PJ: the news for FingaThing?
S: The album ‘The Main Event’ came out in November 2000. We've had 2 singles since then, both with new B-sides. We’ve already got lots of ideas for the next album we are beginning to write. We are very excited to go to the next stage, going further in FingaThing.
PJ: maybe some collaborations with other musicians ?
PP: A good thing about turntables is that I can use anything that's been pressed to vinyl in history. We've got sort of 80 years worth of crazy music to go off. We can use things but the idea of collaborating with people is to stretch the boundaries of what you can do personally. It's like we might get a vocalist in, maybe an MC. We're not against working with other people. We've got 3 collaborators on the last album. We've got wide open doors on who we're going to ask to work with for the next album. We're into that many people. It'll be mainly vocalists, or people that play something very extraordinary, something that I can't recreate or maybe we can't get the same feeling or so.
PJ: maybe a sitar ?
PP: a sitar yeah or a berimbau. Oh, maybe I could get one, mix someone else's. But mainly vocalists, especially a lot of the older generation... well the generation above us, that used to release things in the 70's.
S: What we've got the 2 of us is really strong. That's where we focus all our attention. On the next album we're gonna use a couple of featured artists, which should be great but we don't want – like a lot of hip-hop albums do – rely on "yeah we've got this MC". We don't want to go down the road of having loads of MCs. It becomes something else. We want to keep it really musical.
PJ: here in France we have the impression that Manchester is waking up,
with bands like Elbow, Badly Drawn Boy or I Am Kloot just to name a few...
PP: It was never asleep. Things take off quite easily. If a group does well, if they are from a certain city, then everyone seems to be into them but, Twisted Nerve and Grand Central Records have been going on for a hell of a long time. 6-7-8 years is a long time in music. Its a hard business to stay alive in. And people were just thinking-Manchester-thinking-Oasis but the case is that Manchester itself is maybe Oasis but is also Grand Central, Twisted Nerve, Paper Recordings, Pleasure Recordings. There's just so many labels.
S: I think what happened is that about ten years ago, there was all that Madchester thing with Happy Mondays, Stone Roses, Inspiral Carpets. All that scene that was a huge scene that put Manchester on the map. Since then, there's a lot of creative people, people are doing their own thing, sort of not being too fussed about being part of a scene. Since that happened and died down, people have looked to Manchester and said "It's been and gone, there's not much going on". But there's always been a lot people doing their own thing, little bands, creative collectives coming out. Its a really creative place, because of the rain, the shit weather, the greyness of the whole place.
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