Here at ATB we’ve been devout and ardent supporters of the ‘Funky’ movement since it first started to take shape back in the latter stages of 2008. In truth the original followers will attempt to convey that Funky has been around for much longer then we would ever know, arguing it featured in early House productions from the early 2000’s onwards, but to the average club-goer that shuffling high end percussion sound was as innovative as it was progressive with tracks like Egypt’s ‘In the Morning’ and Crazy Cousinz ‘Do You Mind’ representing something new and refreshing for UK club music.
The UK Funky movement evolved faster than anyone could’ve anticipated, and whilst many were accused of jumping on to the scene simply to follow trend, one production duo who stood at the forefront of it all was Ill Blu, who unquestionably pioneered the sound as much as anyone out there. With a number of releases in the pipeline and a set at London’s focal bass hotspot Fabric around the corner, About To Blow caught up with the boys to talk about the progression of Funky House, its evolution into 2012 and how Ill Blu fit into its future.
What’s good Ill Blu? First off could you explain to readers what exactly Ill Blu are all about and where it all began?
- Without trying to hazard a guess, what track would you say people know you best for, and is there one that stands out above the rest for you that you’re particularly proud of?
- It was back in 2009 when UK Funky really began to take off with producers like Crazy Cousinz, Geenius and yourselves flying the flag, how far do you think the scene has come since then?
- Where Drum & Bass and Dubstep may have dominated before, House & Garage has started to come back in a big way, why do you think this is?
- Producers like Roska, Brenmar and Champion amongst others have had some big releases over the past year, is there anyone you rate at the moment?
- If there was an artist or producer you could collaborate with, who would it be?
- We saw you smash it earlier this month at The Rhythm Factory in East London, is there a specific club night or venue that holds fond memories for you?
- Your excellent Meltdown EP came out on the increasingly popular Numbers label last year, when can we expect some new material to drop?
- For budding producers out there what advice would you give to them?
- And last but not least what does 2012 hold in store for Ill Blu, and where can we catch you?
Words: Mikey Corrighan