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20 Oct 2014

A very quick Q+A with Equals.


Born in East London during the summer of 2013 Equals are James Low and Ade Omotayo. Drawing on influences ranging from UK bass and garage to modern classical James’ sparse, hypnotic production offers the perfect counterpoint to the raw power and emotion of Ade’s voice. Ade developed his talent as a vocalist relatively late, starting when he was 17 on a whim to impress a girlfriend. He quickly realised singing was what he had to do and set out to forge a career, catching an early break in a covers band with Amy Winehouse. After she was discovered Ade stayed with her, contributing vocals to her albums and singing backing vocals on tour throughout her whole career from pubs in Camden to the main stage at Glastonbury. He’s since gone on to work with a galaxy of other stars including Mark Ronson, Basement Jaxx, Kindness and Quincy Jones.

James took a different route, through a series of hardcore and rock bands arriving at electronic music through Ruckspin, the Leeds based producer for Submotion Orchestra and part of Author on legendary dubstep label Tectonic.

‘Single Soul’ the debut EP on Senseless showcases three original tracks, starting with ‘Pyre’, lead by a colourful wash of synths set against with a UK-bass inspired two step drum pattern and deep sub bass, Ade’s vocals building and dropping to a dramatic climax. ‘Trap’ is more minimal, combining skeletal beats with gently swelling piano, synths and layered vocals and the EP title track ‘Single Soul’ is a love song, referencing both classic soul and new R&B with simple finger snap percussion and low pads allowing a heartbreaking vocal performance to shine through. Killer remixes of ‘Pyre’ come from XXXY (Rinse FM/Ten Thousand Yen) and new London duo Screens. (http://senselessrecords.bandcamp.com/album/single-soul-ep)

H: Welcome to EMW.  How’s this year been so far?

E: Great thanks. There's been some real highlights, like playing Dimensions Festival in Croatia and doing the Ace Hotel gig with Dorian Concept and Paul White.


H: You have a self released EP out on ltd CD and as Digital on Bandcamp titled
Single Souls. Can we expect more like this?

E: It's not self-released actually, it came out on Senseless Records who are a great independent bass label who've released everything from Zebra Katz to Jack Sparrow.


H: How can listeners find more of your music.

E: You can follow us on twitter @theequals and follow us on soundcloud https://soundcloud.com/theequals/ to stay up to date with new releases.

H: I see that both of you have worked with some great artists in the studio
and live. Do you still collaborate with other artists?

E: Yeah we still work with Ruckspin and some of the other Submotion Orchestra boys. Ade has just finished working with Kindness and is doing some tunes with Matthew Herbert. We've just also finished a track with Joshua Idehen of Hugh, Benin City and LV


H: What’s the key to a working collaboration?

E: Having an open mind, but at the same time making sure you're on the same page and have the same expectations.


H: Thank you for your time.

E: Thank you Harish, stay in touch.
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