We chat to King Britt about new EP ‘Lift The Snares’
King Britt is back on SOUNDZ under his techno alter ego Firefly, but this time with an EP split right down the middle. One track is for the deeper headz, and one is more decidedly for the dancefloor. “Lift The Snares” is the latter. Opening with a hard kick which is soon followed by some lush pads that gives the track a soothing feel without giving too much away (building suspense is a well crafted skill of his). He uses that skill to the maximum effect here, fooling you into believing this is a chilled out beach-house tune, layering pads and soft chords to make you feel all warm and cosy inside, before letting it rip… we totally didn’t see that coming the first time.
With a few very subtle changes in the arrangement, the intensity of the track changes dramatically. The addition of his sinister sounding snares, old-school hoover-like techno stabs, changing the balance of the track towards the higher end of the frequency spectrum, leaving the beats and bassline to work away in the background, all while letting the snares and percussion do all the hard work… this is King Britt at his very best!
We caught up with King Britt to chat about his new release.
What effect did you want to create with the dramatic change in ‘Lift The Snares’?
I wanted a feeling of liftoff and a feeling of anticipated freedom from the norm, an escape through sonics
How has your style of creating music changed in the last 20 years?
With technology its made all the tools at my fingertips, literally. I’m doing so much on my iphone lately on layovers that I will have an album by the time this tour is over. It has really opened up a lot of ideas being limited to just the iphone.
But when I’m home I’m doing all analogue at the moment….so best of both worlds…..
Why did you decide to do a split EP?
I didn’t decide….just happened.
What else do you have coming up this year?
I am working on an album for Hyperdub under the Fhloston Paradigm moniker, doing an African album with Shabazz Palaces’ Tendia in Zimbabwe, a series of collaborations that will be coming out monthly starting in September and 3 more Firefly releases
Having achieved so much, in so many areas, where do you want to take your music next?
Have been working with a few visualists. I’m exploring more with video/live performance….its on!
Download ‘Lift The Snares’ EP from Beatport now.