Q.How did you first get into Drum N Bass?
A. I got into Jungle/Drum & Bass after a friend gave me a Randall tape from “The Edge” at school when I was about 12. I heard tunes like Bukems remix of Atlantis, Terminator, Dark Stranger and I Bring You The Future (which was actually the tune that got me hooked!!) And that was it!
Q.What was it that attracted you to the scene?
A. I think alot of it was down to the fact that when I was with other people who were into the music – it didn’t matter who I was, what colour I was, how short I was (haha). People just got along because of their love for music – it felt like I belonged .
Q.What producers influenced you to start making beats?
A. Good question!! Even though I have been into and DJ’d the music for a very long time, it was only in 2009 that I thought about making my own music, so I have to give some of the credit to a few of the producers who were smacking it back then, you know obviously Hazard, O sin, Heist, Fresh etc, mixed in with people I grew up with like Photek, Adam F, Total Science, The Reinforced Crew, Ray Keith and the whole Bristol movement, but obviously as time as gone on my influences have spread far and wide from the likes of Bob James & Roy Ayers to J Dilla to Giorgio Moroder!!
Q.How do you feel about the Drum N Bass scene right now? Do you feel it’s in a good place?
A. In all honesty I think it’s as buzzing as its ever been, for sure there is an awful lot of rubbish being pushed to the ravers which is unfortunate but the amount of good music and high quality production that pops up every week far outweighs it and constantly makes me question my self on a daily basis in the studio. It’s good because it makes you push yourself!
Q.What do you think separates you from a lot of producers out there at the moment?
A. I think or so people tell me it’s down to the wide range of labels I release with IE Low Down Deep/ Colab / Smokin Riddims for the more Jump Up crowd (as they say) or Sgn:LTD / Spearhead /C.I.A / Innerground for the more musical side of things. I don’t make one style of DnB because I don’t like sub genres, I just like good music….I suppose I am quite lucky to have such a varied DJ support right across the scene.
Q.As a producer are you interested in making other styles of music or are you purely into DNB?
A. I really like UK Garage, especially the whole 2 step vibe. I have recently just completed my first project in this genre, a remix of an Elb tune with Damien Soul for Kent label “U Wot Blud”which will be released next year.
Q. What top tips would you give to producers just starting out?
A. Honestly – just have fun,try not to get to serious,and remember not everything has to be released,if things are going to happen they will-you can’t force it! Also try and experiment with as many things that make a noise as possible, hardware, software, never limit yourself and don’t be scared to try things.
Q.What can we expect from you in 2015?
A. Well as usual you can expect a fair few releases, I have a 5 track EP coming out on Serial Killaz Recordings, and the first Solo artist L.p on Heist’s label Co-lab in Feb. There will be more work from myself & Nicky Blackmarket – we have a lot of remix work stacked up! Releases with Sgn:LTD (Shogun) and Spearhead all in the spring as well, and another E.p is in the making for Jaydans Smokin Riddims. I’m gonna try and make more musical tracks with vocalists next year, there’s already tunes in the making with Collette Warren & Manchesters Badman Fox!! I’ve started work on a mix with a very highly rated MC, but will be keeping that quiet until nearer the time of the project launch-but watch out for that!! Shameless Plug: My “Toronto E.p” drops on Low down deep Recordings on Boxing Day 2014 !!
Shouts to: Heist, Jaydan, Logan, Marky, Total Science, Bcee, Friction, Funsta, Nicky Bm, Serial Killaz, Micky Finn, everyone at Urban Agency, and everyone who supports my music!!