Spinning in the Name of... Contour
We caught up with Contour to discuss their incredible debut album Appropriation.
What inspired you to record your debut, Appropriation?
It was not initially planned to be an album; it was more of a sample bank to begin with, as my previous computer had died. The tunes we were working on were lost, and I had to start fresh on a new system. Thankfully, I happened to have access to a large bank of vinyls. So the whole album was built as one continuous track and then cut up. I like concepts in music and the experimental arty end of sound too, so it was nice to do a project a bit differently.
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As I was sampling everything into the same project folder, it became one giant thing, so mixing that was difficult. Some bits sound better than others because of that, but slicing it into its own projects seemed impossible by the end, so it stayed as one long piece.
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Yes – the inspiration! I had access to Mick (T-Wok)’s record collection to skim through for a while. It’s unbelievable and varies in style immensely. Most of it I hadn’t heard before, so it was like listening to music from a fresh perspective with a different project. Big up T-Wok – what a great selector!
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I am fortunate to know a lot of great musicians, having gigged for the last few years. I’ve been involved with On The One studios with a number of other musicians who influenced me loads. Also when I was away travelling in Cuba and Portugal, and Anna was in Iceland, we gathered sounds from those places. It’s great to have the sound of real places to add to the atmosphere of the tracks!
What are your plans for after the album?
I’ll be straight into new tunes, but I think they’ll be more minimalist and less chaotic. Although I always say that…