Comprising Dom Search and Brad Baloo, the Nextmen are famous for their mixtapes, remixes, original tracks and musically diverse DJ showcases. Speaking while driving through London, Baloo is keen to talk about what they are working on at the moment.
"We just finished an album which will be out next year on the Tru Thoughts label. It's different from anything we've released but we did record it with Dynamite MC, (with whom) we have worked on a lot of our records. It has a cartoon concept that you'll have to wait to see and hear. Apart from that, Dom and I are producing for a lot of different artists but quite separately for the most part.
"Dom has been working a lot with Plan B and we've also recently put out an EP that we recorded about 10 years ago - but never released - with Joe Dukie from Fat Freddy's Drop," Baloo says. "You can get that free on our website. It's had over 10,000 downloads."
If you have ever seen the Nextmen perform together, you would think they very rarely have disputes. That's not the case.
"We butt heads all the time, to be honest," Baloo admits. "We find that we really come together in the DJ booth, though. We've been together since '95, which is a long time. When we're in the studio, it generally doesn't work. We seem to be most productive when we work separately and throw ideas back and forth. We are very lucky in the sense that we've been asked to work with so many artists and that keeps us bonded, so to say."
Heading to Perth on Boxing Day, the man born Brad Ellis describes what can be expected from their set.
"Basically, we use four turntables and start off with a reggae and hip-hop tempo. After that, we go through drum'n' bass and whatever else we feel is suitable. You could call it a roller-coaster ride through genres and sometimes it works better than other times. Don't worry though, because when we come to Australia it will be tight.
"We like to mash it all up like a lot of DJs now try to do, some successfully and some not. We've been compared to Z-Trip in the sense of not aiming in one particular direction. If we were to only perform one style, we'd get incredibly bored.The Nextmen play Breakfest at Belvoir Amphitheatre on December 26.
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