How did you first get involved in the Underground music scene?
Well, I guess it was back in 1997 when first I started DJ-ing house music around the Brighton area, anything from house party’s to pubs, bars and clubs, just anywhere I could play and it was a few years later I first tried music production with a friend who was studying sound engineering.
What made you get into the producing side of things?
In 2010 after a few years away from all things music I was put back in contact with some past friends, who were still in the scene, one’s a DnB DJ while the other is a hip-hop producer and It wasn’t long before I was getting me hands dirty. Late I know!!!!! but this was when I first really started listening to DnB rather than merely hearing it! The music production process had changed somewhat over the years since my first try, but I was eager to get back to it, so with the guidance and time of some amazing friends matched with a lot of hours locked in the studio I was able to start doing basic tracks.
What influences you when making music?
I always like a clear head when I’m in the studio, letting the music push me one way or the other. If I’m working with a vocal then that’s my influence for sure, I do like to get them early so I can build the track working around the vocal allowing me to hopefully get the feeling of it but for me it’s all about the sounds that I find/make and where I can take them. Its usually just one sample or patch that will spark the track off, from there I’ll start adding layers as I hear them and try to get each new element to compliment the existing.
Can you tell us about your production process?
Most of my projects start by making and arranging a basic beat, then just start building layers up until I get a good solid sounding loop a few bars long, although I would do I little fiddling with sounds during this process this is were I’ll really work on EQing and effects. Next I’ll move over too the arrangement of the track and start adding automation along with any changes I feel are needed. Once the track is finished in arrangement terms I’ll work on all the elements together as a whole and get the final sound and feel I’m looking for, and of course plenty of tea and smoke !!!
What makes drum & bass different from other genres?
I think firstly the diversity of sub-genes within DnB can set it apart from others, it can have the most beautiful to the most dark and dirty tracks but they they all work and although some tracks do break into the mainstream it’s not the end game, its about keeping the genre truly alive which allows the artist’s to push themselves and the boundary’s of sounds.
Who are your favourite Producers?
At the moment it’s gotta be Dub Motion at the top for me, followed by Spectrasoul, Alix Perez, S.P.Y, Calibre and T.C to name a few but just to many to mention all.
Who are your favourite DJ’s?
One’s that still use turntables!
How do you feel about the Drum & Bass scene to day?
I think it’s going through good times, with the current commercial success running high throughout the genre it’s opening larger opportunities for all involved, yet still keeps true to the sound that Drum & Bassers desire.
Do you have any advice for other up & coming producers & DJs?
All I can say is just get your head stuck in there! For me it was and still is very much learn by mistake, don’t be afraid to try as you can always go back. Spend some time on your research, use YouTube as it’s full of wicked tutorials that get straight to the point and will help loads. Get your work out there and get it heard but listen and learn from any comments as they could prove invaluable but most of all just keep trying and push yourself to better your skills and be true to what your producing.
What has been the most memorable time since your involvement in the scene?
It’s not any single event but when your behind the turntables in a packed club and that little moment you glance up and can absorb the atmosphere your creating.
What are your future plans on Default Recordings?
Well first off, I can’t wait to start releasing and getting my tracks out there, I’ve been heads down in the studio for some time discovering and evolving my sound so I’m really exited to get them heard. The opportunity to work with different producers and live vocalists is really exiting and just want to push myself to make the best projects I can.