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Default Recordings Promotional Photos 2013

Recently we had a promotional photo shoot with myself (Flapjack), Coolhand Flex, Cat Knight, Piercey and IDC to promote our label. Heres a taster of a few but for the full photo shoot head here http://defaultrecordings.co.uk/gallery/default-recordings-promotional-photos-2013/

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29 March 2013 Uncategorized Read more

Default Recordings Signed With Cygnus Music Digital Distribution

We are VERY happy to announce that we have now been signed up to Cygnus Music for the digital distribution of our music. This means that VERY soon you will be able to buy our music as a digital download from a range of digital download outlets including iTunes, Beatport, Chemical Records and Redeye Records to name a few. As you can imagine we are extremely excited at this opportunity and are looking forward to our first releases going out. Many thanks to all those that have worked with us and believed in the label and artists, especially Cygnus Music and many thanks to dave at http://digitalmaze.co.uk/ for your hard work building the website and lee at http://designvitae.co.uk for the new logo re-design.

 

29 March 2013 Uncategorized Read more

New Default Recordings Logo Re-Design

We have a new Logo design for our label. We felt that the time had come to give our logo a lift and bring it more up to date. Many thanks to www.designvitae.co.uk for the excellent work.

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29 March 2013 Uncategorized Read more

New V Recordings Signing Balistik Exclusive Interview

How did you first get involved in the Underground music scene?

My first involvement with the underground scene was with a reggae outfit called Daddy Missile in the mid to late 80’s but by the early 90’s i was getting into the new sound (rave/hardcore) that was sweeping the nation so started to learn to mix, so with a loan from Flapjack (his decks) and a couple of tips I locked my self away for a few days and truly got the mixing bug. From then there was no looking back.

What made you get into the producing side of things?

I never really thought about production as I was happy just djing but when I was approached by Michael Ramirez to help run a new label project Section 8 recordings in 2007 i decided to get into production and in Oct 2011 had my first release, a colab with Mr Explicit called “Philadelphia Sunrise” on our other imprint Plush Recordings.

What influences you when making music?

I try not to be influenced by other music/producers and concentrate on making something that sounds good to me and hope other people like it too.

Can you tell us about your production process?

It varies from tune to tune, sometimes I’ll have a riff in my head and work round that or a vocal or I’ll get on a beat and work from there. I really have no set method.

What makes drum & bass different from other genres?

I feel that drum & bass has the most variety of breaks of any underground genre which keeps it fresh and interesting. The people are great and lets face it the music’s awesome.

Who are your favourite Producers?

From the classics I’d say Bukem, PFM, Bad Company and anyone on Renegade Hardware. Now tho my fav’s are Break, Spectrasoul, Bladerunner, Savage Rehab, Mr Explicit, these guys are ridiculously good!!!

Who are your favourite DJ’s?

Mampi Swift, Randall & Andy C, they never disappoint.

How do you feel about the Drum & Bass scene today?

I Think the scene is stronger than ever with some tunes hitting the charts and the new breed coming thru i see exciting times ahead.

Do you have any advice for other up & coming producers & Djs?

Keep at it, always try to finish your tunes and make sure you get your demo’s out to everyone you know in the scene.

What has been the most memorable time since your involvement in the scene?

When we took our sound system out for the first time and had over 700 ravers having it in front of the stack, was a great feeling. More recently tho was when Bryan Gee played Neck Funk (forthcoming on V Recs) as his last tune and I got to see people going mad to it.

What are your future plans?

More production, more events and have as much fun as humanly possible 🙂

 

23 March 2013 Artist  DJ  Drum & Bass Read more

Future Events

Catch Flapjack at these forthcoming events:

 

BREAKIZM & BREAKOUT @ Tates Nightclub, Ipswich 5th April 2013

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JUNGLE SPLASH @ Brixton Jamm, Brixton, London 20th April 2013

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18 March 2013 Future Events Read more

Cat Knight Interview

How did you first get involved in the Underground music scene?

Well it all started for me when I fell in love with the wicked flyers way back in the day about 1989 when I was at school, I was so intrigued I had to find out more. I purchased a ‘Fantasia’ tape pack then went out to my first all-nighter called “CREAM/DESTINY” @ Oscars on Clacton pier the rest is history, I was hooked!

What made you get into the producing/Song writing side of things?

In 1998 I formed my own band (formerly known as Blakey’s Girls & Urban Grace) where I discovered my love for song writing/vocal and harmony arrangement and we were signed by Universal-Island Records.

What influences you when singing/making music?

Many things influence me, it’s what the music tells me, the way I’m feeling, my emotions and experience’s recent, past and present. Some of the artist’s that have influenced me are:-

Funky Lox, Shakka Chan, Anita Baker, Erma Franklin, Aliyah, Kate Pierson, Rozalla, Alison Limerick, Eva Cassidy, Teena Marie, Kathy Brown, Natalie Williams, Deborah Anderson, Denise Gordon, Shirley Basey, Etta James, Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Loleatta Holloway, Canzetta Maria Station, Shara Nelson, Candi Staton, Sarah McLachlan, Black Box, Soul 2 Soul, Destinys Child, Pink, Rachel Wallace, Escape, Boys2men, TLC, Envogue, SWV, Gwen Stefani, Shakira, Peter Bouncer, Mc Conrad, Lasgo, Prince, Kelis, Neneh Cherry,

These people have inspired me to make the music I produce today but there are sooooooo many more.

Can you tell us about your song writing process?

Normally producers send me their production to write to, it’s nice when they send a few little idea’s first, then I can say what material I’m feeling the most so to get the best track possible. Sometimes they like to build the track around the vocal, which is also great as i have so many ideas that i havent used yet, but i have to say its harder work for the producer as they have to make sure the production is in the same key as the vocals, this can be tricky.

What makes drum & bass different from other genres?

Drum & Bass is different than any other kind of music. It goes deeper with the of use heavy deep base lines and the high energy rolling beats, coupled with atmospheric strings can make the music soooooo uplifting and powerful. I love it.

Who are your favourite Producers?

This is a hard one as there are so many around. Some I like include Matrix & Futurebound, Muffler, DC Breaks, Metrix, Hamilton, Klute, Laos, Alexx Rave, Baseline Smith, The Prototypes, Concord Dawn, Johnny L, Camo & Krooked, Lenzman,  Badmarsh, Dj Marky & Spy, Netsky, J Majik & Wickaman, Feint, Seba, Artificial Intelligence, Nao, Nu Tone, B Furney, D Kay, John B, Nero, Loadstar, Dj Spice, High Contrast, Brooks Brothers, Ramdom Movement, D Star, Subsonik, Teebee, Phetsta, Shockone, Bad Company, and many many MANY more! That’s only DnB lol.  There’s so much talent around and the new talent thats now coming through is really exciting. The prospect of working with new and existing producers and evolving the genre further give’s me a huge rush.

Who are your favourite DJ’s?

Dj Flapjack, FunkyLox, Miss C, Dr Rave, Hels Bels, Lady P and there’s way too many to mention, mix it up man! Meh!

How do you feel about the Drum & Bass scene today?

I love the way drum and bass is evolving mixing and blending different genres.  The only thing is that I wish there were more party’s where they played deep melodic rolling liquid style DnB, that had live musician’s and vocalist’s that go with the flow and have it large.

Do you have any advice for other up & coming song writers/Vocalists?

My advice would be to all Song Writers/Vocalists/Producers to join MCPS/PRS soon as you have released a tune “it’s a must”………… You register your songs, your percentages etc with them and they collect royalties/publishing on your behalf .

What has been the most memorable time since your involvement in the scene?

Oh my god these questions are hardcore………. when I look back over HOW MANY YEARS?????? there have been sooooo many memorable times.  The one that sticks out in my mind the most is when I was at a heavy party and suddenly it all kicked off everyone was having it and I realised they were playing my track! Buzzzzzin  🙂

What are your future plans on Default Recordings?

Gonna make some banging tuneage with top talented people that will blow you away moving left foot right foot forward……….

 

3 March 2013 Artist  Drum & Bass  Vocal artist Read more

LTJ Bukem online archive

LTJ Bukem is a pioneer in the drum and bass scene and was a main player for  moving drum and bass in a new direction way back in 1992 with the ground-breaking Demons Theme on Good Looking Records and also helping in the Logical Progression (no pun intended!) of the drum and bass sound from jungle into a new sound known as “Intelligent” or what is known today as “Liquid” .

Thanks to online magazine FACT  an online archive with over 100 sets from the Good Looking boss, dating back as far as 20 years ago is available for you to download for free!  check them out and download for free HERE.

 

 

2 March 2013 Artist  DJ Read more

IDC Talks about the best DAW’s for making Beats

The Best DAW’s out today?

People are always asking “What’s the best DAW out there for making beats?”. The answer to that one is really it’s all down to personal preference. Most of them do the same things but in a different way. All have different workflows and it’s really down to how you work and which is best suited to you.

Here’s a quick rundown of the top packages available;

Avid Pro Tools

Avid Pro Tools

This is still the professional’s choice and has been for the last few years. Recent times have seen this software finally being able to run on both Mac and PC without the need for any external hardware. Meaning this software is now more appealing to the home producer.

 

Apple Logic Pro

Apple Logic Pro

This software needs no introduction, if you’re into production, you would have heard of this one. It contains everything you need to put together a complete track, everything is well thought out and come in at a really affordable price of £140, which is a damn sight cheaper than other DAW’s.

 

Propellerhead Reason

Propellerhead Reason

Reason has always been up there for being a great “in the box” product, the earlier versions had its limitations, such as unable to record audio and being self-contained restricted any expansion with plugin’s – Version 6.5 addressed this problem with the ability of extending your racks with extra instruments and effect bolt-ons.

 

Steinberg Cubase

Steinberg Cubase

Been around since day dot. Cubase is the godfather and has always been at the forefront of DAW’s. Earlier versions where somewhat cumbersome and over complex. The latest version 6/6.5 have addressed many gripes of existing users and have added some great new features.

 

Presonus Studio One

Presonus Studio One

Only been around for a couple of years Studio One have shocked a few people in the industry as a very mature product and anyone who has used it will find this software very easy to get along with. Compatible with many formats, Studio One also comes with a built-in Melodyne audio editor. Although already a great product at version 2.5, this could be one to watch for the future.

 

Ableton Live

Ableton Live

First released back in 2001 Live has gone from strength to strength. With its slightly different workflow than other standard sequencing programs it can take a while to get used to, but the popularity of this product speaks for itself.

 

Image-Line FL Studio

Image-Line FL Studio

Started life back in the day as Fruity Loops, some deemed it as an entry level application but this product has now matured into a full on DAW. This product might not be for everyone but if the workflow agrees with you, you’ll never look back.

So there you have it. A quick rundown of what is available for all you creative minds out there.

There will always be the argument of “A” is better than “B”, but at the end of the day it’s down to you to find out which works best for you, and remember, there is no software out there that will make a tune for you. That’s where you come in!!

 

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