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:: Spotlight :: Interview with The Resin Dogs

By: Anna Aucello

The Resin Dogs are on a national tour before setting their sights on the bigger picture. The hip-hop boys, whose massive energy sound never fails to lure enormous crowds, have been doing it since 1996. Renowned for their hot blend of cut and paste sampling, funk, breakbeat, and frenetic live playing, the “Dogs” have earned ample media attention. Alternative radio JJJ has regularly included the group on their playlists, Virgin/ EMI began to support them in 2000 and there have been a couple of awards collected at the Australian Dance Music Awards over the past three years.

Hailing from Brisbane, they have recorded notable singles and two full-length albums, combined with the numerous shows and tours on which they have performed. These achievements have made them one of Australia’s most successful acts of recent times.

The Resin Dogs have shared their thoughts with us on the dance music industry, their recording and touring success and their upcoming involvement with the National Youth Week.

You have been around now since 1996. How has the hip-hop scene in Australia changed in that time?

There are definitely more releases coming out. People and skills are better than ever. There is definitely more support from radio and the public in general. Hip-hop is even on your TV ads most of the time.

Do you feel there is room for Australian dance music overseas?

Of course. Australian dance music is some of the best in the world. They just need to wake up! Our live acts and DJs are just as good, if not better, than the ones abroad. I’ve seen a lot of acts from overseas and I’ve also been to a few shows there and we have a lot going on here, it’s ridiculous! Though I did see Beyonce when I was in Ireland and she was awesome and her live show was good too.

You've worked with talent including the likes of Doctor X, Jungle Brothers and DJ Ransom. Who has been the most interesting person/s with whom you have collaborated?

Probably Robert Reed from Trouble Funk. Apart from being a big fan of the band, he gave us an awesome vibe in the studio and on stage when he played with us. It was phenomenal. He was more ‘amped’ playing live than what we were. The fact that he came all the way down to Australia to produce our first record is quite amazing. He could have done any gig or studio appearance in the world but he chose to come down and work on a record with four white boys. It shows that he is an all time legend in my books! It still spins me out to date!

After recording two full-length albums, what have you learned with each release?

Good things come to those who wait!

What does your second and latest album, ‘Hi Fidelity Dirt’ signify to you musically?

It shows a different side to the Resin Dogs than just an up-tempo party band that we are known for. We have always done this. I suppose we just make music in the studio as well as banging it out live!

How is technology affecting your music now as distinct from several years ago? Where will it go to next?

We can do it all at home these days instead of getting the huge studio bills that we have had in the past. The limits are endless too - well almost!

Resin Dogs has brought out its own recording label, ‘Hydro Funk Records’. Are you pleased with the way that's going?

Yes we are, as we are totally independent now and are not dealing with Virgin any more. We have put out some great artists and have a whole new line up of things we want to do this year. Hopefully we’ll tip our 50th release this year.

Where do you feel you are at presently as artists? Career wise, what is there still to achieve?

We feel like we have done as much as we can here in Australia and we are about to take it overseas in the next few months. Only time will tell. We are about to do some more Djing. We also plan to start a residency at a club in Brisbane promoting the Hydro Funk music and play a little different sound that you may not have heard before. Or maybe you have heard a long time ago. We hope to take it national to a few clubs on the East Coast soon.

Has your success surprised you?

Yes it has actually. We did a lot of this because we are totally into doing it, not so that we could become famous or anything like that. I’m still the same person I was 10 years ago, maybe a little more wiser. I definitely have a shit load more records now as well! I still love playing records to people no matter where it is.

You've been described as a dynamic and energetic live act. Which live performance has been your most memorable to date? Why is this gig so unforgettable?

Probably the main stage at The Big Day Out (2003). We did the national run just seeing 40,000 plus people getting down to see the Dogs. We were between 28 Days and Frenzal Rhomb and we were freaking out, thinking that the crowd would not like us but we were wrong. When we got to Adelaide, it was like 40 degrees and on stage it was like 50 degrees and my ‘mpc’ unit was freaking out and not loading properly. So we had to fly in a back up one from Brisbane for the Perth show.

What is the reaction in playing regional areas of Australia, as opposed to city, if there is any noticeable difference?

I find that they can get more into it than some of the people in the major cities that we have been going to on this tour. As they don’t get too much stuff like this, I’m sure they would be up for a party just as much as the next person.

You have been selected as ambassadors for National Youth Week? What are your thoughts on that and how will you be involved? (ie. Special appearances/endorsements etc)

I never really thought about it, I guess. You get to be an ambassador for doing something you love doing that’s off the hook. “Where do sign up for that one kiddies?” Well our involvement is, you know, when you get the keys to the city. Well apparently, we get the keys to all the schools in Australia, so we plan to lock all the schools and colleges and then we will lose the keys and act like they never gave them to us. Then make them change it to National 2 Weeks, as they always call it blahh blahh blahh week. It’s never been done before and National 2 Weeks has a good ring to it. Plus we get to ride on the back of a semi trailer through all the major cities rocking out just like AC/DC did in the 70s in that film clip. We also do lectures to all the universities about how bad the effects of eating McDonalds are on the growing youth of today! Nah seriously, we get to play some gig at Ayers Rock for some the indigenous kids, for people out there and for the political bureaucrats who won’t even know what the youth is or a Resin Dog for that matter! Oh and it is televised! We are also playing at the Shoreshocked Youth Festival in Sydney and we will be taking part in the Internet chats throughout the week.

What can audiences expect from your forthcoming tour?

We actually put in a couple of old tunes from the Volcanic Lab CD, and we have Spikey Tee with us doing vocal duties as well as DNO. We have also invited King Kapisi to tour with us and after his shows on the Big Day Out event he is ready to get down on the Dogs tour. We tried to do this over a year ago but now it is finally happening and there will be Hydro Funk DJs on duty throughout the night and at special after-parties as part of our shows.

Best wishes for a great tour and thanks for your time.

No problems at all. Thank you. Peace out everyone.

Katch – diddy – dog

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