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Behold Stormzy producers, Sons of Sonix

BRIGHT FUTURE: The duo has already worked with the likes of Stormzy and Melanie C

SOME PRODUCERS would dine out for the rest of their career after producing successful tracks for Stormzy’s number one debut album – but for Sons of Sonix, there’s a long way to go before they consider themselves worthy of sitting back and enjoying the fruits of their labour.

“It’s nil-nil as far as we’re concerned,” one half of the team, Mo, tells The Voice as he and Mike sit down to talk about the growing respect they were earning in the music business.

It is a football euphemism that is used when one team is crushing another, but the winning players want to retain a sense of balance rather than getting carried away with their success. But it is also an insight into the mindset of both artists who are, a bit like up and coming football players, trying to establish themselves in the Premier League.

“We’ve come to the realisation and understanding that music is a marriage between two entities – it’s never just one person,” 26-year-old Mo explains. He continues:

“We never go into a session with an artist and tell them what to do. It’s like a football match – every time you score a goal, the manager tells you it’s still nil-nil, so let’s go again.

“You always have to have the underdog mentality. Even though you’ve achieved, you need to stay hungry.

“So when we’re in the studio with an artist, that’s the mentality we bring.”

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As well as Stormzy, Sons of Sonix, who also go by SOS, have produced tracks for Wretch 32, Mel C and Tinie Tempah, to name a few.

Inspired to take the game seriously by Mo’s brother Harmony Samuels, who has carved a successful career for himself working with Alex da Kid and various American artists, the duo say they are just starting to get going.

“For those that don’t know, my brother, who is originally from Tottenham, is a Grammy award-winning super producer living in Los Angeles and has worked with Ariana Grande, Chris Brown,” says Mo.

“We call him the Blueprint. When we walk through his studio, there are plaques all over the place.

“We observe everything he does, from the way he conducts his business to he way he works on his projects.

“His professionalism and turnover lets us know we’ve got a way to go.”

Mo and Mike met as youngsters through a family connection and church. Having both been involved in music in their own rights, it wasn’t until a few years later that they formed a group with some other friends who later fell away.

Describing how they got their name and their sound, Mo says:

“People are always asking us what being Sons of Sonix means and the best way to describe it is like this: whenever you have an African child, the saying is, ‘you are the son of who your father is’.

“We see music as the mother and father, and sonics is the branch of that, and we are the sons of that branch.”

He adds:

“A specific part of music that we have taken and this is who we are.

“We’re raised in church, so a lot of our music has a lot of soul, emotion and gospel attributes to it.

“As much as we don’t use that as the focal point for every bit of music that we make, you can definitely hear the undertones in everything we do.

“From Stormzy to Wretch to Mel C, every song leaves people saying, ‘it must be them SOS boys’, because it feels a certain way.”

Where would SOS like to see themselves going next?

Mo says:

“We want to be two of the biggest producers in the world. When you look at Terry Lewis, Jimmy Jam, Rodney Jerkins and Stargate, we want to be amongst those names and I think it is possible.

“It is about working smartly and making sure that every project that we are a part of has influence.”

Mike concludes:

“We would love our next project to be one that breaks or develops a new act – but in terms of artists that are out there, I want to work with Adele, or Anne-Marie, who sang Ciao Adios. Those are the names we are after.”

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