Recently reformed UK house trio Dirty Vegas chatted to Skruff this week about teaming up with Roger Sanchez to record the latest edition of his Stealth Live mix CD series and said the Manchester session at Sankeys passed almost without a hitch.
“Before the show we’d already cleared around 30 or 40 tracks, we threw all in a folder and played from that,” they explained.
“The only bit we prepared in advance was the choice of tracks but we ended up only playing around 15 for the CD at the show. We knew what track we wanted to start with and which one to finish with, then decided the rest based on how the crowd reacted. In the end we had just one tiny little filter issue, but, hey it was recorded live,” they said.
The London based trio (Paul Harris, Ben Harris and Steve Smith) experienced immediate pop success in 2001 when single Days Gone By entered Britain’s top 30, going on to release several albums. Days Gone By was later picked up for a Mitsubishi car commercial in the States in 2003, winning them a Grammy the same year for ‘best dance recording’. The award opened the doors to a worldwide audience prompting them to tour nonstop before suddenly splitting up in May 2005.
4 years on, however, they insisted the break-up was amicable.
“You’re with each other 24 hour’s a day for quite some time,” they pointed out.
“We’ve always had such a great time on the road together but after 4 year’s doing it solidly we just needed some time off from it. It’s not easy,” they complained.
They also denied that pop and Grammy winning success brought them much action in the money, fame, wine women and fortune stakes.
“Being signed to a record label and making money is a very hard thing to do,” they said, “We enjoyed ourselves, but we never got to that status, well maybe for a week or two.”
“It brought a few opportunities from other people, but if you know us, you know what we’re like; good south London boys,” they laughed.
Dirty Vegas- Stealth Live is out on Stealth Records on November 6.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONCY0xnefAE (Dirty Vegas: Days Go By acoustic version)
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