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Danny T & Tradesman

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Danny T & Tradesman
Danny T & Tradesman DJ Chart & Interview

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Genre: Digital Dancehall | Steppers
Date: Nov 3, 2017

Leeds based young producer duo who have been active since 2012 release "In A Competition" with Parly B on Scotch Bonnet and have had releases on other labels such as Reggae Roast, Irish Moss to name a few. Resident at Leeds events Subdub and Dancehall Science. Released their long anticipated debut album "Built for Sound" for Scotch Bonnet on 2nd November 2017.

You can browse all of their digital catalogue HERE.
And their physical catalogue HERE.

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Interview with Danny T from Danny T & Tradesman

Hi Danny! Please tell us about yourself for those who are yet to find out about you guys

We are from Leeds in the UK; we try to make all kinds of reggae music and jungle or whatever comes out. We’ve had a few tracks out on Scotch Bonnet, Reggae Roast, Totally Dubwise Records, Irish Moss & Pure Niceness Records (France). Best place to catch us would be in Leeds at Subdub or Dancehall Science, We are signed to Scotch Bonnet Records and we have an album out called ‘Built for Sound’.

What inspired you to start making reggae music?

The event Subdub in Leeds has played a huge part in inspiring us to make reggae. We have made music for quite a while now, all different genres but there comes a point when one particular style just keeps coming out in the studio. When you have Iration Steppas sound system on your doorstep you want to make songs that will eventually get played on it. Leeds in general has been an inspiring city to live in lots of different events and sounds going on. We are also a big fan of the 90’s Manasseh Kiss FM tapes which you can find on YouTube, there are loads…

Tell us about the album – concept, choice of artist you’ve worked with, direction of the sounds etc... Just about anything really!

We thought it was important to have different styles throughout the album otherwise you kind of find yourself listening to the same track with a different singer. All the songs are doing the same thing and it can get boring.

It’s nice how the tracks are so different. For example: the Earl 16 “Distraction trap” is something like 144bpm with a roots vibe and Ras Demo “My life” is around 190bpm and in a completely different style (not sure what we were thinking when that riddim was made!). Some tracks are quite stripped back and others are quite busy full of adlibs, a bit of guitar and weird sounds from somewhere. Selectors and listeners will prefer different tracks; it’s all about the variety. We went for a buffet not a set meal for 2.

When putting together the album at the start we sort of just made a riddim batch, picked a couple of good ones and thought ‘who would be good on that?’ or ‘who would sound different on that?’ and ‘how can we get in touch?’ Mungo’s (Hi Fi) helped out with the voicing of some of the tunes, as well as working on the tracklist with us. I think we had around 18 or 20 tracks in total and you have to bring that down to 12.

In terms of the artists we worked with on this album, there was a few that we were definitely going to use and wanted to work with. The other singers just sort of happened from either playing with them at dances or finding out that they were recording soon somewhere or just having a beer and thinking of our favourite singers at the moment… Not too much planning just having fun with the project.

Any particular gear you can’t stop loving?

All of it! Always on the hunt for more…

We love our Roland JV1080! It’s great for just about everything and we have four really good expansion cards. You can get a lot of really good 90’s sounds from such as the keys, strings, bass synths…anything really so yeah.

For drums we use an MPC2000, we will make a massive loop with different swing settings per drum hit and then record the MIDI track into Logic 9 with our sounds loaded into Ultrabeat.

You can hear on the album we have a lot of the Yamaha DX7 / Yamaha CS01 setup going on. We love how that sounds!

What’s in your pipeline just now?

We have started putting riddims together for the next project/album and we are currently looking at which singers to work with so we are going to get stuck in properly in the New Year. We have a few singles lined up for after the album and you will probably see some different styles come from us, we love making jungle.

We are aiming to get a record label set up next year to release some of our music along with some of our good friends that no one has heard yet so that will be exciting!

Thank you very much Danny!