Coz Littler, aka Chop or Mr. Chop.
I live in a small abandoned mining town in a remote part of North England near Wales.
I record and make my own strange brew of mutant funk, rework hip-hop/funk classics, and record for film, TV and computer games. My music’s a blend of funky-psych-krautrock infused electronica—the kind of stuff that hopefully will scare your kids and generations of music lovers to come. My recordings have been released through Stones Throw Records, Now-Again Records, Jazzman’s Stark Reality, Lex Records and Jazz & Milk Recordings.
Back in the late 90s with an MPC, a handful of records and a 4-track.
Scary and unrehearsed in front of about 1,000 people, but I managed to pull it off. It’s a logistical nightmare to take my music out on the road: I record everything live in the studio and would need about 7 people to pull it all off, but I’ll let you know when it takes shape.
I’m fortunate enough to have seen some small gains from my work already… I’d just like the opportunity for me to carry on doing my thing, really. And, hopefully, add something positive to the culture in the process.
It’d be nice to see them spontaneously combust from sheer aural excitement!
Personally: my wife and kids, family and inner circle of friends. Musically, there are so many, but I’ll roll off a few that spring to mind: David Axelrod, George Martin, Serge Gainsbourg, Nino Nardini, Delia Derbyshire, François de Roubaix, Jean-Claude Vannier, Alain Goraguer, White Noise, Silver Apples, Can, plus library records and obscure soundtracks (the usual rarities that every digger digs). I can go on and on… How many days do you have?
Making music, tape loops, sequencers, buying records and collecting synths on eBay, anime, conspiracies and good books (at the moment I’m reading Paul Auster’s The New York Trilogy).
I’ve just finished a remix for Kelpe’s new album and have been producing a solo record with Joe Fearon for The Zutons’ frontman, Dave McCabe. Kenny Dope’s putting something together with selections from the Chop back catalogue—watch this space. Also, Malcolm Catto (drummer from The Heliocentrics) and I will hopefully get the time to make a record together next year. I’m working on ideas for new Chop material with an album of alternative versions/remixes for my new album, Illuminate, planned soon-ish. There’s a bunch of really interesting Chop stuff that’s never seen the light of day, so I’m thinking of putting this out next year in some special, limited vinyl. Hopefully, I might be doing some work with electronic guru Dimlite. He’s recently just done us a fine remix for a track from Illuminate.