Flukes: The Interview!
Flukes has worked with some of the best UK artists around, having produced tracks for the likes of Tinie Tempah, Aggro Santos and Beverly Knight, to name but a few. But he’s switching things up on his new single, 'Arch Your Back', as he hooks up with US R&B singing sensation, Omarion. The Wrap Up caught up with Flukes to talk UK funky, Ayia Napa, Disturbing London and more...
The Wrap Up: You’ve been in the UK music industry for a while now – producing tracks with UK acts such as MC Versatile, Beverley Knight, Tinie Tempah, Kyla, and Aggro Santos, to name but a few – but how did you get into music?
Flukes: I've always had a passion for creating music from a young age. I learned how to play the piano and saxophone at the age of 7, which encouraged me to purse music throughout my childhood. By 15, I began DJing and producing and released my first record, 'Wifey Riddim', which featured artists such as Tinie Tempah, Ironik, Bashy and Sadie Ama. At that time, almost everyone who was about and who was on the scene recorded a version.
TWU: Who would you say are your strongest musical inspirations?
Flukes: My strongest inspirations would be my family. My parents strongly supported my love for music and, ironically, my primary school music teacher was my uncle. DJ Paleface, who is my older cousin, also helped mentor and guide me in the early stages of producing. Then there’s my manager, Corey Johnson, who works around the clock on my career. I also feel iconic musicians like Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson and Quincy Jones have had a significant impact in my music.
TWU: Your latest single, ‘Arch Your Back’, features US R&B star, Omarion. But with him being one of R&B’s biggest stars and you/Crazy Cousinz being well-known in the dance music scene, this collaboration might have come as a bit of a shock to fans on both sides. So how did this track come about?
Flukes: Although Omarion and Crazy Cousinz are renowned for different genres of music, the collaboration worked really well because we both love and enjoy creating music. Omarion was recently touring in the UK, performing in many clubs, and really embraced the UK house and funky sound. We managed to get in the studio with him and 'Arch Your Back' was created. Working together in the studio was such a great vibe and a lot of fun.
TWU: Your relationship with Tinie Tempah dates back as far as ‘Wifey Riddim’, which is now a classic. How does it feel to work with him and his team at Disturbing London on your latest single release?
Flukes: To be able to still work closely with Tinie Tempah and the Disturbing London label is a privilege. I couldn't have asked for a better team to sign and release 'Arch your Back'. Tinie Tempah has come such a long way from his first video, 'Wifey Riddim', in 2007 and its great to see he is still supporting artists and producers who where there to see him rise to the star that he is today. It’s an exciting time for both Defenders and Disturbing London, and we are looking forward to releasing more music with each other. Corey and Dumi (Tinie’s manager) have a lot planned!
TWU: You’re coming to the end of your 2011 summer island tour, which saw you hit up spots such as Bulgaria, Kyrina, Ibiza, North Cyprus, Malia, Zante, Ayia Napa and more. How did that go and what was your highlight?
Flukes: It has been an amazing experience Djing across Europe in so many arenas and clubs to thousands of people. Spreading our music and the new house and funky sound to the crowd and getting such a positive feedback is such an important aspect to us, as it allows us to interact with our fans and it really inspires me to be more creative. MC Versatile is a great host and will always get a party rocking, although I think he is addicted to stagediving! (Laughs)
TWU: You can make grime, house, funky and R&B, so how important do you think it is to remain versatile?
Flukes: I make what I’m feeling at the time, so as a producer, being versatile is a huge part of what I do. Tracks like ‘Arch Your Back’ are so different from Aggro Santos’ ‘Saint Or Sinner’, or the forthcoming Defenders singles I have with Scorcher and Little Dee. I also produced Fumin’s track, ‘After Party’, which is signed to Wall Of Sound Records/Pias, so for me, versatility is key!
TWU: UK music has recently gone from strength to strength, with acts such as Wretch 32, Example, Ed Sheeran and Tinie Tempah receiving an abundance of chart success. Are you excited by the state of the market and who are your current ones to watch?
Flukes: It’s a very proud and exciting time to be part of the UK music scene. Many underground artists are now breaking through the mainstream barriers and are having a huge impact in chart music, as we know it today. These formally 'underground' artists are now being recognised for their talent worldwide and are being widely accepted in the mainstream music industry. A few of my current ones to watch would be RD, Mz Bratt, Stylo G, Fumin and Bianca Mckenzie.
TWU: You’ve got some projects on the go with RD and grime veteran, Scorcher. What sound can we expect from these tracks?
Flukes: It’s been really fun working in the studio with the girl group, RD. They have so much energy and drive! We have been working together on tracks for their debut album and all I can say is that it’s not the traditional girl group sound you’ll be expecting – expect cutting edge, attitude and a lot of heat. I’ve also been busy working with Scorcher on a new single called ‘Hold On’ – which features my artist, Bianca Mckenzie. That will be out in autumn.
TWU: What can we expect from Flukes/Crazy Cousinz in the near future?
Flukes: Crazy Cousinz’ live side is forever evolving – from shows up and down the UK, to bookings around the world – so expect to see us taking our music internationally. We’ve recently started working with the biggest urban radio station in Cyprus (shout out to Dance FM), so we’ve got a lot planned. Crazy Cousinz release schedule is looking like ‘Arch Your Back’, followed by another single then straight into our second compilation, ‘This Is UK House & Funky Vol. 1’. Exciting stuff! As for myself, Flukes, just expect the unexpected (laughs). Tracks debuting soon include collaborations with Scorcher, Fumin, RD, Little Dee and more!
Crazy Cousinz Feat. Omarion: 'Arch Your Back' - is out on October 3.
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Words: Liz Black
Online editing: Joseph 'JP' Patterson (@Jpizzledizzle)