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RETRO KID

RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW RETRO KID WHAT HAPPENED?

What made you decide that music is a thing for you?

Wow. What a question…

Well, it’s 2003, I’m 11 years old, and NOW54 is playing at the school disco.

Classic.

Too many Panda Pops (the blue one), sugar, excitement, sliding across the dance floor on my knees.

Holes in my trousers… Mum’s furious…

Now that’s what I call music!

Introduce us to you and your musical history.

I’m Retro Kid, father to Billy. (Billy the kid…)

Sorry, I couldn’t find a sitter, so Billy is taking part in the interview.

Say hi, Bill.

[Billy gargles]

Musical history… Hm.

I was a guitarist in my teens, playing in an indie band called Paris Commune.

With a proper mop of hair, skinny jeans, and ’70s-style shirts (From Help the Aged), I’d hop around venues like Fibbers, supporting the likes of First Aid Kit and the bass player from The Libertines.

(Can’t remember his name, Gary?)

These days, I’m based in Copenhagen, with a synth, drum machine, and Ableton Live.

I’m practically AI.

What was life like for you before music?

[Laughs]

It’s hard to remember life before music, but my guess is that it was not quite as good as now.

I know for my son, it’s part of his everyday life, so he’ll never know life without it.

Lucky boy, right, Bill?

What was the first song you heard that steered you into a music path?

The first song… That’s a tough one.

I do remember getting a copy of Gorillaz, Demon Days for my 16th birthday…

I thought it was bananas.

[Billy claps]

Billy likes bananas.

RETRO KID

Where do you feel you currently sit within the music industry?

Somewhere off-centre, I suppose!

IDM meets indie electronic.

Think Caribou, Jamie XX, Maribou State…

That kind of vibe.

What’s the biggest thing you have learned from someone else in the industry? 

Don’t be a perfectionist or you’ll never get anything done.

Still learning…

Tell us Two truths and a lie about you.

  1. My real name is Jake James Juba.
  1. I don’t like ketchup.
  1. I have a bit of a thing for bananas.

Work that one out!

If you could wish for one thing to aid your career what would it be?

More time. 

More time…

Unfortunately, my music is pushed into the later hours –

(Looks at Billy) When the little man is sleeping.

Do you ever worry about people taking things the wrong way or cancel culture? Discuss….

Well, after that scenario with Kate Middleton, we should all be worried.

Don’t edit your photos, kids.

Regarding cancel culture – no comment.

Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories? If not why not?

I recently heard that Paul McCartney’s dead…

(In theory)

He looks pretty alive to me.

Paul…

Paul, are you there?

What was the worst experience on stage?

Djing a wedding. 

NEVER AGAIN.

The power was generated from the house. Every song change would kill the speakers.

[Ugh

Figured out it was my laptop charger…  Which was too old not to be plugged in.

The “Happy” couple opted for a Spotify playlist in the end.

Fair.

Tell us something about you that you think people would be surprised about. 

I work in Marketing.

[Billy laughs)

What are the next steps you plan to take as a band to reach the next level?

Push, push and push.

One song a month from now on. 

Radio, blogs and the reyt kind of mags…

Whats your thoughts on Elon Musks contribution to the world?

Elon who? I don’t do Teslas.

I hear you have a new music, what can you tell us about it.

‘You’re so good’ is dedicated to Billy and his love for bananas.

As you can see, he can’t vocalise how much he enjoys them, but I’d like to think he’s thinking ‘You’re so good’ as he gulps them down.

Sorry bananas, but here’s one last dance before you meet your match!

What was the recording process like?

Short bursts of daily one-hour sessions, sticking together samples and the like, in my own electronic playground of sounds.

100% bedroom-produced and all on headphones.

Mad.

What was the biggest learning curve in writing the new tunes?

Trust your instincts; they know best.

Would you change anything now it’s finished?

Probably, but I won’t – next tune!

Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?

Next time you are eating a banana, tell yourself, “You’re so good.”

Time for Billy’s nap – thanks for the chat!

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