Coldcut consists of former art teacher Jonathan More and computer programmer Matt Black. They've been at it since 1987, when they released the UK's first sample-based record (Say kids, what time is it?) as a white label single. The duo started their Solid Steel show on Kiss FM the following year and had co-founded the record label Ninja Tune by 1990. Since then they've released over a half dozen albums along with countless remixes and singles.
Ninja Tune has released albums by over sixty artists, including DJ Food, Kid Koala and Amon Tobin, to really just scratch the surface, and Solid Steel has evolved into a series of DJ mix CDs, a weekly podcast and live nightclub events showcasing Ninja Tune artists. It remains a highly respected radio program on the BBC's London Live radio station as well.
Without further ado, here's the SAR Q&A with Coldcut...
*Are there any additional names used to describe this project: It is either Coldcut live or Coldcut DJ set.
*Do you use a pseudonym? Matt Black is a pseudonym, Jonathan More is not.
*Members: The core members are Matt Black and Jonathan More. We also have Raj Pannu on turntables and Juice on MC duties.
*Founding Members: Matt Black and Jonathan More
*Tape manipulations, digital deconstructions or turntable creations: Err buskers maybe, or all three of the above.
*Another genre descriptor: Not as such, audio visual tricknology.
*Is there a story behind your name? We started working together over a butcher’s shop in London... surrounded by coldcuts of meat. Our cutz are the coldest.
*What is your creative/artistic background: Jonathan More: Teacher 3D design art graduate. Matt Black: Computer programmer, science graduate.
*History: 20 yearssssssssssss
*Born: Jon More: Oxfordshire, 22/03/1957. Matt Black: London, 14/03/1961
*Motivations: Creativity, stupidity, love, anger, tea.
*Philosophy: It only hurts when you stop.
*How would you like to be remembered: As the plinth, not the statue.