Creamfields Talks To Leftfield!


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geschrieben von: Creamfields UK geschrieben am: 18.08.2010 um: 15:21 Uhr

Leftfield?s impact on dance music can only be described as seismic, applying to anything from demolishing musical barriers to the plaster-stripping effect they had on the ceiling of Brixton Academy in 1996, resulting on the sound system itself being banned.

Leftfield approached their music with such relentless perfectionism they only released a stellar clutch of singles and two albums before calling it a day in 2000, but now after nearly a decade the electronic pioneers return and we caught up with Neil Barnes from the band to talk about what is set to be one of the most electrifying festival performances of the year.

Can you tell us in 5 words what your show will be like at Creamfields?

An intense electronic music experience. It?s what people would expect from listening to the music of Leftfield, there will be no compromises.

Have you been to Creamfields as a punter before?
No, this will be my first Creamfields so I?m definitely going to check the rest of the festival out and catch some of the other acts, after all that?s the bonus of performing at a festival!

Sasha, who is also performing at Creamfields this year, recently said that your album Leftism ?wrote the commandments on what an electronic music album should be?, when you began creating your music did you have any idea that it would get the reaction and the accolades that it has?

Wow! Well the big answer to that is no, we definitely never expected the response to the albums that we received and to respond to Sasha, in my eyes Sasha is a DJ that has always kept a considerably high standard, he?s always been an absolute brilliant DJ and even though it can be easy for a DJ to get lazy Sasha has never done that and its nice for him to say what he did about Leftism.

Why do you feel your albums received such amazing feedback?

We were real perfectionists when we made our albums and we worked ridiculously hard and spent far too long on them which I think helped.

As far as them being timeless and all the relevance that they still seem to hold, I don?t know what the explanation is for that, maybe we just got it right. We just made a record that we would want to listen to and we were very hard on ourselves and wouldn?t let anything out that we weren?t 100% happy with.

It was exhausting but also very satisfying. It?s very difficult to describe how to make records but our interests were so very wide we were always looking for the next thing and we never sat back and wallowed in anything and maybe when you put that together it works. It was also an exciting time for electronic music; I think its hard these days to do that because so much has now been accomplished.

How do you think dance music has changed since over the last decade?

It?s become very familiar. When we brought out our albums it was very new and we were coming out from an indie/Blur/Oasis time and we were real alternatives to that.

Now there?s quite a merge between dance music and rock and that is really exciting but as a result it?s no longer a new thing it?s an established thing. There?s nothing wrong with that, but it?s just times change.

Someone will come along again though, and make a completely new type of music and there are already people such as Soulwax who are expanding dance music and bringing out new variations of dance music.

What did you originally set out to achieve when you began making music?

When we made our first album we just wanted to make cutting edge music, we weren?t interested in being popstars and being on the front of a magazine and although that happened, we didn?t plan for it. We always wanted to be in the background and just make real exciting music.

Have you brought out any tricks from your original shows to keep your energy levels high for Creamfields?

Experience! As soon as you?re up on stage, you get it all back, as soon as you?re there the adrenalin hits you and you forget about being tired and you power through because it?s so exciting.

I?ve never had worries with tiredness, I?ve got a great group of people around me that are excited about doing the show and the energy of the show keeps us going. As long as everyone?s happy you don?t worry about energy levels.

What do you think it is about your music that makes it sound fresh even in 2010?

Well we spent quite a lot of time making the tracks relevant and bringing them up to date on the drum side which has appealed to a younger audience. I think our determination in to make something exciting and new can still be heard in our music and that has rubbed off on the listeners.

Having a young crowd is one of the reasons I decided to do this again, I would get people coming up to me much younger than I am who had just got into the two albums and I could feel that they were into it and it was still relevant.

Its great having that young audience out there and I can tell that some songs may not be recognisable to them but they will still follow it on stage and thats great to see.

We?re already 7 months into 2010, how has the year faired up for you so far? What has been your highlight? What are you looking forward to in the rest of the year?

It?s been a hard year, and I?ve put a lot of work in but it?s been a great year so far, and I?ve met some great people including my band.

As far as the rest of the year?s concerned I?m really looking forward to my tour in the Autumn and there?s a chance to go abroad again later in the year.

This year?s already gone far beyond my expectations; I?m very pleasantly surprised that it?s going so well because I didn?t know how it was going to be perceived. I spent so much time on it because I didn?t know until we arrived on stage how people would take it and whether it would fall on its face! Luckily its going great.

Listening to your two albums there?s elements of dnb and dubstep in there which would connect well with the dnb/dubstep scenes nowadays. Are you interested in exploring these genres more with your music?

Well there is definitely a dubstep element to the albums and it would be great to bring more dubstep elements into our tracks because we were always into that half time beat. Its reggae basically and we were always influenced by that.

Two of your tracks, ?Phat Planet? and ?Release The Pressure? were used in the early-00?s for massive advertising campaigns for Guinness and the launch of O2 respectively. That must have had a huge impact on the people your music was reaching?

It is odd because even recently the BBC featured ?Phat Planet? during the coverage of one of their World Cup Games and I?ve had loads of people contacting me about that. Also ?Afrika Shox? seems to be getting a lot of airplay over this World Cup period so its amazing that it still has that relevance. It?s also exciting because I know that I can now take even more tracks from my albums and play them live and make them even more electronic.

What do you love about the UK crowds?
The Leftfield audience has always been great and I have no worries that the UK crowd is going to be really excited.

Leftfield perform live in the Cream / Vandit 10th Anniversary Arena in Association with Bench at Creamfields on Sunday 29th August Bank Holiday Weekend. Info: www.creamfields.com / info@cream.co.uk.


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