An inspiring selection from Orbital as they celebrate their 30th anniversary
Orbital ELECTRONICS legends celebrate their 30th anniversary with a special DJ set at Life In The Park on June 27.
With 30 years since the release of Chime, 30 years of rave and 30 years of Orbital parties, brothers Phil and Paul Hartnoll will be speaking alongside fellow DJs Justin Robertson and Steve Mac at the Brighton bash.
The electronic dance music pioneers of Sevenoaks, England take their name from Greater London’s orbital motorway, the M25, which was at the heart of the rave scene and the South East party network at the start of the acid house. One of the biggest names in British electronic music, they are particularly known for their live improvisation during performances, a rarity among techno groups. Orbital is both critically and commercially successful, ready to cement its status as a stage icon with a celebration of its 30e anniversary, but equally looking forward to an exciting future of new music and opportunities.
Life in the Park will launch on June 20 with eight specially handpicked events taking place in partnership with Cream, Garden Project, Renaissance, BMC and Take x Other World with a capacity of 2,000 people at each event and featuring World class DJs including Orbital, Jamie Jones, Maceo Plex, Denis Sulta, Nightmares On Wax, Crazy P, Cinthie, Sally C, Cassy and more. More info and full line up HERE.
To mark Orbital’s impressive milestone, we invited the guys to tell us about ten of their biggest inspirations.
Hear and read what they had to say about the music below.
INSPIRATION BY PHIL HARTNOLL
David Bowie – Sound and Vision
“From the album ‘Low’ produced by Brian Eno. Love the whole album, but this track is where the ’70s Bowie begins to navigate the future of post-punk / new wave revolutions. and synth pop just around the corner. “
Kraftwerk – Trans Europe Express
“It blew me away the first time I heard it. The simplicity and repetition with the machines at the controls. It didn’t fit any kind of music that intrigued me and made me want more. J he also loves that this particular track has been such an inspiration in the evolution of several genres of dance music such as hip hop, electro, techno and trance. “
The Clash – Brixton Cannons
“Punk was the first musical movement that grabbed me. The music AND the attitude. The Clashes were the punk band I felt most aligned with. They felt more real to me than the Pistols. loved their punk reggae mixes like this track. I still feel like a punk most of the time! “
Gary Numan – Cars
“Punk was the revolution, but post punk / new wave music and bands were mostly better than the 76-77 originals. Numan was clearly influenced by Bowie’s album Low, but he did get the first synth. UK # 1 pop with this track. “
Cabaret Voltaire – Nag Nag Nag
“What was going on in Sheffield in the late 70s and early 80s was a real inspiration. They were basically punks who loved synths as much as guitars. Cabaret Voltaire was the live band that I loved. had the most impact and this is their best start before giving up guitars altogether and getting into electronics. “
PAUL HARTNOLL INSPIRATION
The Archies – Sucre Sucre
“It’s the first piece of music I can remember and I loved it. It triggered quite a visual color display in my head when I heard it in a way other music didn’t have. I remember hearing it on the radio rolling over it. My moms vacuum so I must have been about a year and a half. “
Desmond Decker – Israelites
“Mick and Ray were real music collectors, they had a lot of Trojan reggae. We grew up listening to all these great songs at family parties! This song has to be one of my favorite songs of all time and the mood is still there. me. “
Renaissance – North
“It was a single that my other brother Gary had. It always touched me, but it wasn’t until recently that I thought about researching the band and checking them out properly. It’s one of my. current favorite! So even if it is a while ago, they influence me more now than in the past. I am a huge fan of folk and progressive rock. Renaissance combines the best of both worlds for me.
The Beat – Tears of a Clown
“I remember hearing that on the radio when I was 12 and it made me jump out of the water (literally like I was in the bath at the time)! ‘made me want to “make” music and be in a Suddenly, I no longer had interest in Action Man and Airfix, I wanted to learn to play guitar. this bathroom a boy and I came out a man. Yeah, I know how that sounds! “
Kraftwerk – The IT world
“Well, if the beat made me want to write music, Kraftwerk showed me how to do it. Phil already had a few albums but this was the first one I bought myself. sounded and looked like the future and I guess to me that turned out to be true! “