Drew is the creator of Stash sounds an independent record label that specialises in Hip hop , soul, funk, rare groove and jazz. He started making music in the 90’s and has agreed to give me his first interview in five years. He presents himself as a personable, relaxed man and seems comfortable and excited to be talking about his music career.
When did you realise you had a passion and talent for making music?
I’ve always loved the beat making process, digging in the crates (D.I.T.C) finding that illusive sample or killer break, sample chopping, looping etc. and creating something new and exciting out of something old and relatively unknown or even unheard but it wasn’t until 2005/6 when I started making my own music. My man Dolo (Champions Of Nature) prompted me to start making beats, and it kind of got me thinking, hey why not give it a go and in 2008 I put out my first CD ‘Footwear’.
When did you start recording and how difficult was it to progress?
I started recording professionally back in 1990 with my man Macca we formed a group called ‘Kinsmen’ and record our first tracks at Monroe studios engineered my ‘No Sleep’ Nigel… ‘Poet of The Kinsmen’ and ‘Jungle Victim’ dope tracks, haven’t heard them for a while though! It was much more difficult to progress back then, you had to put in a lot more ground work, the DIY market was only beginning to emerge and was much less cost-effective than it is today. So it meant getting studio time and a decent engineer, there were no mp3’s, YouTube, MySpace, Soundcloud etc. it was all about dub plates and pirate radio, you couldn’t just sit at home and come up with some shit and throw it up to the net, you had to put the work in believe! Luckily my man KLM worked out of a studio in Croydon and after forming the group 35 Above we was able to record way more material than we had done at any other time! From then on the hard part was getting it out there.
How do you come up with your material?
Lyrically? I just get inspired by people and things around me or relate on some past experience or event and just feel the vibes basically then express myself from there on… It’s also always inspiring working with other artists.
What made you want to set up Stash Media?
It’s always good to have a foundation or starting point and Stash Media just seemed like a good place to start.
What is your favourite type of music?
That’s a difficult one because I love all types of music… It depends on what mood I’m in really, at the moment I’m listening to a lot of blues as I haven’t explored that music genre as much as I would like.
Who are your influences and idols?
I don’t have any idols. Influences? Too many to mention… but I can say one thing for sure, without James Brown, hip hop may never have existed.
What upcoming events and projects do you have?
Performing with my man Geebagular in February in Finsbury Park, In March I’m performing in Camden at the Lockside Lounge and supporting Solomon Childs. 35 Above ‘The Lost Tapes’ and a new Stash Sounds EP are some projects being worked on at the moment in conjunction with a few music videos, I’m aiming to have everything out to listen to and watch by the end of the year.
Where do you hope to go from here?
Over the next few years I want Stash Media to grow into a well-respected independent label offering music lovers a really unique blend of hip hop, soul, funk, rare groove and jazz, with a twist!
To hear more Stash Sounds music visit: https://soundcloud.com/stashsounds
Drew from Stash Sounds just before a gig