This is very exciting for Drum+Basics! We’ve been lucky enough to get an exclusive guest mix from Southampton DJ and producer Kush T. His ‘Tense / Waiting’ is out on Terabyte Records today so we wanted to know a little bit more about him…
Who are you?
I’m Pete, otherwise known as Kush T, a Digital Music student from Oxford studying my final year in Southampton.
How did it all start?
For as long as I can remember I’ve always had a keen interest in music. I wanted to be in a band at an early age so that was when I taught myself to play the guitar and drums as well as a bit of piano. This inevitably led to me discovering Drum & Bass through a good friend of mine when I was about 16. So I grabbed myself a pair of turntables and that was it, I was hooked.
I’ve always been more of a Drum & Bass DJ but eventually it got the stage when I wanted to dedicate myself more by learning to make the music itself. It was until a bit over a year ago I started producing thanks to my mate Ant (Knauf) who gave me advise and the rest. I’ve never looked back since.
Describe your music in one sentence…
If I had to describe my music, I would say it is deep, experimental and minimalistic aiming to portray emotion and purpose across to the listener.
How’s your studio set up and what would be a dream studio?
I’ve got a rather modest set up at the moment consisting of 2x Mackie MR5, MacBook Pro 13″, Focusrite Saffire Pro 14 soundcard, 2x Pioneer 1000s mk2 and DJM 600 mixer.
My dream studio, hmm this could be fun. Definitely would consist of a Virus TI and a pair of Adam 8s. Oh and a banging view of the Caribbean. Can’t really go wrong there!
What kind of music do you listen to?
All sorts.. UK Hip Hop, Funky Garage and Ska are a few that come to mind. But it all depends what mood I’m in really!
You have a release on Terabyte Records – How did you end up working with them?
It all started earlier this year when a mate of mine passed a few tracks over to Sam from Terabyte and it all led from there. At the moment I’m focusing on my final year at uni, so finding time to get creative in the studio has proven to be difficult. It will all be over soon though, thank god for that! But not to worry, theres a lot in the pipeline at the moment so 2014 looks to be a busy year.
What’s in store for 2014?
Producing, producing and more producing.. I’m working on a number of collaborations at the moment, as well as a few remixes and getting knuckling down with my new EP. If all goes to plan they should all be finished in 2014, so keep your ears pealed!
What’s been the highlight of 2013?
A hard question that! But I’d have to say a highlight that stands out to me was my set down in Cambridge the other week supporting XXXY and Randomer. The night surprisingly had an awesome atmosphere and supporting DJs/Producers that don’t fall under the Drum & Bass category was interesting to say the least! To be honest with you, I wasn’t expecting there to be decent nights going down in Cambridge! Haha, so the moral of the story is not to jump to conclusions!
And you’ve been kind enough to do a guest mix for us…
The guest mix I have provided begins with a deep chilled vibe which escalates into a variety of Drum & Bass styles including a few exclusives from myself and Knauf. So sit back and enjoy!
Track: Break – Chaos Theory
Producer: Minor Rain
Any last words?
For starters, thanks for having me! I also just want to give a massive shout out to the Terabyte boys for all the hard work they have done. Its always great to witness hard work pay off. Saying this, next year is definitely something to look forward to. So until next time!
BEATPORT / TRACK IT DOWN
Minor Rain – In My Place
Kush T – Hyperspace ft. Serge
Mute & Mako – Cali Sleaze
Survival & Silent Witness – Visitation
Basher & Frankee – Weep
Kush T – Tense ft. Serge
Maztek – iMaz
Rido – They Think That
Amoss – New Jack Swing
Icicle – Anxious
Enei – Count To Ten
Knauf – Coppa Rod
Memro – Colony
Minor Rain – Canyon Sunrise
Spectrasoul – Sometimes We Lie (DLR Remix)
M-Set – Summer Love ft. Hannah Eve