Those of you who like your beats polished, funky, soulful, imaginative and straight-up fresh will already be a follower of the work of Mark de Clive-Lowe. His Twitter tag of Mashibeats is certainly apt as he takes all of his influences, from jazz to hip-hop, and mashes them into a quite delightful blend of beat-driven futuristic funk.
The New Zealand born, globally nurtured, producer, DJ, composer, musician and all round Twelve Bar legend, is an artist it is difficult to define, yet always a pleasure to encounter, not least at his monthly Church offerings in our beloved LA. And so we asked him to mash up The Twelve in his own inimitable fashion, and he gave us the pulp straight from the pulpit.
1. Who's in the house?
The family. friends and crew.
2. Can it be that it was all so simple then?
Yes - with dedication, focus, hard work and love.
3. It ain't where you're from, it's...?
... How you are. Intention and commitment, especially when chilling!
4. Give me the fortune, keep the fame?
Yes, needs must. I'm about the music firstly.
5. After the show it's the after-party, and after the party it's the...?
End of that night's story. Time to rest, recharge and re-center.
6. It's quite okay for a gangster to wear sandals?
It's all in the swag.
7. If I ruled the world?
I'd be stuck in a job i never wanted trying to escape back to my old life.
8. Do you want more?
Always. as long as it's quality.
9. How does it feel?
Protean, satisfying and grounding.
10. What's next on the menu?
More goodness, tasty treats and midnight snacks.
11. Give me the reason to want you back?
Cause you love it!!
12. Tell us why it's all love...
At the end of the day, what else is there?