Interview: Chemist RNS & MoJoe (Chameleon Audio)
Chemist RNS & MoJoe are producers that are based in Walsall, collaborating together under the alias Triple S and also through their solo projects. They create music within the “Bass Music” genre and are currently making serious movements in the underground Grime scene! They frequently hit up Bristol with their DJ performances and soon will be playing their first set with us at our forthcoming event on the 13th of November with Big Dogo Yogo.
Q. Can you tell us a little bit about yourselves as producers and how you first became connected with Listening Sessions ?
Q. I first heard the “701 riddim” featuring Big Dog Yogo when you guys were down at the Listening Sessions showcase last month, can you tell me a little bit about how the “701 EP” came together ?
MoJoe: Its basically just me, trying to shine light on the music that I love that I have around me with the guys mentioned above! The Chameleon theme sums this up perfectly – Quality is the only goal, the vibe is ever changing!
Q. I have seen that Chameleon Audio has been releasing since 2012, what’s the history behind the label and who is involved ?
MoJoe: I opened my recording studio in Walsall around 2011/12 inspired by the name of the building and my varied musical taste; Chameleon. Working at it as my business for a couple of years along with many, many other musical projects, plus gaining a larger audience and client base from creating/co-producing the HOTBOX series on GrimeDailyNorth, it only made sense to create a label to start showcasing the talent around me that I appreciated plus my own music. It started with my first mixtape – Green Musik Vol. 1 – in 2012 under Chameleon Recordings but due to unforeseen difficulties (that I was too stoned to notice) it had to change to Chameleon Audio around 2014.
In 2013, the second release was from my long time friend, Brains For Breakfast, which we did a make-shift 2 week tour for and a film. “The Work. Rest. Play EP” is out now on Itunes, Amazon, etc and the D.I.Y film is on YouTube. 2013 was a very busy year in which me and Chemist RNS were starting to release tracks with the alias, Triple S. Naturally I released our first EP called Space Wave and one of our first projects featuring vocals from our most active client, Big Dog Yogo.
This was quickly followed by a 3 track single release from Yogo featuring Bomma B called Brum Town Bad Boyz along with 2 music videos on P110 plus Digital Distribution. Also, throughout that year, I started a Mixtape series, of (mainly) unreleased dubs by Rappers and MC’s that I recorded and ended up bumping, called Sandwell Street Dubz Vol. 1 :
2014 was a busy year in the studio business wise and with Triple S moulding our grime tracks and building up dubs, so I released a couple of singles from Big Dog Yogo but this year I have started to get back in gear with a single and video on JDZ Media from Walsall, MC Flawzz – a debut collaboration EP between Brains For Breakfast and Birmingham Rapper, Plain & Simple to form the Alt Hip-Hop duo – “Plains For Breakfast”. I created a music video with Lumina Studios, uploaded by JDZ Media on youtube aswell:
Chemist RNS: The support has been astounding if I’m honest, I didn’t set my expectations too high but I couldn’t have imagined for a second BBC Intro WM would want to support it! The music video has been received very well too even though it’s probably quite different to the majority of music on P110 but again the support has been fantastic, it’s awesome to see! I’ll be releasing as much music as possible with Chameleon Audio, I’ve had a great time working with them on the “701 EP” it’s a great label and family to be a part of so I think this is the start of a prosperous journey for us all. Nothing concrete in terms of releases right now but projects are floating about so once Yogo gets inspired by a track, “702” will start taking shape even if it’s not called that in the end! I’m also working with Project Allout from Sheffield and Sublow Movement from Nottingham. Project All-Out Records released a free EP of my instrumentals a few months ago and another freebie on Sublow Movement for their 1000 Followers EP:
You can also get my track on Stare on Lengerz Volume 1 released by Project Allout Records out now on Juno Download. In the coming months I’ll be working on an album for Chameleon Audio, hopefully EPs for PAR and SM and mine and MoJoe’s collaborative alias Triple S will have an EP (or two) dropping on PAR. I’m also starting up my own “label” (for want of a better word) too but you’ll have to interview me again when it’s properly set up so I can reveal more info!
MoJoe: SKIT at Sunflower Lounge on Dec 17th , I will be DJing for & in between some local rappers, including my boy PhundoArt. In terms of releases, me and Chemist have a couple EP’s stacked ready for release on Project AllOut Records. For Chameleon, Chemist should have an instrumental EP out very soon, I have a MoJoe EP with various vocalled beats ready but I am still trying to think of the best branding for it along with another instrumental EP from SK Productions that we need to decide a name for but the ideas just keep evolving so theres always more in store.
Make sure to catch Chemist RNS, MoJoe & Big Dog Yogo performing live at our forthcoming Listening Sessions LIVE event on the 13th of November here in Birmingham alongside, RTKAL, Trashbat and more.