#1 LET'S START FROM THE BEGINNING - WHERE WERE YOU AND WHAT WERE YOU DOING WHEN YOU MADE 'COSMO'?
I was in my home studio (in Ibiza) just jamming. I'm in the process of learning music theory and playing with chords. I was feeling pleased, it's nice when you make something that you had set out to do in your head. I remember wanting to use some nice 909 drums I'd found for a track, The whole thing was made around those drums and a pad sound I'd made. But it was the chords set the tone for the whole vibe though.
#2 "IN MY ARMS AGAIN..." THE LYRICS IN THE TUNE ARE QUITE POTENT - DO THEY REMIND YOU OF ANYONE YOU HAVE, OR ANYONE YOU DON'T HAVE?
Actually it was a happy accident. I wanted a vocal and have some acapellas which I skipped through until something sat right. I wish there was a more moving reason but it was just a case of tinkering away and the hitting the bullseye.
#3 WHAT WERE THE REASONS BEHIND CALLING THE TRACK 'COSMO'?
I said before I was a fan of old hardcore rave records, well I was listening to some old tracks and one I loved popped up on YouTube called 'Up Keys' by Cosmo and Dibbs and the name Cosmo stuck in my head.
#4 WHAT ARE YOUR MUSICAL INFLUENCES?
So much over the years - very much influenced by music from 92/93 hardcore & jungle, especially the jungle techno stuff on labels like Basement. Then discovered Detroit artists like Jeff Mills & Kevin Saunderson (E-Dancer), labels like Underground Resistance and fell in love with it, I've always loved house since I was old enough to really get it. I'm certainly much more into tracks that have the funk and a disco vibe or a straight up dubby techno growler. I love slow lazy dusty day time grooves too, oh and hip hop in the 90's smashed it for me. So lots really, in fact I hear too much good music that's inspiring and influential, half the time I can't decide what I want to make.
#5 YOU'RE LIVING IN IBIZA FOR YOUR SECOND WINTER - DO YOU FIND IT'S A GOOD PLACE TO GET CREATIVE, AND DO YOU EVER GET FRUSTRATED OR LONELY?
I love the winter here, it's way busier than you'd think and there's a cool vibe in the winter, there are events at Sankeys and Pikes so enough to keep you busy.
But I like the quiet and the calm in the winter, it's a way more productive environment as I'm easily distracted, so not being disturbed too much suits me fine.
Photo and video credits: Netti Hurley
CORBI FEAT. HYDE + SEEK - 'COSMO'
#1 WE FIRST CAME ACROSS YOUR PRODUCTIONS THROUGH YOUR WORK AS WILL & HELD - WHEN DID PATH FIRST TAKE SHAPE AND WAS THERE ANY DIRECTION YOU WANTED TO GO AS A SOLO ARTIST?
So I had previously released music under my own name a few years ago. A lot of it crossed several genres (all be it poorly) and I ended up pretty unhappy with about 90% of it. This Path alias is a chance to put out the kind of music that I listen to and used to play out when living in Leeds.
#2 LET'S SET THE SCENE - YOU'RE LOCKED AWAY IN YOUR STUDIO IN LEEDS - CROMWELL STREET TO BE EXACT. WHAT'S THE MEMORY OR MOMENT THAT YOU CAN RELATE MOST TO THE TRACK? WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO YOU?
Hmm. So our studio was based in Mabgate, Leeds which is a fairly industrial area. I was freelancing full time and splitting my time mastering and writing music for publishing. I would spend long days there, sometimes 15-16 hours at a time, particularly if Rich (Held) would join in the evening. I think I got the email from Anna basically stating to ‘go wild’ and saw it as a perfect opportunity/platform to launch a new alias with very little restriction which was nice… They were long and exhausting days as anyone who runs a studio or freelances knows I’m sure. I think there was a lot of excitement to be relieved from that for a while.
#3 WHAT STUDIO EQUIPMENT WERE YOU USING AT THE TIME?
A lot of it was running live through an old analogue Tascam Desk, I think an M320 if I remember right… I had multiple delay and plate simulation pedals running on aux sends. The main stab sound you can hear throughout was a percussive drum pattern vocoded via Ableton and a Korg Volca Keys. It’s a pretty fun way to build up dubby patterns quick. A lot of the drum sounds were from old 1/4 inch reel to reels I had recorded over the years. From there I remember having some external processors patched in such as the TK Audio BC-1. It’s an immense compressor and pretty decent value considering the versatility.
#4 AND FOR THE RECORD WHO ARE YOUR INFLUENCES? IF YOU COULD PERSONALLY DELIVER THE TRACK TO SOMEONE TO PLAY IN THEIR SETS WHO WOULD IT BE?
Influences on this track around that time were guys like; Mike Dehnert, Deepchord, Fluxion, Rhythm & Sound etc. We used to play a lot of Dub & Reggae in the evenings when we finished work so I guess that crept in also. To be honest I’m pretty stoked if anyone deems my music decent enough to play out, Scuba dropped one of my tracks in his Hotflush Recordings Podcast in October. That was pretty cool.
#5 ‘CROMWELL STREET' WILL BE YOUR FIRST SOLO RELEASE AS PATH. WHAT ARE THE NEXT STEPS FOR YOU? WE HEAR YOU'VE RELOCATED TO CANADA TOO - TELL US MORE ABOUT YOUR TRAVELS...
So yeah, since my last trip in London I’ve now moved to Canada. I was over freelancing and in need of a change of scenery. I’m working as an audio post production engineer for the next 6 months in a small town called Banff at the Banff Centre for Arts & Creativity. It’s been -30 here the past few weeks and there isn’t really any recognisable music scene. It’s definitely a contrast to living in the UK but it’s nice to be experiencing something so different. Musically, I’ve got several bits lined up on Baum, Vitalik and This Is It Forever. I plan to move onto Vancouver in the summer and start putting out releases again. I’m excited to check out the scene there as I keep hearing great things.