PRICK & DING #5:SCRIMSHIRE

Each week Fresh On The Net invites an artist or band to answer a short series of questions in Prick & Ding: the two and a half minute interview. It's convenient and quick - like enjoying a tasty microwave meal!

This week: SCRIMSHIRE

Scrimshire is from London and makes blissed out soulful jazz music with a sprinkling of folk. Adam Scrimshire is a songwriter, multi instrumentalist, DJ and producer. He is also one of the men behind independent record label Wah Wah 45s.

I fell in love with the music of Scrimshire after catching a fleeting moment of his song A Promise Was All It Was on a passing radiogram…

I felt obliged to find out more, to hear the whole song and his other stuff – and was not disappointed. I can only encourage you, dear FOTN reader, to do the same: it’s worth going through his whole catalogue as there are some real gems to behold. This is perfect summer chill music. He has a great biography naming his loves & what he does is here – a great way to let us into his world.

He knows his way around a groove does Mr S – when to be subtle and when less is more. Best of all for me, the man Scrimshire has a lovely understated voice that creeps up on you and gives you a smacker just when you weren’t expecting it. This music feels real and heartfelt so don’t be grabbing the kiss me quick hats – this is a joyous combination, with a respectful nod to the old – and a vibrant eye on the new.

Adam Scrimshire

Do check out his label Wah Wah 45’s – it’s jam-packed with quality stuff. I’m especially fond of Hackney Colliery Band – growing up in Hackney I never saw the colliery – but am glad they’ve brought its sound to my door now ;)

With his album The Hollow out now, a single due in September – and a run of live dates – this is a great time to listen to Scrimshire  on Soundcloud & check him out on Facebook

1. What are you up to at the moment?
At the moment, small… Sunday night: Night off, Emiliana Torrini, red wine, laying down, writing this. At the moment, big… Preparing/rehearsing for a run of gigs. Getting together some incredible EPs and albums for release over the next 8 months on Wah Wah 45’s (my record label). Getting ready to finish recording my own next album.

2. Favourite childhood memory?
Too many. Happy childhood. Maybe racing along the cliff fronts of Pembrokeshire at the mega low tides of late summer with my brother and grandad. Exploring caves and pools and beaches.

3. Hero?
That grandad. Honest, generous, kind, happy.

4. Villain?
Myself. Grouchy, self obsessed, sarcastic, overly self critical, melodramatic.

5. What/who makes you laugh?
The absurd, the silly. Bill Hicks and Alan Partridge.

6. Describe what you do?
I work almost all the time. I believe music is about turning up to work in the morning and putting a day in. When you turn up to work things get done. Not every day is a great one but some of them are exceptional.

7. Whose hair would you like to have for just one day?
Kris Kristofferson. I want it all though, the beard, the lot.

8. Best musical experience to date
Getting an incredible new demo through from one of the acts on the label maybe. It makes your head spin working with these amazing musicians all the time. Seeing them play live. JOY! Or maybe finally seeing Stevie Wonder performing Do I Do live last year…

9. What artist inspires you?
Bjork. Every day of the week. In spirit she is very much like Miles Davis or David Bowie to me, the constant forging forward. THe past is the past, nothing is written in stone, nothing is out of the question. Your imagination forms your only boundaries.

10. What does Fresh On The Net mean to you?
It’s a bit of an island isn’t it. Shall we call it hope? Yes, lets.

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Johnno Casson is a London-born/Colchester-based singer, musician, songwriter and show-off. He also compiles and releases compilations and is a serial supporter of new music. Johnno releases his own music as Snippet ,Old Tramp and also under his own name Johnno Casson.. As far as we know he was the most-played artist ever on Tom's legendary late night Fresh On The Net radio shows on 6 Music - having been featured no less than 18 times and appearing as an interview guest. You can also find Johnno on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube...

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