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Having had releases on respected labels such as Hamburg’s Jeudi Records, and UK’s Union Jack Records, Café 1001 caught up with the DJ & production partners Patrick Bodhi & Frankie J Dickens ahead of their performance for the Fresh Meet party at Café 1001 on Sunday, 23rd June…
1001 How long do you guys know each other, and when came the point you started producing together?
PB: We’ve known each other about 5 years now. Frankie’s sister is my girlfriend so that is how we first got to know each other but weirdly the year before I met Frankie’s sister Me and Frankie were both studying at the same University but never met! It was a few years after that we got in the studio together, around the same time I started digging deeper into House music. Also before that time we were both into different genres which was probably why it took us a while to work together, Frankie already being into Tech/Progressive House and me, Early Dubstep, Electronica and Reggae/Dub.
FJD: Patrick and I both met through my younger sister, we both established common grounds with music and philosophy of music. We had been talking for ages about doing tracks, eventually we got in the studio and found that our two amalgamated sounds worked well and produced something fresh. We started producing tech/progressive but then ventured out into the Deep House, Disco scene and really found that our collaborative sound worked best with this sound.
1001 How can we visualize a Patrick Bodhi & Frankie J Dickens production? What’s the process, and who’s in charge of what?
FJD: We both feel it is essential to have one person in control, hands on with the DAW etc. Things start to become a mess when both of you are flipping back and forth. Patrick is usually the one who takes that lead as he is a lot faster and also knows Ableton better which is better for both work flow and creative flow. We sometimes switch it up to keep things moving too!
PB: I think it depends on whose studio we are in I guess. As Frankie said, we’ve been working in my studio more and if we are at mine I’m more hands on, sort of steering the ship and if we are at Frankie’s he is but we are constantly throwing ideas back and forth, inspiring each other, switching roles occasionally and trying new things as we work. For example, Frankie might be trying out some melodies on the keyboard and I’ll hear something he played which triggers a slightly different melody in my head and I’m like “wait wait wait!”, start humming it, work it out on the keys, sound design etc… etc… I’m sure you get the idea! Generally though, we combine our strengths to be more than we can be alone, the most obvious strengths being Frankie is great at arranging and being spontaneous with his creativity with great melodies and ideas whereas I’m probably more particular and take more of a leading role on things like sound design and mixing but overall we both end up doing a bit of everything.
1001 The release of ‘Same Old Story’ last year highlighted your strong influences in Hip Hop & Black Music, and was ultimately your breakthrough in the house music scene. Do you have any other influences we might not know about?
PB: Wow… yes! I can probably speak for me and Frankie with most of this as we had quite similar musical influences growing up. This probably sounds a bit cliché but growing up in South London you are exposed to so many cultures and music (with a lot of African and Caribbean heritage and influences) that I feel have definitely shaped me as a person and influenced my music. Too cut a very long story as short as I can: We both grew up with our parent’s listening to a lot Soul, Motown, Disco, Reggae, Rn’B, Country and more. Later, through the vital musical years of my teenage life I went through a lot of musical interests and influences. Being a teenager in the late 90’s to mid 00’s in South London, UK Garage, US Garage, Speed Garage, and Jungle / Dn’B was a big part of both of our lives and which we still love today, we were both DJing from a young age, listening to tape packs, record shopping over Soho, playing on pirate radio and DJing at house parties where it would be strictly Garage and Dn’B. Between those years I was also DJing Grime in an MC collective which Frank never really got into which I think shows our age difference, then around 2007/2008 whilst I had been experimenting with more 120-140bpm Electronica and Dub/Reggae I heard and fell in love with the early Dubstep sound and starting attending a lot of south London raves following that. Later, around 2008 / 2009 whilst Frank was already into the House scene, I was just going to my first House raves and began listening to it more and experimenting with it in the studio as it slowly took over my soul! Finally, I was slowly drawn more and more to the Deep House / Deep Disco sound of the House scene and I felt I had found my place within the House sound and got to work creating it in the studio.
FJD: Well I think Patrick has covered our backgrounds close enough there. From a more general and up-to-date view, we like to draw influence from all spectrum’s of sound, we both have a broad and open mind when it comes to new music and something new. Having a wider knowledge of music colours and shapes is ultimately what your sound becomes. Everything from Heavy Metal to Grime, Classical, Contemporary to Funk, Down tempo and Country / Folk. So many groundbreaking ideas have come from the unexpected, it’s important to add identity to your sound and something different is always a great place to establish a specific sound in your productions.
1001 You must be really proud that ‘Same Old Story’ was released even on vinyl in a more and more digital driven industry. Was it fairly easy to get the release with the Jeudi Records crew?
FJD: Jeudi were great and very easy to release with, all the Jeudi crew made us feel so welcome. The response to ‘Same old story’ was overwhelming, we were so happy to have found our sound and to have it recognized by not only Jeudi but also Solomun and many other labels/artists. We both come from vinyl backgrounds and were stoked to hear this as we both adore our records and believe music is best heard on vinyl. To own an actual physical object for our first release definitely marked something special for us!
PB: Yes, Jeudi are great. I think we were really lucky to have caught there attention so early on but we simply went with our hearts and sent the tracks out to producers and labels that we really loved and respected. Adana Twins (who part own Jeudi Records along with Doctor Dru and Davide) had literally just released there Everyday EP on Exploited (about Feb 2012) and when me and Frank heard it we were in awe of the production and this is why we sent them the track. We didn’t even know they owned Jeudi Records when we sent it to them and lucky for us they loved it straight away. We were both really happy to have had our track on vinyl and particularly grateful to the Jeudi Records family for having a great ethos on music. I remember Benni saying something along the lines of …pressing to vinyl is a long-held tradition of all great record labels and something the label crew all feel strongly about, all having vinyl backgrounds. To me as an artist it also shows their belief and commitment in the music they are putting out. I mean if you didn’t really believe in the music your putting out you’d never press it to vinyl would you? It’s a lot more expensive than digital-only distribution. Also a physical copy is almost forever, whereas a digital-copy could be a lot more easily wiped off the face of existence… giant solar flares possibly…? Hahaha!
1001 With a re-work of Luis Leon’s ‘Everyday Ain’t Forever’ on Union Jack you already had a great & successful release this year ending up in the Beatport charts, and receiving lots of props from industry heads. What else is in the pipeline for Patrick Bodhi & Frankie J Dickens this year?
FJD: We were very happy with the response on the last release. There’s lots to come from us both. We are very excited about what’s to come; Patrick and I both have some solo tracks almost ready for release to hit the dance floor. We also have some great new duo work that we expect to be released later in the year which we are eager to get out there. We have taken our time with our releases as we are very particular about releasing our work, we see quality over quantity. Expect consistency with us, the wait is almost over and we have been building a back catalog of weapons for the clubs, watch this space.
PB: Yes, the feedback and response on the dance floor has been great. Right now we are both in studio like hermits working on our solo and duo material. We have always planned to have more releases with Jeudi and if all goes to plan should happen sometime later this year. Like Frank mentioned, we prefer the approach of taking our time with tracks, living with it and not forcing inspiration and creativity, so people have to wait a little longer than they are used to in this industry. I think personally, if you do force it you either end up with sub-standard work or falling on a crutch of the same sound you used in your past work as that’s one way of working quickly. Not that there is anything wrong with that, sometimes if something you used before works, then it works but I think balance in that regard is key.
1001 You already played at Café 1001 for Saturday’s Highflesh party. What were your experiences from the venue & crowd, and what’s your expectation for the up-coming Sunday party?
FJD: We both really liked it, great mixture of the different people of London and great atmosphere. Crowd response was great; we see big things for Highflesh.
PB: Completely agree with Frank, the crowd was great and we love the ethos/sound Highflesh’s promoters are bringing to London. Looking forward to the Fresh Meet party on Sunday and road testing some new tracks!
FJD: Yes, Sunday will be great; we have some great new tracks lined up for the set along with some new exclusive tracks from ourselves to be played, as always we expect the best from the crowd! See ya there! ;)
1001 Please unveil your top 3 tracks to set the dance floor on fire?
If we are talking straight-up dance floor FIYAH, currently we are both feeling:
Monte - You Should Know
Close - My Way Feat. Joe Dukie (Dusky Remix)
and a little classic that always gets the floor moving:
MK - Burning (Vibe Mix)
1001 Thank You for your time Guys!!
Interview by: Rob Zweiniger