Crates: How did the idea of a cassette come about?
Tenstoreys: I have always wanted to release something on cassette. The stuff I was making lends itself to cassette, The first tune on The Yellow cassette (Tenstoreys’ first release) I worked on for a bit, but all the subsequent songs didn’t take me long. I was really feeling yellow and it is quite a striking colour.
Where has your musical influence come from?
Tenstoreys: Its weird, because I get asked this a lot, given the fact that I do music and Kwes (brother of Tenstoreys) makes music. We didn’t grow up in a family full of musicians, and before Kwes, and I to a lesser degree, no one pursued music as a career… but there was always instruments around the house. We own a huge Yamaha organ in our grandma’s house and loads of other keyboards and guitars everywhere.
At the time my dad was a huge vinyl record collector; he even started to collect CDs when they were quite alien at the time.
It was going to happen at some point, one of us would have to give in… myself, my brothers or my cousins… because it would have been non-sensical for all these instruments around to not be used… and I guess growing up, our parents were quite protective; we would find ways to kill time and have fun indoors, such as playing video games or mess around on musical instruments.
Do you remember the 1st song that stood out to you?
Tenstoreys: All of the songs on the Batman soundtrack by Prince, straight up. It’s no Sign O’ The Times and it’s no Purple Rain but it’s the first Prince album I listened to at the age of 3. As a kid, I thought MJ was alright, but there was something about Prince and musically, he captivated me much more.
In terms of influences, I think it really started to take shape about 10 years ago when I heard the Electric Circus album by Common, courtesy of my older brother. It also started to takeshape more when I first heard particular artists that make what we often call “dub” along with late 80s reverberated guitar stuff… that all really influenced my methodology.
Have you got a favourite record sleeve?
Tenstoreys: Probably Craft of the Lost Art by Shape of Broad Minds; Jneiro Jarel's side-project that came out in 2007. That sticks out for me, it glows in the dark. Loveless by My Bloody Valentine… I guess just luminous album covers.
Is there anyone that you would say to look out for?
Tenstoreys: There is no way I can say one person with out mentioning the other, but what I would say is that South London… is a good place to look out for.
Tenstoreys is part of CRATES 1st Birthday Festival lineup.
Catch CRATES on the 20th April 2014 at Brixton East, Brixton, London, UK. Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/689890971053883/
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