Interview with Top Buzz

Interview with Top Buzz Sep / 08
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Interview with Top Buzz

From The Eclipse ‘Back by Popular Demand’ event at Coventry’s The Empire 28/5/2016… Johnathan Rhodes caught up with his favourite drum and bass DJ/MC duo, Top Buzz…the original jungle techno kings. Which is DJ Jason Kaye and Patrick Anthony Jarrett – aka mc Mad P, to ask the pair a few questions just before they went on to rock the Empire…
Hows life right now?

Jason – Things are great right now, were lucky people, thank the lord. We’re still working, still playing the events and making records..you know and still enjoying every minute of it.
Its over 25yrs now Top Buzz have been going

Jason – Yeah, and were still going strong, still producing, still playing week in week out. Its like a habit now, we can’t stop. Were just happy to be still doing it. Its like tonight, great crowd and a big shout out to Phil and all the Coventry crew. We really like Coventry. We’ve got a lot of history here, you know what I mean so its always good to be back.
What would you say was the prime time for jungle and Top Buzz looking back?

Jason – I’d say the prime time for Top Buzz would be 92, all around then was a great time to be honest.
Would you say ‘Living in Darkness’ is Top Buzz’s all time greatest tune?

Jason – ‘Living in Darkness’ is definitely one of them, we did the Prodigy as well which was a great track to do (‘Weather Exsperince’ – Top Buzz remix’)

 Top Buzz on stage at The Empire

Jungle today?

Jason – Yeah well there’s some drum’n’bass in the charts at the moment doing quite well, but I think overall through the years its done really well and has influenced many artists.
Top Buzz was originally 3 wasn’t it, you Patrick and Mikey

Jason – It was, its just me and Pat now and has been for many years. I think Mickey has been working on radio 1 with the Dream Team so we just carried on doing as Top Buzz.
HI Patrick, as mc Mad P you were one of the only mc’s that ever really mc’d about social issues rather than just shouting ‘whistle posse in the house’ etc, in the process becoming probably the greatest MC/DJ duo on the scene. How did you get first get into mc’n originally

Mad P – Thanks , I appreciate that, yeah I’m from Tottenham and got into music as a kid because my dad had a sound system when I was young, playing blues. Then later on I teamed up with Mickey in the early 80’s.
What were the influences to your mc’n would you say?

Mad P – Shabba Ranks, me and my boys would be into Shabba and I thought if I go this way with MC’n I’ll be original, my lyrics will be original and its how I made my own style. Just getting up there and going ‘Make some noise’ is a waste a time to me personally. I got up there and used my lyrics to educate the people as well as have a good time, you know.

What were the influences to your mc’n would you say?

Mad P – Shabba Ranks, me and my boys would be into Shabba and I thought if I go this way with MC’n I’ll be original, my lyrics will be original and its how I made my own style. Just getting up there and going ‘Make some noise’ is a waste a time to me personally. I got up there and used my lyrics to educate the people as well as have a good time, you know.

I actually used to hear stories of DJ’s like Grooverider pulling the plug on certain mc’s he wasn’t exactly digging while he’d be playing his set

Mad P – Yeah, that’s right, many times he’d say to me ‘take the mic, please P take the mic’ because there’s only a couple of mc’s that Grooverider would have mc’n to his set, which I was kinda the same too when it came to mc’n for other DJ’s. But we used to do a lot of sets together back then.

Mad P and Alex Dunnett, aka MC Energy

How about the highlights for you over the years as Top Buzz

Mad P – So many…playing places like Australia – loved it, plenty of travelling, seeing places and meeting people – loved it. And also things like ‘Children in Need’ and opening shops..loved it all. In our heyday we used to get up to a lot doing all sorts of things. We were always supporting causes and that, things we believed in ourselves.

Back in the rave era’s hey day was there a lot of money to be made as a top DJ/MC duo, as the scene and Top Buzz were a big draw back then

Mad P – Yeah, we got paid, we did OK, we had a good time and my kids are OK too so we did fine really. I’m not hungry put it that way. I work as well, I’m also a chef these days which I also really enjoy doing.

So how about the scene today

Mad P – Yeah, its alright right now….you know its good to see the kids coming out to the events. To see them enjoy it all and know what its all about, listening to the lyrics. And to what their mum and dad did and coming along and getting it as well. Its great to see it all happen .I’ve got lyrics what I use now about ‘mums and dads meeting at raves. then making children who go on to the raves and listen to the music, and get into it themselves. The big wheel just keeps going round and round’. You know what I mean.

You have many classic mc lyrics, do you find them quoted a lot still today?

Mad P – Aw yeah, all over the place, you know still today…, even MC Magika’s misses knows my lyrics off by heart. Its great.
Whats next from Top Buzz?

Jason – A new release coming out on Social Circles on the 23’rd of June and its by Andy Taylor, so look out for that.
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