We Talk To Nuphlo About His New Album ‘Digital Culture Clash’
Posted by Adam on 5th August 2017
Hi. We love the album here at Ninja Ninja. It was so refreshing to get something so sonically different land in our email. This is your first full length artist album, correct? How long have you been working on it?
Thank you, I’m glad you enjoyed it. The album is two and a half years work. Tony Thorpe from Studio Rockers A&R’d the process. Two versions of the album were scrapped and started afresh. It was a long but enjoyable process.
The name of the album ‘Digital Culture Clash’ describes the project perfectly. Can you give us a bit more background on the meeting of bass music and eastern melodies on the album? What inspired this sound?
I remember Dillinja said in an interview that listening to other music like Jazz and Funk outside of Drum&Bass informed and inspired what he did. As a second generation British Indian growing up in Leeds, the use of eastern melodies comes naturally when look for sounds to use. I like the mysterious nature of music from that part of the world. I am also part of the Nasha Records Collective, who specialise is Eastern drum and breaks. My own label ‘Hundred Colours Music’ also represents this sound. For Digital Culture Clash, I wanted to go beyond this and incorporate a wider spectrum of world references. For example, the first track on the album ‘Anjuna,’ is named after a Beach in Goa. The track therefore needed to combine Indian melodies with Portuguese vocals and samples. Each track on the album combines worldwide cultural flavours in this way.
You’re from Leeds. This city has an impressive legacy in music. Do you find your home town influences you in any way? And if so, how?
I would never leave Leeds. I was born and raised in the city and all of my inspiration comes from the things I have seen and heard growing up here. Leeds is a culturally diverse city that isn’t too big but not too small. The Asian community has an annual music festival and the city is also home to Europe’s longest running West Indian Carnival. It would be interesting if the two celebrations came together. Leeds has its own sound.
Your album sits perfectly next to music by the likes of Ivy Lab and Sam Binga. Do you feel a connection to the current Drum & Bass scene and its new half time sound?
Drum & Bass is what I have grown up listening to since the 90s. I have seen the scene fragment into so many directions. This type of diversity is good. Although the halftime thing has been around for a while, it is defiantly become even more interesting lately. It can encompass techniques from all shades of the Drum & Bass world. There is more room for experimentation with halftime.
When you play out as a DJ, what kind of sound do you play?
I like to play as many dubs by myself, the Nasha Records and Hundred Colours Music as I can. This way the sets are as unique and exclusive as possible. I generally play D&B tempo. For the past few years I have been paying sets across India. The music scene there is buzzing with some wicked club nights. Many of the promoters there like me to play 3-4 hour sets. This has been good as I have been able to play dubs we have made from all tempos.
There are some great features on the album, can you give us a little background to how you hooked up with these artists and started making music with them?
Most of the musicians and singers I have collaborated with on the album are friends. My previous flatmate Amyn Merchant played guitar on two of the tracks. MC JD who is a prominent Jungle MC in Toronto, Deelite MC is a friend from Leicester who is doing good stuff. Ajay Jayanthi from Mumbai provided some great eastern violin melodies. ShivaCult who sang on two tracks is part of the Monkey Radio Kru in India. Mel Gray is a dub musician friend based in NY who added some Jamaican sunshine to the album. I enjoy collaborating as everyone gets to offer their strongest skills to the table. Sukh Knight who also features on the album is also a member of the Nasha Collective.
We also love the Mooresounds and Landslide remixes. How did these come aboput, and were you happy with the results when you first heard them?
I was really happy with both of the Remixes. Both artists nailed it straight away. Moresounds is a great current artist and Landslide is an old skool master. So bringing them together for this project was cool becasue they have very distinctive, individual sounds. A few years ago I did a remix for Landslide’s album ‘Peak’ under my other Alias (Miyagi). I asked him if he would repay the favour by remixing one of my album tracks which he did without hesitation.
What is your next step after the album is released? Tours, remixes, next album?
I’m heading back to India next week and have a few dates to play there to promote the Album. I am continually making new music for Studio Rockers, Nasha Records and Hundred Colours music. Making an album is defiantly an experience I would like to have again.
Thank you for taking the time to talk to us. Any shout outs?
Thank you! Shouts out to the Studio Rockers camp. Nasha Records collective, Hundred Colours music and to the Bass Sanskriti Kru in India.