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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.
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.
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!.