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24 May 2013 Drum & Bass Read more

DSP Interview

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

I started Djing around 1992 playing hardcore / jungle and hiphop in my Bedroom, I was 12 years old and was obsessed with the Rave Scene even though I was to young to go out anywhere. I would obsess over gear in magazines that I could not afford to buy and would just really buy as musc vinyl as I could from local and london record shops.

What made you get into the producing side of things?

Around 1994 I changed schools because the other school had an Akai sampler (obviously that’s not what I told my parents) I could not afford one at the time, I had an atari ST and crappy sampler card at the time so the use of an Akai was a big help. I later started to work in a studio in a local record shop.

What influences you when making music?

Most of my influences come from the music I love to hear, there too many good tunes to mention from over the years. Also just digging for samples and collecting vinyl is a great source of just finding random things to sample.  Most of the music I make involves analog synths and 70’s breakbeats so that is inspiring in itself.

Can you tell us about your production process?

I currently use Reaper and various outboard, I start with an initial idea either a sample or drums, whatever grabs my brain at the time, it can be capturing the vibe of an old tune that I love or I could be watching a film and hear something that give that initial spark of an idea.

What makes drum & bass different from other genres?

Its changed over the years but it’s the pace and possibilities within the range of 160 -175 bpm, I don’t see much point going any faster personally as I tend to use breakbeats and they sound ridiculous any faster.

Who are your favourite Producers?

From the old Days, Ed Rush and Optical, Dillinja, Goldie, Wax doctor. More recently , Macc, Dgohn, Equinox, Fracture, Nebula (he is a fucking bad man), paradox, nucleus.

Who are your favourite DJ’s?

Equinox, DJ trax, Fracture

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

How long do you have, I’m quite opinionated about the DnB scene and would not like to preach but theres a corner I like and the rest of it is not to my taste.

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

Do something different to the norm, also don’t follow the current fad just make what you believe fuck what is popular at the time unless thats really what you want.

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

There have been too many great nights down at herbal for me to even remember but most of my love came from the comeback of the breaks around 2001 – 2008 and having the legend Bizzy B playing about 10 of my tunes in a set once.

What are your future plans on Default Recordings?

To make music and represent what I love about music. Simple as that really.

 

27 April 2013 Artist  DJ  Drum & Bass  DSP  Uncategorized Read more

New Signing to Default Recordings – DSP

We are very excited to have a new Artist on board – DSP. We will have more information regarding DSP with regards to a Bio, Photos and interview very shortly.

In the meantime check out DSPs track Minimal Funk below due to be our 3rd release!

 

27 April 2013 Artist  Drum & Bass  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

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

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…..

19 February 2013 Artist  DJ  Drum & Bass Read more

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.

 

19 February 2013 Artist  DJ  Drum & Bass Read more

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