So I flipping love Coldcut & Hexstatic. I have learned a lot from many many AV acts but the real reason I got into video sampling/remixing stuff was because of seeing Coldcut & Hexstatic’s “Timber”. Timber was an awesome track made out of video samples and though I am sure there are other great previous examples of AV Remix this was the first time I had ever seen it.
After seeing Timber I wanted to know how to make shit like this. I started using Coldcut/Camart’s VJAMM software which was basically a video sampler, the first EM shows were done using this software and CDJs. Aside from pioneering AV, Coldcut have been none too shabby in their other areas of work, writing bonafide hits for folk like Lisa Stansfield & Yazz in the 80s then using the money to start the NinjaTune record label which is still a staple of hits today. Fatboy Slim credits them with inspiring his route into hit making in this 80’s interview and The Prodigy’s Liam Howlett calls them the inspiration for “The Dirt Chamber Sessions”.