EXCLUSIVE Q&A with City Soul Project

City Soul Project is the recording and production alias of Scott Harrington and Ryan Briggs. Both enjoyed near on 20 years in the music industry before forming the City Soul Project and have played numerous key events for promoters such as Subliminal Sessions, Defected in the House, Toolroom Knights, Kinki Malinki and for venues across the UK and Europe including Ministry of Sound, Turnmills, Cafe 1001, Brickhouse, Culture Box, Hush and Gaskessel to name a few.

With a string of successful releases and remixes for some of the industries key labels like i Records, Kolour and King Street, the guys are pressing forward now with their own imprint, City Soul Recordings.

We caught up with Scott and Ryan in this Exclusive Interview to chat about their new label release ‘CSR002’, we also chat a bit about life, their musical influences and more.

The Interview

1) Firstly, thanks for taking the time out to chat with us. Tell us where you are and how you are feeling right now.

Hey, we are in the studio at the moment listening to some music and working on some new ideas for the next release on our own label City Soul Recordings. We’re all good right now.

2) Where does your artist name ‘City Soul Project’ emanate from, what’s its meaning & why did you choose it?

The name came about after Ryan did a track named City Soul for a label that I (Scott) was running at the time. I totally loved the track and as long term friends we had already decided to start up a production outfit and decided to take that track name and create a project from it … it kinda suited at the time.

3) What keeps you both motivated after all this time? Tell us about the highs and the lows…

There has been many experiences that we have both experienced, some high and some low and its what you can take from each of these experiences and move forward with that counts. For example, playing in the backstreets of London’s Brick Lane (Cafe1001) was inspirational, as was hitting Ibiza when we first started out and then of course, there was a period when the both of us fell out of love of house which made us both decide to stick with our roots and go back down the US Garage sound, which is really important for us right now.

4) Share a few artists that have influenced your sound?

As the above said, we have always been driven by the true pioneers (in our opinion) of house music, DJ Sneak, MAW, Larry Heard, Jazz n Groove, Tony Humphries, Kings of Tomorrow, Mateo & Matos, Frankie Knuckles, Farley and Heller to name a few and of course the big vocalists such as Barbara Tucker, Michelle Weeks, India. For us, that era, that whole US House and Garage sound is king and continues to motivate us to this very day.

5) What is the one machine, program, sound, drum machine, technique that characterizes your sound?

In terms of kit, its Logic for us hands down and the most recent addition is Native Instruments Maschine which is where all our beats are created. In terms of technique, we like to work with a nice swing groove, skippy snares and some dope ass samples.

6) What’s you’re opinion on the current state of house music?

It is what it is. We personally think that a lot of the scenes guys and gals are taking it far too seriously and taking the fun out of it…”don’t use samples”, “don’t use Traktor” … does it really matter? Some of these guys within the scene need to chill out, sit back and realise its all about entertainment….sure, it’s the ultimate dream to be able to take it seriously and earn a living and make a career out of it, but don’t take the fun out of it. For us it couldn’t be better right now, we’re doing what we are doing, enjoying it and what will be will be.

7) Where does a music media store like Traxsource fit into your musical agenda?

We only use Traxsource for our music as it fits more in to the scope of our sound and (for us) more related to the sound we’re outputting. Sure there are some other great stores out there, but we like the overall community feel of TS.

8) What’s next for you?

Asides from CSR002 which is with you as an Exclusive Promo, we also have a fresh new release for the WMC Conference which is released with King Street at the end of March which we’re buzzing about. We have also just remixed Danism feat Arnold Jarvis for Noir Music and also working on a single release with Damin Trueitt which is released on “i Records”: later in the year.

9) And finally, what would be your short list of dream collaborations, past or present – dead or alive?

Easy, Larry Heard, Sandy Rivera, Barbara Tucker and India and we’re also loving Rhemi right now, they can do no wrong at the moment!

City Soul Project latest release ‘CSR002’ is out now on Traxsource.

City Soul Project

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