|Invisible Jukebox: Derrick May|
A GUY CALLED GERALD
"Voodoo Rage" from Black Secret Technology (Juicebox)
Derrick May: Sounds very contemporary, I like it. Is this "Voodoo Ray"?
Yes, but a drum 'n' bass reworking of it.
Derrick May: Gerald to me is one of the unsung heroes of future music. He should command a lot more respect, but I think he was such a nice guy that people took advantage.
You worked together, didn't you?
Derrick May: A lot of people think that. I just did some remixes for him.
He used to namecheck you all the time as his main influence.
Derrick May: He doesn't need my influence. Now he says his main influence is Goldie, and that's like, what? Goldie is a very talented guy, but I think a lot of his talent is in bringing the right people together. Gerald is in another league, he's like an electronic shaman.
For me, Goldie's music has been a lot weaker since he stopped working with Rob Playford as his engineer.
Derrick May: I don't know about weaker, but it's different. Goldie needs to be more technical, more hands-on, to realise his dream of his music.
So you like this sort of stuff?
Derrick May: I do, I really like drum 'n' bass. I know a lot of Techno musicians don't, but when it's good, it's fantastically innovative.
[Author: Mike Shallcross]