Artist Spotlight: The Egg
“I think humans playing in a room full of humans is inspiring,” mused The Egg’s Ned Scott to Boulder Weekly last month. Such uplifting attitudes like that are why we want to highlight The Egg for this week’s Artist Spotlight. BIG UPs to artists who rock on and off the stage.
Adding to the international appeal at The Big Up, live EDM band, The Egg, hails from Oxford, England and is spearheaded by brothers Ned Scott (vocals, keyboards) and Maff Scott (drums). The twins are joined by Matt White (Guitar), Ben Cullum (Moog Bass), Drew Thane (Guitar), and Paul Marshall (Live Bass) to become more than a band, but a ball of energy that is known world-wide for their live shows. They’re not afraid to take chances and jump into the abyss, knowing they’ll all land at exactly same time. Combining massive electronic, rock, funk, hip-hop, psychedelic, ambient and house inspired dance music, the group takes those elements and integrates them with samples, live and vocoder vocals synchronized with full interactive visuals (from their own 8 & 16mm films and flash animations) to deliver the flowing, multi-sensory experience that is The Egg live and in the flesh.
The band are well known in the UK, and fit comfortably into the global EDM club scene enjoying a worldwide hit with the massive Electro House anthem ‘Walking Away’ remix by Tocadisco in 2005 and the even bigger David Guetta bootleg ‘Love Don’t Let Me Go (Walking Away)’ that followed inn 2006. The track went to No 3 in the UK and No 1 in France, Spain and Australia.
The Egg has released four albums. ‘Albumen’ (1996) was more strictly dance/post acid jazz, funk/ambient instrumentals, played live, and reflecting the live set. ‘Travelator’ (1998) was influenced by Big Beat, more heavily club orientated and produced by Tim Holmes. ‘Forwards’ (2004) saw a more reflective slower sound, but also in places heavier and rockier than anything before while more of a psychedelic warmth held different eclectic influences together.
‘Something To Do’ (2012) is their newest release after an 8 year hiatus from studio recorded material. Pulling from an all-star cast of collaborators and sampling multitracked live recordings from the previous year’s US tour, The Egg created a dance record you can really dig in to. Benji Vaughan (Younger Brother) dropped his producing prowess on 3 tracks; Greg Hunter (long-time collaborator since their time in The Orb) on ‘Fire’; and Bruno Ellingham (New Order, Goldrapp, Delphic) gave ‘Catch’ and ‘A Bit’ an LCD Soundsystem vibe. “Sometimes the best grooves are found from us playing it live, so it’s a bit like, rather than re-creating the show in the studio,” said Maff in an interview last fall.
Live performances are as much a part of The Egg experience as their recorded material. Their unique amalgamation is down to this very dichotomy, as Maff states; “We always have two processes – songs aimed at the radio and live, instrumental groove-based dance culture.”
Interview – The Egg: Something To Do Part II // Interview with Maff & Ned Scott // Twinspeak
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That music forgot to think,
-Maff Scott (Summing up the recording experience in a haiku with Twinspeak, November 2012)