Sunday, 18 March 2012

UK Glitch Hop #5: Mike Wallis (Colony Productions) interview

Mike Wallis went to school with Dave Tipper. Sharing a love of electronic dance music and IDM they started producing together as Crunch, with their first release in 2000. By 2001 Mike had co-founded Colony Productions, the label he still runs today with Sam Ashwell from Vent. Tune into from 10pm-12am Wednesday 21 March to catch Mike's first UK Glitch Hop radio show or catch up on our archive here.

Introduce yourself... 
Mike Wallis aka Psi Spy, one half of Crunch with Tipper and one half of Abstrakt Knights with Sam Ashwell.

How would you describe your particular style of glitch?
More IDM than anything else.

When you first started making music as Crunch, glitch hop didn't exist. What did you start out doing?
Just chilling in the studio experimenting for the fun of it.

What first turned you onto glitchy music? Any particular artists or tunes?
Autechre specifically for the glitchiness but old school Rephlex techno releases
for the mood and most of the Warp back catalogue along with years of buying
Jungle, D&B, Dub, Trip Hop 12"s

We're using a label, glitch hop, to describe quite a wide range of music. When did you first hear music being described in this way?
Only recently really. We had coined the term Bit Hop previously (UKGH -back in about 2003!), but I like the sound of Glitch Hop.

Your own label Colony Productions, which you run with Sam from Vent, has been going since 2001. How have you seen the UK music scene change in this time?
The digital revolution is now in full effect.

How about the rest of the world?
It's getting smaller and smaller.

Where do you like to play the most?
Wherever the best party is..

What's the craziest gig you've ever played?
Miami with the Schematic crew.

What's your favourite track at the moment?
The whole of Broken Soul Jamboree from Tipper.

Who's inspiring you at the moment?
Zakir Hussain and the masters of percussion, saw them live a few months ago and it blew me away.


Who are you looking out for in 2012?
Vent, new material on the way and Mouldy Soul.

What new releases have you got in the pipeline?
Bran (Richards) is up next and has just been sent out on Promo.

Where can we see you playing next and over the summer?
April 13th for Beta Birmingham and Glade.

What have you got lined up for your first show on Glitch FM?
Some classic Colony back catalogue and a guest mix from KrossBow. See ya there!!

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