This week we’ve upped the levels. Not only do we have an exclusive mix for you to download and wrap your ears round but we’ve also got an interview to accompany it. This week we thank Monkey Wrench for kindly giving their time to create us a sweet mix to help kick start our weekends and for taking part in the interview so you can get to know them that little bit better.
For those that don’t know, Monkey Wrench are a trio of DJs/producers living in Bristol. There sound is a blend of beats, cuts, bass, vocal cuts and melodic elements and has already been spotted by the likes of B Traits on Radio 1′s ‘In new Djs we trust’, supported by Rinse FM’s Dismantle.
What has Monkey Wrench been up to as of late?
We’ve just had our debut release out on the American label Car Crash Set.
We held a little launch party for it in our flat a few weeks ago. It was live! We managed to get 100+ people through our front door….. The neighbours weren’t too impressed though.
Besides that, we’ve mainly just been going to University, trying to mix and make music as much as we can in our spare time.
How did your name come about?
Its a lyric out of an old Hip-Hop tune by Nine.
Whats your favourite track at the moment?
Dec: Moa Anbessa – Dub Forward
Liam: Too many to pick from…….”Waifs & Strays – I Saw Yo Girl” seems to have a lot of plays on my iTunes though.
Alex: Flatbush Zombies – MRAZ
What is your favourite track of all time?
D: Bob Marley – Rastaman Vibration.
L: Probably something off Fatboy Slim’s album “You’ve come a long way, baby”.
A: Funkadelic – Maggot Brain. Maybe.
What was the first Vinyl you ever bought?
D: Malcolm McLaren – Double Dutch
L: King Midas Sound – Cool Out
A: Mobb Deep – The Infamous
What music was played in your house when you were growing up?
D: The Clash, Radiohead, Prodigy.
L: All sorts…. I remember a lot of Bjork, Nightmares on Wax & Flaming Lips. Also alot of Irish music and some rock too.
A: A load of jazz – Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Charlie Parker etc.
Who are your inspirations in music?
D: There’s too many to even a few.
L: At the moment mainly friends and other people around me doing similar things.
A: Everyone doing their thing.
Who would you like to collaborate with?
D: Maya Jane Coles. Mainly to see how she produces her music, it’s sick.
L: Gesaffelstein. I reckon we could make something mad with him.
Whose sets do you like to catch at a rave or on radio?
D: There’s so many good DJ’s, but the best I’ve seen play lately was Alex Arnout.
L: Piff in Bristol always throw a sick night… They book some big headliners and the residents smash it too.
A: Loefah kills it on his Norwood Soul Patrol show on Rinse.
Whats been the highlight for you guys so far?
D: Doing a mix for Urban Nerds .
L: Hearing our tune at Bestival this summer was sick!
A: All the support and feedback we’ve been getting from DJs, labels etc.
Top 3 artists to watch?
L: Spoils (a collab between Riskotheque & Deadbeat)
What does Monkey Wrench like to drink?
A: Cheap White Wine
What are your favourite past times outside of music?
D: We’re all really busy with university and music, other than that it’s just drinking and socialising.
A: HBO and weed.
5 things you always carry on you?
D: Phone, Keys, Wallet, Extra Chewing Gum, and USB Stick.
L: Phone, Keys, Wallet, Fags, Long johns (In this weather at the moment)
Top 3 guilty pleasures
D: Using my hairdryer.
L: Cadbury’s Cream Eggs
A: Gotta love them Cream Eggs.
Any other AKA’s?
D: D Tek
If you were on death row what would your last meal be?
D: Starter: Prawn Cocktail. Main: 24 Oz Steak. Dessert: Strawberry Trifle.
L: Gammon Steak with egg, pineapple and chips. Maybe a bannoffee pie for dessert.
Whats next in the pipeline for you guys?
We are working towards getting another release out, just finishing off some tunes to go with the title track at the moment. We are also working on a couple of collaborations, they should be about in the not to distant future too.
Another thing we are looking to work on is our live sets. We want to get all three of us are involved at once, rather than the back to back DJ sets we currently play out.
You can catch us live this weekend (02/03/13) at Bluemountain in Bristol and also next month (05/04/13) at Relay in London.
Full Track list:
1. Spoils – Bad Things
2. Hugo & Mavora – Damage
3. Shadow Child – So High (Hot Since 82 Remix)
4.Tube & Berger – Imprint Of Pleasure (Original Mix)
5. Jay Lumen – Get Ready (Original Mix)
6. Teenage Mutants & Andre Crom – Hanging On (Original Mix)
7. David Amo, Julio Navas, Rober Gaez – This Is True House (Original Mix)
8. Christopher Schwarzwalder – Mirrors (Original Mix)
9. Waifs & Strays – I Saw Yo Girl (Full Acid Vox Edit)
10. Monkey Wrench – Above The Sheets
11. My Nu Leng – Saccades
12. Monkey Wrench – Fatal Attraction
13. Eats Everything – Doldrums (Original Mix)
14. Sinden – Keep it 1,000 (Duke Dumont Remix)
15. Kry Wolf – Scream
16. Riskotheque & Klic – Compton
17. Kiko, Mihalis Safras – Mentos (Original Mix)
18. Jay Lumen – Get Yaa! (Original Mix)
19. Outboxx – Sunshine Mills