Layo & Bushwacka aren't your average Djs. They play five-hour sets
with decks, sound effects and samplers that emit convulsive collages
of breakbeats, intertwined with sterilizing basslines and massive
infectious synth rhythms. It's one gigantic mash-up, much like their
current hit, "Love Story,' a Devo-sampling piece of tech-house cinematics.
"I thought that track was a bit cheesy initially," says Layo. "Of
course now everyone loves it, I've warmed to it a bit," he smirks.
'Love Story's grand ambition had Argentinian fans sitting down through
the track rather than dancing as a mark of respect for its majesty.
You'd think that it's one of these things that a DJ and producer
would dread, but in this case, it's the sheer brilliance of their
music that would allow such an event. While relatively techy and
tricky on wax, as people the fellas are relatively low-key. "We
both believe in the same things: good people, good parties, good
music. Acid house, basically," says Layo. Well, if that isn't an
understatement for their latest offering, "Night Works" and Bushwacka's
recent remix of a rather famous '80s tune (if you haven't heard
it, ask someone who has.)That quote should have said something like
'we're into pure debauchery.' Just in time for the release of their
new album, we were able to submit a few questions to the lads, (who
in turn shot us back a few very straightforward answers).
Love Story is reminiscent of a famous Devo tune from the late
'70s. Which came first, the bassline or the idea for the track itself?
Do you have a favorite remix?
Are Mongoloids really happier than you and me?
You've probably heard a bunch about this by now, but how how
do you feel about 'cheeky boots' since someone's out there reaping
money from a mix you made with legitimate intentions?
Didn't know about it … mmmmmmmmm….
Which brings up another valid question about bootlegging right
now, why do you suppose there are so many odd bootleg records coming
out? (sorry while I digress)
Just the times, maybe a lack of good original music.
The Layo & Bushwacka! Sound on Low Life seems to have a compact
sound to it, whereas Night Works is a bit broader and has a 'bigger
room' sound. Was this a conscious thing? Are there instances when
you're writing tunes and you've decided, 'Ahh, this would work great
at Space vs. The End?'
No, it's just the way things developed during the recording process.
Is there a particular theme to the sequence of tracks on Night
Night into day.
Layo - While working at the The End studios how much influence
did the Shaman and Mr. C. have on your earlier production work?
Mr. C always had a great influence on me. Mum always said he was
a bad influence.
Tracks like 'Love Story,' 'All Night Long,' and especially 2MRW's
breakbeats capture a lot of the earlier sounds of rave music. What
labels or tracks from that time were you both influenced by?
'Let the Good Times Roll' has a certain blues quality to it.
Did you feel pressured to create or release another 'Deep South'-esque
No, we just dig that vibe…
Where do you see Layo & Bushwacka in the grand scheme of the
electronic music soundscape and community?
In our comfortable niche, forever looking up whilst feeling down.
What is the future of Plank?
More cool breakbeat dance music or something else.
One last question, Lottie or Sandra Collins?