[Via The Corner]
Splore kicks off at Tapapakanga Regional Park this week and Africa Hitech will be playing the DJ Stage at 10pm-11.30pm this Friday. In anticipation of the performance, David Bell spoke to Mark Pritchard, whose discography reaches far and wide, about his introduction to music, collaborating with Trim and Wiley and what we can expect from a Africa Hitech set.
So before electronic music came along what were your first introductions to music in general? Were you passionate about music from an early age?
Yeah, I was lucky that my parents were into music and even before I had my own tastes they used to take me to see gigs and then when I got a bit older and started getting into music myself and choosing the music, I was into 2-tone, I was into The Specials and sort of 2-tone stuff. And then when I got a bit older in the later part of school I got into indie music, so I was into bands like The Smiths, Sonic Youth, My Bloody Valentine and The Pixies. At that time there was really strong indie music. I played guitar, I was into Led Zeppelin… all sorts really.
At that time the only electronic music I was exposed to would have been stuff like Kraftwerk, and then around that time with indie music there was a few shows in the UK where they would play indie music but also some electronic stuff. So I’d hear, I suppose more industrial bands really. So I became awar of Throbbing Gristle and bands like The Shamen and the Beat Manifesto and got into that kind of stuff. And it wasn’t till I left school where I was exposed to more actual club music. I used to go to Bristol and Bournemouth, those were the closest two places where you could go to clubs from where I lived. And that’s where I started to hear Chicago House and Detroit Techno… Read the entire article here