Amidst the hype surrounding his Big Beat Demolished project, we cornered hotshot producer, Myagi and forced him to eat prunes until he gave up his ultra sought after, supported by Norman Cook himself, super excellent ‘DuckSauce Vs Fatboy Slim’ mashup for all to download and share exclusively on LSM the home of free beats, breaks and bass music downloads.
It turns out he loves prunes (who knew?) and so it was that beautiful friendship bloomed.
Like many producers of his calibre, Myagi can play the ‘4.5 / 5 in DJ Mag’ card. He can name drop artists like the Utah Saints, Cut La Roc, Pete Tong and the Plump DJs in a single liner and ends most of his sentences with classics like “and was before I’d even left the hotel” and “you should seen their faces!”
But at Life Support Machine we delve deeper, asking the bigger questions. Why? When? How? are just a few. Not to mention our personal favourite, ‘eh?’
With an unusual array of bizarre gigging scenarios, from an ice breaking boat in Paris, to a 50 foot incandescent snail in the mountainous interior of Portugal and having literally had his gigs opened with fan fairs and brass bands, it’s safe to say that Life Support Machines special guest, Myagi, has got some explaining to do.
When Life Support Machine met Myagi…
Why do you feel you need to destroy Big Beat? Wouldn’t that just make Broken Beat?
“Ha! Yeah well – I suppose that’s true, but there’s nothing wrong with that. Realistically, my approach to bootlegs has always been (with the notable exception of this one) to do something which is more interesting than simply picking what’s current, and the Big Beat era is what I grew up DJ’ing when I started, so it holds a lot of interest for me. I want to play a lot of the older tracks but the production is just not there any more, so I figure I’ll make em how I wish I could play em.”
Your remixes and edits have been getting plays from some heavy weight scenesters. Exactly who is on your Christmas card list these days?
“A good number of my heroes actually. It’s been awesome to get to work with guys who had influenced my career. The Crystal Method guys have always been super supportive, along with cats like Uberzone, The Utah Saints, Dub Pistols, etc etc etc. There’s a Dub Pistols remix en route for the lead single off my next album called ‘Chaos / Quokka’ actually which should be super hot – I’m really looking forward to that dropping.”
Pop and Lock, your new label – Hows that working out for you? What future stars have you signed up?
“Well, the two main acts other than myself are the Root Sellers and Vespers, both of whom I have a lot of faith in, and I’m getting to watch them grow which is great. The Root Sellers have represented the Yukon at two consecutive Olympics as part of the official entertainment, and their next EP is going to include remixes from Wonk and Mancub amongst others – I’m quite excited about that…. Vespers is on a bit more of a glitch hop tip but don’t hold that against him – his music always bangs and we’ve got a blinder of an EP from him en route soon.”
Fans will know your a bit of a bit of a Music Tech wizard, endorsed by several manufacturers including Fxpansion. What’s your favourite synth or software, old and new?
“New, I love D.Cam Synth Squad by FXpansion – they’re putting out a Myagi expansion pack soon that is really fun – it’s agro as hell and loaded with crazy sounds. Computer music is reviewing that soon which I’m quite excited about.
The DSI Mopho is an awesome little synth too, its amazing that it comes in at under 400 bucks and still contains actual curtis chips. I’m partial to a few bits I built myself though as theres some sweat and blood on those circuit boards.
Watch for my new loops and samples site btw – Myagisounddesign.com is en route and the first pack “Sin” is getting some super hot endorsements.”
What got you into making tunes in the first place?
“I didn’t realize there was an option.”
What are you spinning in the clubs these days? Your current top 3…
I’d say a remix I just did of ‘Lizarb the Sad Clown’ for Beatman and Ludmilla, an edit of a Napt remix that I did that hucked a new bassline in, and something else whose name I don’t remember. I dunno. I play mainly my own stuff or edits I’ve done of other people’s things. The Waxadelica bootleg I did totally slays.
Name and shame – Whats been your most disastrous gig to date and whose fault was it?
“Well, there have been one or two times where I really shouldn’t have been playing…… I threw up once at a gig in British Columbia and was amazed to find no one noticed. I’ve had quite a few shows in the states where the Police were to blame for getting it shut down, but those have been rarer over the last while.”
What’s the worst or most ridiculous tune request you’ve had?
“Anything by Mr. No Hands… Actually, I really don’t know. I had a chick a while ago at a local white trash beer bar (I normally do NOT play these places, I was filling in for a mate) ask for “anything that didn’t suck….like country.” So I tried out a new tactic – I pretended I was really offended and that I’d written the song that was playing for a friend who had passed away recently. She felt like crap. It was awesome.”
Tell us about this exclusive giveaway that you are giving the blog buddies of Life Support Machine?
“Well, to be honest, I was REALLY shocked that I was the first one to come up with the Duck Sauce / Rockefeller Skank combo – its such a similar guitar sample in each track (it might even be the same, I never bothered checking) that it just made sense to me. Plus it gave me the chance to have a track say “funk soul Barbara Streisand” which is pretty damn fun. Getting support from Norman Cook on it was a cool bonus – it certainly got it some attention!”
Any last requests?
Steak and fries?
Not until you finish your prunes.
Andy, it’s been a pleasure. You da man. We thank you.
Interview by Mr No Hands
… And so, Life Support Machine are proud to present:
*Exclusive* DuckSauce VS Fatboy Slim – The Barbara Skank (Myagi AwesomeSauce Remix)
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