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In Session: Cody Currie

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How will this LP compare to past releases like ‘Moves’ or ‘Alpha Bravo’?

There’s a lot more of my own vocals on there which I didn’t really do a lot before, it’s kind of showing what I’ve been doing with that side of things. I feel like it’s a little bit more disco-orientated. On my other releases, there was always a slight garagey ode to England, and I think on the next tunes I’ll get back into that sound — but this one’s a lot more ‘80s disco-inspired.

This album doesn’t use any samples, only live instruments and vocals. What was that process like?

It felt really natural, actually, a lot of the music just came out naturally either in the sessions, or I’d have some chords pre-planned. But Ziggy is a really great drummer, so those are the tracks that I worked with him on, we just start with a rhythmic element. Then it’s really quite natural and straightforward because I feel like we just play off each other. Maybe he’ll have a little motif or some idea and then I can just play on top of that, or in a response to him, so it just rolls like a band – really dynamic. So that’s what we tried to do, I just wanted to get the whole band feel in the album rather electronic and move a little bit more towards the songwriting element, because I feel like that’s maybe the future for me.

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You work really closely with Toy Tonics, how did that relationship come about?

In Berlin, Toy Tonics were supporting me a lot and I was getting booked for some of their parties, they’ve also got a lot of connections to studios and fashion and the people around that community. London had always been great and I feel like now it’s starting to be a lot more inclusive for me, but back in those times, it felt a little cliquey.I’m from Leytonstone, which isn’t really a cultural hub for music! I had a little group in Berlin who I could meet up with and give ideas or collaborate with a lot easier than in London, I feel like Berlin was just a little bit more open to me. Maybe it’s just an age thing, though, I was younger back then.

What inspired that move back to London from Berlin?

I felt like the London vibe was getting good and people were noticing me more, I have more connections and collaborators with other artists here. I feel like I’ve just created those friendship groups which I didn’t really have before when I was in Berlin, so now it feels more open for me. I’ve also got a new manager and he’s got a lot of connections in London, and it’s quite easy for me to get to the studio.

What’s next for you?

We’ve got a little Canada tour in November, and then an Australia tour in January. Then I think we’re working on a South America tour maybe early next year as well, so it’s constantly busy. Release-wise, I think I’ve got maybe two or even three albums ready! We’ve just gotta try to organise that.

Can you tell us about your In Session mix?

This is a selection of mostly unreleased material from me, plus a couple of tracks by others — enjoy!

Cody Currie’s debut album, ‘Lucas’, is out now. Check it out here

Gemma Ross is Mixmag’s Editorial Assistant, follow her on Twitter

Tracklist:

Cody Currie (unreleased)
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Cody Currie ‘Money’
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Armando ‘151’
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30/70 ‘All 4 U’
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Cody Currie ‘Night sky’ ft Eliza rose
Cody Currie ‘That Stick’

Written by: Tim Hopkins

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