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INTERVIEW: Neon Metropolis

January 27, 2010 by  

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INTERVIEW – Neon Metropolis

RHV: Tell us who you are and where you're from?.
We are Neon Metropolis. Our members are 'Manga Marlon', 'Kelo Kelle', and 'CC Turbo ' and we’re from North London in Wood Green

RHV: Describe your music.
CC Turbo: Our music encapsulates Miami Vice, Scarface (scene 13), Hawaiian shirts and suitcases, Coconut Grove and Bladerunner - that Pre 80s sound, when the sampler came into music, the golden era. We’re trying to capture that element of livin’ fast – take from it what you want then rock out and hustle to the best of the best. Think fast foot to the metal and don’t look back!

RHV: Tell us how the band formed in three sentences.
MM: ‘Manga Marlon’, ‘CC Turbo’ and ‘Kelo Kelle’ are blood cousins. We grew up together, cooked for each other, fought for each other, there for each other for life. We all worked for our Uncle (aka Rebel MC) and his record label Congo Natty Records, looking after the distribution side and during this period we started to build our own operation.

RHV: What did you do before you were in a band?
MM: I was in another band called ‘Dead Center’ who released a single and video “Love From Above” and gigged around the London area. Dead Centre was the ultimate UK rock band early mid 2000. I was the lead singer song writer this is where I learned all my performing skills and pushed myself to the limit vocally. At the same time I was also managing the distribution for Congo Natty Records and was CEO along with CC Turbo & Kelo Kelle of Double Trouble Productions. The name Double Trouble Productions comes from ‘Double Trouble and The Rebel MC’. Kelo Kelle and CC Turbo are twins and together they’re trouble Double Trouble, The twins were the producers so we agreed Double Trouble Productions. I also worked with Rudo Music a sub label for universal and released ‘Me’ and “What U Gonna Do’ produced by Delinquent. It was great working with them at that time they was putting out a lot of material plus producing for the group Mystique and Don E.
KK: I worked as a producer at Congo Natty and was also CEO (along with Manga-Marlon & CC Turbo) of Double Trouble Productions, which was a production company/studio through which we released the tracks “Reppin’” and “Me”. The video ME went to no 4 in the channel U chart mid 2000. “Reppin’” got played on various UK underground stations like Mystic FM & Heat FM whilst ”Me” got to # 4 in the Channel U (now AKA) chart. Production and distribution at Congo Natty was another area I was involved in.
CC: Like the others, I was a CEO of Double Trouble and worked for Congo Natty too, but also produced many other independent releases before we launched Neon Metropolis’s label Smash Mode.

RHV: List the first CDs/records each of you bought.
MM: I bought Cher’s ‘Heart of Stone’ & Michael Jackson ‘Thriller’
KK: I bought KP & Envy ‘Shortie Swing my Way’
CC: I got ‘Bone Thugs-N-Harmony’

RHV: What's the band up to over the next few months?
MM: Over the next couple of months we’re concentrating on promoting our new single – a take on the 80s classic ‘Push It’ by Salt N Pepa who we’re trying to meet up with when they visit the UK later this year. There’s a plan to get gigging up and down the country as well as plenty of radio and TV appearances and we’re going to be in the Smash mode Records studio soon finishing off our debut album ‘Night Of A Thousand Stars’ Also tacking a quick break too Miami winter music conference to experience the real life style of the rich and famous hang out at a couple of radio stations and casinos?

RHV: Best item of fan mail you've ever received?
KK: We gets lots of love letters from fans telling us how much they like the sound. Its great when we get that kind of support, it’s inspirational to us as a group.

RHV: What music do you have on repeat in the tourbus?
KK: Cher ‘Emotional Fire’, Robert Tepper ‘No Easy Way Out’ or the Miami Vice sound track.

RHV: What gear do you use?
MM: When it comes to production equipment Kelo Kelle isn’t allowed!

RHV: What's your best on tour story?
MM: We flew to Japan for a gig 1st class on our favorite airline Virgin and were picked up at the airport in 3 4x4s. It was a massive culture shock - performing in Tokyo on stage and hearing the fans singing our music back to us. They loved our T Shirt designs too so we ended up selling loads of merchandise.

RHV: What's your website?



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