One of the most interesting partnerships in electronic music, with particular emphasis on house music, is the one that has formed between Francis Harris and Anthony Collins. The duo have named themselves Frank & Tony and are making some great music, full of depth and emotion, all released via their own label – Scissors & Thread. This weekend Frank & Tony head to London to play an epic eight-hour set at Oval Space in east London, ahead of that gig, we fired a few questions at Francis and here are his answers…
How would you describe the Scissors & Thread project?
Working in a small community of artists and pushing each other to write more and more interesting and challenging music. We want to get back to the idea that a label isn’t just about putting out music. It’s about a cultural expression and contributing to an archive of human creativity. This is so important especially considering the day and age in which we live where everything seems so fleeting, like a blip on the screen. We want the opposite.
What’s the ethos behind the label?
DIY through and through with a long-term vision of developing and growing alongside our core group of artists, both audio, visual, and design.
How do you divide up the tasks required to run a label?
Anthony and I share all the A&R and production side of things, while our partner Shawn Schwartz, of [NYC club] Output, handles all the design, production, and distribution.
Is it easier with two people?
Well more like three, but I feel like we are always working, so easy is not a word in our vocabulary!
What are the benefits of producing music with someone else?
It’s always good to get a fresh perspective and working with others keeps your ego in check, so it becomes more about good songwriting and less about personal ambition.
Where is most of your music produced? How does the production process work with the two of you?
Anthony works a lot on beats and grooves and I work a lot on the instruments here, as I have many in my studio. We then come together and record once a month in New York where the final mixes are done in my studio.
Francis: how does one DJs under different aliases? How easy is it to switch between Adultnapper, Frank, and your own name?
Well, for the most part, Adultnapper is done. I am DJing as Frank & Tony and Francis Harris and sometimes Lightbluemover. Francis Harris tends to be a very stripped back, moodier, neo classical meets house vibe, Lightbluemover a bit more raw and techno orientated and Frank & Tony, well, is mostly deep moving house music.
How do you feel the general pattern of Techno music has evolved recently?
I think there is a great deal of incredible music out there, but it takes ears and a bit of time to find it. There are new labels and unknown producers poppping up every week, so an evolution is always in process. We are really excited with all the amazing vinyl out these days. It keeps us on our toes and definitely keeps us inspired.
What is going to be the most important release for S&T this year?
We dont view any release as being more important than the rest, but we do have two central releases this fall that we’ve been working on for some time. The new EP by Bob Moses, which we feel will really turn some heads and the first single from my new LP featuring an epic remix by DJ Sprinkles.
If someone sends a demo to S&T, what are the chances that his/her name will appear on your label one day?
We don’t really take demos. The process is more about relationships and meeting people that we naturally connect with and that we want to work with. If, in turn, this leads to hearing some great music, then, I suppose, it becomes sort of like submitting a demo.
You guys are going to play 8hrs b2b at Oval Space – what are you looking forward to most about this?
Well, we Love London. We love the venue and we love long sets, so all the elements are there for a great event!
Advance Tickets for this event are available at the following link: http://bit.ly/OSTScissorThreadRA