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Chiddy Bang likes 'crazy' Parklife

The rap duo Chiddy Bang will perform at Parklife.
The rap duo Chiddy Bang will perform at Parklife. Contributed - Fuzzy publicity

IF THERE'S anything to learn from a Parklife tour, it's "leave your valuables at home".

Well, that's what DJ Noah 'Xaphoon' Jones, one half of Chiddy Bang, tells Pulse.

"When we were there last time we were just like 'wow, this is crazy'," he says from the hip-hop duo's tour bus in San Francisco.

"We met so many people and it was just crazy."

Last time the Philadelphia locals headed out for Parklife, in 2010, it was off the back of a bunch of mix-tapes and an impressive EP featuring the single The Opposite Of Adults.

The single sampled MGMT's Kids and peaked at no.10 in the ARIA charts and no.36 in triple j's Hottest 100 the same year.

In February they released their debut album, Breakfast, minus their most popular single, despite their record company's insistence.

"We got signed for that song," Jones says.

"But we just wanted to put on the album songs that flowed together.

"We wanted to take our time to make a cohesive list of songs.

"By the time we did the album that song had been out for two years so it didn't make sense.

"It's going to be a big song if you sample a big song, but that's not what we were going for."

No one seems to have told the guys if you buy the album through iTunes, or listen on Spotify, the single has been tacked on the end.

Despite my insistence, Jones didn't quite believe me.

Perhaps they're better off not knowing, because they'd be none too impressed.

Jones says he used to grab samples from everywhere, "but I'm a bit more picky these days".

Plus, a record deal helps to get access to more than a microphone and a lap top.

Although Jones is known for his beat making skills in Chiddy Bang, he comes from a jazz household and plays guitar and piano among other instruments.

So writing and recording the album was a treat, he says.

"It really helps with the arranging process and your ability to create," Jones says.

"It also helps when you're working with other people."

When the pair was in the studio, Keith Richards was in the studio down from them and the tale is mentioned briefly in the track Out 2 Space.

Basically they smoked with Richards, living out a life dream.

Jones says there are plenty of references in Chidere 'Chiddy' Anamege's lyrics, but not always the big names.

"There are definitely plenty of stories in there about our friends, Chiddy draws pretty heavily from our surrounds," Jones says.

Heading back to Australia with more than an EP under their belt, the guys are ready for an even bigger party.

"There's so many of our friends out there it's going to be massive," Jones says.

 

Chiddy Bang play Parklife, at Riverstage, Brisbane, September 29.

Tickets from $138, VIP $185, parklife.com.au.

Topics:  music, music tour



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