Mr Scruff: "getting it wrong is where the magic happens"

Mr scruff

Mr scruff

Mr Scruff at The Big Chill.

Has it really been ten years since Mr Scruff (AKA Andy Carthy) released breakthrough album Keep It Unreal? Shockingly, yes, (an anniversary edition was issued last month).

However, as MusicRadar discovered when we met up with him at last weekend's Big Chill festival, there's much more to this grubbily-monikered man than sample-based instrumental hip-hop.

"Any musical exploit is a quest for perfection even though you know perfection doesn't exist." Mr Scruff

"I've got a really good successful club night where I can play absolutely anything that I want, I'm signed to a record label [Ninja Tune] who let me do pretty much what I want, and I've got a tea company," he says.

This last venture was very much in evidence at The Big Chill, where Mr Scruff's Tea Tent was pitched and open for business. This versatile artist wasn't just there to put the kettle on, though - he was DJing, too.

Mr scruff tea tent

Mr scruff tea tent

The Tea Tent: "one sugar or two?"

Our conversation with Mr Scruff touched on all the musical and catering plates that he currently has spinning, and saw him looking to the future.

"There's a lot of music that hasn't been heard," he says. "Any musical exploit is a quest for perfection even though you know perfection doesn't exist… but trying to get there and getting it a little bit wrong is where the magic happens."

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Andy Jones

Andy has been writing about music production and technology for 30 years having started out on Music Technology magazine back in 1992. He has edited the magazines Future Music, Keyboard Review, MusicTech and Computer Music, which he helped launch back in 1998. He owns way too many synthesizers.