Sounding as good as it did first time round, the Freakazoid classic ‘Freak & Hustle’ is remastered for 2012. Bringing back their own slice of electro-funk, acid, badassness the trio: Lee Coombs, Nick Slater and Lanx (Shades of Rhythm/ Drumattic Twins) are back with a bang, and hold no punches!
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The Freakazoids – Freak and Hustle
Mr Coombs, we all know you are prone to a bit of acid – when did you two first fall in love?
I first heard Acid House music in 1988, I lived in a small Village near Cambridge and had just got a car, I needed someone to sit next to me so I could drive it as I was only 16. We used to drive for miles and tune into pirate radio stations like Centerforce and Kiss FM.
‘The Freakazoids’ is the brainchild of yourself, Nick Slater and Lanx – what brought you crazy cats together?
Around mid 1989 I had just become a “DJ” and frequently used to go to Peterborough to go Clubbing, we used to go to ‘The Attic’ and ‘Winners’ (Early Old School clubs) and that is where I met Nick and Lanx who along with Rayan Gee were just about to release their debut Album as ‘Shades of Rhythm’. We always stayed in contact as we all knew each other in the area. I used to go to their studio to mix my tracks in the 90’s and from there we decided to do The Freakazoids. The rest is history…
What is your favourite bit of studio gear you have at the minute?
I would love to say my Roland TB-303 but it’s a bit of a one trick pony. The real Beast is The Moog Voyager. There’s always a sound when you need it on there.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
Ha ha, A world champion Rally Driver… I got into tuning cars up at an early age.
What’s been your worst job?
Working for my Dad when I was 16, he owned an Engineering company that made things from sheet metal. I had to work the ‘Fly Press’ where about 10,000 small pieces of steel needed to have an angle bent in them by hand. Everyone of them…
What’s the best record ever made?
Difficult question… I’ve been listening to a lot of Vangelis recently and I’m struggling to think of a better producer than him. Maybe State of Independence by Jon and Vangelis. Or there’s St Peppers Lonely Hearts club band, not much can beat that all round. Definitely nothing currently out there.
What’s your biggest fashion disaster?
The Wedge! At School I had a great idea that I would have a Wedge cut into my hair. So basically about 2/3 of the way down the back it just cut in to my head horizontally and was shaved below that. It was the fashion at the time honestly. It looked totally stupid but not quite as stupid as my mate at the time who had all in one go, a Highlighted Flat Top, short sides and a Permed Mullet…
What is your most embarrassing claim to fame?
This was very embarrassing. I did a gig in China in about 2005 I had the worst stomach and diarrhea, I managed to keep it under control for the gig which went really well. But as I ran to the toilet after playing people followed me. I then had a really bad time in the toilet and to my dismay there was no toilet paper! I had to use old paper from the bin! After I had finished I came out of the toilet only to find about 20 people outside the door waiting for me to sign CDs…I bet you haven’t heard that one before?
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