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New V Recordings Signing Balistik Exclusive Interview

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