#009: 808 state - Andy Barker - Tony Ross - Part one
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In this episode, I am joined by the legends Andy Barker 808 State and Tony Ross.
Andy Barker is a founding band member of 808 State.
The band where Initially fuelled by the emergent music technology of the late Eighties or as Andy puts it "It's all about the machines."
808 State love affair with their machines came to define their style and sound. Taking the Roland TR-808 drum machine and intertwining into the band's name.
It was adding human warmth, to modern machine music to creating abstract, artistic techno with harder melodic edges that has remained timeless.
With their breakthrough singles Pacific, Cubik and In Yer Face, released across labels such as ZTT and Tommy Boy in the United States, the band were the first electronica band to craft long-form dance music albums.
Tony Ross Djing since 87 inspired by the early House sounds which were filtering through from the United States. A regular at the Hacienda where Gramham Park and Jon Da Silva would stimulate his musical education.
Tony found himself DJing along with Sasha both becoming residents at the legendary Shelleys and playing out at far many more discerning club nights up and down the country, later going on to tour the world stage with Sasha and supporting 808 State with his DJ skills.
In this episode, I shall be chatting with 808 State's, Andy Barker and his DJ partner Tony Ross.
About their musical journey, their early experiences at the legendary Hacienda,
lifetime friendships, networking, a sea of ideas flown in on the back of a white dove,
In The Corner at Fac 51 the Hacienda and how a collective of them went on to help shape what later became known as the Internationally renowned Madchester,
How they came to meet John the one who never speaks,
And after being book to play a gig in Amsterdam, they spent a full day driving around trying to score weed for an Acid House legend.