Surfing over the web on various specialized websites, I was amazed to see that Younger Brother became legends over the years. Simon Posford (Shpongle) and Benji Vaughan achieved a lot since their debuts in 2003, touring all around the globe and getting worldwide recognition. They have met through a charity foundation, Survival International, who asked them to work together on an album they were producing. That became the first Younger Brother track and the band name came from a tribe in Columbia, the Kogi, who call westerners the Younger Brother.
Their last album, Vaccine (Twisted Records, 2011), spurred them to another dimension which cannot be described by words or labels, a timeless music which will take you to this beautiful place far, far away.
I wanted to know more about the band and my searches on the Internet always brought me back to articles or comments made on Simon. Benji, on the other hand, seemed more mysterious, out of reach. “Yes Baba you can!” I got myself together, wrapped my questions into a decent e-mail and pressed Send. Like a message in a bottle thrown in the ocean, I wasn’t expecting an answer anytime soon.
Surprise! Two days later, I’ve got an e-mail from Mr. Intriguing answering all of my questions in the most simple and funniest fashion. I was so glad, that I thanked him million times, barely realizing that HE took some of his precious time to answer me! So here I am, all excited to share the outcome of my interview with the one and only Benji Vaughan (although he confessed having more avatars then James Bond), straight from London, England. Oh yeah, did I mention he is coming to Montreal later this year? You bet, I’ll keep you posted folks!
Benji, what is in your fridge right now?
A dead chicken, some tomatoes and a huge amount of green tea.
Better than no money!
Other DJs you're digging right now?
What does your life outside of the music scene looks like?
Top secret - I make music, build software, do shows and breed children like I'm the last man with semen on earth - in between all that, I just try to find peace and have adventures.
When all the partying is over, how do you like to chill out?
With a joint, a comfy sofa and my beautiful wife.
So how is the scene in your eyes at the moment?
What scene? I've always been against scenes – I like to feel Twisted is its own scene - that makes us all feel freer when we are making music as we can do anything.
What was the name of the first record you bought?
The Top Gun soundtrack – Amazing!
Out of all the tunes you have made, which one “never fails”?
Mmmm… I would say “All I want” by Younger Brother always seems to get people's hairs to stand on end which is what I aim to do.
How do you deal with fame?
What is your favourite tune of all time? Yes you CAN look cheezy lol!
Humm… Waterloo Sunset by The Kinks.
I am taking you to an isolated island for a week. You don't know what will happen there, and you are only allowed to bring 3 items. Tell me what you will bring.
A Chekov novel, shades and a pillow.
Finally, what advice would you give to a new DJ?
Play what you know you like - don't play for the crowd - that makes you a jukebox.
Thank you soo much Benji and please, keep us posted when you come to Montreal!
A Flock of Bleeps (Twisted Records 2003)
The Last Days of Gravity (Twisted Records, October 15, 2007)
All I Want (Remixes) (Twisted Records, 2008)
Night Lead Me Astray (EP) (Twisted Records, 2010)
Vaccine (Twisted Records/SCI Fidelity Records, 2011)