As far as grime producers go, there are few whose names hold as much weight in the scene as Treble Clef. After releasing the seminal grime anthem "Ghetto Kyote" in 2004, Treble Clef saw the track leave a huge impact on the scene, leading to vocal takes from Kano, Dizzee Rascal, Devlin and more. His talent runs far deeper than the legacy of one tune, with his skill as a multi-instrumentalist undeniable, fusing styles from grime, to dubstep, to UK funky and many more with devastating effect over the years. Released tomorrow through Terror Danjah's Hardrive imprint, Treble Clef's new EP "Treble Goodness" is a three track slab of instrumental heat that takes cues from his time as a pioneer of the grime scene. We're lucky enough to be premiering the whole EP below, with a few questions about the EP with the man himself.
THUMP: It's been 13 years since "Ghetto Kyote", which is arguably one of the biggest grime instrumentals of all time. Are you grateful for the impact it's had on your career and grime in general?
I'll always be grateful for the impact it has made. Although I didn't get the right recognition for a number of those years due to various things. The way its been taken in by the people is special and I wouldn't ever change that.
Obviously, in those 13 years, times and technology have changed a lot. Has your approach to making a track transformed at all from when you made that beat?
My approach to music production has been in the same style as its always been since then. Obviously you pick up new tricks, plugins, and methods along the way that only add to your arsenal. I usually play on the keyboard for a long time before I even start recording, just improvising, and it's only when I really feel something that I record.
Recently, it seems like producers are being just as highly recognised within the grime scene as the MCs, what do you think the reason for this shift is?
Because the role the producer plays is so apparent in other genres, it was only a matter of time before that realisation spread to grime. Someone like Calvin Harris is a producer in another genre who has international hits with instrumentals. Instrumentals break down the language barrier which opens you up to worldwide audience by default and allows your music to connect in a much deeper way.
How did the link up with Terror Danjah come about? Had you guys got together to work on anything before?
Terror and I have known each other for a long time and have always had that mutual respect between us. We actually haven't worked together before this EP due to no particular reason, but I'm always around people close to the Hardrive camp—in particular D.O.K—so it was an obvious link to be put together.
Tell us about the EP. How many tracks is it? What can listeners look forward to with hearing it?
It's a 3 track instrumental EP. There's a different vibe to each but they all maintain that Treble factor. 140BPM stuff. Bass, Treble, and fun.
You've had a number of legendary MCs vocal your tracks over the years, if you could have anyone vocal any track on this EP, who would it be?
I know you said one but I'm going to say two: it would have to be Jammz & Mic Ty on "Belly."