Roni Size.

Related: Roni Size’s favourite tracks

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How we made Orbital’s Chime

Delivered... Interviews by Dave Simpson | Scene | Mon 18 Jun 2018 3:38 pm

The Hartnoll brothers reveal how their rave anthem was created for £3.75 in a cupboard under the stairs at their parents’ house

We made all our early music at our parents’ house in a cupboard under the stairs, just like Harry Potter. Each time we got a new synthesiser or sequencer, we’d be like little kids unwrapping a Christmas present. One of us would discover a new sound and the other would go: “That’s brilliant. Turn the knob!”

When we played Birmingham, audiences reacted like we were the second coming of Christ

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How we made Talvin Singh’s Mercury-winning album OK

Delivered... Interviews by Dave Simpson | Scene | Tue 8 May 2018 6:00 am

‘We were just sitting there with Björk when she got a call from Bono. Next thing I knew, we were supporting U2 at Wembley!’

I was raised in Leytonstone, in east London, by Sikh parents. My uncles would have Indian classical music soirees. There were always tabla around, but I also grew up with Top of the Pops. To me, it was all just music, but the Indian classical musicians back then were very judgmental – about everything from how I played tabla to how I looked.

I’d heard that when second world war pilots came back from missions alive, they were listed as 'OK'

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Hall and Oates: how we made I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do)

Delivered... Interviews by Dave Simpson | Scene | Mon 2 Apr 2018 4:41 pm

‘It was a cry of defiance at all the stupid things we had to do – like when MTV made us race each other across America in Learjets full of fans’

Michael Jackson told us: 'I hope you don't mind but I stole its groove for Billie Jean'

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How we made Air’s Moon Safari

Delivered... Interviews by Dave Simpson | Scene | Tue 31 May 2016 8:00 am

‘Before we came along, French pop was synonymous with Sacha Distel. I hated it’

Daft Punk were down the street from us in Paris and we could almost hear the music they were making when we opened the window during band sessions. It was the late 1990s, and Paris suddenly had this incredible electronic music scene: all these clubs were opening up. I didn’t get to go to all the parties, though, because I was generally at home with my wife taking care of Solal, our baby. We were poor. I knew our livelihood depended on Air being successful.

It was alien, psychedelic, loungecore for after you'd been out clubbing

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How we made Laurie Anderson’s O Superman

Delivered... Interviews by Dave Simpson | Scene | Tue 19 Apr 2016 7:00 am

‘I was a performance artist with no interest in the pop world. When the song went to No 2, my friends said I’d sold out’

Laurie Anderson, singer-songwriter

In 1979, Iranian students stormed the US embassy in Tehran. America went blazing in with helicopters to get the hostages out. But it backfired majorly. A helicopter and a plane crashed in the desert. We were left with dead bodies, a pile of burning debris and the hostages nowhere to be seen. So I thought I’d write a song about all that and the failure of technology.

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