Ahead of tonight's Grizzle Cosmic Fembot Extravaganza we pinned down man about town DJ/Producer Josh Caffe. His debut release Caffe Culture Pt 1 is out now on Batty Bass featuring the track Let Love Ruin with David Newtron and remixes from Hannah Holland, The Carry Nation and Leo Zero! He told us all about the track and more!
It's Grizzle's Cosmic Fembot Extravaganza tonight... what/who is your sexy robot pick?
I love the fembots by Hajime Sorayama. Proper sex bots.
How long has Caffe Culture been in the making for?
For quite some time. I initially came about idea late last year but I wasn't really sure whether to do it or not as it was my first production and vocals project and I kinda felt a bit out of my depth. I’m quite a perfectionist with my music and wanted this project to be 100% amazing but didn't feel confident enough.....I overcame that!
Working with Jeroen (aka David Newtron) was such a natural process too, we really bounce off each other with ideas, which made things a whole lot easier in the studio writing or messing around with random objects for instruments. The guy managed to get me to sing! Never would have dared try that on my own.
Which remix of Let Love Ruin can we expect to hear tonight?
I’m hoping to squeeze all of them in. They’re all good!
Who is your biggest inspiration for the record?
Without a doubt Jamie Principle.
What prompted your personal transition from DJ to producer?
It just felt like the right time... and also meeting the right people to collaborate with at the right time. I love DJing to bits, but being able to play out something you've produced and worked day and night on is such an amazing feeling. Really makes me want to produce more and more and DJ more and more. Just want to constantly keep sharing good music with people really.
And you sing too! Who are your vocal heroes?
I do! That was a hard experience, which I didn't like at first since I’m not a natural singer at all. But the more we worked on Let Love Ruin the more we felt it needed more than just a simple hook. I really had figure out how my vocal limit/range could work on things and ALSO I hate the sound of my voice so I criticized everything but Jeroen was like "seriously Josh this is good!"
Vocal heroes would have to be Ralph Tresvant, Robert Owens, Vikter Duplaix, Larry Ernest Blackmon (to name a few).
Describe your ideal music video for Let Love Ruin...
Ummm, I’m having discussions about potentially doing one so I can’t really say the idea otherwise it will ruin the surprise when you see it. It would be my dream idea if it happens though.
Who would you just die to collaborate with?
Todd Terry, Sonny Fodera.
What's next for Caffe Culture?
Well Caffe Culture comes in two parts so we’re just finishing up the second release As I Look which will be out later in the year. Watch this space!!
Join Josh TONIGHT (Friday 11th October) for Grizzle's Cosmic Fembot Extravaganza at Dalston Superstore from 9pm - 3am.