In the world of ghetto funk and banging party breaks, few do it better than Adam â€˜A. Skillzâ€™ Mills.
Can we kick off the interview by being cheeky and asking when THE HELL can we expect a full-length, solo artist release from you?
Itâ€™s coming out same time as it always has been â€¦ SOON! But seriously the whole concept of releasing music has changed a fair bit. Thereâ€™s a lot to say about just giving tracks away now days, BUT yes, I am planning on releasing my album next year. I have gathered some very talented vocalists who the general public wonâ€™t know and some collabs with some familiar names too.
There was a huge difference in sound, tempo and vibe between â€˜Tricka Technologyâ€™, your hugely popular collab with Krafty Kuts, and your following solo releases. What is A. Skillzâ€™ true sound?
My heart is in the funk/ feel good hip hip/ party breaks. â€˜Tricka Technologyâ€™ was the best representation of my sound at the time, but at the time, thatâ€™s all I WAS doing, â€˜making it!â€™ I wasnâ€™t playing any significant gigs apart from at my local pub or earlier warm-ups for other DJs. After a few years playing more headline sets, I started needing my tracks to really bang! I couldnâ€™t always play funky hip hop beats all night, but still love that sound and tempo so I just started injecting a bit more bite in my production to try and keep the energy of the night going.
Over the years youâ€™ve spent a decent chunk of time in Australia â€“ how many trips now?
Iâ€™m not sure how many times Iâ€™ve been over, this is maybe my sixth trip. I love the Australian way, you guys are so laidback â€” I donâ€™t think Iâ€™ve met a stressed out Australian ... I still smile when you Aussies talk about â€˜thongsâ€™ â€” first time they were mentioned was a weird conversation until I realised we were talking about what us Brits refer to as â€˜flip flopsâ€™.
A. Skillz plays Blah Blah Blah at the South Bank Cultural Forecourt Dec 28. adicts.com.au