Soft Rocks drop a full LP of edits on their own Disco Powerplay label.
Have a listen here - SOFT ROCKS – DISCO POWERPLAY
A 12″ Sampler is due very soon, with the full package to follow soon after…
And we caught up with the boys to have a quick chat about the new release…
1. Hi Guys, This LP has been a while in the making, I remember asking Piers about it on a radio show we did for Diesel in 2009! So how pleased are you that the album is ready to go?
Ha! Well, this isn’t actually THE Soft Rocks album – this is a collection of edits that we’ve decided to put out as it’s been ages since we’ve done a Disco Powerplay record. The Soft Rocks album itself is all original material, lots of vocals and should see the light of day in April. We’re very excited about it / relieved to see the back of it.
2. What sort of process do you go through when choosing what material to put on there: consensus, numbers in a hat, or a good old fashioned ruck?
Generally we all get in a skip, have a fight and the last man standing gets to pick the tracklist.
3. Are we likely to recognise any of the source material for tracks on ‘Disco Powerplay’ or will the DJHistory spotters will be tearing their hair out trying to ID them?
A bit of both. A couple of tracks should be pretty obvious to anyone with a passing interest. The majority are fairly obscure, but in this day and age, most things tend to get spotted eventually.
4. I read something the other day from a reasonably well known producer saying he thinks electronic music has ruined the concept of an album. Any thoughts on that? Especially with the increasing ‘pick n mix’ nature of digital music delivery.
Probably true. To be honest, DJs have always had a bit of a pick n mix approach to albums anyway, but itunes etc has probably pushed this into the general public more. The Disco Powerplay album is for the heads really – DJs, collectors and aficionados, but we think you could play from start to finish as an album. We really hope that the Soft Rocks LP reaches a wider audience, being more song based and somewhat of a labour of love.
5. While we’re talking albums, what was the best LP you picked up in 2010?
We really enjoyed track 4 from Susan Boyles long player
6. Soft Rocks is a fairly scattered collective, especially with Piers in the US until recently. How difficult is it for you to work together on music given that distance?
It’s easier now that he’s back. Sending reel to reel tapes and sheet music by carrier pigeon over the atlantic is, at best, extremely long-winded.
7. And what software/hardware do you favour when making tracks in general, or do you all have your own particular penchant?
Chris – ukulele.
Bobby – tea-chest bass.
Piers – washboard.
Andy – spoons.
8. Lastly, Had to ask, but is that a Soft Rocks holiday snap on the album artwork?!
Summer 2009. Wonderful holiday – just four men and a yacht.
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