Manchester born Loz Goddard is a purveyor of groove, funk and disco; he’s mastered the art of rare sample-digging and a production maturity way beyond his 25 years of age.
His influences are eclectic, ranging from the experimental work of Aphex Twin and Orbital to later day maestros like Motor City Drum Ensemble and Max Graef.
Musically he has captured the hearts of A&Rs based in New York, Berlin and the Netherlands, a testament that his unique brand of warm and dusty sample-led house has a universal appeal.
Ahead of his gig for ‘The Bricks Presents’ in London, CTC caught up with Loz to discuss his latest productions, a love of the Juno 106 and his passion outside of the booth and into the kitchen…
You’ve got a release on Outplay about to drop. Tell us about the ‘Rule Of Three’ EP and how did your relationship with Fouk’s label come about?
I remember listening to a podcast Fouk did a couple of years ago, it was likely one of their first and contained loads of their unreleased cuts including a few of their solo jaunts as Junktion and Daniel Leseman. I’d recently got into the disco / funk, sample-based House of WOLF Music and Melbourne Deepcast and the sound in the boys’ podcast was real fresh so I tried sourcing some of the tracks. That’s when I came across Outplay.
It pretty much became an instant goal of mine to get a release out on the label because I loved the output & thought it would be the perfect home for my first solo vinyl EP. ‘Loose Jams’ did good things for me as an artist so I guess I always had the vision of doing a 2nd EP for Outplay, and because Hans & Daniel are now good friends of mine the label was always going to be a top choice for some of my new productions.
‘Rule Of Three’ is pretty much a product of me getting a Juno 106 last year and a Roland TD-30K drum kit. Two of the tracks (the B1 & B2) use less sampling than previous productions of mine as I wanted to get some proper Juno jams on the go with some live drums. It’s been really fun working on some more ‘original’ sounds again and this EP kinda marks the start of the inclusion of a lot more live elements and less sampling. Keep your ears to the ground because ‘Murmur’, the B2 track will be premiered soon via the good chaps at Sleazy Beats.
You’re born and raised in Manchester – aside from coming 4th in a recent study of the ‘most desirable places to live in England’, do you feel an affinity to the city and what’s the music scene like there?
Pretty sure Manchester was 1st one day, slacking right there! I’d definitely recommend living in Manchester to anyone looking to relocate though, it’s a great city and is one of those places where mostly you’re never short of something to do. The music scene here has always been good to be honest. Since I’ve been into electronic music I’ve seen Manchester go through a few ‘phases’ for lack of a better word. There was a big tech house phase, then ‘deep house’ became trendy or something… ‘deep house’ was a phrase I heard thrown about so much for a couple of years, kinda don’t like using that to describe music anymore as it conjures up all sorts of different ideas depending on who you’re talking to. Right now in Manchester I think the scene is the best it’s been for a while, there’s been some really solid bookings happening again and a few new nights that are looking promising. Hunee, Move D, San Proper, Session Victim, Chaos In The CBD, Jay Daniel to name a few. Shout outs to Doodle, Sonic Sahara & Beyond A Rhythm for always bringing the vibes!
You’ve got a monthly show on MCR live; for you does DJing on the radio differ from playing out in clubs and how do you seek out new music to play on-air?
DJing on the radio is so much different from playing in a club and that’s the main reason I started the monthly show. It’s real nice to have a platform to share some of the music that is ‘non-club friendly’ so to speak. There’s so much good stuff out there that doesn’t get played as much in clubs because it’s not as dance-able, which actually I think is beginning to change. In London especially there seems to be lots more parties going on that are not just House & Disco and that’s something that’s beginning to happen more in Manchester now. It’s refreshing to go to a night and hear more Jazz, Soul & Hip Hop, I’m right into them kinda jams!
I tend to find new music by listening to other podcasts & live recordings of artists I’m into, spending loads of time on Juno listening to record clips and often ending up on YouTube checking out completely random recommendations I’ve never previously come across. Record shopping is obviously something I am into, so hitting the record shops wherever I go is another way of finding new stuff both for the club and for the radio. There’s something really nice about bringing new records back from other cities or countries. It’s nice to dig through my collection back home and remember the stories behind where certain records came from. I guess it’s also useful for triggering memories about gigs too which can be hazy sometimes!
This month Razor-N-Tape released your ‘Drunken Monk’ EP digitally for the first time. You’ve mentioned this is one of your personal favourites, what were the inspirations behind the EP?
That’s right yeah, my Razor-N-Tape release has been one of my favourites to date and it’sbeen the one I’ve played out the most. I’m glad the digitals are out now, because it gives the non-vinyl market a chance to play the tracks which is always good for added promo.
When Aaron contacted me after my first Outplay record dropped I was pretty surprised because Razor-N-Tape were one of the labels I’d been digging for ages. He said to bear RnT in mind for a 12″ and naturally that spurred me on to get making some new beats. The inspiration for the tracks came from Roy Ayers, Bobby Thurston, Airto Fogo, Brass Construction & Hysear Don Walker mainly as that’s who I was listening to a lot of at the time. I guess playing and listening to lots of the newer sample-based releases from labels like Box Aus Holz, Dirt Crew, Voyage & Sampling As An Art also influenced this EP to an extent. If you want to know about where the title came from, there’s a certain type of cheese I buy at the Manchester Christmas markets every year called ‘Drunken Monk’, goes down a treat on the Loz Goddard Christmas cheeseboard, highly recommended!
Where do you usually dig for samples and is there any studio equipment that you can’t live without?
Record shopping is my favourite way to look for samples but I am guilty of the odd YouTube rip. I usually use YouTube if I hear something and want to start jamming straight away, you know those moments when you hear a part of a track and think ‘I could do something with that’. That’s the beauty of the internet!
Regarding studio equipment, I don’t think I could live without my Juno 106 now. I’ve had it just over a year and have absolutely fallen in love with how it sounds and the ease of use of it. It’s a solid piece of kit. My Roland drum kit is fast becoming a real essential feature for my newer productions as well. It’s really nice to have a drum kit again instead of programming drum hits which is a pretty tedious task for me. I much prefer to jump on the kit and record the drum patterns live.
We hear that outside of the studio one of your passions lies in the kitchen. When did you get into cooking and what’s your favourite dish?
I’ve been into cooking for a number of years but only developed a real passion for it over the past year. I’ve been enjoying cooking with fresh ingredients from scratch, which obviously takes more time but is much more satisfying than just heating things up and throwing them together. I’ve been perfecting Swedish Meatballs with Lingonberry sauce lately which is actually really easy but the results are large! If you’ve got any sense you’ll serve that with a nice creamy mash potato and a dill garnish. I often get the piss ripped out of me by my friends for my descriptions of food as I tend explain what I’m eating in probably too much detail.
Other dishes I love making are Thai Green Curry and this kinda Spanish style chicken with chorizo, paprika & olives. There’s not much I’ve ‘perfected’ yet but I’m a huge lover of Tapas so learning to make a few different Tapas dishes is my next culinary aim. I think being able to host a Tapas night of home-cooked Tapas delights is a fairly good look in my eyes.
You’ll soon be heading down to London to play Number 90 for The Bricks Presents. What’s your favourite aspect of playing in the Big Smoke and are you looking forward to making your debut at the venue?
As I mentioned before, playing in other cities is great because I get to visit record shops I don’t frequent so often and London is right up there as one of my favourite places to go record shopping. Love Vinyl, Rye Wax & Phonica are three absolutely quality spots for a dig and I always make sure to visit whenever I’m around there.
I’ve only played twice in Hackney Wick, both times at Micks Garage, and both times I’ve found the crowds really up for it and open-minded so I’m really looking forward to coming to spin a few at Number 90. I’ll be bringing a range of different music, including a few new bits of mine to test run so yeah, gonna be fun. I’m sensing a bit of B2B action on the night…
Finally is there anything else in the pipeline for the summer that you’d like to tell us about?
To be honest this summer is mainly looking very busy with gigs. I’m over in Lille, France on 9th June with Andre Lodemann for Stereochic garden party, back in Manchester on 16th June at a relatively new club called The Spot and on 17th I’ll be headlining Another Fine Festival in the Lake District. I have a couple more gigs in Leeds, one with Nightmares On Wax on July 28thand hoping to get across to Copenhagen in August, so yeah it’s going to be a fairly gig fuelled summer – really excited about that!
Obviously there’s my Outplay EP dropping mid-June but after that there’s only gonna be a couple of remixes coming over summer. I’m taking some time over the next few months to concentrate on new productions and then hoping to wrap up another EP with Harry Wolfman for sometime in 2018. I should be squeezing in one more EP for the very back end of the year but sadly no details on that one just yet…all in good time!
Loz Goddard plays alongside Corbi and Anna Wall for The Bricks Presents, on 2nd June @ Number 90, Hackney Wick. More info here.