Ray Foxx has his parents to thank for his musical success. If his parents weren’t forcing him to play instruments, he probably wouldn’t have acquired the foundation of skills that have led to his recent chart success with Boom Boom (Heartbeat). Peaking at number 12 in the UK singles chart is a great achievement for any electronic slanted recording artist, so we’re likely to be seeing a lot more of this Londoner. Catch him at the inaugural Building Six show with Speakerbox on 12th October.
Hi Ray, all good? Been enjoying yourself this summer?
Yeah, it’s been amazing. Pretty non-stop, but it’s good to be busy. We’ve had more than the usual two weeks of sun here in London which his given me a perfect opportunity to try and get rid of my studio tan!
Your single Boom Boom (Heartbeat) has been flying high in the charts peaking at number 12 in the charts – that’s a massive achievement. How did the track with Rachel K Collier come about?
It’s amazing… I can’t believe it got to number 12! Rachel met my manager at a party and she ended up sending him some songs she’d written. I heard about this and was straight away like ‘mate, who’s this new girl, you gotta send me some of her stuff!’ I was playing one of her verses over in my head on the tube platform when ‘B Boom Boom Boom’ came to me. We met for a session, for the first time and pretty much nailed it. The icing on the cake was when she hit me back later in the week with the killer line ‘you made my heart beat in and out of time’!
On the remix front of that single, which one was your favourite?
Aaaaahh that’s difficult! L plus really smashed the DnB mix out of the park and as a result got a lot of support from B. Traits on Radio 1. I also got the very rare opportunity to do my own garage and deep house mixes of Boom Boom, which I obviously love! All in all though I’m lucky to have got so many great remixes for Boom Boom…!
And what’s the follow up for this single?
‘Fireworks’. I’ve gone down a similar route as I did with ‘The Trumpeter’ and created an instrumental tune first – this time with a big saxophone riff – and i’m working on the vocal version right now. I’ve been getting such a great response from it when I play it out. The instrumental original has just been released and I’m working on the vocal version right now… Can’t wait to get it out there!
Any other projects you can tell us about, and is there an album on the way?
I’m keeping really busy working on new stuff, keeping the pressure on while I’m feeling inspired. Well, I can definitely say that I’d love to make an album. I’ve also been given the honour of being the Daily Dose resident on Mistajam’s 1Xtra show for the next 6 months.
How would you describe you sound to someone that’s not familiar with you?
I write to connect my ideas with as many of you as possible – to make you happy – to spark you’re emotions – to draw you in.. ..and ultimately and quite simply to get to nodding your head and wanting to go and dance!
Can you talk us through your studio set up? Is it mainly plugins or hardware?
It’s a combination, although it’s been moving more in the direction of hardware recently. ‘The Trumpeter’/’La Musica’ and ‘Boom Boom’ were written, produced and mixed entirely in Ableton Live, mostly using Live’s built-in plugins. Additionally I used Korg plugin synths on the former and FXpansion plugin synths on the latter, and I used Fabfilter and 2CAudio stuff a bit on both. I started ‘Fireworks’ a little while ago and came back to it after I’d started using hardware more regularly. I wasn’t as keen on the low end as it was, so redesigned the kick with NI Maschine and re-did the bass line with my Moog Voyager and suddenly it all fell into place.
What are you most looking forward to about playing at the first event at Building Six for MistaJam’s Speakerbox?
Playing along side so many great names and dropping my tunes on Building Six’s legendary sound system. Also, it’s the first time I’ve played in London, my home town, for quite a while, so I’m looking forward to seeing a lot of my friends there.
What sort of performance can we expect?
Lots and lots of vibe
If you could have one superpower for the day what would it be?
The ability to become invisible, creep into Eric Prydz’s studio and watch the master at work.
I’m a perfectionist and I talk a lot!
MistaJam presents Speakerbox
powered by LWE and Bootleg
Saturday 12th October
10pm to 6am
Building Six, The O2
DJ Fresh & Messy MC
Breakage b2b Dismantle
DJ Cable b2b DECiBEL
Very Limited Early Birds only £12.50 / Standard tickets £17.50 to £25 + bf