Friday 12 August, 2011

Pendulum interview – August 2005


I have been lucky enough to know and work with many of the leading people in Drum and Bass over the last 9-10 years. Over this period without a doubt the most successful of these, has been Pendulum. The trio of producers literally stormed the scene and formed out of it – one of the [...]


I have been lucky enough to know and work with many of the leading people in Drum and Bass over the last 9-10 years. Over this period without a doubt the most successful of these, has been Pendulum. The trio of producers literally stormed the scene and formed out of it – one of the biggest dance music acts of the past 10 years! This interview was based around their first LP released on Breakbeat Kaos and since they have released a further 2 on Warner.

I interviewed Paul (Elhornet) way back in 2005 for JungleRavers.com. I don’t believe that this interview was ever published. It gives some interesting insight into how they met as a trio and their plans for the future (the past now).

Please note: this interview was conducted in 2005 and does not necessarily represent the views of this artist in 2010.

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In 2003 Pendulum came and took the Drum and Bass scene by storm with their unique brand of hyped up beats, spaced out sounds and tear-out rhythms. ‘Vault’ followed by ‘Another Planet’, ‘ Back to you’, ‘Voyager’ and the massive ‘ Massochist’ have taken the rave and club scene by storm. The three members originate from Perth, Australia they all reside in London and are signed to ‘Breakbeat Kaos’. Since arriving in the UK they have played pretty much every major rave, festival and major club night. They picked up numerous accolades, including three Accelerated Culture Awards in 2004.

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2005 saw the trio step up their level once again with the release of the LP ‘Hold your colour’. Not only has the Full length player seen them be praised by Mixmag amongst others, but they have recently been getting major airplay in the daytime by Sarah Cox and Colin + Edith on BBC Radio 1. This is for ‘Slam’ which all those who know is a massive rave tune which may appear to be less than radio friendly.

El Hornet kindly took some time out of his day to answer some questions for Jungleravers.com.

Where does the name Pendulum come from?

It dates back to 2002. Rob and Gareth had formed Pendulum before I had joined and were due to do a live p.a at the club I ran in Perth, which ended up not happening because they lost a hard drive with all the tunes on it. I did a DJ set of their music, a week or two later we came together and started work on ‘Vault’…and Pendulum as you know it was born.

What was your perception of Jungle in the UK before you came here?

I knew the scene was very big here and the music was embraced more widely than in Australia. Due to the internet it was pretty easy to keep up with tunes and to keep and eye on events and the things going on in the scene.

What are your individual artist names?

Elhornet, Anscenic, Speed.

Who inspires your music?

I’m not really sure anyone does anymore. The LP we’ve just released comes from Pendulum. I can’t say there was many outside influences directly responsible for the recent stuff we have done, however we’re probably influenced by our musical pasts.

What non-DnB do you like?

At the moment I’m listening to a side project band by American Techno/House/DnB producer John Tejeda called ‘I Am Not a Gun’. I still listen to a lot of punk and metal, ska, breaks and house. You name it.

‘Hold your colour’ explain the title?

Hold Your Colour basically means to stay true to what you believe in, and do not let anyone or anything steer you down a path you don’t want to go down. Just keep doing what you believe in basically.

Were you surprised the airplay ‘Slam’ has been getting on radio 1?

Definitely. There is tunes on the album I thought would be a lot better received by a commercial market, and they went and picked the biggest loudest one. It’s great to hear it on daytime radio, we made the C playlist.

What MC’s do you enjoy working with?

I’ve worked 3 times now with $pyda and it’s been mental each time. Apart from that I’m feeling Verse, SP:MC, Stamina, Eksman, IC3 and you can’t go past Skiba and Shabba at a rave.

You mentioned a live project in knowledge do you think this will happen anytime soon?

Time will tell. It’s a bit thing to undertake.

Do you see yourselves as a DnB prodigy?

Not yet, no. They were one of a kind.

What kind of vocalists would work on the project?

Not sure yet, we’re still trying to figure it out while touring madly and being in 3 different countries at once.

What new artists are you feeling?

Noisia definitely, they’ve done great things for the tech sound of dnb. Some new artists I like are Contour, Brooklyn, State Of Mind, Heist. There’s loads of people making intense music now.

What about working with these new artists?

I think now is the time to concentrate on Pendulum as a group and do our thing. We have collaborated in the past and have started tunes with Subfocus and Noisia. For now, that’s enough.

What next for you as a group and individuals project wise?

Individually we’re all producing as much as ever. I’ve done a breaks tune with Aquasky which comes out on their ‘Team Players’ LP and it has a dnb remix by High Contrast and a breaks mix by Dylan Rhymes. Rob is doing a lot of hip-hop beats at the moment and Gareth was making some funky house before they went on tour.

Do you plan to stay in the UK for good?

For the unforeseeable future yes. This is the best place in the world for music, and we’re enjoying living here.

Finally in ten years time where can you see yourselves and DnB?

I wish I could answer that. First I need to figure out what I’m doing next week. Drum and bass will never die. It’s here to stay and will keep evolving and changing like it always has!

‘Hold Your Colour’ is out now and available at all good record shops (and I-tunes). The tracklist is as follows:

1) Prelude
2) Slam
3) Plastic World
4) Fasten Your Seatbelt (ft. The Freestylers)
5) Through the Loop
6) Sounds of Life (ft. Jasmin Lee)
7) Girl in the Fire
8) Tarantula (Pendulum vs. Fresh ft. Spyda & Tenor Fly)
9) Out Here
10) Hold Your Colour
11) The Terminal
12) Streamline
13) Another Planet
14) Still Grey

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JRH
Beat-Culture


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