I dropped in at the Red Bull Studios for a quick chat with Jamie Shield (left) and Andy Nicholson (right) -aka –STICKY BLOOD about their latest EP, Blood Is Stickier Than Water, released through their label Card Bang Music and their plans for 2016.
NLM: You released your EP Blood Is Stickier Than Water back in september. How would you describe their latest release to potential fans.
Andy: It’s a difficult one to describe as we cover a broad range of sound and It doesn’t sit in one particular genre. But if we have to describe the EP it’s dark, moody anthems.
NLM: On each track from the EP, you featured different artists – from Terri Walker to up-and-coming singer Hekky, who’s been a firm collaborator. How did that relationship started?
Jamie: We known him for years, so the relationship was pretty much already there. He went away and did his own thing and we did our thing. The time felt right when he started releasing some music that we liked and we started collaborating again.
NLM: So what is your favourite track from the EP?
Andy: Balance is a definite favourite for me and Let Me Down but my favourites change from one week to the next.
Jamie: One Bar In.
NLM: With this EP, you experimented with drum’n’bass, dubstep with electronic basslines. Is there any other genres you would like experiment in future projects?
Andy: I think we use all those sounds mix together and we’re influenced by all of them individually, so it only seems right to pull little bits from each one and make a completely new sound.
Jamie: I think it’s all about how it sounds at the end. I wouldn’t want to give it a genre – because he (Andy) would change his mind at the end of the week!
NLM: How about experimenting with a bit a disco or reggae?
Andy: Hmm…maybe not disco…maybe dabble in a bit of R&B and dubstep and possibly reggae, a real merger!
NLM: You worked with different artists, including Terri Walker. What’s it like working with her?
Jamie: We’re sick and tired of Terri! No joke aside, Terri is like family to us, she’s been back a few years with us. If it wasn’t for her, we probably wouldn’t be where we are today. She wanted us to work on her album and we jumped at the chance. We did seven tracks in which all ended up on her album
NLM: Is there anyone else you would like to work with?
Jamie: There’s a range of singers and rappers we like to work with. We particularly like to work with Gaby Henshaw. Although we’re happy working with artists we have, we’re always looking for new and established artists to collaborate with.
NLM: So tell us more about Gaby Henshaw?
She’s an up-and-coming singer who did a track for us under a different name on a separate project which panned out perfectly.
NLM: So what’s your plans for 2016?
Jamie: Just keep on improving on tracks and keep getting better.
Andy: The aim for this year to reach to a wider audience. We want more of our artists to release more music, and to build on our label.
NLM: Any upcoming gigs?
Jamie: Not as yet. We want to get to the stage where we can perform live comfortably; doing it right and sound right and carry the vibe how we want it to.
Andy: We toyed with a few ideas for a live setting, but for now we want to produce more tracks and generate a few more ideas for what we can do in that sort of environment – we’ll get there, possibly next year!
NLM: You’ve done two EPs in 2015. Will this year see you guys going a full-length album?
Andy: We’ll continue to do individual songs for now, probably next year.
NLM: Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?
Andy: I like to think, hopefully by then, we push out at least an album. I say that but it might take longer; we wait a couple of years and get it right. Hopefully more people will know about what we’re going.
NLM: Thank you for taking part in this interview, well appreciated it
No problem, it was our pleasure.