Cannon fodder

Kaiser Saucy of flamboyant crews The Loose Cannons and Lego Johnson philosophises…

Interview

Loose Cannons, eh? What’s all that about, then?
For those that don’t know, we are a production duo out of south London: Kaiser Saucy and Lord Fader. We’ve made two albums, Make The Face and Muy Fuerte, as well as remixes for other artists including Roisin Murphy, Lady Gaga and Space Cowboy. I could possibly have given a more flippant answer, but let’s get the facts out there first…

What’s the difference between The Loose Cannons and Lego Johnson?
When Fade and I sat down to make a new record, we both decided that we were ready to make a kick-ass rock album. We realised, however, that people who know us as DJs and remixers have come to expect a bouncy, hard-edged house sound from The Loose Cannons. Thus Lego Johnson was born. Almost overnight, two instrumentalists became three, then four and finally the five people that we are now.

How did you guys meet?
Fade and I met at a house party back in the ’60s. It was a different time in those days and we had a folk-guitar battle sat opposite one another cross-legged while the assembled, beatific, long-haired flower-children looked on wantonly. Lego Johnson, on the other hand, is the illegitimate hypothetical lovechild of the ghost of Marc Bolan and the collective hive consciousness of The Loose Cannons.

That would be the flippant answer, then. Some artists use stage personas as a confidence booster. Is that the case with you guys?
I try to put myself inside the largest, heaviest and most cumbersome costumes I can find in the hopes that maybe they will in some small way hinder and dim my nuclear-fuelled onstage over-exuberance. You should see me in the supermarket when I’m only wearing loose-fitting jeans and a T-shirt. I’m basically a searing, white-hot beam of vibrating light in the cereal aisle.

What was your most disastrous performance ever?
I remember once doing a Loose Cannons live gig where the sampler had completely crashed and died in the middle of the track. But I’m very adept at concealing the panic, so we just turned it into an extended breakdown in the song while Fade scrambled around behind the scenes rebooting the thing. It eventually came back to life and we finished the last chorus as normal. Afterwards people actually told me they really liked ‘the new extended bit in that track’, but at the time I was crapping my pants. Being onstage is really all about just trying to get away with it.

What’s the best party you’ve ever been to?
We were persuaded to go along to an afterparty at a student flat in Edinburgh. I’d been expecting a pokey little squat in a slum somewhere, but we turned up at an enormous, high-ceilinged house where the ‘flat’ actually spread out over two floors. There were about 300 people there, and three different rooms kitted out with their own decks and PA systems. It was less a house party and more a mini-festival. We played a wicked, hands-in-the-air set for about an hour and a half, until 20 armed police piled in and shut us down mid-track. That was one of the greatest nights of my life!

Will you be trying out some boarding at Ski Dubai while you’re here?

I’ve been there before. My favourite part is hanging out in the après-ski cabin halfway up the slope. There is some sort of insane, beautiful symmetry about trying to get warm in an artificially heated cabin because you were freezing on the artificially cooled indoor mountainside, and all the while it’s 110C in the shade outside.

The Loose Cannons/Lego Johnson play Alpha, Mar 6 . For more info, see www.myspace.com/theloosecannons and www.myspace.com/legojohnson

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