Loadstar: The future’s bright, the future’s perfect
It’s said that two heads are better than one. While it’s clear that Gavin Harris (aka Xample) and Nick Hill (aka Lomax) aren’t conjoined twins, their formation as Loadstar has yielded some serious sonic results.
Both were already making waves as individuals prior to joining forces in 2010, introducing themselves to the world as Loadstar with quite frankly that year’s biggest tune in Link To The Past. There was no way you could avoid hearing if you were anywhere in or around a Drum & Bass night, its long drawn out bass line shaking the walls of venues up and down the country.
Skip forward to now and they’ve not long dropped their debut album Future Perfect on Ram Records. An album that effortlessly moves from the riot inducing drum-led assault of Warrior to the ode to classic 90’s jungle Be There, it’s the end result of almost two years of solid studio work from the Bristol based boys.
Being super busy producer types with a hectic schedule that includes a slot atthis years Nozstock, they kindly took some time to answer some questions for me as I find out how they feel about now being album artists, what the album means to them, summer plans and more.
Congrats on your debut album Future Perfect. It felt like it had been a long time in the works. Are you happy to have it finished and out now?
Thank you. Yeah it feels great to have the album finally out there. We did take a lot of time on it but we are really pleased with the end result and the reception it’s had. It had been a while since we had a substantial release out so it feels great to have so much music out there. All we want to do now is write another!
I know D&B producers are constantly writing beats. Were there times when you thought you were done, started something new and thought it might work for the album?
Definitely, in fact we found that during the whole process of writing the album this was something that happened frequently! We wanted to make sure we were keeping it current and fresh sounding, and it’s a constant process of writing new material that makes it hard to draw a line on it, although our label stepped in and made us do it eventually! I think we had about 100 tunes/ideas during the whole project.
Were there a lot of debates of what tracks made the cut? Being a duo were there compromises that needed to be made or was it fairly simple selection process?
I think with most of the tracks it was pretty straightforward and we were in agreement as to whether they should be on the album. There were certain tracks we knew, even whilst writing them, that they would definitely be on there. We wanted to represent some of the older stuff we had, some of the early Loadstar stuff that sounded really good still, as well as the right selection non D&B stuff, so at times it was a bit of a battle working out which ones would fit in.
What was your aim with Future Perfect? Would you say the album had a theme?
For us, writing the album was a huge task that we spent a lot of time and effort on. We really wanted it to be the most serious piece of work we had ever done and something that will hopefully stand the test of time. When coming up with a title we spent ages trying to think of something that conveyed this. We ended up with the name ‘Future Perfect’, as it was actually a name of one of our demos that we never developed, but also because it has meaning in its grammatical sense. We never really had a concept as such for this album, but we just wanted it to be an artist album, a piece of work that summed us up as a collective, and a complete project and that had all our styles and influences in there. It was hard to accept totally the moment when we felt it was ready for public consumption as we had worked on it for so long!