Not many acts can claim a sound sitting so confidently and comfortably between James Blake, Flying Lotus, Hudson Mohawke, Burial and Thundercat. We took some time to dig a little deeper under the surface of ffresh’s exciting jazz performance on 23 June.
To someone who doesn’t know your work, how would you describe what you do?
We play progressive modern soul music, with lots of gadgets and gizmos, that gets a thorough beating from the jazz stick when played live.
What should people expect from your performance?
It’s probably healthy to approach the gig without expectation, that’s how we will approach it… saying that, i think its safe to assume there is going to be a guitar solo at some point.
Who has had the biggest impact on your career?
I think collectively we all look back to 70s fusion bands of Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock as being a strong aesthetic model, but process-wise we would fit closer to the flying lotus/brainfeeder model. There’s a lot of hectic improvisation and technicality involved in the performance, but the idea is to offset this with more choreographed, electronically manipulated elements.
What’s been the highlight of your career so far?
Perhaps our collaboration with rapper Juice Aleem. To be able to work in the studio, and live, alongside someone with that level of musicality was really exciting. Juice has this amazing technical facility which is really infectious for a jazz musician to vibe off. It’s like the same language but with a different accent.
What’s your most embarrassing moment as a performer?
On our last gig i was in the middle of singing a quite introspective passage between two songs and a particularly inebriated member of the audience came to the stage and asked if we do requests. That was pretty awkward.
What’s your most memorable moment on tour?
Last year we played a show for Jazz Re:freshed in London. To play our first gig in the capitol to a packed room full off engaged and enthusiastic music fans felt really amazing, the response from people who are being introduced to Delta Autumn for the first time is always the most profound, and the most memorable.
What does Wales/Cardiff mean to you?
I’ve spent a lot time in Cardiff over the last few years working with different projects and getting to know the scene. I feel like the similarities between the work that goes on in Birmingham and in Cardiff have huge parallels, if you dig deep enough and look in the right places you can find pockets of creativity that are on a par with anywhere else in the country.
What should we look out for from you in the coming months?
We hope to release our new EP over the summer and this will be building momentum over the course of the next few months. We document a lot of our process on social media, particularly instagram/facebook, so you can get a sneak peek into whats to come through those platforms.