Myele from Electric Wire Hustle
With their debut self-titled album Electric Wire Hustle achieved cult status. A number one song on Hype Machine, five-star reviews from the likes of Okayplayer, and BBC Radio support from Gilles Peterson and Benji B secured them unwavering support internationally. A flood of production requests followed their first release, the fruits of which we will see in 2013, along with their heavily anticipated second album. Demand for their live show has seen EWH perform in 14 countries, appearing at festivals such as Glastonbury, Dour, Sonar, Sziget, SXSW, Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide and New York’s CMJ. With a slew of new material to come in 2013, EWH are poised to make significant contributions towards GOOD MUSIC.
1: Quality is more important than style.
2: Music is easy. The life that comes with it can be a mission though.
3: The Flat White rules but when in Europe a double shot espresso macchiato is how I roll.
What is the biggest inspiration for your music?
The more I keep on with music, the more I realize that inspiration can come from anywhere. From other music you like, a spider walking around your bedroom, a lover, politics, roast beef, anything. Keeping an open mind is the best way to be when it comes to making any kind of art, I think.
How and when did you get into making music?
Everybody in the band has had a musical upbringing with our parents being involved in music, so it wasn’t really a matter of getting into it. It was just a part of life. For me personally, My father is a Congolese drummer, guitarist, singer and band leader, so he would have me playing gigs with him and sitting in at his lessons since I can remember. However I didn’t really take music seriously until I was 16.
What are your 5 favourite albums of all time?
John Coltrane – A Love Supreme
Trinity Roots – Home Land and Sea
Common – Like Water For Chocolate
Flying Lotus – Cosmogramma
Michael Jackson – Off The Wall
What do you associate with Berlin?
I’ve been staying here in Berlin since early June and will be here till at least the end of July. It’s a great hybrid of the old and the new. A very grand , very tragic history but an incredibly promising future, artistically and otherwise. Bratwurst. Haus der Kulturen der Welt. Bohannon. The Park Inn. Techno
What’s your favourite place in your town?
Fidels cafe on Cuba St. Wellington. I would say it just about has the best espresso in the world, and has been a central meeting place for me and my friends for years.
If there was no music in the world, what would you do instead?
Snowboarding, journalism or philosophy
What was the last record you bought?
Debussy: Piano Favourites. Played by François-Joël Thiollier.
Who would you most like to collaborate with?
Mos Def, Jimi Hendrix, Brad Meldhau. It was pretty cool to have collaborated with Georgia Anne Muldrow, Steve Spacek, and Stacy Epps though :)
What was your best gig (as performer or spectator)?
Our first show in Warsaw Poland was pretty amazing, just because it was such a wild card, who-knows-anything-about-this-place kind of gig. We had no idea what to expect and it was a super amped, super packed club who responded to everything. It was pretty exciting for us to be all the way out in Eastern Europe rocking out to these cats.
How important is technology to your creative process?
It’s important I guess, but not as important as the idea and the intention behind whatever it is that’s coming out. It doesn’t really matter how you achieve a sound as long as you’re really meaning and believing whatever that sound is. Whether it’s just your natural voice or the latest Korg synth. You just use whatever you have/need to get the sound that’s right for the music. Just let the music tell you what to do. That’s it.
Do you have siblings and how do they feel about your career?
I have a little toddler sister. She’s too young to really feel proud or jealous of me, but I hope I can make music good enough to keep my family proud of me.