We caught up with our Scottish Brethren Dave & Kenny of Capitol 1212 to get the scoop on how life has been since releasing their brilliant album:
IMR: By now most people will be aware of the Album. How has life been since its release?
Capitol 1212: Life has been great, it's been BIG year for us music wise, life wise and fun wise.
IMR: There is an absolutely massive line up of UK all-star vocalists on there. How did those links come about - longtime friends and colleagues or people you guys admired and wanted to reach out to?
Capitol 1212: We've been doing this for time now so we've built up lot of links and friendships, when we started to make the album we had a list of all our favourite artists ,some we knew ,some we didn't . It was almost like this is going to be a shitload of work we might as well go for what we really want or what's the point. We reached out and were lucky that everyone could see the vision or had faith in us and got involved. We truly are blessed as the artists on the LP are legends and stars , we never take it for granted and are truly privileged to have them work with us.
IMR: Since being signed by this Irish label, you guys have been over twice in the past few months for Rubadublin Reggae Festival and more recently the Electric Picnic festival. How were those experiences and how do you guys find the Irish crowds (Answer carefully now fellas:)
Capitol 1212: Both have been amazing we truly feel part of the Irish Moss Records fam and are proud of it, whenever the label put a new release out by different artists we're like dam we're glad to be part of this movement. So it is great to catch up with everyone when we are over. Both gigs have been hell of a party and that's what we like , tho I would say Electric Picnic the hospitality was too good ha ha, was all a lil hazy . The reggae scene is great there, in fact music is so important to people in Ireland , it reminds me of Jamaica in that way .
IMR: Is there any particular festival or gig that stands out for you this summer?
Capitol 1212: To be honest the Irish gigs have been stand out ones ,also Boomtown Fair was pretty epic , we've also enjoyed some of the more promo style gigs for the LP , the TV and Radio ones as it has given us opportunity to hang and perform with some of the artists and fam on the LP.
IMR: There is a new single "Lif Up"on the way from yourselves and Tenor Fly: Tell us a little about it:
Capitol 1212: Yeah excited about this one, it's a big jungle track and it was the first track from LP to get a lot radio play and love .We've worked with Tenor Fly in the past ,in fact one of our biggest singles "Don man Sound" was with him. It's always great to work with Fly he's a genius, my first dj gig when I was 16 I remember playing Tenor Fly records , I'm now 36 and writing and recording music with the man and actually still playing those same records out when I DJ. Timeless music and hopefully our music with him will be as well . The song is a powerful uplifting song but for all the people out there struggling.
IMR: Finally anymore exciting collabs / projects in the pipeline you can tell us about?
Capitol 1212: We have just finished working on some music for punk ska band Sonic Boom Six's album which is cool, also couple of remixes for people like J Star. Then we are taking little time out for couple months in winter, Kenny is working on solo material and I'm having some family time but we have lot of ideas for when we get back in studio. Looking forward to making new 1212 songs and representing our Irish Moss fam in 2015