Brownswood Bubblers Ten // Werkha
July 30, 2013
Today is Werkha’s turn to tell us about his musical background and the things that influence and interest him. He features on the next edition of the Brownswood Bubblers compilations, which is out August 19th. You can pre order it from these outlets:
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’m Tom Leah, also known as Werkha, a musician, producer and DJ. I was born in Manchester where I lived for a part of my childhood until we moved further north to Cumbria. It’s a very rural part of the UK up there, you have to find ways to keep yourself entertained, so I spent a lot of my time playing music with friends, including Bryony who features on this track. In fact Bryony’s mum taught me a lot of what I know about music, exposing me to different styles, from Samba to Calypso, Jazz to Afrobeat. She even had us playing drum n bass tempo jazz fusion at festivals at the age of 14 (I still remember that bass-line).
How would you describe your music?
It is music for people to move together to, it is music for sound-systems. I want it to be of a good musical standard, but I also want it to be fun to move to! I like the idea of my music sitting somewhere between world and electronic music.
Where do you draw your inspiration?
It depends, sometimes I remember a moment or experience and try to capture that in a musical idea, sometimes the inspiration is within an approach to the production of the track. The colours of sound inspires me too actually, I see Sidesteppin’ as a kind of deep red or orange in my mind.. I’m not sure why though.
Whom do you count amongst your most significant influences when it comes to production?
My most significant influences are those producers who carve an original production sound of their own, and who can apply their skills across different musics. Quantic is right up there, Flying Lotus, Mr Scruff, Shackleton, Dimlite, Damon Albarn, there are loads more… Jneiro Jarel’s production on Shapes Of Broad Minds’ Craft Of The Lost Art is spot on. Bill Leader’s Bert Jansch & John Renbourn recordings are beautiful too.
What releases / gigs are out there or coming soon?
Amongst others, I’ve got gigs at Dimensions Festival, Zoo Festival and Fabric coming up. My debut lead release track Cube & Puzzle will be seeing a vinyl re-release by Cool Kid Music in a month or so, and I will also be releasing a 5 track EP within the next couple of months which I can’t wait to tell you more about! There are some remixes stewing too.
Do you have a current DJ mix or any tracks that are available for free download right now that we could point folks to?
I do indeed, I did a mix for Fabric a little while ago which captures the more electronic aspect of my DJ sets. You can listen/download that here..
Where can folks go online to check out you and your music?
What are you going to do after this interview?
Funnily enough, i’m going to spend the day making music with Bryony in the sun! We both have a rare bit of free time to enjoy playing music together, so i’m tuning my guitar, plugging in the bass and putting the kettle on.
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