How did you first get involved in the Underground music scene?
I was a college student and I had not long started a two year media production course (which later I decided wasn’t the right choice for me) and I managed to meet a fellow student who at the time was starting up a small record label which did Hard Dance music. We got talking, I sent a few demos to him and got my first release on there and he put me in contact with other producers/djs in the Hard Dance scene.
What made you get into the producing side of things?
From an early age I was always into music, used to play the keyboard a lot and record ‘songs’ I had written onto mini-tape. My Dad’s friend also wrote music and had a studio set up which I always enjoyed playing with when I visited. I think the enthusiasm continued through and when I finally got my first DAW and a laptop, that really helped me.
What influences you when making music?
I listen to lots of varieties of music, and I take in what I hear. I find this is something that I do instinctively now. I do listen to drum and bass music mainly so I always take influences from the genre.
Can you tell us about your production process?
The production process for me usually starts with me spending time getting the drum section sounding full. I usually have days where I create my own drum layers and make my own sample library. After the drums, normally I’d look for samples and little loops and ideas. I work a lot with samples so it’s all about getting the main structure of the track down before going back and filling it out. At this point, I’m doing a rough mixdown as I go but it’s not as important. It’s good to just get the ideas down because we all know that they don’t last forever!.
What makes drum & bass different from other genres?
Drum and Bass is very technical in production I feel. It’s one of those genres where you can make a clean sounding drum and bass track where it’s all about the sound design however you can flip it over and write something that sounds gritty, hard and lacks that clean production you find in other genres. Other genres in EDM rely on important formulas such as kick drums but I think with drum and bass there are so many ways to achieve the same sound. Production is not about rules in my opinion, if it sounds good, that’s all that matters.
Who are your favourite Producers/Dj’s?
Too many to name because there are so many! Artists that come to mind are people like Random Movement, Silence Groove, Calibre, Nu:Logic, Current Value, Noisia, Mefjus representing the harder stuff. I don’t really have favourite DJs as such, because the quality is too good to pick people out. The people who I listen to on radio shows, supporting etc they know who they are.
How do you feel about the Drum & Bass scene today?
Drum & Bass as a genre itself is in a good place at the moment, the sound design and production levels are always improving. The output of the sub-genres is always immense, buying too many great EPs at the moment! You’ll always have that ‘commercial’ side in itself which can always bring wide spread debates over but I think drum and bass is one of those genres where people will just write/dj how they want to and that’s that. Sometimes it’s not about playing all the ‘bangers’ on big festivals but it’s good how big dnb is getting across state-side now. The european’s are still well on top and know how to push drum and bass to new boundaries.
Do you have any advice for other up & coming producers & Dj’s?
If I were to give advice, I think it’s important to focus on one thing; Djing or production. I actually prefer writing music rather than Djing which is counter-intuitive considering of my artist name! I love doing the radio shows that I do every week on DNBRadio, considering at the moment I’m busy with university studies I enjoy playing great drum & bass music worldwide. I think if you’re starting out, look around, get in contact with other DJs/producers. The internet is a wonderful place to learn production techniques. Get in contact with people, send over demos and DJ mixes to radio sites, you just never know. I got onto DNBRadio from a friend who I had met over another online streaming site many years ago. Also, one last thing and I wish I’d have done this, actually do send out stuff to people. One thing I still to this day am afraid to do a lot due to fear of rejection or nothing back, I sit on lots of music that I feel is crap.
What has been the most memorable time since your involvement in the scene?
For me, most memorable has been hearing one of my tunes being featured in a Camo & Krooked Mix a year ago. The buzz I got was insane. Still get the giddy feeling when I hear others play my music.
What are your future plans on Default Recordings?
Future plans, to have more releases with the label! As much as my artist name is not the catchiest and can be misleading, I love to write music. Djing I couldn’t do without as well, I’ll always keep practicing at getting better. Always room to improve.