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Interview with Twisted Tubes

With the event coming up on the 24th April @ 1 Primrose Street we thought is was about time we caught up with that crazy bunch of brass players they call Twisted Tubes! So you are the Twisted Tubes what was the decision process behind the name?

It was pretty much picked on the fly to be honest! We had a couple of hours before our first gig to pick something.. so there we go! We like it though, it’s pretty catchy and describes a little bit what we’re about. Especially Josh, he’s really twisted.

Who is the leader of the pack?

Elbow. He’s always very quiet and bides his time. He rules through a mixture of fear and intimidation.

What were the names of your first band projects you were part of?

There have been so many! We’re all still part of other projects and bits and bobs, which is great as it lends itself to ,making our tunes more interesting and varied - all the guys bring something different to what we do as a group.. As cheesy as that sounds!

If you were on a dessert island or stranded in Witho library what 10 tracks would you take with you?

The theme tune from ‘Ski Sunday’. On repeat. A thousand times.

Sticking to the theme…. On the desert island if times were hard Who would be the first member of the band considered to be BBQ’d and why?

Definitely Dom, our singer and Bari player. He always smells great so he’d be first on the fire.

Where did you all meet?

We all met in music college in Manchester through one way or another. Me and Josh actually met at band camp when we were 14 and have had a destructive but loving relationship ever since.

What are your main influences?

So many! Big ones are Basement Jaxx, YoungBlood Brass Band, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, a vast multitude of Hip-hop and funk and of course Queen B herself, Beyonce!

How do you approach writing music?

We lock Dom and Josh in a room and don’t feed them until they’ve written 2 tunes each. No, they’re our writers and both extremely talented.. it’s a pain staking process and they do a fantastic job. Lots of tweaks are made in rehearsal but it’s always very close from getting the first draft to being happy with the sound.

How are you finding the Manchester music scene?

Manchester has been great to us. It’s obvious to say but there’s loads happening and there always seems to be something bigger round the corner. We’re still finding great new venues, nights and generally interesting projects here, so long may it continue.

Any new Manchester bands you think we should check out?

Glowrogues are my pick, seriously talented guys led by Jim Molyneux on Drums. They’re a powerful mix of funk, drum and bass hits and some incredible musicianship. We’ll be doing some projects together with them later this year so keep your eyes peeled for that! Of course our friends at Buffalo Brother and our homies Salutation Dub Collective, who will be tearing it up as only they know how on April 24th with us!

What is this year looking like for the twisted tubes?

Big things in store. Lots of festivals and parties in the summer and somewhere in between that we're releasing an album and planning our first uk tour for the winter.. Wish us luck!

What tips do you have for budding musicians out there?

Don’t do it, you’ll never have a nice car and you’ll drink every day!
We would say try as many things as you can, it’s very dangerous to catalogue your skills andmusical preference early in your career. I speak for the guys when I say that many of us would never imagined finding themselves in a band like this, with a good few us classically trained!

What can punters expect on the 24th?

You can expect a mighty of hedonism, big tunes and a blistering headline set from the tubes, with premieres of our 5 latest original tracks. You really shouldn't miss it

So there it is! Thanks for your time guys and some useful advice. I am off to crack out a can and pick up a tuba… To check out more you can read the groovement interview with yours truly and to grab a ticket for you and your mates you can hit up party for the people. See you in Ancoats peeps. Big thanks going out to Daniella Jaine for the photos and Rob aka Doodlendrips for the art work..

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M20 Collective presents: Urban Expression MCR

There’s something exciting about Manchester‘s Hip-Hop scene that does away with preconceptions about the UK’s inability to match up to the lyrical, rhythmic and melodic prowess of our friends across the pond. Multi-instrumental musical collectives like Mouse Outfit and Riot Jazz thrive on the diversity of their artists’ talents, and the exciting stuff that is borne of that difference: jazz drummers meet MCs meet brass sections meet rock guitarists meet velvet-voiced vocalists…the list just goes on. Audiences, too, are massively varied: at any given hip-hop night across the city you’ll find a huddle of listeners representing any background, any musical taste, any haircut you can imagine.

On the 13th March 2014 (that’s this Thursday), M20 Collective presents Urban Expression MCR at Kraak Gallery. For anyone who hasn’t been before, its just off Stevenson Square in Northern Quarter (there’ll be loads of signposting on the night). There’ll be artists of all kinds – hip-hop bands, live MCs, live graffiti artists, fashion designers, visual artists, spoken word poets, DJs and dancers – performing and exhibiting work, inspired by the different routes they’ve taken from the same urban root. Expect community vibes and a creative melting pot of ideas, and come meet some of Manchester’s best hidden talent!!

Here’s a sample of who and what’s to come…

on the stage

Music-wise, we’ve got hip-hop/jazz ensemble 8 Gold Rings [in the loop, I Love Live, Play Doubt] featuring a slew of locally sourced special guest MCs and vocalists. Bringing technical perfection and imaginative improvisations, you might have caught these guys at Free Verse, our Thursday jazz and poetry jam at Solomon Grundy…

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One hell of a meaty treat, Beef, a hip hop genre melt-pot superband packs some serious punch with a double bass, a Congolese MC and a whole lotta musical fury…

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http://www.facebook.com/soundOFTHEBEEF • http://www.soundcloud.com/soundofthebeef

Have a listen to Danny Diatribe and the Crimson Underground, a hip hop/electronica DJ and MC duo hailing from Ireland, serving thought-provoking musical political commentary and lyrical depth…

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http://www.facebook.com/pages/MC-Danny-Diatribe-Artist-Page • http://www.soundcloud.com/dannydiatribe

Catch Kid Katharsis and his soulful blend of acoustic guitar, beatboxing, verses on everyday life and smooth vocals. This guy sings the inner monologue in your head….

http://www.facebook.com/kidkatharsis • http://www.soundcloud.com/kidkatharsis

On the decks, we’ve got Dan Nation of Mind on Fire collective taking us into the wee hours on a musical journey from jazz to trip hop to electronic, as well as garage, grime and hip-hop tunes from Big War of Generic Greeting in between performances.

There’ll be spoken word and dance performances in the intermissions. Chris Jam spreads positive thinking vibes with his words, whilst Michael O’Neill verses over live percussion accompanist Loner Bell, and you can look forward to shaking a leg with super talented dance crew Rhys Fagan and friends.

creative corner

Of course, it wouldn’t be an M20 night without an arts corner where you can get stuck in, see the artwork of others and flex your own creative muscles…

SHUNK and Delroy Do Not Bend will be creating live pen graffiti works, and positivity-focussed, art-based fashion from keep it bright. and artbyomni.

essential info

WHERE? Kraak Gallery, 11 Stevenson Square, Northern Quarter, M1 1DB

WHEN? Thursday 13th March 2014

TIME: 9pm – 3.30am

PRICE: FREE BEFORE 10PM + £3 after [send your names through the M20 Collective facebook page to get £2 guestlist all night]

*** All proceeds go towards the artists and building future events ***

Gonna be a big night, look forward to seeing you there!!

Love, M20 x