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An Interview with Stanley Odd.

Questions by Roberta Pia.

Red Dog Music would like to introduce the crème de la crème of Edinburgh’s live hip hop acts… Stanley Odd have been giving it big licks in the Scottish music scene throughout the last year, appearing first with a WHAM BAM performance at Edinburgh’s legendary Hogmanay Street Party and then going on to be one of only THREE Scottish acts that were hand-selected to perform on the T Break stage at T in the Park 2010. In our eyes, what makes Stanley Odd cool is their unique blend of geek rap, hip hop, funk, electronica and anything else that takes their fancy, but what makes them tick? The band’s enigmatic, charismatic front man, Solareye (aka Dave Hook), took some valuable time out of his day to allow us to delve into the inner workings of Stanley Odd’s mind…

1.     HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH YOUR NAME?

Stanley Odd was an alternative AKA I used to use sometimes and Veronika Electronika suggested we take it as the band’s name. It’s quite fitting, I reckon everyone has a bit of the Stanley Odd about them – that awkward, discomfort of feeling totally out yir depth in social situations. Pure anti-hero material.

2.     DESCRIBE YOUR MUSICAL STYLE IN THREE WORDS.

Hip Hop, ken?

3.     YOUR BEST AND WORST GIGS?

Best – so far would have to be Edinburgh’s Hogmanay 2010. Just for the sheer number of people and what an amazing crowd it was. 20,000 maddies jumping around like lunatics. Also this summer T in the Park was superb, as were some of the more alterative festivals like Kelburn Garden Party and as a slight detour for us we loved doing Acoustic Edinburgh for its intimacy and the fact that people seriously listened to you – quite intimidating actually!

Worst – by a country mile was a local festival that will remain nameless – 45 minutes of squealing feedback while shouting yirsel hoarse without actually hearing a word you’ve said is pretty soul destroying.

4.     TELL US A FUNNY STANLEY ODD STORY.

People always seem to feel the need to heckle at a hip hop gig, so there tends to be a fair bit of banter. One personal favourite is on hearing a rather portly gentlemen screaming at me ‘Your Round’ in between songs getting to reply ‘Naw mate you’re round.’ Get it? Haha.

5.     BEST AND WORST DESCRIPTION OF YOUR BAND SO FAR?

Worst: A Scottish Fresh Prince of Bel Air (haha)

Best: Cerebral Geek-Rap

6.     STANLEY ODD’S FAVOURITE TUNES & ALBUMS AT THE MOMENT?

Hud Mo – Fuse

Sage Francis – Sun vs Moon

Scatabrainz – Ellipsis

Jonsi – Go

Buck 65 – 20 Odd Years

7.     WHO ARE YOUR FAVOURITE LOCAL BANDS?

The Being Emcees

North Atlantic Oscillation

Kitty the Lion

The Banana Sessions

Black Lantern Music

8.     WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE BITS OF GEAR?

Roland SPD-S

Korg microKORG

Ibanez Tube Screamer TS9 (1970s version)

Pro Tools – Transfuser is insane

A beat-up old SM58

9.     WHAT TIPS WOULD YOU GIVE TO ANYONE WANTING TO EMULATE THE ‘STANLEY ODD’ SOUND?

Stay Odd.

10. WHAT’S NEXT FOR STANLEY ODD?

Our new single ‘Sun Dance’ is out 25th October 2010, with a UK tour to coincide. Plus we’re working on an EP that will be out next February. YELT!

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