The Ninja Tune ambassador Kevin Martin, better known as The Bug, is about to put the pressure on us. On Thursday, November 17, he will launch his regular night at Gretchen called, don’t be surprised, “Pressure”! Also on board for the first one he invited the Japanese Goth-Trad, reggae singer Miss Red from Israel and Terror Danjah, Flowdan and Lady Chann from the UK. Bringing his own sound system to Gretchen will guarantee a bass that will move you automatically. This night is definitely something for the sound nerds. We thought it was about time to sit down and talk.
Jamie: So you have moved from the UK to Berlin and brought your monstrous sound system with you, which we can’t deny we are very happy about. What made you choose Berlin as your new residence?
The Bug: I had always loved getting lost in Berlin’s atmosphere. It had always been first and foremost a music city, offering 24 hour convenience, artistic dissidence and political awareness. So it was a no brainer. London is now only affordable to the rich and, like Manhattan or Tokyo, it has become a playground for the rich, and it’s artistic heart and soul has been ripped out.
Jamie: You have had countless projects, collabs and groups that you have formed with many other great acts and artists. During the last years one of them seemed to stand out of the rest, your King Midas Sound project with poet Roger Robinson and singer Kiki Hitomi. Where have you met and what made you want to work with them?
The Bug: I had known Roger for maybe 20 years. We were introduced by a mutual friend (A-Cydes), and at that time, I had only recently discovered Roger’s incredible Poetry, voice, tone and delivery via his work with Chocolate Art Project, so it was a sweet coincidence to meet him at that time. We clicked instantly and I invited him to guest with Techno Animal on a 12” and for some live shows with techno Animal. To be honest, I could listen to Roger recite the alphabet and still be captivated by his incredible presence. I had first heard Kiki and my now soundman Goh’s own band Dokebbi Q by chance on a visit to Tokyo and then again coincidently they played at Plastic People (my second London home…LOL) the day I returned from that japanese trip. So I went to check their show and was impressed by Kiki’s mutant approach and versatile vocals. So I guess the question is, is coincidence really coincidence or that fate you make? Continue reading “THE BUG”