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UK producer, Cinnamon Chasers has been influenced by the sounds of the 70s since he was just a twinkle in his mother’s eye. His father, Dave Davies, was a founding member of the The Kinks and although he hasn’t decided to take the rockstar route (yet?) he possesses an undeniable understanding of the disco music from that era.

Here’s the kicker though. He’s also managed to combine just about every possible disco-related sub-genre of music into his own unique fusion of “alternative electronic”. To call him a nu-disco artist would be vastly understating what the man is capable of producing. He’s produced albums that fall under all kinds of different categories from melodic electro to house and disco.

His new EP – ‘Tears.Body.Time’, which was released yesterday – is another collection of new sounds from his seemingly bottomless pit of production potential.

We’ve managed to catch the man behind the Cinnamon to pick his brains about the concept of his EP, his thoughts on what it’s like to play in different continents and what got him into producing in the first place.

HBF: First, with the most obvious and generic question. Why name the EP “Tears.Body.Time”? Are those your 3 favourite tracks off this EP?

These words somehow convey to me the passion and feelings I experience when playing great and authentic dance music at a club. Music becomes more and more important to me as I get older, with every year, and I respect the art deeply.

HBF: You’ve said in interviews before that you like to treat each release as a “unique stand-alone concept” What are you trying to get across with this EP?

I’m trying to bring back some authenticity and honesty back into house music with this release – I really have a problem with all this super polished and plastic club music these days, I hate it so much. I don’t want music to be so perfect and clean, I want it to be rough at the edges, to be really raw and with passion.

HBF: Tears.Body.Time really has a little bit of everything. Upbeat disco influences, moody synth wave sounds, danceable electro… Besides it all being great music to listen to, what’s the unifying theme you’re trying to get across here?

The roots of dance music are very important to me, the history and all the different periods of sound. We are in the era where most of the dance producers are either teenagers or in there early 20s, and they don’t know anything about this story. You can hear this in their production, like missing guts. I grew up going to nightclubs and raves throughout the 90s and I think there is a lot the younger producers are missing by not having experienced all that raw energy. So I guess I’m just trying to tell that story of my youth in this release, to convey some of the magic I experience back then, in all the backrooms of dingy clubs at 4am, all double-doved-up and sweaty.

HBF: We noticed there aren’t any vocals on any of these tracks. Have you given up the singing? Is it something you enjoy doing?

I love vocals, but there is something so hypnotic about a good instrumental dance track.. In my live sets I prefer to play emotive and powerful instrumental tracks, and these tracks reflect the sound I play out live.

HBF: What do you consider has been your biggest influence since you started producing? A person, another artist(s), another artist’s music?

My biggest influence has been those few intense times spent in clubs as a teenager when I was experiencing sound in a way that was so profound and mindblowing. Those moments have shaped me as a person and I reference those feelings always when writing.

HBF: You’ve been playing some big shows and festivals in the United States. How has playing in the U.S. differed from playing in the UK?

They are different universes, dimensions. When I go from one continent to the other I feel like the previous one never existed and was just a weird dream…. I do love the European underground music culture more than anything, it simply cannot be beaten in terms of authenticity, integrity and passion. It is the real thing, period.

HBF: What do you think are the noticeable differences in the alternative electronic scenes in both areas?

Europe has a more musically informed audience than USA, so for an artist it can be more satisfying. The EDM scene in USA lacks that sophistication, but on the other hand there is something really charming and exciting about the raw fresh energy there, but it can be a bit plastic at the huge events.

HBF: Do you have any plans for changing up your live show? Would you ever bring anyone else in to help perform like some electronic musicians have done in the past?

Absolutely there are many surprises planned for live shows in the future!

HBF: Lastly, what would you consider is the most personally intriguing music scene or artist today?

Any person (whether Producer, DJ, promoter or member of the audience) who can think for themselves, discern what their personal taste is and judge quality without being seduced or brainwashed by hype marketing, is a person I respect and find intriguing and rare.

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Sam Schoonover

is the Founder of WallflowerFood.com, a playlist based music blog where artists write about their own music. After a number of extended love affairs with various types of music, he finally found the magic somewhere between disco, indie dance, and live electronica. He's passionate about music technology and putting together events. He enjoys being that guy who walks around on the boardwalk with mobile speakers.