Aug. 8 holds special significance to a select few in the music world. The date -- 8/08 -- just so happens to resemble the model number of the iconic Roland-808 drum machine, making Tuesday an opportune time to commemorate the legendary device.
One of the 808’s biggest fans is film producer Alex Noyer, who released a documentary about the drum machine called 808 in December through You Know Films. Noyer is marking the occasion with an exclusive extended interview with music legend Phil Collins from the film.
"Spending an hour with Phil Collins discussing the unlikely partnership between a legendary drummer like him and the TR-808 was extraordinary," Noyer says. "It remains one of my most emotional moments in the making of this film."
In the exclusive clip, Collins discusses his experience with the precursor to the 808 and how the introduction of the new machine transformed his role as a drummer during his time with Genesis and in his solo career.
808 was directed by Alexander Dunn and features interviews with Pharrell Williams, Rick Rubin, Afrika Bambaataa and many other pioneers within the music industry. It also features an appearance by the late Ikutaro Kakehashi, the Japanese engineer and Roland founder who invented the drum machine in 1980. Beats 1’s Zane Lowe narrates the film.
Roland is celebrating in kind with an announcement Tuesday of the release of the Roland TR-08, which will be akin to a "mini 808." The newest model will be available in September.
808 is available now for digital streaming through iTunes. The soundtrack is also available via Big Beat Records and features TR-808 staples like "Planet Rock" by Afrika Bambaataa & The Soulsonic Force and "Paul Revere" by Beastie Boys.
Check out the exclusive extended interview with Collins from 808 below.
© Billboard, by Bryan Kress