UK Garage Veterans The Wideboys Drop In For A Chat With SnF

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The Wideboys… what can be said about them? Well ultimately the one thing you need to know is that these guys have got staying power.

The duo of Jim Sullivan and Eddie Craig have been the producing under the Wideboys moniker since 1996. Being an esteemed name in the UKG scene, it is little known that they were also the duo behind Once Waz Nice and the banger that was Messin Around.

Hailing from the South coast of the UK, Ed and Jim have been plugging away at the music scene since Garage exited stage left in the early 2000’s, and have created a very impressive production resumé to go with their hard work.

Having worked for Rihanna, The Saturdays, Black Eyed Peas and Cheryl Cole  (to name just a few) it appears that if the major labels want a track remixed for the UK market, there is only one production team that they go to…

Slick n  Fresh, were extremely lucky to disrupt this busy duo’s day to get a few rapid fire questions answered.

SnF – What got you into music originally?

Jim – I have been writing songs since the age of 10 after watching and listening to artists like Depeche Mode & Kraftwerk. I have also been into gadgets and building my own interfaces. Synthesizers were just a natural progression
Ed – Our house was always full of different genres of music from classical, rock, 80’s synth music and I was inspired from an early age via a mini Casio keyboard I got for Christmas one year. In my early teenage years I had sound system battles with my sister. She was into heavy metal, I was a raver. Luckily my parents were very understanding.

SnF – How did you two meet?
WB – We were both doing music on the South coast, Jim was running a full time studio and I had a record shop. One day we spoke on the phone, got together in the studio and the rest is history.

SnF – Who are your biggest influences and how would you describe your sound?
WB – We get influences from everywhere even a walk in the park or a trip on a train. In the beginning in terms of Garage) we were inspired by people like Masters at Work, Todd Terry, Grant Nelson, Mj Cole, Todd Edwards, Dem 2, Double 99, Artful Dodger, Dj Disciple, Strictly Rhythm, Sunship. Our sound has always been upfront, fresh & funky

SnF – What has been the high point in your music career?
WB – Performing on TOTP was pretty cool and performing on Big Brother last year was fun too. Every day is a blessing working in something we like doing, it doesn’t feel like work so we are always having a laugh and able to do long hours.

Starting up our new label World Wide Phonographics has been a high point for us as it has given us complete creative control in what we do. As well as working with some of the biggest names in music like Beyonce, Snoop Dog, Example, producing some top 10 records, hitting platinum with our Ministry of Sound compilation series and getting a weekly show on Kiss. To be honest things could not be better.

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SnF – What production equipment do you use?
WB – We have had an array of equipment over the years and like to vary our sound. We have always used Cubase right from the early days of Atari St. We are currently using version 6.5 alongside great plugins like Komplete 6. We use a Neuman U87 to record vocals and Yamaha speakers to monitor.

SnF – How long does a remix roughly take you to produce?
WB – It can take anywhere from between 1 day to a week. Depending on how the song gels and the processes involved in making the project complete.

SnF – What tips can you give for upcoming producers?
WB -Practice makes perfect. Get in the studio perfect your craft but don’t let your business side slip either. Try and find your own sound too, in the end this will make you stand out from the crowd. It is a strong combination of many things that create longevity in the ever changing music world but having good morals is a key aspect to keep up good working relationships.

SnF – Who are you feeling right now production wise? Garage and elsewhere
WB – Garage wise – Zinc, Mike Delinquent, Todd Edward, Sunship, Toddla T, Dismantle, Issac Christopher, Bee Q & Unique, Cause N Affect, DJ Q, Luke Holden on a new skool tip. Elsewhere we are loving Subfocus, Deadmau5, DJ Friction, Wolfgang Gartner, Knife Party, Nicky Romero, Madeon, Aviici, Cutline, Dream, Tantrum Desire, Drumsound & Bassline Smith, Redlight, Porter Robinson, Zedd, Skrillex. There is so much good music around we would be here all day listing them all.

The Wideboys have a track getting prepped for release soon. Check below for The Wideboys latest single “The Word”.

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