Who are Nutribe?
We’re a music-based group from Liverpool consisting of three members: Yloh, Stickydub and Doopsman. Nutribe are a branch connected to the Collecta family, a movement/multi-disciplinary arts collective expressing themselves through music, dance, photography, film and more. Everything we do is worked on and developed together.
If you had to describe your style in a sentence, what would you say?
Funky, groovy, wild, healthy, easy, raw, wicked, bad, smooth soul flava.
Did you have any particular artists in mind as an influence when you started out?
When we started we didn’t have anyone in mind as an influence, we directly inspire each other. Although, as children our parents exposed us to a wide variety of artists who shaped our being – from Fela Kuti to D’Angelo, Erykah Badu to Jill Scott – so in that way we may have indirect influences from childhood times. Then there’s Lucy Pearl, Onyx and Slum Village to name a few more; so, naturally we enjoy da good stuff, so this is what we aim to produce.
Do you feel a responsibility to respond to current affairs or contemporary situations through your work?
Not so much a responsibility, we just feel that if you have a voice you should utilise it. We don’t feel the need to respond to anything. We are making music, spreading the ‘bliss ‘n’ niceness’ that we share between each other. This bliss ‘n’ niceness which is embedded in our music we encourage to be the response towards any issues that anyone has.
How does where you are from affect your writing (if at all)?
Who we are naturally flows into our writing. Being Scousers, we tend to have our own ‘language’ anyway. So, when it comes to writing, those slurred words and versatile tones come out. The Scouse dialect is very strong and has unique melodies, which comes through in our music.
Why is music important to you?
This is what we’ve all grown with, the sounds of music. Constantly playing in each of our houses. The feelings that one sound can generate can move you, overwhelm you. Music can push energy into people… It’s vital.