Sunday Spotlight: the Luddite Collective

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1. Hello! Who are you, where are you from and all that good stuff.

Hi, we are The Luddite Collective from Manchester.

2. Tell us a bit about the music you make.

We make Anarcho Industrial punk with Dani Graves on vocals and electronics and Dani Scum on bass and vocals.

DG. I come from a punk background and I really wanted to make music with a message and use it as a medium for change, I have always fought for equity and equality for everyone as it should be everyone’s right, not just some people’s privilege. I spent many years in various punk and metal bands and I wanted to bring that experience into a new project that used my other influences and that’s how The Luddite Collective was born.

DS. I joined The Luddite Collective after our message was established, but I love music with a strong relatable message and it’s great to play it and see people’s reactions both positive and negative to our lyrics.

3. When did you start and what made you want to start making music?

DG. I first got into making electronic music when I was a kid on my dad’s Amiga 500, it came with some music software and I would play around with that putting some basic beats to badly made music. It wasn’t until I started The Luddite Collective in 2012 though that I started putting together electronic music properly. It was a different line-up then, Dani Scum joined in 2016 and it was the first time we had an instrument on stage that wasn’t a midi controller connected to a laptop running DAW software. I love the extra depth the bass brings and I love the way Dani plays. Before The Luddite Collective I was in various punk and metal bands.

DS. In school I joined a band with a few mates and had a few gigs and was hooked to performing live music, now I love laying down a grove and seeing the track come together. And getting lost in the rhythm.

4. Stage or studio?

DG. The stage. It’s an amazing place to be, it’s almost like therapy to me, once the music starts I get into a place where nothing else matters but the message, the music and that everyone has a good time. I have been battling with mental illness most of my life so to have a place where I can escape, that is amazing. The studio isn’t far behind though. I love the creative process and hearing a track come together.

DS. I agree the stage is the best place to be, being on stage and seeing the crowds reaction and response to the music and the words is a feeling hard to match. But the studio is necessary and playing around with riffs and beats to get the melody to match the message is fun and probably wouldn’t be as entertaining live.

5. What gear do you use to make your tunes?

DG. It has varied from EP to EP, The first EP was done in Reason using a cheap Evolution MK425C Midi Controller to trigger the sounds. The second EP was done in FL Studio and Reason. We have an upcoming EP but I can’t say what was used other than Ableton as the electronic side of the EP has been done by one of the original members over in Leeds.

DS. I’ve still got the bass I started with 19 years ago, a Peavey Milestone 3 pair with a Behringer Ultrabass Amp, between them I can get a varied tone to match the tech leads.

6. And what is your choice bit of gear and why?

DG. I have to say the Novation Launchkey. It has been a game changer for me, it’s given us a more organic live setup with us being able to trigger elements of our tracks live. While having the midi keys close by making it easier to have more live elements, before the Launchkey I relied mainly on a backing track.

DS. My Behinger Ultrabass Amp is key for me, its powerful compact and with a few tricks in-built with the ultrabass and 2 channels for mixing the tones live.

7. Where can we check out your tunes?

On our Bandcamp page www.theludditecollective.bandcamp.com

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