1. Sandra says:

    Hello, Chris, how are you? I´m very happy since the B&S show in São Paulo. It was amazing!
    I want to know which bands do you are listening and which ones do you recommend. Do you know some brazilian band? Some actual band?

    I really liked the show in São Paulo. Many of my friends travelled thousand miles just to see you. All of you are very kind. I hope you can return as soon as possible.

    P.S. : Sorry for my English. I´m still learning.

    1. Chris says:

      Glad you liked the show Sandra, it was amazing to be there and meant a lot that so many people had come to see us.
      Yeah, I really love Brazilian music, especially 60s and 70s stuff. I managed to do a bit of shopping for records while I was there and came back with few things I was really happy with.
      Here’s a few favourites (I didn’t get them all on this trip):
      Gal Costa
      Jorge Ben
      Os Brazões
      Quarteto Em Cy
      Elza Soares
      Novos Baianos

      I could spend all night checking out stuff on youtube and posting links. Can’t wait to come back, hope it’s not so long next time.
      The only current artist from Brazil I really know is Seu Jorge. Who else do you recommend?

  2. Joe says:

    Thanks for replying to my first question!
    Sorry I’m such a geek. Love your sound.
    What synth is this:

    1. Chris says:

      Hi Joe, it’s a Korg MS 20. Not my own, sadly; it belongs to Tony Hoffer. We used quite a lot of his gear recording the new record, guitars, amps, drums and drum machines and stuff as well as the MS 20 and his Arp 2600 on a lot of the songs.
      I would have really liked to get myself an MS 20 after we finished on the record, I really enjoyed playing with it but I also needed to get new laptops for doing the tours so we could do all the tunes with drum machines, and generally make my live rig a bit more pro, so that cleaned me out for a bit!

  3. Matt says:

    Hello Chris,
    I chatted to you at Bowlie late on Sunday night when I was probably a little over the limit (sorry if i was annoying/incoherent). I subsequently realised that I never told you how, thanks to you, I started listening to the Free Design. I love those guys. Me and my mates always used to listen to the “Kites Are Fun” remix when we got back from nights out. Definitely a desert Island Disk. I was wondering how you learnt about them and how you got involved in the project.
    Cheers for Bowlie 2. When are you announcing the line-up for Bowlie 3? Another 11 years?

    1. Chris says:

      Hi Matt, I was probably over the limit too, so no worries. Glad you liked the remix. It was my friend Jill who introduced me to the Free Design. She DJs as Mingo-go and currently does this night in Glasgow where she plays loads of great Bossa Nova, tropicalia, sunshine pop etc.
      I can’t remember the exact details of how Alan and I ended up doing the remix, but Matt from Light in the Attic who put it out, along with reissues of all the Free Design albums has also become a good mate, and the label is amazing, they put out loads of great stuff. The reissues of albums by Pastor T. L. Barrett and Jim Sullivan have been recent favourites of mine.

  4. Andrew says:

    Hi there, I was wondering if there was any chance of getting hold of Chris’
    DJ set list that he played at Benicassim on Sunday?

    1. Chris says:

      I can’t remember precisely but some of the things I had with me which I’m pretty sure I played were, in no particular order:
      Steve Miller Band – Fly Like and Eagle; Bappi Lahiri – Mere Jaisi Mehbooba (Herbie Hancock Rockit cover version); Tony Sylvester & the New Ingredient – Cosmic Lady; Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra – Che Che Colé Makossa; Saint Etienne – Only Love Can Break Your Heart; The 5th Dimension – Sunshine of Your Love; Sister Sledge – Thinking of You; Maceo and the Macks – Cross the Track; Harry Thurman – Underwater; Tom Tom Club – Wordy Rappinghood; Daft Punk – Da Funk; Richie Havens – Going Back to My Roots; The Stooges – either No Fun or Now I Wanna be Your Dog; Raoul Zequeira – Clave, Maraca y Bongo; Loose Joints – Is it All Over My Face (female vocal); Hot Chip – Over and Over; Jurassic 5 – Concrete Schoolyard; The Rapture – Out of the Races and Onto the Tracks; Donna Summer – I Feel Love; Oscar Sulley – Bukom Mashie; Orquesta Sonora Curro – Patuleco; Mark Ronson feat. Ghostface Killer & Nate Dogg – Ooh Wee; KRS One – Sound of Da Police; The Dave Pike Set – Mathar; Syclops – Mom, the Video Broke; The Spencer Davis Group – I’m a Man; The Slits – I Heard it Through the Grapevine; The Joe Cuba Sextet – Bang Bang; Chic – I Want Your Love; Don Drummond & the Skatalites – Man in the Street; Kraftwerk – the Model; Althia and Donna – Uptown Top Ranking; Talking Heads – Once in A Lifetime; The Kinks – Till the End of the Day; Malcolm McLaren and the World’s Famous Supreme Team – Buffalo Gals; MIA – Paper Planes; Peter Bjorn and John – Young Folks; Blondie – Atomic; Toots and the Maytals – 54-46; Nina Simone – See-Line Woman; Jonathan Richman – Egyptian Reggae; Freddie Scott – (You) Got What I Need; Fela Ransome Kuti & the Africa 70 – Water get No Enemy; The Meters – Handclapping Song; Jacques Dutronc – Le Responsable; Timebox – Beggin’; Mickey and the Soul Generation – Iron Leg; The Jackson Sisters – I Believe in Miracles; The Kingsmen – Louie Louie; Survivor – Eye of the Tiger; De La Soul – Buddy; The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Cross Town Traffic; Stevie Wonder – Superstition; The Shadows of Knight – Shake; Sly and the Family Stone – Sing a Simple Song; Bar-Kays – Soul Finger; Dee Edwards – Why Can’t There Be Love; Beastie Boys – Intergalactic; Paul Simon – You Can Call Me Al; Bill Wyman – (Si Si) Je Suis un Rock Star); Salt-n-Pepa – Push It.

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