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INTERVIEW: Linear B presents The Journeyman [Rainbow Tipi]

Linear B returns to their Rainbow Tipi label with The Journeyman, with more cutting edge techno mutations dealing with the uncertainty that came with the pandemic.

We have had the pleasure of interviewing him, and this has been the result.

Can you tell us a little about your experience? Where are you from / how did you get into music?

I was born in Belfast Northern Ireland, my parents moved us to London in the 70s due to the on going troubles in Belfast at that time, where I grew up, I’ve been into electronic dance music since I was 13 listening to early electro/hip hop music like Arthur Baker, Afrika Bambaataa, Mann parish, warp 9, Hashim, cybotron, although my passion was graffiti art and break dancing, I grew up listening to a mixture of Irish folk/pop……and loads loads of country music.

How is your sound evolving? What artists and genres do you enjoy mixing right now?

I love mixing techno, breaks and electronic music, my sound is quite eclectic I throw everything in the pot and sort it all out in the final edit.

How do you feel that your music influences or impacts your listeners?

I hope that my music portrays a element of my life, my feelings with a banging groove, if it can give me goose bumps I hope others might experience that too.

What projects are you working on right now? What can you tell us about your last job?

I’m working on making an Ep with loads of modular doodles and vocals with a thundering drum groove, I’m also helping my nephew start his music career he’s 13 and has an Ep due out next year on my Rainbow tipi label, his names Charlie aka Dj Bear he’s an amazing kid he really gets the dance music vide and is a great Dj too.

Where are you and what have you been doing now?

I live in west Malling in Kent Uk with my partner Helen, We recently moved from London and we are just finishing refurbishing the old house we bought, also built a studio which is a fantastic work space to vibe.

Has that sound changed a lot in recent years? What is your musical criteria?

Yes, my criteria is to make something different every-time I go into the studio and try different approaches, there’s lots of experimenting going on with layers of sound.

Do you feel safe now to play a more experimental sound?

Yes always….but can loose the crowd a bit, it’s nice to throw a few abstract bits into a mix, that’s a Djs job to bring new music into the room.

We all know that the digital revolution has affected sales, but has it affected creativity?

I feel that it’s a double edged sword, some people are taking risks while others are playing it safe and making similar music, it’s very hard to make millions through record sales, it can be disappointing at times not getting recognition but being an artist is about being true to one self hopefully it comes back to that.

Can you tell us what your present and future projects are?

Presently I’m about to be a dad for the first time (a little girl) so there’s a lot of anticipation with that, I guess my goals are to grow as an artist hopefully start performing and bring in some great artist to the label along the way.


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