Scroobius heads to the farm
Heading to Deer Farm in Mitchelstown for this year's Indiependence Music Festival over the August Bank Holiday weekend, Scroobius Pip is eagerly looking forward to playing at the festival again and is relishing his live band which is seeing him play several festivals this summer. Kieran O'Mahony talks beats, rhymes and rhythms with the Essex born musician
It's that recognisable beard and the distinctive trucker cap that differentiates Scroobius Pip from other pretenders in the music scene and his ability to mould and move words makes him one of the leading lights in the spoken word music scene. Having released his own solo album, 'Distraction Pieces' last September to critical acclaim, Scroobius is enjoying his side project. Better known as one half of Dan Le Sac V Scroobius Pip, it's been a rollercoaster of a ride for both of them since they recorded the anthemic, 'Thou Shall Always Kill."
"Thou Shall Always Kill was literally the first song we wrote, me and Dan and it just blew up and it's been amazing, a rollercoaster, it's been great. It's been constant with loads of touring and festivals."
For his solo debut, Scroobius bought in a number of different producers and guest vocalists for tracks like 'Let em Come' and a cover version of a Kate Bush song, 'Feel It'. Guest vocalists like Sage Francais , P.O.S, B Dolan and Natasha Fox all bought their own unique styles to his prodcution and he brought in Travis Barker to play drums on one track and Renholder from Nine Inch Nails produced one of the tracks called 'Introdiction.'
"The album did really well, far better than I expected, it's the first thing I've released really on my own label and so I've literally been in control of everything. I expected it to be a little small side project but it actually got into the Top 40 and it got to number 6 in the iTunes Album Chart. To get to tour it I was amazed to see the reaction because there's always that worry that people would be expecting Dan Le Sac v Scroobius Pip songs and things like that but it really has gone down well."
"I've released it on my own label, Speech Development which is basically me.When I get back with Dan we will record again with the Sunday Best label, Doing my own label was never a grief with Sunday Best, they are an amazing bunch of people and I want to keep working with them. It's just that it was great to have that experience of doing it on my own and having my own approach."
Scroobius has been to the Indiependence Festival before and this year he will be playing the day after his birthday, August 4th so he is hoping to spend a few days over here.
"In the last six months I've played Cork twice with my live band in Cyprus Avenue in November and February, It's always good, we always enjoy Cork and the crowds are great, but they always give me a heart attack coming up to the gigs as sometimes no tickets are bought in advance but then suddenly there's a huge crowd at the gig. They tend to buy their tickets really late but then on the night it's sold out, they're rowdy, they're excellent so it's all good. I've told them this on stage and they always scare me to death thinking that there will be no one at the gig."
"At the moment it's all about the live band,it's got a more punky hardcore energy. With a live band, it's sort of different, it still has that same vibe but it's great to have the sound of live drums and we tend to get more moshpits and stagediving because it's got that raw feel.I'm doing about 15 to 20 festivals across the UK this summer so it's a nice busy one. I'm coming over hopefully for a few days to Ireland to really enjoy it."
"I saw Death Grips live last year and that was one of the best live gigs I've been to in a while. I just got the new Elp record and I have a preview copy of Dan La Sac's new record,' The Spade Between the Words, it's good stuff."
"Get Better was a tough and risky song to write at the time, at that point there was a lot of talk about hoodies and the state we're in the UK. Let's try and be positive and address the bad things, and not ignore it, be a bit more uplifting about things.
"I was actually in Croydon last year during the London riots when it was kicking off, it was misrepresented, it was people of all ages and ethnicities who don't have a lot of money going out and taking stuff. It was crazy."
Not one to rest, there are plans to record and tour back with Dan Le Sac next year. Hectic, and that's how he likes it.
Scroobius Pip plays the Indiependence Music Festival on the August Bank Holiday weekend 3-5 August at the Deer Farm in Mitchelstown, Co.Cork. See www.indiependencefestival.com for more details and ticket information.