Q&A: Ghosttown meets Parly B
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Hey, welcome back. Now press play on the player below, that’s the brand new EP, Every Manor, from these UK champions. Heavy skanking bass heavy ass shaking beats from Ghosttown, with Parly B bouncing some dope lyrics on top. Works for me! From the presumably label flavoured horns of that clip above, I’m climbing aboard the GmPB train, the kitsch green screen visuals and the pure awesome that is the tune, ya gotta soak it all in. Maximum niceness.
We blasted them a bunch of questions, and heres what they had to say…
Ghosttown: Minimal, speaker thump beats for vocalists with maximal swagger.
Parly B: My sound is unique and versatile which is entertaining that builds up a positive vibe. Uk Reggae Dancehall style, which is influenced by Jamaican artist back in the 80’s early 90’s.
Who makes up your band?
Ghosttown: Just me and a computer
Parly B: I collaborate and work with different artists and producers.
What were your influences when you first started writing music? And what are your influences now?
Ghosttown: Back then it was 90’s hip hop and drum and bass, now its all kind of mushed together hasn’t it? To name a few artists Viper The Rapper, Jay Electronica, Kanye West (beats not vocals lol). Its cliché but a bit of everything, haha.
Parly B: From I was about 12 I use to listen to Reggae and Dancehall music and Jungle Techno. My favorite Reggae artists who inspired me to write was Ninja man, Capleton, Shabba Ranks, Cutty Ranks, Garnet Silk, Cocoa Tea, and Supercat.
What are you working on at the moment?
Ghosttown: A next project featuring Jam Baxter, Ed Scissor Tongue and Chester P. Possible future doowop project with a great vocalist called Ella Mae. Doowop and early soul is my favourite type of music. I like music that sounds like the musicians were drunk when they made it. Its all about the mistakes and the emotion.
Parly B: Firstly the Every Manor EP Release on Senseless Release, with Ghosttown is coming out on the 19th August.
‘Big Bad Sound’ – Produced by Dr Meaker ft Gardna and myself. Out soon on Irish Moss Records
‘Dubplate Fashion’ – Produced by Tradesman ft Parly B. Out soon on Reggae Roast.
‘Dem a fight’ – Produced by Ed West ft Parly B. Out soon on Reggae Roast.
Just Is Records Free online release coming soon.
Do you have a procedure for writing music?
Ghosttown: Usually I think of something when I’m out then try and remember the vibe and write it when I get home… or just flip a sample into something it wasn’t ever supposed to sound like.
Parly B: When I am writing a song I usually start with working on getting a catchy chorus, as the chorus is the most important thing in a song. Then the verses flow afterwards.
If you could collaborate with any musician in the world, who would you collaborate with, and why?
Ghosttown: If he wasn’t dead, Viper The Rapper, no pretension, just a real motherfucker. After that Jay Electronica for the same reasons. I would like to make music with a lot of people in theory but I think the best stuff comes out when you know someone as a person for a bit first.. then you can make music that focuses on what you and the other person has in common. That’s real music right there.
Parly B: I would like to collaborate with Damian Marley, he has a sick flow and he is a real artist.
What do you think about ’s music scene? And if you could play anywhere, where would you love to perform?
Ghosttown: London has a pretty good music scene I guess. Im not really a big part of it yet. I would love to perform in New York or in a strip club or both.
Parly B: I am based in Doncaster, which is only a small Town so I spend most of my time gigging in other cities such as Sheffield, Leeds, Manchester, Nottingham, and Bristol London etc.
Seen any good acts lately? Who are you digging?
Ghosttown: The Rolling Stones surprised me at Glasto.
Parly B: At Glastonbury I saw Dizzee Rascal, he was wicked pure vibes.
YT I saw him in Leeds couple years now, he was big.
Mungo’s Hi Fi wicked production, they know how to mash up a dance.
Riddim Tuffa Sound, wicked production, nice up the session.
Dub Smugglers Sound, wicked set up, Heavy weight Business.
Any interesting stories?
Ghosttown: My life is a crazy story… I spend a lot of my time drunk/high/naked.
Parly B: I can’t of anything of the top of my head.
Where are you playing next?
Ghosttown: With Dead Players at Boombap festival.
Parly B: …