A quick browse of Mike Skinner's blog reveals that a couple of days ago he found himself advising New York fashionistas about Berghaus jackets and how to sport their tracksuit bottoms. He's surprised to find himself in this situation, but he shouldn't be. He's been ahead of the curve his whole career. It's for this reason that we're talking to him today, as he surveys the snow that has him remaining behind closed doors - we want to know what he's excited about right now. And from bands he's working with, forecasting food trends and shedding some light on Skepta's new album - it was certainly worth the call.
"Me and Murkage Dave had sort of been sniffing about each other for a long time. But when I made a film about skinheads for Dr Martens, I came up to Manchester and filmed them basically, and they're in the film. Before that I'd dj'd up at Gorilla in Manchester and Dave had been compèring the night - if you could call it that. So when I was filming the Dr Martens thing I saw them in full force; Klepto djing and Gaika and everyone. I dj a lot around the country and Europe and stuff, and they've somehow educated their crowd to mosh to all these big American trap records. The kids mosh to it like it's rock music. Murkage is the only place where you get that sort of reaction to those records, and it's partly the way Klepto keeps going between rap and that Northern baseline sound. It's basically the same tempo, just that the rap stuff is half the speed. I've never seen anything like it really and all I could think was that I wanted to bring that to London really. I've been wanting to start a club night for ages, but I didn't really know how to come at it. So getting together with Murkage and doing Murkage in London but with me, that's what we're doing with Tonga. I just did the remix for their single, Can I Liveand did the video, and there's some bits flying about. We'll definitely do something music-wise, but as to what it is, I'm not sure yet."