Metrik Speaks To Bobby Tank

 

Each Bobby Tank track is like a work of art; masterfully blending emotive jazz chords and virtuoso synth leads with powerful, intricate rhythms. When I was considering remixes for We Got It, I instantly knew he was the right choice. LIFE/THRILLS was all about combining jazz / funk / 80’s themes with futuristic synths - it was essential that I got Bobby involved. I was blown away by how well he reinterpreted the song. Read on to find out more with this exclusive interview with the man himself…

please introduce yourself…

Bobby Tank, though my real name is Neil Taank. Bobby is just a nick name.

Sounds like you had a lot of fun in the studio working on this remix. Talk us through the process...

I sure did and as you are already aware, I've been a fan of yours for quite sometime so was more than honoured when you kindly asked me to be a part of the remix project. 

It all depends on the original compositions so my process can vary. I approached this particular remix by extracting that beautiful piano sequence in the intro of the original, emulating it and then pretty much work round that melody. Everything else just seemed to follow and fall into place. 

Your tunes sound like the culmination of some very interesting influences. Tell us about these influences and how they shaped your unique production style.

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I inherited a love for soul, jazz pop/funk, rock at a very early age from listening to whatever my mother had blasting out the system when I was kid. MJ, Prince, Genesis, Aretha Franklin, Kool & the Gang, Madonna (just to name a few) were the sounds that consumed my household whilst growing up so I naturally gravitated towards gaining a great appreciation for funky upbeat melodic music. As I grew older I started listening to jungle, metal, hip hop etc and around 2006 I started to steer towards electronic music. 

Your virtuosic style suggests an accomplished musical ability. Can you tell us about your musical background and your journey to becoming a successful producer? 

I picked up my first instrument at age seven and have progressed from there really. Experimenting in various bands. Learning an array of instruments and understanding composition helped me cope with foundations of what I’m making today. It wasn’t until late 2010 I actually started making music on my own under the alias Bobby Tank. 

Travelling the globe as a performer you must get the opportunity to see some interesting sights. What is your favourite city? Can you share any experiences?

Over the years I've been extremely fortunate to visit/experience so many different cities and cultures off the back of my crazy music! Japan stands out for me the most as its purely in a league of its own and they thoroughly understand what I do. Played alongside a good friend of mine that goes by the stage name Brokenhaze back in 2014 and was one of the most memorable nights of my life. Their hospitality is second to none and they really made me feel like I was on the right musical path for all those years.

Are you a fan of drum & bass? What are your favourite tracks?

Went through a phase of exclusively listening to jungle music for a couple years when I was a kid. DJ Krome & Mr Time 'The License' blew my mind and still does to this day. 

What are your thoughts on the current state of electronic music?

I feel the experimental aspect of composition with electronica has dissipated over these past couple of years, there is no real sense of individuality anymore. Nearly every promo I come into contact with with sounds like one producer chucking out recycled loops. Don't get me wrong though, there's a sea of unbelievable music out there, we just need to desensitise from these generic trends and really open up our ears and minds. 

What would be your dream collaboration?

Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis... I'd be too shook though. 

Any tips for aspiring musicians?

Fuck what everyone else is doing and just do YOU.

Thank you for your time Bobby! It’s been a pleasure working with you on this release. Do you have any final words?

Big love Tom and beers on you next time we link 😉

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Interview with Julie Adenuga on Beats 1

 

Following my One Mix, Julie Adenuga invited me to be her UK Represent for the week in the run up to the release of my album. I made a visit to the Beats 1 studios in North London for an interview where I chatted about the album, the collaborations, my One Mix and a bunch of other stuff. Can’t thank Beats 1 enough for their support, they’ve got really behind the album which is great as I’m a big fan and regular listener of the station. Check out the full interview on SoundCloud. M x

 

An interview with DJ Mag

 

I chatted to DJ Mag about the challenges of writing a second album, some of the influences behind LIFE/THRILLS and working with Hospital. Here's an excerpt...

I know a lot of people say they struggle with a second album but I didn’t struggle with it. It just seemed to come together really quickly, because I knew what I wanted to do, I knew what I wanted to write, and I had a lot of fun in the process.

https://djmag.com/news/metrik-talks-album-number-two

 

Chatting to UKF...

 
 Staring blankly at objects on the floor was always a favourite past-time...

Staring blankly at objects on the floor was always a favourite past-time...

I chatted to the good people of UKF about all things album, family and things that inspire me. Was a great opportunity to shed a bit of light on some of the thought processes behind some of the tracks and I had a lot of fun recounting some experiences that helped shape it. Here's an excerpt from the interview piece.

Take that ‘difficult second album’ cliché and burn it with fire… Exactly two years after his agenda-setting debut Universal Language, Hospital headliner Metrik has returned with an overwhelming follow-up ‘LIFE/THRILLS’.

Click here to read the full interview

M x