Mick Wilson Interview
by Brett Abramson
Parks and Wilson are a dance music institution. From their works as members of Tilt to present releases on high profile labels such as Hooj, to call Mick Parks and Mick Wilson groundbreaking would be an understatement. We had a chance to meet up with Mick Wilson after a Seks performance in Atlanta a few months ago. This interview was originally slated to be a tale of two Micks, but unfortunately Mick Parks was a bit under the weather.
Lunar: I've heard that you have been looking to step into album territory lately and away from singles. Any progress? What sound will it have?
Mick Wilson: Yeah we have. We started the album last year . We've got about 10-12 tracks. It's at that demo stage. The album is quite diverse. It's got a range of everything. We wanted to say, 'This is what we are about; this is what we do.' Some stuff is more club-oriented. Some is more of what you would listen to at home. So it's a broad spectrum. That's the same with the EP. We've got an EP coming out that will be the first Tilt release of the New Year.
Lunar: How did the re-release of "Wavespeech" and your new remix of this Peter Lazonby classic come about?
Mick Wilson: To be honest, we had always been into the Lazonby thing. I don't really know how it happened, but I think really it was Jon Cowan at Bliss. After doing a gig we were talking about "Wavespeech," and I think he loved the track as well and wanted to get it. So it was just by pure coincidence how both parties liked the track. It used to be one of the biggest tunes in our sets (the Junior Vasquez mix), and we said yes. Pete is a good chap. We actually started a track with him in Amsterdam. So hopefully we can get back together and sort it all out.
Lunar: What direction do you see your sound heading?
Mick Wilson: It will always have its roots in underground dance music. It's always evolving and moving forward. Here and now we've got a lot more melodic again--gone back to being a lot more melodic. We always play rhythms and percussions in our sets. To be honest, the sound and the style of the music might change, but the underlying degree of what we do is always the same. We've put a few more melodies back in and a few more vocals recently, but the style is still essential the same: underground dance music.
Lunar: Now that you've come to Atlanta a few times, what are your thoughts on the scene here?
Mick Wilson: I've always had a good time playing for the lads at Seks. It's always been good. We first came in '96. It was a long time ago, but that was a good gig actually. Since then we've come back for the Seks lads. The new venue is eleven50, but the Chamber was a great venue: dark, dirty, sexy, seedy, which went down well with the music. Eleven50 is a nicer venue, but the vibe still seems to be there.
Lunar: Tell me something we might not know about you.
Mick Wilson: I like gorgeous women, especially of the Latino variety! We just do normal things, you know? We love eating and going to good restaurants--general socializing things. You know, just enjoying a good life and trying to balance the excesses of going out, working, flying, and enjoying the job as well. Mick Parks has a family life. He's got a baby boy going on a year now. Myself, I'm not so committed.
Lunar: What do you guys bring into your production that's maybe not just music? What part of you gets put into your tracks?
Mick Wilson: Some people say, 'How do you get the sound out of what [equipment] you use?' The majority of people probably use better equipment. But I think the one thing you've got to put in is what you see in life: what you see in the streets, what you hear, what you feel, what you taste. In general, that's an indication of what's going on in your mind as you're making the track. Who it's for, what it's for, what reason you're making it for, and a bit of your heart. A little bit of yourself. And I think that's what defines what some people call good music, and what makes other's just bad, plain old, paint by numbers style music. If you put a little of what you see in everyday life, you can use that. It's a bit like being an artist. You know, everyone can draw, but you find true artists who really do get something out, whether it be the music canvas or the graphical canvas, will have a little bit of themselves in that picture or in the track. So that's what we try and do. We'll go some places and see some things having to make a track about that. Something we've heard or something we've smelt. Just life examples to be honest.
Much thanks to Mick Wilson, Howie with Seks, and Amanda with Hands on Deck for making this interview possible.
Trust the DJ: Pw01 - Parks & Wilson
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- Troubled Souls (Christian West Mix)
- Time Crash
- Diabla (Funk D'void's Heavenly Remix)
- Out Of The Dark
- Electro Pop
- Wave Speech (Parks & Wilson Scalpel Mix)