How did you first get involved in the Underground music scene?
Mainly just through friends sending me songs and telling me to listen to certain producers. To start off with I didn’t really take to drum and bass very well as I thought it just sounded like a repetitive fast beat with strange computer noises over the top but after finding a few tracks from Pendulum, Nero, Netsky . etc. to ease me into the genre I started to like it. Once my friends had got me from loving all things metal to being obsessed with drum and bass I pretty much took it from there and started to search for artists and producers that I liked and tried to find music that was new and had something different about it.
What made you get into the producing side of things?
I’ve been into making music since I was about 10 and started playing guitar. After being in a few bands I decided I should have a go at recording some of my own songs so I got an 8-track and recorded some songs. Around a year or so later my friends started to use software such as Ableton and FL studio and they introduced me to them. I really got into it and started to learn as much as I could from the internet and Youtube tutorials and I basically just messed around with Ableton and other software until I understood them and could get the sounds that I wanted.
What influences you when making music?
I have quite a lot of influences when I am making music. I generally listen to a range of genres or get some sample packs from different genres to get a nice mix up and to get some new sounds. There are some influences that happen by accident such as in making ‘All I need’, I was playing the piano intro whilst there was a thunder storm and it was pouring down with rain and I thought it added the perfect background ambience so I used some samples to replicate what I was hearing. I think it’s the little things like that which give a song character and add a little something extra.
Can you tell us about your production process?
I don’t really have a process I just end up making a song out of the blue usually. I tend to either think of a tune in my head and then get the midi down and take from there or find some samples or create a synth that I like and start to build the song around that. I also tend to write most of my chord progressions and tunes on guitar and then translate it into a synth or just record it and use it in the song if I think it will sound good in context. But like I said most of my songs happen by accident or come about when I’m not expecting them so the process is different for every song.
What makes drum & bass different from other genres?
It’s mostly the energy and groove that I find separates it from other genres. I think that the following drum and bass has separates it from other genres as well, as drum and bass fans are usually very loyal to the genre and try to listen to a range of producers and DJ’s. Although, I prefer it when drum and bass has aspects of other genres included to mix it up and to create a hybrid as hybrid genres are always more interesting and experimental.
Who are your favourite Producers?
This is kind of a hard question as I have endless amounts of favourites and they pretty much change every week, but at the moment I would say Lenzman, Ivy lab, Calibre, Logistics, Fred V and Grafix and Brookes Brothers are the producers that I’m listening to the most.
Who are your favourite DJ’s?
The top of the list has to be London Elektricity, and then I would say high contrast, Dimension and Andy C. All of these would be in my list of favourite producers as well but I saved them for this question as they are putting out my favourite mixes and playing all the best tunes around at the minute.
How do you feel about the Drum & Bass scene today?
I think that the drum and bass scene today has changed quite a bit from when I first started listening to it. I’ve only really listened to Drum and bass for the past 5 or 6 years but even in that time there has been quite a change as there has been much more drum and bass songs in the charts and it is becoming more mainstream which is good in a way because the more the merrier, but it has affected the style of music as well due to producers trying to conform to more popular styles of music and dialing back on the parts which their original fans used to really like. Things such as the heavy bass, more complex beats and synths and also the actual synths used have changed as many producers are using trance and house style synths at the moment.
Do you have any advice for other up & coming producers & Djs?
Just stick at it, even when it seems hard and like it’s not going anywhere. Make sure you understand the features of the software and how to use it then learn a bit about music theory to help with your understanding of how things should fit in the mix and other aspects of processing and mastering. Main thing to remember is… Practice makes perfect.
What has been the most memorable time since your involvement in the scene?
My most memorable moment is pretty recent but it has got to be seeing Shy FX and Rockwell at a local club a couple weeks ago. I’ve been listening to Rockwell quite a lot recently and his set was great. I’m looking forward to going to more drum and bass nights as I’ve just turned 18 so I’ve missed out on loads of really good nights in the past when I couldn’t get ID.
What are your future plans on Default Recordings?
I plan to hopefully keep releasing songs and just keep practicing and working on tunes to make myself a better producer and to develop my sound.