Created through the partnership of Bristol producer DJ Bunjy and MC Joe Peng, Laid Blak represent the quintessential Bristol music story. Click below to read our interview with the two legends of the rave and proto Jungle scenes. Plus, win two tickets to the show.
Many thanks for taking the time to chat to me. We are looking forward to seeing you at Komedia on July 2nd. How good is it to be back on the road?
It’s so good to be back very soon at what we Laidblak love doing which is perform with a live audience
Take me back to that first show at The Elbow Rooms, Park Street, Bristol. What was the feeling like, going out and playing for the first time?
It was scary as the setup was Djbunjy with decks, drop beats & cuts over a mini desk with backing tracks on, Joe Peng & Flex on vocals and James Barlow on guitar playing live on top of backing tracks as well as some live acoustic tracks.
Do you still get the same ‘kick’ now?
Yeah for us as a band it’s never changed. It’s about playing live and smashing big or small stages with the same energy.
For those who have yet to see you live, what can they expect?
Good vibes & lots of new energy from new tracks created in Covid times.
"I was happily amazed looking back on the catalogue of Laidblak - so much music still to release and as a songwriter looking at my words and remembering what the songs mean now and then is a very blessed thing to have done."
What do you think of the current ‘Bristol’ music scene and are there any acts you are excited by?
We have Nuff love for our City which we know is the Musical Mecca for bands, DJs, Musicians & art in General so to name a few we would need at least a full page, but here we go:
Dr Meaker, Fucha Man, Tanya Lacy, Tit Lau, Samatha Lindo, Gardna, Joker, Alex Taylor.....the list can go on and on but these are the ones we have had the pleasure of working with or performing alongside.
Plus we both work with youth groups - trust me when we say the future looks bright believe us it is.
Finally, what’s planned for the rest of this year and are you looking forward to coming back to Bath in 2022 for the ‘Bath Reggae Festival’?
As we get nearer the starting line we just can’t wait to entertain new & old fans up and down the country wherever we are blessed to be performing!
two tickets to see Laid Blak live at Komedia, Bath
on July 2nd at 7.30pm
For a chance to win, simply click the link and follow the steps....
Who, or what, were your musical influences?
Bunjy: I love All music but to say a few OutKast - Public Enemy , Tracy Chapman, Adam & The Ants - Gary Numan. This question is impossible for me to answer - I would need a top 100
Joe Peng: I love Country Music, plus artists like Elvis as well Dennis Brown The Prince of Reggae.
Lockdown gave you chance to pause and reflect on 20 years of making music, which has resulted in a ‘From the Vaults’ release of some never-released pieces of work and some familiar big hitters. Is it quite therapeutic to listen back to some of the old stuff and think about the journey you have been on?
Joe Peng: I was happily amazed looking back on the catalogue of Laidblak - so much music still to release and as a songwriter looking at my words and remembering what the songs mean now and then is a very blessed thing to have done.
When you listen back to some of the old stuff, are there any sounds that you have rediscovered and give you inspiration moving forward?
Yeah so many, hence us dropping the album From The Vaults - as we realised no one apart from us has heard any of this music.