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Legends of rave and masters of the old skool are back with their long awaited full length album, ‘The (co)LabRats’ – a collection of collaborations with various artists from all over the musical spectrum. Nothing but good vibes and great tunes here!
The guys took some time to some time to catch up with us and talk through then to now, where the only music genres that matter are good vs shit. Here’s our interview with RatPack.
1. Hey guys, thanks for chatting with us. How’s the year treated you so far?
Thanks for having us! It’s been a great year so far, we’ve released the first track off our new (co)LabRats Album which was Hands of Time – RatPack v Wideboys and we have NOW finally relased the RatPack Presents The (co)LabRats too, as well as playing up and down the country and abroad at so many amazing gigs, so it’s been pretty a awesome year so far.
2. No strangers to the rave scene, how did you start working together and become the RatPack we know today?
We started working together back in 1985 when I (Mark) was a Human Beatbox and Evenson was a DJ for Locomotion Sound System. I used to beatbox while Evenson was DJing and the rest is history.
3. What’s your favourite memory from your infamous Trip City Warehouse Parties?
The one we done in a closed down public swimming baths. A bunch of our friends squatted the building and we had an amazing acid house party in the empty swimming pool. The police and fire brigade came to shut it down on helath and saftey grounds, but because it was a public building all the saftey precautions were already in place and the party was allowed to go ahead. I’ll never forget the roar of the crowd when we switched the music on. It was an unforgettable night. I know we were raving in a pool but … the music was deep!! Haha
4. (co)LabRats, your latest album, is a collection of collaborations with various artists from all over the musical spectrum. What was the inspiration behind this?
It just made sense really. We’re all friends and everyone on the album has their own diverse sound to bring to the album as well as their massive contributions they made to the UK rave scene. When you bring a huge line up of legends together like this, you know it’s great for the whole scene.
5. Hands of Time, with Wideboys, was the first release from the album. What made you release that track first?
Simply because it was smashing dancefloors and festivals everywhere we played it, and the because it was one of the first tracks off the album that was made.
6. Is there anyone that you’ve worked with through the years that you would have loved to get on this release?
There are too many to mention, and too early to right off that possibility too. Who knows what could happen next
7. Is there a specific artist or genre of music that inspires you when you’re producing?
I don’t deal in “genres” In my world there are only two genres – Good Music and Shit Music! And just as beauty is in the eye of the beholder, good music is in the ear of the listener. So I guess it depends what I’m listening to around the time of production or it just may be something that just comes together without any inspiration. Just the fact of knowing you can make people happy from making a tune is all the inspiration you need.
8. What/Who are you listening to at the moment?
Right now? I have ‘Lovebirds – Want You In My Soul’ pumping out. Tuuuuuunnnneee!!
9. What does the rest of 2017 have in store for you?
We’re concentrating on the album and promo really, as well as all the gigs we have coming up too. We’ll be releasing the album later on in the year on vinyl too AND there might be a few more colabs to come too.
10. Any final words or shouts?
Big up to Dan and Lewis and ALL the crew at CygnusMusic.net for all the help and advise. Big up to Andre Jacobs (D-Zone) for cracking our heads together and making us do this album. Big Big Big up Freestylers, Wideboys, Baby D, Slipmatt, Ragga Twins, King Yoof, Billy Daniel Bunter, Shut Up And Dance, Stephanie Smart, 2Hype & Secret Agent, 28Hurtz, Skibabdee and Lady Chann, Papa G, Chewey Beats and The Sound Collective for their influence over the years and their massive contribution to this album. Big up On The Rise for the promo work, Big up DNBHQ for this interview. But the biggest of all big ups has to be to each and everyone of you who has supported us over the years. Without you guys we a nothing!! Stay Blessed!!