Interview: Example – Moving Away From Wobbly Basslines
UK singer/rapper and Stereosonic main man Example has been tabloid heaven lately. Not only has his engagement to Aussie supermodel Erin Mcnaught simultaneously rocked every soap magazine and teenage boy’s dreams, but he also single-handedly tackled the entire suburb of Wigan over Twitter abuse. He didn’t seem too fussed about his overwhelming cascade of haters (reportedly 500 a day) quipping, “if they want to give me shit, I’ll give them shit back.”
Having dropped his fourth studio record, Evolution of Man, just recently on November 19, he doesn’t mind opening up about his dark past, which no doubt influenced the heavier sound on the record. According to Example, the album acted as a form of self-therapy – in particular the song Come Taste the Rainbow – that allowed him to open up about his failings with drugs, his personal relationship, and his ego, while also using it as a way to apologise to a lot of people.
Moving on from his big dubstep collaborations with Skream, Benga and Feed Me on Evolution of Man, Example feels that now dubstep has all been done. Replacing wobbly bass with live guitars gave his songs a different feeling, especially when interpreted with a live band on stage. He even hinted at a move away from dubstep on his next release. Example dubbed himself as the only electronic vocalist – he’s not a DJ people – touring the world and the major festivals with a live band. He’s probably right, for some of the world’s biggest producers are chasing him for collaborations to go on his next full-length album that is already in progress.