interview by Jennifer Warner
Sometimes things don't make sense, and are better for it. Here's a production trio that calls themselves X-Press 2, not three. The title of their latest (and second) full-length album, "Makeshift Feelgood" doesn't really mean anything at all, or maybe it does, accidentally, and it certainly means something when you listen to it, all full of Rocky, Diesel and Ashley Beedle's music and melodies. Yes, full vocal songs here! But instead of David Byrne, who, if you may recall, put X-Press 2 all over the map with their smash hit "Lazy" in 2002, your ears will find a lovely section of other vocalists lending their talents to this collection of housy pop that ranges from eleclectic to gospel-y to, well, with Donna Summer in there I have to say disco!
Luckily at least one of X-Press wasn't too busy remixing another Brittney track, and so was able to answer our interview questions by email....
JW: Where are you right now, and what are your plans for the rest of this week, anything exciting?
At home in the office. Doing some radio mixes today with Diesel. Having an easy day tomorrow. Off to Brighton to visit Skint on Thursday then remixing on Friday and Djing at Turnmills (London) in the evening.
The cover of your album is certainly eye catching what is that magnificent looking creature and why is it/he/she on the cover of your album?
It’s some sort of monkey turnout. We’ve got a whole bunch of cute stuffed creatures nailed to a wall in our manager’s office.
What does “Makeshift Feelgood” mean?
It was just something that I misheard Diesel saying one day. I’ve no idea what he actually said but loved the implication of what I thought he said. He would be a genius if he really did say this but he didn’t and therefore he’s not.
Tell us about the album... what are some of your favorite tracks on it and why.
My faves are Kill 100 and Give It because they were the 2 that took longest to get right and the vocals on them both are amazing.
If you were to describe it using adjectives that were all related to foods and/or colors, what would you say?
Orange, red and several shades of purple. Warm and delicious like pie.
The next person at this bizarre release party asks you, why do you do it? (Feel free to interpret “it” as you will.)
Because we love it and it’s all we know.
Then you run into a music producer, who wants to know what kind of hardware and software you used in the making of it:
Er.... A big computer and some organs. Logic.
Favorite plug in?
Diesel will know the name of it. It makes stuff go sort of wobbly though.
Favorite piece of gear?
My Leki walking stick. It’s made from Titanium and super light!
Do you read the messages people send to you from your page?
I read every single one. Even the ones from Maceys and those people that can make my penis longer.
Speaking of Myspace, who/why are your first four “friends” the first four? (Air Toyko, Pete Heller, Rob Harvey, Terry Farley)
Air is our fave club in the whole world Pete and Terry are good friends and have both been an inspiration for us over the years. Rob is just a completely top geezer.
How would aspiring producers best get their tracks to you?
Probably the best way to actually get tracks listened to is if we’re actually handed stuff. We get so many messages on Myspace saying ‘here’s a link to my page, please listen my new track, you like?’ It’s hard to listen to them all
Is there anything else you’d like to say to the raves.com and djfix.com readers?
:: www.xpress2.com ::
:: myspace.com/xpress2 ::