It's now 25 years since Fresh 4's Wishing On A Star changed the Bristol music landscape and influenced a generations of artists. Think of the “Bristol Sound” and the same three or four bands tend to spring to mind, however the first widely heard example of the pioneering new sound from the West Country came with a 1989 attack on the Top Ten from South Bristol in the shape of established collective Fresh 4, DJ Krust, Flynn, Suv, Judge. Co produced by fellow Bristol pioneers Smith and Mighty, “Wishing on A Star” was the first exposure many people outside of Bristol got to hear of the unique fusion of heavy bass lines, Hip Hop beats, soulful vocals and new takes on classic songs.
In the following decade Suv, Krust and Flynn would all go on to find greater success as pioneers and mainstays of Bristol's hugely successful drum and bass scene, writing new chapters that overshadowed their earlier success.
As a part of the 2016 BBC Radio 6 Music festival in Bristol, Suv, Krust, Flynn and singer Lizz E met to discuss their musical pasts, presents and futures and how Wishing On A Star came about.
They were in conversation with Bristol based Ujima radio presenters Adam Hussan Murray and Benjamin One.