Q45 has been delivering his sound to Sydney for the past 12 years, though first finding his feet in Hip Hop and Drum & Bass he has since incorporated the two into chosen sound of breaks. Q45 best describes his sound as a collaboration of Hip-Hop, Breaks, Acid Jazz, Drum & Bass, Trip Hop, and Two-step. His residencies at the Fuzzy breaks parties and Sublime have seen him become one of the major influences in the success of the Breaks sound in Sydney.
With the success of Fuzzy and the quality breaks parties they provide for Sydney what do you feel the response will be to the release of the first Fuzzy Breaks album?
- Me and Krafty didn’t make a conscious effort at the start for both our mixes to be so diverse but they have certainly ended up that way and I think it is quite obvious that both of us like it funky but also like it tuff. I really don’t understand the whole funky vs. hard debate as the line between them is so blurred it’s irrelevant. What matters is how a sound moves people. This double pack will certainly move people.
Krafty Kuts shares the second half of the album with you, how would you describe the difference between both of your styles?
- We have the same influences, hip hop and rave especially, but I think I’m a bit more of a raver at heart, as I long for dodgy warehouses in Alexandria all day long, but then again there’s nothing better than wacking on an old de la soul album.
Your sound is built around a mixture of breaks, d&b, acid jazz, trip hop and two step, how did you incorporate all these styles into the album?
- There’s a couple of my fave hip hop tunes, which fit well as a reference point to a lot of the newer stuff, Coldcut’s remix of “paid in full” is an absolute masterpiece of cut and paste from an era with no hard disk recording, (well you could, but the cost would have been in the millions) . A lot of breaks tunes on the CD also draw strongly from the ragga breaks scene in London which grew out of Jungle, and has been known as 2 step, garage and whatever, which shows my heavy influence by “London street beat” as Biz E calls it.
Over the past year breaks has become a scene of it’s own in Sydney, which step do you think it will take next?
- I think the next few years will see a greater role to be played by locally produced tunes amking us become more self-sufficient.
You have been producing for the past six years with one of your tracks “Shabby Chic” being released at the end of this year, where do you take your inspiration?
- Dance floors and 12 years of listening to music gives me plenty.
Apart from playing in the small club environment you have also experienced playing at large events such as the Big Day Out and Field Day, which do you prefer?
- Both, but I tend to get more worried about small venues!
Some of these events have seen you play alongside the likes of Stanton Warriors and the Plump DJ's, who else would you like the opportunity to support?
- 3rd Bass (circa 1992), Mark ruff ryder, tenor fly.
Field Day this coming new years day is going to be huge, both with an incredible international line up and a sell out attendance, how do you prepare for such an event?
- Unfortunately I have 4 gigs before the event so, I will be preparing with zero sleep for 2 days straight, but I think I will still get a few dancing.
Finish this sentence- if I could break anything it would be……
- Arsenal’s team bus’s steering wheel.