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DJ Flapjack – Founder Default Recordings

With the new website now online i thought it would be a good idea to inform you of whats in store over the next few months. First off we will be giving away one FREE EXCLUSIVE track from one of our artists in the next couple of months for you to download! Also over the coming weeks we will have alot more content appearing on the website with regards to Audio, Video etc and each of our artists will be taking turns in writing a blog every week to keep you updated in what is happening in their world thus keeping the website fresh with new content to read.

In the not too distant future we will also be setting up the Default Recordings shop on the website where you will be able to buy digital downloads of tracks from the Default artists as well as Default Recordings merchandise. Be on the look out for collaborations with the Default Recordings artists as well!

All of the Default Recordings artists will be appearing as a guest on a rotating basis on Flapjacks Default Recordings Show on www.dnbradio.com Saturdays 9-11pm GMT & also on www.nakedbeatz every other Sunday 4-6pm GMT.

Be on the look out for up & coming dates that our artists will be djing at on the website too where they will be showcasing tracks forthcoming on Default Recordings. Going into the Summer of 2013 we are looking at starting a Default Recordings club night featuring all of the Default Recordings artists and some very special guests alongside, watch this space!

 

19 February 2013 Artist  DJ  Drum & Bass Read more

IDC Interview

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

I’ve always been into music as far back as i can remember. i still remember sitting on the school bus jamming with my massive cassette tape walkman (yes cassette tapes!!!) listening to early hip hop, de la soul, Ice T, Eric B and Rakim, KRS One, Public Enemy, Tuff Crew, Demon Boys.. man the list goes on, that sound inspired me, it was fresh and new. This lead me into the explosion of acid house. By this time I was about 16-17 and I started going to out to all-nighters, some illegal raves and some very early raves such as Fantastic Ibiza, Raindance, and fantasia to name a few which were held in these random warehouses. It was all new back in the day and the vibes where just amazing. Nothing like today. It was all about the music and having a good time, no pretences, everyone was there to have a good time, there was never any trouble or bad attitudes. Things just evolved from there really.

What made you get into the producing side of things?

I first started mixing when I was 17. I couldn’t get enough of the music, I started to buy vinyl like it was going out of fashion, it wasn’t until a few years later and the evolving sound from house to jungle and then to DNB thats when I decided to turn my attention to creating my own beats.

What influences you when making music?

Many things influence me when making music. It can be anything, from people around me making good music to something I heard or a new tune that’s caught my ear. It could be something I read. I tend to draw influences from anything really. That’s why I never get bored of music. There is always something to get hyped from, new sounds, new beats…

Can you tell us about your production process?

That’s a tough question to answer, I don’t go into the studio with some mapped out plan of what I’m going to make. It all depends what mood I’m in, what I’m feeling at that moment in time. Sometimes you make a tune and it just fits together and you think you’ve cracked the process and then the next time you start another tune nothing works and you end up climbing the walls. Those times you have draw inspiration and tackle it from a different angle..

What makes drum & bass different from other genres?

It’s such a diverse sound. Anything and everything has been sampled or created in DNB over the years, the scene is always changing, artist strive for the freshest sound, something different to stand out from everything else.. Don’t get me wrong, I do listen to other types of music and love it, but I always find myself coming back to drum and bass for that hit. I can’t explain it… A lot of people don’t get it. You either dig it or you don’t. What makes this sound different is it draws on many many different styles of music be it funk, soul, techno, house, hip hop whatever and gets thrown into a huge melting pot and the result is what I simply call the best music in the world. It’s outlived many different genres of music that have come and gone over the past 20 years and is still as strong as ever, if not stronger.

Who are your favourite Producers?

Over the years there has been many producers that have inspired me, early producers such as 4Hero, Photek, Alex Reece, Peshay, Lemon D, Dillinja, Johnny L, Bukem, Andy C, Digital, Roni Size and Krust, Total Science, the list goes on. These guys were the pioneers of the music forming the sound that we hear today. Many are still going strong and still at the top of their game. In recent years guys like Calibre, Marcus Intalex, Alix Perez, S.P.Y, Lenzman, have all been bringing a new edge to the music, pushing the boundaries and taking production to the next level which is what it’s all about.

Who are your favourite DJ’s?

It would have to be legends such as Bukem, Bryan G, Frosty, Fabs & Groove they are all DJ’s that I admire, these guys have been slaying crowds for years and are still the standout heavyweights of this music, no question!!

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

I think the scene today is as healthy as ever, the number of producers out there today is unbelievable, the scene is now worldwide which can only be a good thing. On the flip side of that, there is a lot of throw away music being produced. Producers hear a big tune and try to mimic that sound rather than trying to create something new and original.

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

Be yourself, find your own style and nurture that rather than trying to become the next Andy C, and keep plugging away at it…

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

There are many but one would have to be a few years back I used to attend Swerve on a Wednesday night down at the velvet rooms in London, sadly the club is no longer there but those nights were just phenomenal. The night was just all about fresh music, no mc’s just tearing beats. It was about the time when Liquid first immerged. Fabio and residents such as Addiction, Flight, Bailey with special guests each week such as Bukem and Rider used come down and tear the place apart every damn week. It wasn’t just about the music, but many top producers and dj’s used to attend on a regular basis and I had the chance to chat to a lot of them and gain inspiration and knowledge from them.

What are your future plans on Default Recordings?

With the help from Flapjack and Piercey, we really hope to get this label off the ground. We have a talented bunch of artists on board so I look forward to what the Default Camp can come up with. Watch this space…..

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Peircey Interview

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

After listening to hip hop for most of the 80’s around 89 I came across the end of acid house era and started to go out to a local club called The Outer Limits which was run by Evil Eddie Richards.I then ended up raviving in London most weekends(Buzby’s,Labyrynth,Bagleys,The Rocket,The End,Leisure Lounge).I also went to some of the bigger ones like Raindance,Dreamscape,Weekend World Etc.

I loved the music and the unity and the breaks the most,I slowed down going out in about 94 for 1 reason or another but continued to follow the music through the jungle era and what became DNB,back then the record shopping and hunting tunes downs not like now you can just log on and there it is was the best part what with white labels and discovering gems of tunes on your travels.

I started to teach myself mixing about 1990 and learning to scratch was what wanted to do most,but I concentrated on beat matching first,then the usual tapes for friends at first and playing at parties then started to play at local clubs on regular nights and also had a few slots at The Sanctuary in MK which was cool.I mainly have played at Hip Hop events the last 4 yrs or so,it’s always nice to have a scratch live……

What made you get into the producing side of things?

I wasn’t deejaying much by the end of the 90’s and i first got into producing about 98 with a mac and cubase and tried to make tunes sampling straight from vinyl,a couple of years later I got a powermac and cubase again and tried again with limited capabilities due to lack of equipment etc.I did not get back into it until about 2010 when I changed from Mac to PC and by the end of 2011 I had built it up to twin monitors,Akai MPK25,Akai MPD18,Korg Desk,Lexicon soundcard,Fostex monitors and I am running Reason 5,Abelton Live8 and Cubase.2011 was when I really got back into it,after starting up again in 2010 I took the time to understand the DAW’s for a couple of months rather than trying to make a tune.I started to make tunes that felt right and structured,I then discovered sites like soundcloud and started to upload my tunes after some good feedback this pushed me to make more.

In July 2011 I came runner up in KMAG’s unsigned competition with my DNB tune People Of The Universe, this drove me again and I have not really stopped making tunes since then.

What influences you when making music?

My influences would come from funk,hip hop,jazz,electro,dnb,jungle,rave.

I do enjoy music across a broad spectrum but I would say the above forms of music would be my influences when producing.

Can you tell us about your production process?

I don’t always stick to the same process,sometimes I will work on a break or layers of breaks to create a driving beat or the melody might come first then build around the melody,the same would apply with b-line first or a pad arrangement or strings.I generally work in a 24 bar loop at first to build up all the elements of the tune and then when I have all I need I will move this to one side and start to build the arrangement,all the the individual track EQing etc is done prior to the arrangement,whilst arrainging I will program any automation in the tune.When the arrangement is complete I will mix the tune down ready for mastering.

What makes drum & bass different from other genres?

I think the fact that its sound is constantly evolving from its early beginnings to all the different sub genres we have now.

Who are your favourite Producers?

Calibre is a legend,over the years i’ve always liked Dillinja,Full Cycle across the board,Andy C,High Contrast,London Electricity,Photek and lately I am digging the likes of Mr Joseph,Penniegiles,Batchelors of Science,Fokus Records amongst others.

Who are your favourite DJ’s?

Fabio,Andy C,Grooverider,Billy Bunter,Dj Rap,Jazzy Jeff,Cash Money and many more….

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

I think the scene is buzzing not that attend many nights these days,artists old and new all doing it and there is a lot of good music out there.

I’m pretty sure you can go anywhere in the world now and catch a bit of DNB whilst you are there.

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

Just practice and get better,try to get some experince playing out and go for it.

When producing keep it simple less is more.

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

Aside from playing at the legendary Sanctuary back in the day it would have to be hooking up with Flapjack and getting on DNBRADIO.COM and the opportunity to play my tunes out and the recent birth of Default Recordings which i am very pleased to be part of.

What are your future plans on Default Recordings?

To produce tunes worthy of release and to collaborate with other Default artists,to discover new talent as well and drive forward our new brand Default Recordings.

 

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QST Interview

QST tells all as we look into what made him the DnB producer he is today

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

My older sister had some green apple and touchdown fm tapes which she used to play, i nicked them off her and it went from there.

What made you get into the producing side of things?

Can’t remember really, I suppose i just got to the point where i’d mastered mixing and wanted to play my own tunes so bought a sampler (ZOOM).

What influences you when making music?

Non dnb normally gets me inspired, i’d be in a curry house eating a meal and i’d notice something in the background music. Before shazam i used to get some funny looks going up to the people asking what this tine called, i’d then spend ages  hunting the net for it then either sample it or recreate the part i liked.

Can you tell us about your production process?

Most of the creative process happens in the first 20 minutes, i get a sound/sample/melody that i like and do loads of over dubs, then stretch out the parts i created into an arrangement. I’ve got 1000s of breaks I’ve sampled over the years so i normally know which break i want to use when the idea pops into my head. Logic has the be the best DAW for me as its so easy to use ands some great features plus the factory sounds on it are really good for getting a musical idea together.

What makes drum & bass different from other genres?

It manages to take all the best bits from other music and moulds it all into one, its energy and tempo can be too much for some but just right for me.

Who are your favourite Producers?

The list is too big but if i had to chose my all time favourite would probably be Omni Trio.

Artists doing it for me at the moment are Octane DLR, Audio, Black Sun Empire, Calyx Tbee, BTK Optive

Who are your favourite DJ’s?

For old school its got to Slipmatt and SY, I been listening to a lot of Tech Itch, Maztek and Audio at the moment.

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

It’s very healthy, maybe a bit too much for my liking as there seems to be too much to stay up to date with. The good thing is people like Andy C, Tony Coleman, Friction have got a lot of major backing for their labels which means they are starting to get the money they deserve, if it weren’t for them the scene wouldn’t be as big.

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

Finish your music and get it out there, don’t do what i do and have loads of unfinished tunes.

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

Top 3 things for me are –

The Stevie Hyper memorial rave at Cargo is up there as one of the best nights I’ve been to, almost everyone in the industry was in one little club on a tuesday night paying their respect to the most loved MC.

Getting a DNB residency for Metropolis Playing alongside Pendulum/Goldie/Hype/Mickey Finn etc in Ibiza at Eden, this was when DNB was just getting noticed out there, its a nice thought to be part of the birth of a era of music in Ibiza. When i went there the first year it was pretty much house music everywhere, now you get all types of bass music.

DJing at the “All crew must big up” book launch, i remember playing drum and bass with my long time DJ partner DJV in a old museum in Tottenham, they turned off the lights and i remember playing Whipash By Future Cut and it going off, I’m pretty sure flapjack played at that too, we hadn’t met though.

What are your future plans on Default Recordings?

Keep giving Flapjack my beats, maybe do some colabs with the other artists on Default Recordings.

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IDC looks back at 2012

2012 came with some amazing albums from the likes of Calyx and Teebee, S.P.Y, Enei and A-Sides to name but a few, but 2013 looks to become another epic year for some really anticipated albums coming from some big producers old and new. Here’s a quick rundown of what we can look forward to;

Seba – Identity

His last album Return to Forever was released in 2008 and contained some memorable tracks that remain timeless. His new album offers a mixture of traditional dnb tracks with a blend of house and techno thrown in to make it all work very nicely. Released early in the year so this is definitely one to look out.

Calibre – A Shelf Life compilation

Carrying on from his two previous “Shelflife” releases, Calibre comes again with some cuts from his vaults of the past five years of so. Details are pretty scant on this one at the moment but I’m sure this will be worth the wait when this one drops.

Nu:Logic – Untitled presently

These two need no introduction – Brothers Nu:Tone and Logistics come with their debut album this year. Fans of these guys know that their production and technics always come correct so this one can’t come quick enough. No real concrete information on this one just yet but judging by their past merits we could be in for a cracker.

Ed Rush and Optical – ??

These two have been in the game from the start. The co-founders of Virus look to be dropping their album around the middle of the year and will be eagerly awaited by many. This one should be a proper banger!!!

Naibu – Fall

Although officially an EP this one contains 8 tracks and all are worth a listen. Naibu’s style comes through on this one with some great melodies and soulful vibes. Due for release early in the year.

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Default Recordings new website!!

Welcome to Default Recordings brand new website. Our aim at Default Recordings is to bring you the best quality Drum & Bass to the masses with an underground flava. With the Artists under the Default umbrella we will incorporate the many styles that make up the Drum & Bass genre. At Default Recordings we aim to produce music that will catch the attention of the listener incorporating styles that the Default Recordings Artists have experienced from the early Acid House era and Hardcore days right through to the present Drum & Bass scene today.

The Default Recordings website will be constantly updated every week with news, new tracks from our Artists on the label, new EXCLUSIVE DJ mixes from the Artists, Videos, Photos and much more content keeping the website fresh. Also please check out the radio page where you can log in directly to the Default Recordings Show on dnbradio.com every Saturday 9pm-11pm GMT and also every other Sunday 4-6pm GMT on nakedbeatz.com.

To celebrate the new website during the next few months we will be releasing one FREE EXCLUSIVE track from one of our artists in the next couple of months for you to download!. We will give you more information nearer the release but make sure to grab this EXCLUSIVE track while you can!.

 

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