Hooligan Soul – SnF Meets Jeremy Sylvester To Talk Tunes & Tech

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Jeremy Sylvester – a name instantly recognised by any UK Garage head worth his salt. JS is the walking definition of a veteran. His releases must total in hundreds. His aliases would fill the back of a paperback. His talent is immense.

Jeremy is consistent, experienced and diverse in the UKG arena. He’s one of the few of the big producers from the glory years to still be putting out music today. He also has the rare talent of pleasing the older die-hard UK Garage heads who still long for a return to ’99 like the second coming of Jesus (such as The Rise of Urban Dubz ep), as well as whetting the appetite of the new school experimental crowd with releases (Juice String’s A Wha Do Dem remix and his Turn Me On ep under the Club Asylum guise).

The project Mr Sylvester has been focusing on recently is a bit of a sideline to his usual straight up UK Garage, and it’s a band by the name of Hooligan Soul. A few days ago we mentioned their latest single – Shout Loud – featuring female MC Hustler Spirit.

To coincide with the release of the single, we were lucky enough to be able to grab some time with Jeremy, the driving force behind the band, for a catch up and to find out what Hooligan Soul is all about.

 

(SnF) Where did the name Hooligan Soul come from?

(JS) A few years ago I was part of a band called The Housebreakerz signed to Basement Jaxx’s very own label Atlantic Jaxx. We had a few single release’s which led us to Jaxx asking us to support them on one of their gigs.

We supported them at the Koko club in London, which was our first LIVE show. As we were performing our Electro, Ragga Punk/Ska fuelled tracks, a member of the audience shouted ‘You guys are proper Hooligan Soul’. From then onwards that stuck in my head and thought it would be a cool name to use for something.

I just thought it perfectly summed up the style of music I’m doing now with this project.

 

(SnF) Hooligan Soul appear to be a “band” with a “mission”, could you explain the band’s ethos for us?

(JS) There are no musical boundaries with Hooligan Soul, almost anything goes. Hooligan Soul are not afraid to bring in for example a Rock vocalist over a heavy Dubstep beat, drop a hardcore dancehall Jamaican ragga style vocalist over a Garage beat or even through in some Ska type beats in the middle of a House track..  It doesn’t really matter. As long as the vibe is there and it works, then that’s all that matters. I just want you to lose your mind on the dance floor. Simples! Why be limited by boundaries? A band with a mission? Yes, sure. Our mission is to blow bass in your face and make your feet hurt.

 

(SnF) How did you and Hustler Spirit meet?

(JS)  I met Melanie Jane (Hustler Spirit) when I was living in South London for a while a few years ago while out raving, we got introduced by a mutual friend Jon Audio who is also rapper/MC. I first saw her on stage performing/MCing at a Drum and Bass rave and saw how she proper rocked the crowd in there. That’s when I thought ‘I need to be working with this girl’. The rest is history.

 

(SnF)How long did it take you to produce the new single?

(JS) Shout Loud took maybe a couple of weeks, but I didn’t really plan it to come out the way it has. It was supposed to be a Dubstep instrumental track but it suddenly changed shape and became something much more than that. Hustler Spirit came into the picture with this track on the later stages when I thought it needed something extra special. She took the track and destroyed it with her South London Pirate radio style lyrical banter.

 

(SnF) What can we expect from the album?

(JS)  The forthcoming Hooligan Soul album is entitled Blah Blah Blah. Expect it to be a massive explosion of sounds encompassing the many diverse sounds that have influenced me through my music career.

There will be hard aggressive dance tracks, but in equal measure there will be slightly softer tracks. The whole point of the album was trying to capture the balance between ‘hard’ and ‘soft’; the ‘Ying’ and the ‘Yang’. Hence the name Hooligan Soul.

You will hear many different styles of urban underground style bass music including UK Garage, Electro, Dubstep, House, DnB and Hip-Hop. Nothing will be held back; almost anything goes, but it will melt together and blend so perfectly in a way you wouldn’t of expected it to.

There will be more collaborations with Hustler Spirit and other artists including TJ Lewis, who is a new signing at Urban Dubz Music, plus other artists. The album is still in conception and will be ready sometime in August 2012.

(SnF)What hardware/software are you using to produce the album?

(JS) My studio set up isn’t what it used to be, but nowadays it doesn’t really have to be.

I try and keep this simple but my essential tools are my beloved drum machine (NI Machine) which is a replacement of my old MPC3000 drum machine from back in the day. I use a Mac Book Pro running Logic 9, Ableton Live and sometimes Reason software but not as much as I used to.
I run everything through my Mackie 24:8 mixing desk and I have a few outboard compressors and limiters monitored through my KRK speakers.

 

(SnF) Who else can we expect to see on the album? 

(JS)  You can expect to see collaborations with a few artist’s mainly from my Urban Dubz label camp. Artists including Hustler Spirit, TJ Lewis and Troy Denari, possibly others too. I’m always on the lookout for new artist and talent to work with and I do come across them all the time so anything can happen.

 

(SnF) What does a day in the life of Jeremy Sylvester consist of? 

(JS)  A typical day in the life of Jeremy Sylvester would be an early morning rise usually about 8am, I then make myself a bowl of Alpen (Has to be Fruit n nut) and boil a couple of eggs. This is a must!
Then I’m off on my mountain bike for an hour or two along the canal network in Birmingham or maybe down the park to work up a sweat to set me up for the day. I check a few emails, check on my company ProducerPack.com to make sure everything’s running how it should be and both my employees are doing what they suppose to do. At that point I may hit the studio if I feel the urge and cook up a few beat ideas for another few hours before getting back home to cook a typical Jeremy Sylvester Thai Noodle Soup. From then on I chill on the sofa stuffing my face with noodles until conking out on watching crap TV.

 

(SnF) What can we expect to see from Hooligan Soul other than the album this year?

(JS) As well as DJing, Hooligan Soul will be performing and looking to do club nights with Urban Dubz Music and others around the world. We’re currently looking for suitable promoters, venues and event companies worldwide to bring Hooligan Soul music to the masses.

Expect to see at least another single before the album drops in August. The next single will be with one of our new artists TJ Lewis performing a massive rave track, but I cant tell you too much about at the moment. Watch this space as they say.

 

(SnF) What can we expect to see from Hooligan Soul other than the album this year?

(JS) As well as DJing, Hooligan Soul will be performing and looking to do club nights with Urban Dubz Music and others around the world. We’re currently looking for suitable promoters, venues and event companies worldwide to bring Hooligan Soul music to the masses.

Expect to see at least another single before the album drops in August. The next single will be with one of our new artists TJ Lewis performing a massive rave track, but I cant tell you too much about at the moment. Watch this space as they say.

 

(SnF) And lastly, what’s coming up on the UKG front from Jeremy Sylvester and Club Asylum over the next few months?

I’m currently putting together a new compilation of unreleased UK Garage tracks from back in the day. Most tracks are from the period I was at Nice n Ripe which never actually saw the light of day, so I’m quite excited about that. Lots of forgotten gems on dusty DAT tapes in the loft. A release date for this has not been set yet, but we’re hoping to get it out by August/September time.
I’ve also just released the follow up to my Jeremy Sylvester – Back to Bump EP called Rise of Urban Dubz EP which is available now from iTunes, TraxSource and Juno Download. You can check my website www.urbandubz.com for more information and news on future releases etc. This is a four track EP bringing a 4×4 Bumpy flavour with Deep House elements sprinkled in for good measure.
We’re putting together a new Troy Denari record which is a follow up to Step a Little Closer. There will be Club Asylum 2-step mixes along with that package. The release date is set for around September on Urban Dubz Music.

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We would like thank Jeremy Sylvester for taking the time to answer our questions and look forward to catching up with him again soon.

In the meanwhile, we will definitely be playing our free download of Shout Loud (Global Stepperz Remix) as supplied by Urban Dubz.

Hooligan Soul feat Hustler Spirit – Shout Loud is out now on Urban Dubz Music

 

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