In today's fast-paced music world that seems to be generally propelled by loads of money, false hype, and rampant unjustified exposure, Whitey stands out. Since around the turn of the millennium, Nathan Whitey (the once techno-artist refuses to give his real last name in an effort to hide his tarnishing past) has been touring the world, releasing singles, EP's, and LP's, collaborating with a wide array of musicians, and sometimes living with them (he shared a flat with Pete Doherty a while back).
Despite his obvious talent to churn out outrageously infectious dance tracks — built around organic guitar- and keyboard-driven melodies, thick, warbley bass hooks, and unusual but catchy drumming (like they used to before every kid and his little brother got a laptop and some electro loops) — he's avoided the limelight (or, more likely, he's never been invited in). This is unfortunate as Whitey represents all that is good about pop music. He lays the energy and fun on thick, tosses in memorable and expertly-constructed lyrics, and, most importantly, never misses a beat or lose interest in what he's doing. We could all learn a lot from Whitey.
We got to sit down (or rather, stand up in front of a monster truck out front of the Roxy's second floor bar, On the Rox) for a video interview with the burgeoning British musician. Check it out to the right in the media player!
Whitey's debut album, The Light At the End Of the Tunnel Is A Train, can be bought via Dim Mak Records (for those losers who still have yet to pick it up). The sophomore album was to be called Great Shakes and be released sometime right about now, but, due to an over-eager music pirate, the record leaked and was rendered “useless as a product,” as Whitey say. The follow-up record is instead being called Stay On the Outside, will feature the “ten best songs from Great Shakes,” and is out early in 2008. But more on that in the video interview — click over and check it out!