Interview: Teddy Music
One of the biggest grime producers, Teddy Music, recently returned to the scene in a big way. From the momentous 'Pow 2011' to 'Boy Better Play Dirty' with Krept & Konan and JME, back in March Teddy put out 'Rage' featuring Kozzie and Merky Ace before the instrumental collection, 'Selectah Vol.2' in April and is now following it up on May 12 with the C4-featured tune 'Gravity'…
Talking about 'Gravity', Teddy explained, ‘I'd made a nice track and thought it would do well, but the reaction has been even better than I expected. I sent it to C4 and he sent me back a complete tune. I thought it sounded extremely sick, but then the files actually got lost so he ended up coming down to the studio to work together on it [laughs]. We got a crazy fresh mix down and recorded a video too, which is out there doing its thing."
The visuals are certainly doing that, stirring images of hardships and heading to church, with cameos from a number of influential figures in the scene.
‘I had the idea of a video portraying struggles and then the director was able to express it more fully. There's the tale of the homeless, the businessman, the lonely kids who are given no love from their parents. There is the riots and it also covers equal rights opportunities… I wanted to put out a positive message to people.’
Certainly more soulful then what you may have expected from a Teddy Music track, the man himself says, ‘I wouldn't say it's commercial, but it definitely caters to a wider audience. My usual stuff is grime and I hope people take to it. This song ('Gravity') is more listenable to more people; I'm not aiming for commercial, I'm just making the music and seeing how it goes.
‘You'll never know what ‘pop’ is. Look at Disclosure and Rudimental. Their music is popular and they've managed to do that without using the four basic chords that everyone does.’
Teddy then went on to give us insight into his future releases. ‘I've got a number of tracks recorded for the next project or two. I'm currently playing them in my car, trying to decide which ones stay and which ones get axed. So far they're all staying [laughs].
‘I'd like to put out a compilation CD with a whole set of artists again. Any album will take a slightly different path; it'll have everything on there, rather than just those grimey tracks. There'll be the same elements but they'll be big songs. There's no date I'm working towards on them. The fans are loving the music I'm making but they're not asking for anything in particular just yet.’
And having worked with a vast proportion of those in the scene, is there anyone he'd still like to get on a Teddy Music produced joint?
‘I'd love to work with Chip, with Wretch  - really intelligent artists who it would be a challenge for me to impress.
‘If you believe in your music you can take it anywhere. If you're scared, there's a barrier in front of you that will stop you from going to where you can get to. You need to believe in yourself and your music.’
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Words: James Walsh (@JW_DittoMusic)