Radioactive man waits and measures


Dazed Digital: You grew up on a diet of music outside of electronic stuff, why do you think this was eventually the most appealing to you to make or did it just come naturally?
Radioactive Man: It was just so exciting when the electronic thing happened. Firstly it was early 80s when the Electro/Breakdancing/Graffiti thing happened - there was just no way that you couldn't be into it because it was such a major thing for kids of our age when it happened. All kids wanna be part of the cool thing that's happening and that really exploded.

Fast forward six or seven years and then Acid House hit. By then I'd been into all sorts of shit, as a teenager you absorb it all like a sponge don't you? But there was something that grabbed me about the insane sped up beats that was early hardcore/rave. That coupled with the free parties and the new drug called Ecstasy,
it was the punk rock of our time and a recipe for going nuts. It was fairly easy to get a home set-up and get involved in making music, so that's why it had major appeal to me.

DD: Having made really varied and experimental music, what do you feel is the most exciting part of producing for you?
Radioactive Man: Just when a track comes together - you cant put your finger on when exactly that happens, it just a magical feeling... And music is a feeling.  

DD: What are you listening to in your free time now?
Radioactive Man: All sorts, current band stuff like The Kills, PJ Harvey, Mark Lanegan, Mogwai , to old funk like Sly Stone, The Meters etc. Always loved Reggae and Ska, (a bit like marmite in my household ) Lee Perry being probably my favourite producer along with Adrian Sherwood and all the On U Sound stuff, to old school Hip Hop like Tribe Called Quest, Public Enemy, Ultramagnetic Mc's etc.

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