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.