Thursday, 10 February 2011

Chase&&Status Interview for Gigwise:

Did you have a certain sound that you wanted to achieve with this album? How does it differ from ‘More Than A lot’?“We didn’t really have a certain sound. I defiantly think that we wanted to expand on the vocals used on this album. We enjoyed working with Plan B on the last album and from spending five or six years just producing and making music that was our first real experience of working with another artist.”

Chase & Status made a huge impact back in 2008 with their debut 'More Than Alot'. In a matter of months, the London duo took dubstep from the UK's underground scene to the radio mainstream.

You’ve got some big acts on this album; Tinie Tempah, Dizzie Rascal and White Lies.“Yeah as the last album did well and we are now signed to a major record label so we’ve been able to make more links in the music industry which has given us more choice in who we want to work with. We sat down and made a list of who we wanted to appear on the album and covered everyone and were quite fortunate to get most of the people we wanted.”

Do you get a lot of people saying your music has crossed over to being more mainstream? Or is that just a natural progression as you get more successful?
“It’s weird that people are so keen to define what a band are. I think artists just make music and it is what it is, if more people listen to it then I guess you become more cross-over and if day time radio play it then your more mainstream. We hope that we haven’t lost our integrity by being mainstream. Songs like ‘End Credits’, when we wrote that everyone seemed to love it and kept saying it could do really well. I was just thinking this can’t be right this song has the messiest hard core drum section in it. I hope people don’t think we’ve had to numb down the sound for this album.”

What do you make of the current dubstep scene in the UK at the moment?
“It seems to be the flavour of the day at the moment. If think it’s quite dangerous when that happens to a scene because if it doesn’t last then it can seem like it implodes.  UK garage that happened to and grime.  Everybody’s talking about dubstep becoming mainstream and the big sound of America, I really don’t think it will. Dubstep is dubstep for a reason because it’s underground, grimy and minimal, and it’s not meant to be big songs. If it started to become that, with lots of big choruses, then it wouldn’t be dubstep anymore people would move away from it and it wouldn’t be the same scene anymore.”
Do you both put a lot of effort and backing into the live shows?“We lost a lot of money at the beginning because we wanted our shows to be really great.  We saw it as a long term investment so we didn’t really care if we didn’t make that much money on the first few tours, we wanted to do something that people talked about and that would build us a reputation.  Our tours are like one big family we’re surrounded by the best musicians and singers around at the moment.”

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