Photo by Sarah Tew Photography
The free music just keeps coming today. On October 30, T.H. White is going to release “Scene & Modify,” a split 12” EP via Sky Council Recordings. Of course being the digital age you’ll be able to download it too. Side A of the EP features remixes from artists Wishes and Thieves and With Lions plus a T.H. White remix under the moniker Dub City, while the flip side features three remixes that T.H. White did for their tracks: “Olympia,” “Public Policy” and “Let You In.”
Until the new EP drops later in October, you can pick up another White remix EP from his last album, How Bad Do You Want It!?. Also be on the lookout for a new, as yet titled, full-length LP set for a February release.
There are anthems, club bangers and pop like moments on this LP. A perfect storm of dope!
Did you grow up in a musical family?
My grandfather was a sculptor and a furniture designer. My older brother went to the high school of Music and Art, which was at that time Fame. And my mother sang in choirs, so I'd say a deep understanding and passion towards creativity flows through the bloodline. On top of that I began formal guitar and drum lessons beginning at 8-years old, followed by programs in music theory audio engineering…now you've got my foundation.
There always seems to be that one band or song or moment in life that in a way changes or defines one’s sonic aesthetic slash philosophy and position.
Well there have been many: My Bloody Valentine, Loveless, Tosca, Suzuki, Gary Numan, Telekon, Pink Floyd, Animals. GZA, Liquid Swords, Grant Green, Blue Breakbeats…But lets expand on: Prodigy Fat of the Land. This is an LP I feel takes electronic music to the heights of a symphony. Every single second is accounted for and has purpose, and the production level rises high above the MPC/synth sequencing most others relied on. Liam Howlett achieved the way to make dark nasty sounds feel beautiful on your ears. There are anthems, club bangers and pop like moments on this LP. A perfect storm of dope!
…it’s obvious the richness of vinyl can not be re-created digitally, I hope we see greater demand for a product that must be purchased and can not be stolen and copied a million times.
Is there a certain musician or an era that has influenced you?
I love what Gary Numan originally set out to do. To call his music electronic or computer is a sin. His first few LPs are as organic and soulfully produced as you can get. He moved the synth (Moog) way out front instead of guitar. The live drums (Cedric Sharpley a favorite of mine) bass and even guitar grooves under those dreamy synth melodies—was some brave and really original stuff. In my opinion, Gary Numan is the main catalyst for important bands like New Order, Depeche Mode and Yaz—along with Ultravox and Kraftwerk.
The movement from CD to MP3 was a pretty significant paradigm shift in the music business. What do you think will cause the next big shake up?
I think the mainstream resurgence of vinyl is really interesting and good for the industry. Clearly vinyl never went away and has been favored by audiophiles and DJs. Now, I think, younger music fans that are hearing music they love for the first time on vinyl are realizing the massive difference in feel and sound. It is becoming clear to them what they have been missing with the sterile and harsh compression of MP3. Since 20 years into the technology, it’s obvious the richness of vinyl can not be re-created digitally, I hope we see greater demand for a product that must be purchased and can not be stolen and copied a million times. Even if this only happened partially, it will be interesting to follow.
Since you mentioned vinyl, is there a band whose covers you love?
I always dug the early Chemical Brothers artwork, especially on their single EPs. They fit the music in conveying a frenzied BUT stoned out vibe. You could always sort of tell what drugs they took during the production of that music.
Do you have a pet?
I do, I have a three-legged cat. He was attacked by dogs as a new born and thrown in a dumpster in Brooklyn. In a shining moment, a passerby heard him calling out and brought him to a veterinary hospital. We adopted him soon after. He is an incredibly spiritual animal and some how knows he's already paid his dues in life. He has an awesome moonwalk slide across our wooden floors as a result of having just one front leg. A really special being.
You have any “classic” memories of touring you’d like to share?
When I first started out, I did a lot of fashion shows. I did the DJ with a guitar and synth-set up. I did Tommy Hilfiger, Elle Magazine, Polish to name a small few. Those back stage scenes were unbelievable. The definition of controlled chaos. There would be press, photographers, naked models, stylists and designers all flying around. I learned how to pick songs on the fly that understood and directed the energy positively. Like early Tosca or LTJ Bukem, before the show to give that gentle yet flowing energy.