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Liberty Chaps


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Please tell our readers who you are and what you do?


‘Sup, chumsters! We are Liberty Chaps, an electronic production trio from West Yorkshire, UK.

We create heavily sampled music, usually upbeat and with happy vibes :-). We dabble in several genres (Breakbeat, Glitch-Hop, Ghetto Funk, Reggae/Dub). We’ve been producing since around 2010 under several different aliases and releasing tracks independently on Soundcloud, but only recently (in the last two years) started getting the results we wanted in terms of our production game and releases with labels. Our sound isn’t exactly conventional, we like to make music with complex wacky basses, but in terms of instrumentation and samples, we’ll use whatever sounds good! (Usually we’ll throw in a couple of quirky vocal snippets too just for fun). We never actively try to stick to a single genre, but rather a fusion of everything from Hip-Hop to Soul, Blues, Funk, Disco…. You name it.

You can check out some of our stuff here:

 

 

 

 

 

 


How would you describe your influences and how have they changed over the years?


We each have very similar (and very eclectic) musical tastes – so we’ll stick to the stuff within the realm of the genres we create.

Examples of the music we were into before we arrived on the current scene: Death in Vegas, Booka Shade, Edu Imbernon, Tinush, Aphex Twin, System 7, Orbital, The Chemical Brothers, New Order, Leftfield…

Our early influences have bled into our music. We started going to a festival in 2009 and we’ve been visiting every year since then. We enjoyed acts like Sicknote, Slamboree and Dub Pistols. We discovered a York-based band named Grinny Grandad and we liked their live stuff, but they released a DJ set on SoundCloud that we had missed during the festival. This was the set that got us into the current stuff. It featured dubstep, electro swing, and ghetto funk.

Through that set, we got into A. Skillz, Krafty Kuts, Featurecast, Deekline, Skeewiff, Ed Solo, Stickybuds, Father Funk, LEYGO, WBBL, Phunk Junkies, Funk Hunters, Sammy Senior, The Captain, JPOD and loads more. Then through similar circles on SoundCloud, our influence evolved from ghetto funk into breakbeat, drum and bass and funky glitch hop (which we didn’t even know existed as a genre at the time – we just knew “the sound” – but didn’t have a name for it!).

Now we add to the list of our influences:
Opiuo, Cockney Nutjob, Captain Flatcap, Lack Jemmon, Hong Kong Ping Pong, X-Ray Ted, Dephicit, GrooveMind, Grid Division, Jenova Collective, JFB, Bear Twists…Pretty much anything released via Scour Records and Breakbeat Paradise Recordings….

What these all have in common; punchy beats, funky-ass rhythm, choppy/glitchy layered bass with samples using old funk, rock n’ roll, soul, hip-hop, reggae, disco, etc.


What´s new right now?


We currently have a release on a remix E.P. with some other top artists. It’s released on 19th January. Check out the previews here:

https://www.junodownload.com/products/lack-jemmon-the-joan-jett-the-remixes/3638657-02/

We also have a couple more remixes coming out on E.P’s featuring various artists in the coming months, as well as planned collaborations.

As well as producing more music, and remixes with other artists within our scene – we’ve had a few requests for live DJing. So after we have some practice in the bag throughout 2018 – we should be gigging next year and as always the sets will be released as free downloads on SoundCloud.

We’re also thinking of releasing some sample packs. Early days yet, but keep an eye on our SoundCloud and social media pages for news and releases.

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What was the biggest mistake you made when you started making music and what would be the number one tip you could give to a newcomer musician?


Where do we start? It’s difficult to narrow it down to one. There are a couple of things…

Don’t get disheartened if you don’t initially receive recognition – when we listen back to our old music it’s laughable! Do it for the enjoyment of the creative process and eventually the recognition will naturally follow.

This one usually goes without saying, but if your’e serious about it – invest in decent gear (sample packs, headphones, monitors, computer, tutorials etc.) – We spent a while using consumer stereo speakers and an old PC with about as much processing power as a calculator. As a result, our material was poor. Also, make your studio space comfortable; design it so it’s a nice environment to be in and you’ll want to spend more time there.

Finally – get better with every new release. Don’t be anxious about interacting with other producers and artists and asking for honest feedback (they’re not dissing you…they’re helping you!) Be super self-critical and objective about recognising where your weaknesses are. Identify 2-3 details about your last track that you could improve and make a conscious effort to spend more time refining your skills for the next release. Do that every time and you’ll continually improve – and people will notice.


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How do you get gigs? Can you share any tips?



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Do you have insights on how to grow your audience on soundcloud that you want to share with our audience?



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What has been your biggest challenge right now? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?



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How do you personally discover new music?



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Once you discovered new music, do you tell others about the new music/artist you discovered? If yes, how exactly?



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What is your number one tip to improve your music production or songwriting skills?



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What is your best tip for those who struggle with finishing their tracks?



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We meet again in one year. What has changed?



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https://soundcloud.com/the-liberty-chaps

https://www.facebook.com/LibertyChaps/

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https://www.instagram.com/libertychaps/

 

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