Sticky Blood

Sticky Blood

New Sheffield production duo Sticky Blood are notorious innovators, taking grime to 155bpm and mixing up wonky bass with future pop styles. Meet a pair of restlessly experimental music makers…

Jim Ottewill
  • By Jim Ottewill
  • 16 Dec 2015
  • min read
Inspired by the fresh sounds of their Sheffield home, Sticky Blood are Andy Nicholson and Jamie Shield, a pair of hip hop lovers with a wilful passion for experimentation.

Whether it be taking grime to 155bpm, encouraging MCs to work in a wonkier reality or taking r'n'b singers and applying their sonics to luscious future pop sounds, they’re well known for twisting their influences into ever spiralling styles.

Blood is Stickier Than Water is their latest EP, a new release featuring the vocals of artists such as Tom Prior & Terri Walker and more abrasive lyricists Coco and Snowy. Written and recorded at Red Bull Studios, London, the pair spent a week honing their off kilter sound and are promising more musical excitement for 2016… get to know them below…

We first started writing music because…
We each started individually for our own reasons. That was where we learned how to do certain things with our music. We started making music together because we just so all happened to meet in a situation where we could just do that … it’s just good to make music with people.

We have been making music since…
Individually we each have been making music for like 10 to 15 years. Together since mid-2012 … so not that long really!

Our music is…
A combination of all of our individual and collective influences merged into a big sticky ball of sound. We don’t really know what it is, but we like it that way!

You'll like our music if you listen to…
You’ll probably like what we do if you like the different stuff that you hear in grime, crossed with the likes of Hudson Mohawke and Rustie, those kind of artists. You probably will get us if you just generally like bass music in general. It is definitely a sonic thing. So it could almost be any genre … it’s the mood.

Our favourite venue is…
The Plug in Sheffield!

Music is important because…
Besides any artsy answer we could conjure up to sound intelligent … music is important because it is everywhere!! It can uplift your mood, it can take you back to a time, it makes people dance. Music is a way to encourage people to release endorphins … It’s just vibrations.

Our biggest inspiration is…
Everything. Other music, ideas, concepts, experiences, conversation, style. Everything is our inspiration.

Our dream collaboration would be…
God knows … maybe Tupac or B.I.G just because we already have to accept that is impossible. There are a lot of people we would love to collaborate with. I don’t think a certain one could be pin pointed.

To try us out, listen to my song…
Balance from our EP Blood Is Stickier Than Water.

If we weren’t making music we’d be…
Taking photos or making films or at least trying to do something like that. Just something else creative.

In 10 years’ time we want to be…
The ‘go to’ guys?

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