Influences: Bato Bato

Far reaching and eclectic.

Influences: Bato Bato

Far reaching and eclectic.

Julian Smith is a man with many faces - not one to stay tied to a particular sound or niche he is keen to explore as many musical avenues as possible and this much is clear by his assorted discography. He has worked upon a number of different projects in recent years but the latest see's him collaborate under the guise of Bato Bato with Henrik Jakobsson and Nestor Casas Oché . Together they have recorded an album of divine quality and spectacular intrigue - blurring the preconception of traditional balearic music with fringes of electronica, field recordings and abstract experimentalism. It's a wholehearted and special affair. 

Obviously given the range of Julian's musical remit he has many an influence. This much is clear as we begin to unravel his tangled musical personality. He helps us put together the pieces below...


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The Bobcats - Big Noise From Winnetka

My Dad’s all time fav. My Dad was a jazz musician - played double bass in Jazz bands in Chicago in the 50’s. While touring around the Chicago scene my Dad was invited to play with Count Basie’s band one night, he met Gene Krupa - Gene showed his boots that laced up half way to his knee - said it was for faster kicks. Hearing these stories and records… Subconsciously I know this is what put me on to playing drums from day one.

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