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Citing Netsky, Wilkinson and Chase & Status as inspirations, Animal Music are a London/Cambridge 4 piece drum and bass outfit, destined for greatness.

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World domination, more tattoos… a life less ordinary

Drum and bass and rock, these two scenes used to feel worlds apart.

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Drum and bass and rock, these two scenes used to feel worlds apart. One the preserve of gig venues and rock festivals, the other principally found in nightclubs and dance festivals, and never the twain shall meet. Or that was the theory anyway.

But it doesn’t have to be this way any more - not if Animal Music have anything to do with it. With emotive song writing tales interwoven with kick-ass dance-floor rhythms, they’re coming for your mind, your body, your soul, and your dancing shoes. And although they don’t have guitars, you are just as likely to enjoy them at Reading as you are at Creamfields.

Citing Netsky, Wilkinson and Chase & Status as inspirations, Animal Music are a London/Cambridge 4 piece drum and bass outfit, destined for greatness. 

“I met Penny while I was using an empty warehouse in Essex as a crash-pad to make music in,” says Pete Pocket, the band's MC. “He kept hanging out, and after a while we got involved with pirate radio in East London.”

Penny and Pete did some club tours of Europe as a DJ/MC operation, sliding their own tunes into their DJ sets. Every act needs a name, and the guys started calling themselves Animal Music. (“Music for humans, who are really just animals, music that hopefully has a primal reach inside it.”)  They quickly decided that they wanted to be more than just studio producers making tracks for their DJ sets. They wanted to put on a show, presenting all their own songs like a continual live DJ mix.

To this end, they sought out a drummer, and found Andy xxx, who was already well known on the Cambridge music scene. They also needed a regular vocalist to front the band, and found Tom Sutcliffe out busking in Cambridge city centre.

I officially joined the band on New Year’s Eve 2014 but we had been writing together in part for a few years before that,” explains Tom.

“I first met Penny when I was busking and he was doing flyer work. I knew he was a DJ and constantly bugged him to write some stuff with me, so eventually we made a cheeky demo which then led to me soon meeting Pete.”

The guys found that they had a lot in common from the off. “It was mainly the fact that we wanted to inject real songs into the dance music scene – a genre that we love,” says Pete.  “We all bonded over our mutual love for real party music and heavy basslines,” says Tom.

“…and going out on Edgware Road for Lebanese food and late-night skating sessions.”

The move to London happened when they realized that they were all deadly serious about making it in the music game. “Cambridge is an amazing place to start out and an amazing place to live, but to take music as a career to the next level it felt like London was the right place to be. But we keep strong ties with Cambridge and are there all the time,” explains Pete.

The guys start reeling off a list of drum & bass names that they’ve been influenced by. “Andy C, Roni Size, Nu:Tone, High Contrast, Loadstar, Brookes Brothers,” rattles Pete. “But labels are just as inspirational as individual artists — Shogun, Viper, Metalheadz… Aphrodite, Congo Natty, Venetian Snares, basically anything off the Hospital Records roster,” adds Tom. “The first d&b I ever heard was from local rave crews like Life4land, and I’m massively influenced by a lot of UK hip-hop.”

So what about indie bands and alternative rock? “Our music is not influenced by rock directly,” says Pete. “But there are songwriters that we love and obviously are inspired by - Bon Iver, Shane MacGowan, Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie, and all of the real lyrical greats. Anyone who has been able to weave a story through music is interesting to us, as that is exactly what we’re trying to do. Songwriting within dance music, essentially.”

Explaining that ‘I’ve Got You’ is based on the story of Orpheus & The Underworld, and that Underworld are their go-to inspiration for form and function, Pete adds that Karl Hyde (Underworld’s singer) recently wrote ‘really nice things’ about Animal Music on the Underworld blog.   Outside of dance music, singer/songwriter Baxter Dury (son of Ian) has already declared himself a fan.

Both agree that performing on BBC Radio 1 Dance with the Hospital Records crew and playing Brixton Academy are band highlights so far, but headlining the second stage at Woodstock Festival in Poland in 2014 was a particular high. “Seeing 15,000 people going nutty to your tunes is an amazing feeling,” says Tom. “I genuinely think people are at their very best at a festival, they are much more at peace with the world.”  The guys are proud to say that they attract more than their fair share of metal fans too.

“Festivals are almost what it is all about,” concurs Pete. “The sense of unpredictability. Because our music is not well known enough, we have to work a hundred times harder than everyone else. Kick and scream and weave emotion through every moment, in order to conquer and succeed.”

Having spent months recording their debut album, Animal Music are now ready to unleash their hybrid sound on the world. “We’ve been forging our sound in the studio and playing shows endlessly for the last two years without having put a drop of music out there.” says Pete. “It’s like we’ve stolen a plane and been flying on fumes. Now we need to fill the tank. Obviously what would be incredible would be to go and play the four corners of the planet, taking the music to everyone who would love to see it and hear it for themselves.”

“World domination, more tattoos… a life less ordinary is what I’d like,” adds Tom.

Don’t bet against these animal men conquering the earth.

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