We speak to the UK-based musician about his haunting debut LP on Brownswood alongside streams of the Ifan Dafydd and Machinedrum remixes
Gang Colours' debut album The Keychain Collection is all at once a calming, stimulating, and disturbing revelation. The artist behind the curtain, Will Ozanne, sings minimal yet forward lines such as the repeated, "You don't have to change for me," on standout track "Pebble Dash." Throughout the project, his enigmatic soliloquies complement the dynamic, noir textures of expertly placed piano chords and hip-hop inspired drum beats. The future seems much brighter than the tone of Ozanne's latest offering, having released it on Gilles Peterson's Brownswood Recordings to wide acclaim. Dazed caught up with him and discovered his vice for crisps and how he views his work as somewhat of a rip off…
I recently saw a website in which people sent in pictures of celebrities with their heads copied and shrunk to fit snugly underneath their moustaches. That was good
...your secret talent?
I can make fart noises with my hands to the rhythm of drum and bass.
...your worst vice?
Crisps. I eat a lot of them. My flavour of the month right now is the ever reliable BBQ Hula Hoops.
…the story behind your name?
I think a passion for US hip hop in my early teens must have had a hand in coming up with that one. I had a few rubbish names before it and this one just stuck.
... your favourite sound?
A plastic ruler (shatter-proof) being held down on the edge of a desk with one hand and then tapped by the other hand at the users own discretion.
...your favourite website?
I recently saw a website in which people sent in pictures of celebrities with their heads copied and shrunk to fit snugly underneath their moustaches. That was good. I'm also a fan of a good GIF website too. For example: http://gif-off-the-old-block.tumblr.com
...your favourite label?
Well aside from the almighty Brownswood - I've been hearing consistently great things coming from Permanent Vacation label recently.
...at the top of your wish list?
For a one-off episode of Friends to come out with me making a cameo as Rachel's new love interest. Ross couldn't be happier with her decision, and we all enjoy coffee, cakes and laughs until the credits roll up.
...are you listening to now?
The New Look LP.
How would you describe your work?
A complete rip off of Mount Chimney and James Cake.
I've got a few remix's which will make their way to the surface eventually and have some other projects inline which im excited about too. And I will be continuing my quest to find the ultimate flavour of crisp.