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Stanton Warriors - Ultimate Warriors

Author: Rezo
Sunday, 9 December 2007
DominicButler and Mark Yardley have even surprised themselves. Never in a millionyears would they have thought that their so-called ‘day job’, at a label some10 years ago, would have forged a musical legacy such as Stanton Warriors. 3D’s Rezo spoke with Butler ahead of the Warriors’Australian tour. Indeed, 51st Recordings was what they terma pre-garage label – something that paid the bills. Butler was the A&R guy,the man with the ideas, while Yardley was the engineer, the man with theskills. “I thought to myself, in the downtime, wecan do something and make it work together,” Butler says. “So for a laugh, thenext day we played a track that we’d produced to some bosses and we pretendedit was by Todd Terry or something – and he loved it! Then we turned around andsaid it was ours! And after a moment of silence, he asked what we’d callourselves. Mark stepped in because that day, he’d been walking over LondonBridge and tripped over this sewer cover and it had the words ‘Stanton Warriors’written on it. So that’s also how we got our name. We thought it was cool tolink the name with the underground connotation of the sewer! And everyone elseloved it too, because they thought it was this amazing marketing plan!” And the ball continues to roll. This yearthe Warriors have done some massive tours and consider themselves very luckybecause their music is accessible to a wider audience than your average breaksfan. “We’ve played some big, big festivals,”Butler continues. “For example we played the main stage at the Exit Festival inSerbia and we finished after Snoop Dog and the Chemical Brothers! People fromall musical genres were getting down with what we’re into. We’re both bigbelievers that things work on different platforms, whether it’s the MiddleEast, South America or the USA, people are getting into our sound. We evenplayed in Los Angeles and San Francisco to some big crowds and did this sort ofMiami bass booty kind of angle. That’s the sensibility of the American market.We call it break-beat, they just think it’s fun and that’s the way they look atit. At the end of the day, it’s been a really busy year of hardcore touring!” Production-wise, the boys have just put outan album on Skint Records. It contains a number of their classic remixes withstuff like Fatboy Slim and Bassment Jaxx. It encapsulates what they’ve beendoing over the last decade. “We’ve been working with some fresh stylesand we think it’s good to reinvent ourselves and that’s our angle; we are doinga lot of remixes and edits and actually haven’t been releasing a lot of them(except as promos or on the internet) because we’re finding it moreadvantageous to make tracks and keep them,” he says. “That means we’ve gotstuff that other people haven’t got and every DJ out there has been harassingus to get them some of our material but we’re being selfish and keeping it toourselves! That mean’s when we get to Australia we can include them as part ofan exclusive set that no one has heard before. The best tracks we’ll put on theartist album in spring of next year.” Likewise, their recent foray into the worldof Fabric compilations did quite well. They were extremely satisfied with thereception it received because people who liked hip hop or electro or techno boughtthat record. “If you put all those styles together, it’snot necessarily breaks but it gives us exposure,” he says. “There’s also thepossibility that we’ll do a Back To Mine compilation shortly which will have abit more of that classic, older stuff on it, so that should keep us busy aswell!” In terms of the breaks movement, I askabout how they see the world through the eyes of the genre today. “I think really we liked the phrasebreak-beat because it conjures up images of music that kind of tears-out,” hesays. “It is far removed from what we do in an old fashioned way, but I look atit the same way as I do house music. It’s anything-goes kind of music; it canbe quite urban, it can be minimal or up-tempo but at the most basic level it’smusic for dancing and bouncing to. When I play in Berlin alongside a lot ofminimal DJs, I might play some breaks to fit in to the scene itself…sure itmight not be doing big things for me personally, but there are DJs out theredoing great stuff and as long as you keep it booty, add some vocals and thingsinto the sets and get the girls on the dancefloor, I don’t mind!”  As for the forthcoming tour, of course theboys are pump-primed and ready to go. “Mate, we are so hyped about getting backto Australia,” he beams. “We’ve got so many exclusives that we just can’t waitto unleash on Aussie audiences. The sounds will all be different and we will beediting and remixing them and making sure no one else has them. We’ve got sucha big stock of ammunition and we’re going to rock it! Mark is coming out toplay with all his gadgets and laptop and stuff like that so we’re going to bedoing this semi-live thing. We played, as I said, recently to 3000 people in LAand it was completely off the cuff. We look forward to doing that all overagain!” WHO:Stanton Warriors
WHAT: Play Club Club NYE at Chinese Laundry / Field Day in the Domain
WHEN: Monday 31 December / Tuesday 1 January