30 Seconds: Man Like Me

Today we spend some time with Man Like Me, the upcoming London duo who have already won support from The Streets' Mike Skinner. Find out what makes them tick and what's inspired their debut album.

Anita Awbi
  • By Anita Awbi
  • 5 Sep 2012
  • min read
Man Like Me is made up of two London boys - Johnny Langer and Peter Duffy - who create music that's stuck in the firmly in the 90s with influences from ska, grime and old school garage. But we think you'll agree that this is definitely not a bad thing.

Telling stories of cheeky antics and goings on in London, their music sometimes needs to be taken with a pinch of salt but will have you dancing all the same.

Man Like Me first came to the attention of a wider audience in the infamous advert for Ikea's new kitchen range, with You'll Always Find Me in the Kitchen At Parties, featuring Jona Lewie, who put out the original in 1980. The band can also name two more popular singles to their name, often part of party soundtracks and DJ setlists; Peculiar and London Town (which was recently re-released on the band's new home Cartoon Records).

Man Like Me only recently became members of PRS for Music, and have previously been M's featured artists. There's been no album until now, but that's on the way now too, and is being mixed and produced by The Street's Mike Skinner.

The band most recently played as the surprise guests at last weekend's In The Woods festival, but we caught up with Johnny before he headed off into the wilderness to ask him a few questions.

How long have you been making music?
Since I got my first computer, which was about 2001.

What has inspired the songs on your new album?
Observations of what goes on around me. So mainly situations between friends and family. Also there's a lot about getting on and being able to look back 10 years for the first time in my life.

What process do you go through to create your music?
An idea will pop into my head, usually when bored in a mundane scenario then I'll record it into my phone and transfer it to my laptop once home.

How would you describe your sound?
I'd say it's so-so.

What would your dream collaboration be?
I'd like to work with Sam Cooke. You can't get sweeter than that voice. It does melt me every time.

Where can we catch you performing next?
Our next London show is at the Electric Ballroom in October.

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