Mr Joseph interview
I asked Mr Joseph about his new ‘Floating Island’ ep on V Recordings and his approach when creating it…
J: I’ve found myself digging deeper and deeper for musical influences. I think this EP is the deepest I’ve dug. I found myself listening to more diverse styles of music and watching movies from all over the world.
DB: There’s so many songs about optimism, romance and is very uplifting. Is this your intention?
J: I’m really into my soul, funk and hip-hop. These genres always have some kind of romantic overtone to them. That overtone just rubs off in my music. I want my music to inspire thoughts of happiness and good times so yeah. I just went with the flow.
DB: The title is great, it reminds of animated Japanese films and old prog rock all at once.
J: Once the EP was done Bryan G asked me what do you want to call it? I said to name it one of the songs on the EP. We laughed for a bit as we felt all the songs titles were very soppy and girly. Then I said let’s name it ‘Floating Island’.
BAM! Title chosen.
DB: Who is Kate, the vocalist?
J: I met Kate through my good friend Richard aka MC Cliche. We did a night at Ministry Of Sound and she come along. We got talking and became good friends. At this point I wasn’t even producing yet.
Anyway when I started producing Richard mentioned she could sing so I drop her a call and mentioned I was working on a track that I think would sound lovely with vocals on it.
It feels like a great partnership.
DB: Could you name a track on the ep and talk about it, how it came together?
J: ‘Get Loose’. This was one of the quickest tracks I’ve ever made. I started it in the morning with just a loop, just as I was about to walk out the door. I like to listen to samples I’ve collected while I’m getting ready for work. Then just as I was about to leave this jazz song came on and I was like ‘wtf!’, just powered up Cerebro and loaded it in and started cutting it up. I had a groove going in like 5 mins. Went off to work and came back and finished it.
Some tunes happen like that. Some take ages before you find your groove in it. I’ve spent a entire weekend on a track and binned it. Other times I’ve made a track in like 2 hours.
DB: The overall sound is classic liquid funk. Would you agree?
J: Yeah but I wouldn’t call any liquid funk classic. Classic means that nobody makes music like that anymore, like 90s hip-hop compared to todays hip-hop. Producers like me love the classic R&B, soul, funk sounds of the 60s 70s 80s and 90s. Grew up listening to it you know, so anything I do will reflect that. Liquid funk from the 90s sounds just as good as stuff out this year. That’s what I love about liquid D&B: it doesn’t age because it’s based on classic music anyway.
DB: Is this the style you love most of all then?
J: Mainly yeah, but I make darker rolling bits once in a while…
I get inspired by so many different sounds, I wouldn’t even say just by music. My main inspiration comes from just listening to everything.
Check this out…
SO dope! I might just record that and see what crazy shit I can come up with.
D: Do you travel a lot in your work?
J: Yeah man it’s f**ing awesome travelling. I’ve met so many lovely people and been to places I never thought I’d ever go. Like Bosina! That was a sick gig. Got pure jokes on the drive back to Croatia when the promoters got a flat tyre and didn’t have a spare. Stuck in the middle of some forest. Also Helsinki. I go every year. It feels like my 2nd home. May have to move there their scene is growing. Munich. Estonia was sick man too: 800 people to see little old me! I couldn’t believe it. They love Liquid Funk out there.
I’m just happy to play when I get asked. I get more time in the studio!