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INTERVIEW


Skinny Pelembe is one of the most exciting and diverse artists about at the minute. His music is a smorgasbord of sounds, each pleasant and he is one of the most genuine people on the music scene. With backing from 6music, most importantly, Gilles Peterson he’s risen rapidly. We decided to have a chat with him ahead of his show at Wild Paths Festival this autumn.


What do you like to do when you’re not making, writing or listening to music? I love painting, though I haven’t really done anything for about a year. I’m rubbish enough for it to feel like there’s no pressure, which is nice, but good enough that brownswood let me use them for artwork. Did you always want to be a musician? If not, what did you want to be? Kind of. I really remember being about 6, watching a Wailers/Marley family concert on TV then putting on a show for my parents and thinking that I’d definitely be able to do that but I could also reel of at least a hundred dinosaurs (by their Latin names) by memory. The plan was to split the week between being in a band, playing basket ball for the Minnesota Timberwolves and being a Palaeontologist. I even drew out my schedule, so i'd be prepared. I reckon I could get involved in digs, and by using the celebrity I'll have in a few years I can do a few charity games with the Timberwolves. I'm on track. What drives you to make music? Mostly Love. Sometimes oneupmanship. How important is radio in your opinion? Well no matter how much streaming companies keep trying to push their idea of “community” on people while charging us a monthly fee and paying the artists very close to fuck all, they’re never going to beat the feeling listening to Shaun Keaveny or Lauren Laverne on the radio, and feeling like you’re part of the country, all tuning in and part of the conversation. What new artists have you been enjoying? Sampa The Great and Aldous


Harding all day everyday How would you describe your sound to someone who has never listened to you before? Bob Dylan wannabe finds MPC and tries to do covers of Gangstarr Do you have a philosophy when you write music? Just to try and make completely honest music. Even if that honesty is ugly. That’s the point. Every artist I love, even those that make instrumental music still manage to get across a real core sense of self, even if it’s behind a theatrical front, you can still hear the truth. What are you the happiest about with the last record? I’m happiest that you can tell where I was at whilst making it. I read a few results that say it gets lethargic, sad and incoherent from about halfway through. Sound's about right - job done. What’s your favourite song to perform? I’m probably going to stop playing it soon, but I’m loving playing my remix of Maribou State’s “Kama”. The synth bass has part just feels like such a great environment to be in while I shout nonsense at the audience for a while. What can we expect at your Wild Paths Norwich show this October? Not a replica of the album. The best part of having a great band is that we can look at the songs from a different angle and try to do something different with it, keep it fresh for you and me. What plans have you got for the future? Looooooads more tracks, looooads more painting. Loads more spa treatments, as I get bigger and the hotels that promoters put us in get more swanky....


Words Callum Gray OUTLINEONLINE.CO.UK / AUGUST-SEPTEMBER 2019 / 21


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