Wrap Up And Watch Out: Stinkahbell
Having collaborated with the likes of Professor Green, J2K, Smiler and Sway, among others, it's safe to say that west London’s Nutty P has had his fair share of influence on the underground music scene since winning the Jump Off Producer contest in 2004...
After teaming up with Janset, who is a former grime MC, Nutty P can now be found making beats and DJing under the name of Stinkahbell. The duo are currently gearing up to release a string of singles starting with 'Something In Your Eyes'. James Walsh caught up with them to talk about their evolution into dubstep and much, much more.
The Wrap Up: Hi! I hope you're both good. For those who don't know, tell us who Stinkahbell are....
Nutty P: Stinkahbell makes 'stink' music, which basically compiles of bass beats and soul, nuffin’ long. We've been making dubstep for about 3/4 years and we finally got some releases on the go.
TWU: Were your musical tastes the same or different growing up?
Nutty P: Our musical tastes are similar but then at the same time different. I was more into real gully rap growing up, as well as reggae, ska, garage and stuff like that.
Janset: I was more into grime and hip-hop, but I can't really say we purposefully take influence from what we listen to; it just sort of comes out (laughs).
TWU: At what age did you start taking music seriously and knew that you wanted to pursue it as a career?
Janset: For me, I knew that I wanted to make it a career from when I was 6 years old. I had been playing piano since before I could walk.
Nutty P: I just jumped on this music thing last week, still (laughs). I'm playing. I've been doing it for a hot minute. Obviously mans’ know me from the UK rap thing, I've been producing for pretty much everyone on the scene and then I had my band, but I knew I wanted to make a career out of it from when I left collage.
TWU: How did you two meet and how did the music you were making develop into the Stinkahbell sound?
Nutty P: We met in the UK rap ting! I met Janset at the Deal Real record shop. Janset was spitting grime and I was making beats, she came through to my studio (The Bakery) and we basically just hit it off straight away. She had songs that she'd written on the piano and I basically produced the tunes, but it wasn't until 2008 that the dubstep started coming round, then everything just sort of fell into place.
TWU: Nutty P, you won the Jump Off Producer contest at 19, performed at Glastonbury and had an iTunes Number 1 with Lowkey's 'Long Live Palestine'. What would you rate as the highlight of your career so far?
Nutty P: Every single time I make a beat, get to play at a festival or even meet someone that really gives a crap about the music that me and my people are making, it touches me. I just feel blessed to be able to do it; things are just getting better and better. I can't lie, though, having a joint on Wretch 32's album (‘Anniversary’) did get me gassed. To think that something I made in my crappy little studio back in 2007 is now in Sainsbury’s and Asda and that, it’s a good look.
TWU: That is a big moment! Your new single, 'Something In Your Eyes', is released on Hatcha's Sin City Recordings. Tell us a bit about the evolution of the track and how the link up with Sin City came about...
Nutty P: Boooyyy! 'Something In Your Eyes' was basically a beat that came about after chopping up a vocal from 'Forbidden Love', a track which was made by girl group Red N Pink. I had the sample for about a year, then one day I knocked it together. I didn't even think much of it when it was done, but I played it to Janset and she was like, ‘Yeahhh!’ The Sin City thing basically came about when Bannerworx got round to hearing 'Stalker' and wanted it for the Hatch.TV thing. Then I got a call from Hatcha and he was like, ‘We wanna sign you’, and that was it!
TWU: Finally, what's on the radar for Stinkahbell following the release and what else can we expect to see from you guys in 2011?
Nutty P: More ‘stink’ and more madness (laughs). Maybe a few videos, too. We’ve got some sick ideas but we're just waiting on that budget, you feel me?
Janset: More festivals. We're gonna be on Get Darker from October 4, can’t wait for that one. We’ve got the Terror-Rhythm release, 'Dont Tell Your Mum About Ibiza', due out on October 10 and we’ve got a few remixes on the go as well. Plus we've got our regular slot on Flex FM every Thursday 2pm – 4pm. It's a lot! We’ve also got a booking agent, so we're gonna be hitting up all the towns across the world now. Murder mayhem, dead foetuses and all sorts!
Stinkahbell's new single, 'Something In Your Eyes', is out now.
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Words: James Walsh (@JW_DittoMusic)
Online editing: Joseph 'JP' Patterson (@Jpizzledizzle)