Brownswood Bubblers Ten // Phillip Owusu
July 30, 2013
Copenhagen resident Phillip Owusu is first up in our profiles of the artists featured on the next edition of the legendary Brownswood Bubblers. The compilation drops on the 19th of August, and you can pre-order it from:
Check the teaser for the album below:
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself please. Who are you, where are you from etc.?
I have a Danish and Ghanaian background, part pork & potatoes and part fufu. At the moment I live in Copenhagen.
How would you describe your music?
A friend of mine once said of one of my earlier tracks, Blue Jay, that it reminded him of a junkyard sculpture with scraps of metal, plastic and organic bits and pieces all joining together beautifully. I like that analogy.
Where do you draw your inspiration?
It seems like such a cliche to say ‘from everywhere’ but I think that’s how it is for most musicians. You keep eyes and ears open, register what’s going on around you and translate that into music. Music becomes the natural response to personal experience.
Whom do you count amongst your most significant influences when it comes to production?
There’re so many, and I might add different people for different things: I’m a big fan of Brazilian 60/70′s songwriting, I love Wayne Shorter’s chord progressions and Charles Stepney’s arrangements, Dilla & Georgia Anne Muldrow’s beats, The Neptunes, MF Doom’s lyrics, the first two ATCQ albums are as good as it gets. The list goes on and on.
What releases / gigs are out there or coming soon?
I have an album “Subs” coming out later this year, Goodnight is on it as well as another track that’s floating around, The Followers. It’s been a long time coming but I keep tweaking and messing around with it to get it just right. But give me a few months and…
What are you going to do after this interview?
It’s hot today so I’d like to head for the beach but I reckon I’ll be recording and editing until I’m too beat to stand up.