10 Questions with… Richie Phoe
July 30th, 2012
UK artist, Richie Phoe, has been featured on some of our most popular releases to date. His debut full length album Echo Outernational is availible on double vinyl now and at digital stores on July 17th.
What musical projects have you been working on lately?
Now that my album is finished, I've been working on new singles, trying to be more experimental with instrumentation and thinking of more ideas for covering old classics. I've also been mixing and engineering in the studio for other bands.
When did you start making music and what made you start?
I always enjoyed playing music since I can remember, but not seriously, with serious kit, until I was about 17. Magazines like future music spawned my interest in music production I suppose. I remember buying my first issue when I was 13, with the art of noise on the front cover. I remember making a wish list of all the production gear in the adverts, even though I had no money and no idea of what some of the gear was for!
How would you describe your current sound?
Dub. I don't really like using too many sub genres. People can make up their own minds. Even if one of my tracks is a vocal track, I'll still cal it dub if the music is dubby.
Who are your biggest influences; musical or otherwise?
Clement Coxsone Dodd from Studio 1... Keith Hudson, I like his work because he was a non-conformist in the reggae world, and quite psychedelic!... Geoff Barrow from Portishead... Madlib,... And there are many others, but those are the main ones.
What is an average day in your life?
Music, drawing and painting, with occasional walks outside.
What are some of your pet peeves?
The "loudness war", which results in my tracks being squashed to death in the mastering process. I don't want loud, I want clarity! I think this is almost every producers pet peeve though. I think my other pet peeves are non music related and would probably send people to sleep.
Thinking back to your childhood, what were your first experiences with music? What songs do you remember most as a child?
The earliest recorded song I can remember was a record my grandfather owned. I don't know what it was called or who it was by, but the lyrics were "Hello Mr. Echo how do you do?, hello (hello!) hello (hello!)". I'm sure it was a little girl singing. Anyway that was a part of the reason for calling my album Echo Outernational.
Do you have any other interests or talents that you would like to share?
I used to work as a freelance illustrator, but now I'm mainly drawing and painting for my own projects, and hope to do a show sometime soon. Watch this space!
How do you like to relax when you are not making music?
Drawing, painting, reading. I like low budget independent films with a good script, and also have a penchant for 80's comedy films.
Is there anything else you'd like to tell us?
I hiccup once every hour. True!