QST tells all as we look into what made him the DnB producer he is today
How did you first get involved in the Underground music scene?
My older sister had some green apple and touchdown fm tapes which she used to play, i nicked them off her and it went from there.
What made you get into the producing side of things?
Can’t remember really, I suppose i just got to the point where i’d mastered mixing and wanted to play my own tunes so bought a sampler (ZOOM).
What influences you when making music?
Non dnb normally gets me inspired, i’d be in a curry house eating a meal and i’d notice something in the background music. Before shazam i used to get some funny looks going up to the people asking what this tine called, i’d then spend ages hunting the net for it then either sample it or recreate the part i liked.
Can you tell us about your production process?
Most of the creative process happens in the first 20 minutes, i get a sound/sample/melody that i like and do loads of over dubs, then stretch out the parts i created into an arrangement. I’ve got 1000s of breaks I’ve sampled over the years so i normally know which break i want to use when the idea pops into my head. Logic has the be the best DAW for me as its so easy to use ands some great features plus the factory sounds on it are really good for getting a musical idea together.
What makes drum & bass different from other genres?
It manages to take all the best bits from other music and moulds it all into one, its energy and tempo can be too much for some but just right for me.
Who are your favourite Producers?
The list is too big but if i had to chose my all time favourite would probably be Omni Trio.
Artists doing it for me at the moment are Octane DLR, Audio, Black Sun Empire, Calyx Tbee, BTK Optive
Who are your favourite DJ’s?
For old school its got to Slipmatt and SY, I been listening to a lot of Tech Itch, Maztek and Audio at the moment.
How do you feel about the Drum & Bass scene today?
It’s very healthy, maybe a bit too much for my liking as there seems to be too much to stay up to date with. The good thing is people like Andy C, Tony Coleman, Friction have got a lot of major backing for their labels which means they are starting to get the money they deserve, if it weren’t for them the scene wouldn’t be as big.
Do you have any advice for other up & coming producers & Djs?
Finish your music and get it out there, don’t do what i do and have loads of unfinished tunes.
What has been the most memorable time since your involvement in the scene?
Top 3 things for me are –
The Stevie Hyper memorial rave at Cargo is up there as one of the best nights I’ve been to, almost everyone in the industry was in one little club on a tuesday night paying their respect to the most loved MC.
Getting a DNB residency for Metropolis Playing alongside Pendulum/Goldie/Hype/Mickey Finn etc in Ibiza at Eden, this was when DNB was just getting noticed out there, its a nice thought to be part of the birth of a era of music in Ibiza. When i went there the first year it was pretty much house music everywhere, now you get all types of bass music.
DJing at the “All crew must big up” book launch, i remember playing drum and bass with my long time DJ partner DJV in a old museum in Tottenham, they turned off the lights and i remember playing Whipash By Future Cut and it going off, I’m pretty sure flapjack played at that too, we hadn’t met though.
What are your future plans on Default Recordings?
Keep giving Flapjack my beats, maybe do some colabs with the other artists on Default Recordings.