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This Friday Ministry of Sound is bringing you another UK exclusive, Modestep and Virtual Riot will be going B2B for the first time to a British audience. These two titans of bass have a history of collaboration, putting out such massive anthems as "This Could Be Us" and "Nothing", so we can't wait to see what they have in store for the Ministry audience.
Before they take the reins for a blistering B2B, we called up Modestep for a catch-up.
Where in the world are you right now?
I am currently in Warsaw, Poland where I am doing humanitarian work for Ukraine in between doing European shows.
How did you come up with the name Modestep?
The name was generated by the Myspace URL generator in 2009. It used to ask your band name (which at the time I wanted us to be called Mode) and the genre of music you play. It suggested Modestep as the URL and people just started calling us that.
Who has inspired you both musically?
Our inspirations come from all over the place. I was raised on a lot of soul music - Stevie Wonder, Donnie Hathaway etc. Growing up in London, I naturally got into UK Garage and spent my teens DJing vinyl and bunking off school to go and do pirate radio. During my college years, I then became obsessed with rock and heavy music and joined a bunch of rock bands playing various instruments. I think you can hear all those influences in what we do today, even if it is a very broad spectrum of music.
What would you say was the golden moment in your career?
We had the privilege of playing to 750,000 people, headlining Woodstock Festival in Poland. Nothing is likely to ever top that.
What projects do you have coming up this year?
We have just reformed our live show with four members and played our first show this weekend at Rampage in Belgium. We’ll be touring the new band through the year and teasing new, more rock-influenced music to be released heading into 2023.
You guys originally started as a band in 2010, what did you like about being in a band and what do you like about being DJs?
The live band has always been what we enjoy the most. Pat has a long history of playing in metal bands and I have been in my fair share too. Live music is in our blood, it's what we live for. DJing is somewhat new to us, but over the last few years, I’ve fallen in love with it. Getting to play all my favorite music from the scene and finding creative ways to get the crowd moving has become a real passion.
You’ve collaborated with quite a few artists from the UK, who was your favourite to work with and why?
My favorite UK artist that we’ve worked with has to be Culprate. I was always a huge fan of his work and when we got the opportunity to jump in the studio with him for our London Road album I knew I would come out with a ton of new skills. He really changed how I perceive music production and technical aspects of music that I really couldn’t grasp until watching him work. He’s a real pioneer.
What are your favourite things to do in London when you're both here?
I lived in London my whole life up until moving to the US three years ago. Nothing beats putting on a pair of headphones, jumping on the bus to Embankment, and walking up and down the Thames listening to UK music. Something about the history of the city and the culture of the music combined creates a perfect soundscape.
When you’ve played in London in the past, were there any tracks you played back then that you still play now?
We always re-work our old tunes into new edits or VIPs for our sets to breathe new life into them, or ask our friends to remix them. Virtual Riot has remixed our most known tune "Sunlight", for example, which gives a modern twist on a tune all our fans know and love.
What can you promise fans ahead of your set on Friday 25th March?
Any time we go b2b with Virtual Riot, it's always something special. We’re good friends and constantly hang/share tunes with each other so there's a natural and fun chemistry in our sets. This is our first b2b together in a long while, so fans will get to hear a load of new and exciting music from not only us, but also our favourite dubplates from the scene.