IG Culture is an experienced music producer that first came on the scene in 1990 as part of the hip-hop duo 'Dodge City Productions'. In the mid-90s IG Culture formed the collective 'New Sector Movements' creating an eclectic underground sound with a variety of influences ranging from jazz-funk to hip-hop to soul and Afrobeat. He has worked with Dego from 4Hero, Phil Asher, Bugz In The Attic, Alex Attias, to name but a few.
Gilles Peterson talked to IG Culture about his music and club nights, read on for some highlights, or listen to the full interview.
'Dodge City', which was your band that was releasing records around the same period as 'Young Disciples' the first Massive Attack album, then there was a big gap, what happened during that period?
Well the period after Dodge City productions I basically went back to basics and started to get my production techniques together. I had an idea in my head, an idea from the Dodge City days, was to start a label and start putting out music from British artists. I set-up a little label called 'One Drop interouter', and I started putting out albums and singles, I put about four albums on that label and about two singles. During that period I met-up with Mike Slocombe we talked and didn't see each other for probably a year and then I met him again and then we started to do stuff on the 'People' label. 'My History', 'New Goya', 'Voonga Voonge' all then kind of tunes, I was rinsing out. Since them times you've got a lot of labels have been born out of the whole, well they call it the West London thing, yet as you know it's bigger than just West London. You've got the 'Archive' label, you've got the '2000 Black Thing' which is Dego's label, you've got Alex Attias with his 'Visions', my 'Main Squeeze' label, of course the 'People' label. There's just loads of labels putting out the good music, that's the main thing, that's what we're trying to promote: the good music, know what I'm saying.
Just tell us what it's all about: CO-OP the club, the spot, what you're trying to do there.
We was talking a long time about we need a place where we can play all the music, because in the past two/three years there's been a lot of music made and there hasn't been a club where you can hear pretty much that kind of music. I mean they calling it broken beat now, you know it's wider than that. I started talking to Demus and Dego, and we had a few meetings and we decided to set-up a club. We brought Phil in, and the rest is history, we kind of ten months down the line and the vibe in the CO-OP is hot
Who are the 'New Sector Movements', what's the idea?
Basically I just wanted to rope in a lot of the people I've been working with over the past few years. I mean like Julie Dexter who I've been working with for the last five years doing different things, and the time was right to rope in Julie Dexter, people like Eska Mtungwazi, Eric Appapoulay , Bembe Segue. My A&R man Nigel he made it possible for me to work with Frank McComb, who I was feeling for a long time on the 'Buckshot and the Funk' stuff, and he's a serious talent. I basically was given the freedom to just do what I feel, and the A&R man was kind of 'just do your album and don't worry about a single, just work on what you consider to be a classic album'. Yea, I just put myself into it and came-up with the 'Download This' thing. When you listen to the album you can hear the concept, it takes a few listens to get into it, because it's multi-layered, ther's a lot of layers so you have to listen to get beneath the layers. We kicked it off with the 'No Tricks' EP, called it no tricks because basically I didn't use any trickery, just music. The concept behind the 'New Sector Movements' is just a continuation of what I've been doing on the 'People' label and on the 'Main Squeeze' label, but in album form. Just a body of the work, and it's the first step.