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Bodyrox interview Bodyrox are no strangers to success. Nick Bridges and Jon Pearn had solid careers of their own before they teamed up for one of 2006`s biggest records, `Yeah Yeah`. Nick is a former Ministry of Sound and DTPM resident, and Jon is one half of the hugely successful Full Intention. They met in 2004, and started producing together, but it wasn`t until last year that they tasted success. Now with a follow-up in the pipeline, we caught up with them to ask how it all began....


Bodyrox interview
Bodyrox interview

How are you and where are you? Weíre great thanks. Weíre currently in the studio taking 5 minutes out to answer this!

Itís fair to say that the last twelve months have been huge for you. How was it from the inside? Itís been great. A bit too busy at times but we canít really complain.

Youíve both had established careers before Bodyrox came into being. How did you both meet and how did it all come about? We met in Ibiza about 5 years ago, We were both playing at Pacha for Ministry of Sound at the time. A mutual friend introduced us and Jon suggested we do a track together when we got back to the UK.

How much of the DJing is both of you together and how much do you do you still do on your own? About half & half? We both have very busy DJ schedules so itís difficult to find dates where we are both free to play together.

Jon, do you still do your Full Intention stuff? I havenít been for a while. After the Grammy nomination and ĎConnectedí album, Mike & I felt it was a good time to take a break as weíd been working together for over 15 years! Weíve both been busy with our other projects but do plan on getting back in the studio later on this year.

Nick, you were resident at Ministry and toured the world with them. Do you miss that? No, not at all. Touring isnít what it is cracked up to be. I was playing abroad every weekend for them for years, which catches up with you after a while. Iíve seen some amazing places and played at most of the best clubs in the World so I really canít complain though.

Yeah Yeah first came to prominence in the middle of last year. When did you write the track originally? It was the second track we wrote Ė so about 4 years ago. It was one of those tracks that just wouldnít stay down. Deanís mix blew up in Ibiza last summer so we got Luciana involved to cross it over.

Did you ever think it was going to be as big as it was? Not at all. Itís very rare that something so underground crosses over.

How much of your success do you owe to D Ramirez? Deanís mix was cutting edge. He is the pioneer of this sound that many have since tried to copy. Everyone involved on this project played a part in making this the success it was.

It predictably got a vocal makeover at the end of last year, which brought it to a wider audience still. How did you choose the vocalist (Luciana)? Whatís your take on big club tracks having vocals added? Jon had worked with Luciana on a number of projects in the past. Luciana has a very distinctive sound & attitude that was perfect for this track. So we invited her and Nick Clow, amongst others, to write on it.

Itís always very difficult to add a vocal when the instrumental is so established but it is essential for commercial success. The instrumental was available all summer on iTunes, amongst others, which did not go towards the chart position. The vocal played a massive part in the success.

The track has got an Ivor Novello Award nomination. That mustíve been pretty rewarding? Yeah, the Ivors are pretty much the biggest accreditation you can get as a songwriter. It still hasnít sunk in really.

Your next track is a remake of the classic Shades of Rhythm - Sound Of Eden. What made you decide on that tune in particular? Sound of Eden is one of the biggest club tracks of all time. It hadnít been covered for a few years so we thought weíd have a go at covering it. Itís always pretty daunting when you cover such a huge track.

There are many that would say that remaking classics is a hiding to nothing, or a money-making exercise. What would you say to them? Itís quite the opposite! The original artist takes all the publishing money. We made the track because we loved the original and thought it was about time the new generations of clubbers heard it.

What record do you wish youíd made? ĎPut Your Hands Up For Detroití because it beat us to number 1!

When will the next Bodyrox single surface? Weíve been working on a number of ideas to be unleashed on the world this summer. Watch this space!!!

Common wisdom these days is that DJing and producing need to go hand in hand. Surely you are the embodiment of this? Your careers have gone to another level since Yeah Yeah came out. I think to be taken seriously as a DJ you have to produce. There are loads of DJs that are technically great. Playing your own productions gives you an edge.

You have a really hectic DJ schedule, playing all over the world. Is it all itís cracked up to be, with the travelling, and airports? Itís not as glamorous as it seems, particularly when youíre travelling on your own, but there are harder ways to earn a living!

Whatís your favourite destination to play at the moment? (Nick) I play in Mauritius every 6 months, which is absolutely wicked .

(Jon) Recently, Iíve been doing some amazing clubs in Australia.

Youíre playing Cream in Ibiza right through the summer. How are you looking forward to that? (Nick) It will be my first season for Cream, which Iím really looking forward to. Cream is one of the best nights in Ibiza so I canít wait to get my teeth into the Mixmag Terrace hosted by Glasshouse.

What is your favourite thing about the Island? Put simply - all the girls.

What still inspires you musically these days? Iíve never really thought about that? There is a lot of new music out there that is very inspirational. Donít think I could actually list everything Ė not enough time or space!

What do you do when youíre not in the studio, is there any downtime these days? Not really Ė we tend to be away gigging all weekend and then in the studio all week.

If you had to give it up tomorrow, how would you like to be remembered? Great producers and great DJs? OhÖand dynamite in bed?

Who would win a fight between a lion and a tiger? UrmÖproabaly a lion because they are bigger arenít they?


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