TiD&B’s The Conversion Conversation: Need For MirrorsPosted by Lady V on Saturday, January 21st, 2012
In our weekly feature The Conversion Conversation, we delve a little bit deeper, giving you an insight into how some of your favourite artists came to know about drum and bass and eventually got involved in the music.
This week we speak with Mosus and HLZ, the duo behind Need For Mirrors…
TiD&B: How did you get into drum and bass? Was there a specific memorable moment that got you hooked on it?
Mosus: I think I got my first taste for drum and bass whilst digging for records as a hip hop DJ in the mid 90s. I lived in record stores and I kept coming across jungle records with hip hop, ragga vocals, and I started buying them and playing them at the end of the night when everybody was drunk…early Dillinja, Roni Size, Lemon D, Die, Krust. It was at this stage I felt the music on a different energy to the hip hop I was playing, the faster breakbeats, energy and journey that you could take the audience on was something I related to.
I was also already aware of Goldie from doing graffiti so everything started coming together for me around 1995/96.
HLZ: I remember when I first saw Goldie’s video for ‘Temper Temper’ - it was late at night and totally blew me away. Then I went to my first D&B party and DJ Krust was playing, at the time I had no idea who he was, but that was definitely a key moment, getting me into D&B.
TiD&B: What particular tunes or artists were you listening to at the time?
Mosus: I listen to all kinds of music all the time but back then, I moved from hip hop and trip hop into D&B, with early Headz – obviously Goldie’s ‘Timeless’ – all the early V Records, Chronic and Philly Blunt, Ganja Records, Full Cycle, Dope Dragon, No U-Turn etc which turned my head.
HLZ: I have always been curious about all kind of genres. I starterd to listen to more electronic music in the late 90s, like Warp and Rephlex Records, Mouse on Mars , Orbital, Daft punk, Chemical Brothers and many more. With drum and bass I was really into ‘Timeless’ by Goldie and Ed rush and Optical’s ‘Wormhole’ – I literally listened to those albums hundreds of times!
Need For Mirrors’ Methxx EP is out now on Metalheadz