Interview: The Egg Gets Ready for the Big Up This Weekend!
The Egg is a quirky band comprising of twins Ned Scott (vocals, keyboards) and Maff Scott (drums) along with Matt White (Guitar), Ben Cullum (Moog Bass), Drew Thane (Guitar), and Paul Marshall (Live Bass). The group hails from England and has performed at shows and festivals around the globe. Their music is an epic and distinct mix of electronic, rock, funk, hip-hop, psychedelic, ambient and house music that will bring all those UPstronauts to boogie down. Their song “Walking Away” was famously remixed by both Tocadisco in 2005 and Guetta in 2006, thrusting them into raver households everywhere. The group also utilizes their original 8mm and 16mm film with flash animations for visuals, taking the whole unique experience to the next level.
Sensible Reason had the opportunity to talk with The Egg guitarist Maff Scott in preparation for the Big Up festival:
What are your musical influences?
Erm… James brown, Pink Floyd, Underworld, Mylo, all progressive house/dance music we’ve been exposed to I guess.
Besides other musicians, what influences your music?
Ha! Sibling rivalry! No. Well, yeah, the rest of our lives, playing Lego’s and traveling round Europe in a Citroen van as kids, festivals, Marx brothers, Salvador Dali, family, ex-girlfriends, parties, amazing places, people, the news…
Hope so, its not our department though, but we’d love to! We’ll see how this one goes.
Is there a difference to playing festivals in Europe verses ones in the US?
Erm, yes and no. The UK is different depending on what you pick and choose. Some have fun things to do besides bands and painting; some are brilliant because of just that… Some are exploring new thoughts, such as Envision; but some are more of a party, such as Secret Garden. Festival people are the same all over the world, which is comforting to know there are nice, sound people everywhere who like to have a laugh.
What is your favorite venue to play in Europe? In the US?
Europe: Probably the pyramid stage at Glastonbury- not that I’ve done it… yet! Brixton academy in London is also a great one.
US: How about The Egg in Albany. Haven’t done that yet, but obviously we should!.. Red Rocks would be nice. Favourite we’ve done: Nokia Theater or Highline Ballroom in NYC, and the Camp Bisco dance tent has an amazing atmosphere.
What makes The Egg’s sound unique and separates you from other bands?
Ummm… perhaps the twin connection between me (Maff) and Ned, we read each other’s minds, especially when it goes wrong and we have to know how to put it right (most shows)… [Being twins] helps, we sort of know what each other is thinking live. While creating music, we often pull apart whilst pulling together. Generally we get there, it’s quite pluralist, a crossover of styles coming together. As soon as something feels generic, we change it.
What other festivals are you playing this summer?
We’re off to Italy for Man’dstock on the shores of Lake Garda, Rootwire in Ohio, 2+2=5 in Montpelier, France.
Any plans for a new album?
Yes, were doing one at the moment a kind of psychedelic trippy journey with [music engineer, producer and composer] Greg Hunter.
What do you think about releasing your Live shows?
Yeah. We have a few out on our website. Were all for it, just getting around to mixing them. We multitracked almost all the shows on our previous US tours.
How would you describe your music/sound to someone who has never listened to you before?
Erm… Live dance music with guitars, and sometimes without the guitars?
The visuals are your own 8 & 16mm films and flash animations. Who started that? How and why did you get into it?
I started that mostly after getting into films like Koyaanisquaatsi (Ron Fricke). I loved 8mm stop frame stuff. Then moved on to 16mm loops and more. It kind of did the job a singer might and allowed us to experiment musically. In some way, the eye makes all the flashing images fit and you pick out a story from it.
What’s your take on things like Amon Tobin’s ISAM or other crazy live audio/visual pieces?
Erm… I don’t know that… yet! Chris Cunningham I like a lot, Vegetable Vision, and the Light Surgeons, they’re London-based and play with 16mm. They’re great.
Why should people not miss your set at The Big Up?
Because we came all this way! No really. Because you’re worth it… It’ll be good! You’ll love it if you like dancing, if you like guitars, if you like funk.
What’s one thing you always like to keep with you on the road while touring?
There you have it! This quirky group is ready to unleash some more of their awesomeness in New York this weekend. Do not miss their set this weekend at the Big Up latenite on Saturday from 3am-4:15am at the Spaceball City Tent!
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Not able to make it to the Big Up to see The Egg? Check them out at some of their other East Coast stops:
8/11/2013: Stella Blues, New Haven, CT
8/12/13/: River St. Jazz Cafe, Wilkes Barre, PA
8/13/13: Webster Hall, New York, NY
8/14/13: The Blockely, Philedelphia, PA
8/15/13: Sellersville Theatre, Sellersville, PA
8/17/13: Rootwire Festival, Logan, OH