Interview by Benjamin Jackson 24.11.16
Often we find ourselves gaining a better understanding of something, if a crystal clear example is given rather than a simple explanation then it tends to set in a little easier, like the theory of flight, or how gravity works.
In this case we have been presented with a fine example of the science behind why a triangle is so robust and its representation of strength.
Bachelors of Science are a rock solid representation of what the triangle represents, they are a trio who have not just set the bar, but have established themselves as a corner stone supporting the Drum and Bass scene in North america.
4 albums and countless singles later our trio parted ways with Horizon Records too deployed a pipeline that would supply San Francisco, California with a heavy and much needed flow of premium liquid funk!
In 2012 the floodgates were opened when Chris Doe, Phil Collis, and Lukeino Argilla (Bachelors of Science) formed CODE recordings and built a first class roster that shines to the present day and beyond.
Showing tireless efforts and supreme dedication The Bachelors have cut into their already consumed schedules and graced us with a room shaking discography ‘The Space Between’ consisting of 3 volumes, all filled end to end with a much more “varied” approach to writing music; of which volume 3 was released this month.
If that’s not enough they even had time to answer a few questions for you lucky bunch, here is what they had to say!
Firstly id like to congratulate you all on a more than successful 10 years, when you look back how does that make you feel?
Phil: It’s been a long but very fun road. We love music and DnB so to be honest it doesn’t feel like 10 years at all. It actually feels like we are just getting warmed up!
How did you celebrate such a milestone?
Chris: Well actually we haven’t really celebrated too much yet! Now that the final remix series is out from our latest album we are planning to do a little celebration next week actually.
Where did the name come from? Very creative!
Phil: Well we were single when we started the band and quickly realized how complicated it was to truly understand the science of audio production / engineering to make quality tracks – hence Bachelors Of Science.
Since then Chris and I have both gotten married so Luke is the only actual bachelor left in the group!
Talking of creativity, I noticed that your range of music production is pretty much limitless, who inspires you?
Luke: A lot the big names in DnB have inspired us early on and over the years. Guys like Calibre, Alix Perez, High Contrast – but the more recently guys like Ivy Lab, LSB, S.P.Y etc. definitely helped push things into the future.
Also really interesting to see what a lot of the new RnB / Hip Hop / Leftfield guys are doing, there’s a lot to be learned from other genres.
Who is the boss of Bachelors of science?
Drum & Bass
Is three a crowed or is that a myth?
Luke: I think in many cases it can be but somehow our personalities mix really well together. It doesn’t matter if we are hanging out playing pool (our second favorite pass time) or working away in the studio, we get along really well. Thankfully we don’t have any major ego issues like some other bands or musicians do. We are all great friends who enjoy hanging out together and thankfully we really love making DnB as well.
Many readers come here for inspiration and peace of mind, What piece of equipment is most precious to you and why?
Phil: For me it’s a toss up between my record collection and my Fender Rhodes. Both are often the starting point for new ideas on tunes.
Luke: I still have the same guitar I bought when I was about 13 for less than $200 that I made doing yard work for neighbors and odd jobs around where I grew up. It’s a real piece of shit but I still love it!
Chris: It’s gotta by the Virus. We’ve made some nasty sounds with that baby.
Do you have any tips for the producers out there?
Luke: Don’t be afraid to try stuff. Break all the conventional rules to mixing and creating. Find what works for you and have fun!
What motivates you most when encountering creative blocks?
Luke: Luckily we haven’t had that problem too much. Maybe when we were younger we would try to force out something, or put a lot of pressure on ourselves to make something really great. That’s when blockage happens I think.
But with age comes a bit of understanding that creativity comes in waves. When you aren’t feeling it, that’s ok. Take a break. Go for a walk. Do something different. Listen to something different. The trick to making lots of music is to “keep the creative well full” as they say. If you pour all the vibes out into your art and don’t put new influences and inspirations in, then things can get stale. Try to find a groove of productivity and stay there while also taking breaks to experience new things.
Onto your most recent releases, The Space Between Remixes, Massive tunes on all three volumes, will there be a fourth release this year?
Chris: Vol 3. is the last in the remix series. It’s been a really rewarding project and great to get names like Bladerunner, Nymfo, BCee & Villem, Random Movement and all the others guys involved. Looking ahead we’re going to be shedding some light on some fresh talent by the likes of Sobo and Aphonic in the coming months so watch out for that.
I think i may have listened to Control – The Insiders remix a good 3 or 4 times before moving onto your next track, what is your favorite track from The Space Between volumes and why?
Phil: Gotta be the Random Movement remix for me. It’s kind of amazing that even though I’ve known Mike for so many years – back to when people used to swap tunes on Aim Messenger – but we had never met in person until this year. So to have him bring that trademark funk to this tune was a real highlight.
Chris: I really dig the smooth vibes that Nymfo brought to Before You Go. Really unexpected from him as he’s known for a harder sound. Nice to see him showing his range!
Luke: For me it’s the BCee and Villem remix. Those guys knocked it out of the park. They did the damn thing in like 2 days as well. Really impressive.
Where do you see yourselves in 5 years?
Phil: Probably in a similar place – we’ve ridden many waves of DnB being in and out of vogue and we’re not quitting any time soon. You’re always learning in this business.
Where did you see yourselves in 5 years, 10 years ago?
Chris: Right about here. haha
Who have you most enjoyed working with and why?
Luke: Gotta give a shout out to one of our newer vocalists Dylan Germick – that guy has such an amazing sound to his voice and such a presence on stage. The songs we have done together so far, “Don’t Hold Back” & “Before You Go” are some of our favorite from our catalog. Also his work ethic is just second to none, he really gives it his all and wants to deliver the best he can with lyrics, melodies, performance… we really hope to do more with him in the future.
Chris: Speaking of vocalists our family member, Emcee Child, needs to get back in the studio with us! We know you are reading this mate and we are calling you out! haha. He’s the best though we have made some really powerful music together over the years not to mention countless great shows. He really is part of the family so the vibes just fit in there like a glove.
Is there anyone you have not collaborated with and aspire to do so?
Phil: Too many to count – but our door’s always open.
Thank you guys so much for the hard work, the quality music and more importantly your time, is there anyone you would like to thank?
Phil: Shouts to all the fans and supporters over the years, shouts to the musicians and promoters in San Francisco, California and across North America as well as Europe.
Chris: Shouts to all the remixers on this latest project, and shouts to the family who’s stuck by us on those late late nights.
Luke: Yes much love to our families who put up with our craziness haha. Big up all the DnB lovers out there. Thank you guys for having us do this interview with you.
Oh and one more thing…
FUCK YOU, TRUMP.
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Interview by Benjamin Jackson 24.11.16
Out on the 28th November!!
Marcus Visionary & Liondub team up in the studio to bring you RUMBLE, a new collaboration featuring vocalists from Jamaica, New York and the UK, that fuses together the sounds of Dancehall, Hip Hop, Reggae, Grime, Jungle, and Drum & Bass. The first single showcases veteran vocalist and producer Suku (Ward 21) out of Kingston, Jamaica. Suku’s vocal flow has influenced everything from Reggae and Dancehall to London grime and Jungle, and Suku has inspired a generation of vocalists, effectively creating new genres throughout the UK and the world. In the soundclash tradition, Rumble teams up with SUKU to bring you “SIREN”, a bass heavy, sound killing weapon that comes with three mixes; the original hi energy club and radio mixes, a dancehall mix for the Kinsgton posse, and a rolling DnB mix for the UK heads. “SIREN” drops in November with a full video filmed in NYC, and multiple follow up singles are already in the wings. Stay tuned for more heat from RUMBLE!
’10 years Of Symmetry’ Album Launch
Thursday 22nd September 2016
10pm – 3am
418 Brixton Road
20 years on and still sounding centuries ahead of the game, Optical’s repertoire is a lesson in D&B history and future. Celebrating his influential tenure to date, here we find Optical selecting highlights from drum & bass’s most formative era. Benchmark-setting cuts such as the Metalheadz-released spiralling paranoia jam “Raging Calm”, the slinky Prototype-released stepper “Moving 808s” and the alien funk odyssey “Dark Skies” on Matrix’s Metro are all present and correct, as are his solo highlights from his and Ed Rush’s game-changing album Wormhole. With such a rich legacy to cherry pick from, these volumes could go on for days and remain relevant for years.