Exclusive interview: Phil Tangent

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Phil Tangent made his mark in drum and bass a few years ago with a huge release on Marcus Intalex label Soul:R. Since then he’s had releases on Commercial Suicide, IM:Ltd and plenty more. Drum+Basics asked Phil Tangent a few questions ahead of his massive forthcoming release on Integral.

Hello Phil,
Over the last couple of years we have seen great success with your music. What were you doing before you started producing?

I’ve been making music since around 2000 but it was more jokey tunes for friends to listen to. I’ll still get in the car now and they’ ll play ‘Beatrix Chopper’ which consists of chopped vocals from a 12″ I have of Beatrix Potter’s tales narrated by Wendy Craig. It’s very explicit! I was working for an estate agent firm before my first release on Soul:R though. I like property but I love listening to and making music – it was the obvious choice to pursue my life-long dream.

You had a huge release on Soul:R a few years ago. Do you think this made you push yourself more in the studio?

I do. I’ve never been the most prolific producer out there but I always have ideas. At one stage I probably put myself under too much pressure to churn out tunes but realised quickly that quality is more important than quantity and learned if I’m not vibing then it’s best to give it a break for a bit. Having said that, you can often find me in the studio fourteen hours a day – stomach rumbling because I’ve forgotten to eat. What’s breakfast?

Do you personally think that your music production has gone up another level?

I feel it has – it had to. There are so many producers upping their game that it’s the natural progression. Having said that, I was given some great advice a couple of years ago that it’s 75% vibe and the rest is the final mix. I do feel it’s important to mix down tunes as well as you possibly can – not only to make the mastering engineers lives easier but also for playing out purposes – but don’t lose the vibe of the track. I listened back to some tunes I worked on a few years ago and there is a huge difference in terms of how they sound sonically.

Your forthcoming EP on Integral is sounding great. Do you have a personal favourite track from this EP?

Thank you. My personal favourite has to be ‘Rinjani’. My brother told me about his trek up Mount Rinjani, an active volcano in Indonesia and I felt inspired to write. It’s my interpretation of what he encountered along the way – hence the rain, wind and thunder samples – and his ultimate sense of achievement he felt at the end.

Do you prefer vocal samples or actually working with a live vocalist?

Hmm…it’s a tricky question as I enjoy both. I love working with samples as you can take a tune you know and put a completely different and creative spin on it. However, I always relish a challenge and find live vocals present me with one. It will take a lot longer for me to be happy with the end product but over all I was happy with how ‘Bedouin’ (featuring Steo) turned out. It was definitely a learning curve but I learned a lot and plan to employ the methods used for future projects.

Have you ever scrapped a tune but then realised it had potential?

Yes. It might come as a surprise but I originally scrapped ‘Rinjani’. I originally started the tune about four years ago and it’s quite different to the version that is due for release on Integral Records. I sent it (the original version) to a few labels but after a general lack of interest I put it to one side doubting I’d ever go back to it. A few years later, I thought I’d revisit it after going through my ‘old projects folder’, re-structured it and added a few more elements. I’m really proud of how it turned out.

What’s been the best highlight of 2014 musically for you?

It’s really difficult to pin it down to one but I think the highlight of 2014 for me has to be playing two gigs in Russia – Breeze in St. Petersburg and Treasure Island in Moscow. Not only were the nights firing but the people were amazing and I got to witness the phenomenon that is the ‘white nights’ – I was in a bar in St. Petersburg and one of the promotional team, Natasha asked me ‘what time do you think it is?’ The sun was still out so I said ‘about 8pm?’ It was midnight! I feel privileged to have witnessed it. Another highlight was hearing LSB’s ‘Walking Blues’ for the first time and falling in love with it.

2015 is nearly upon us. What can we expect from you?

There are a few things in the pipeline which I’m unable to divulge at present. However, expect more music, an EP for Spearhead and I have a few gigs with the likes of Lenzman and Ivy Lab lined up already for the early part of 2015. I’m also looking forward to getting in the studio for a few collaborations with people I’ve respected for years.

And finally are there any other producers we should look out for in 2015 that you are liking?

There are a few obvious ones like Calibre and Ivy Lab but I’m really feeling LSB’s output lately. He’s really come into his own and it’s great to see the recognition he deserves. It couldn’t happen to a nicer lad. I look forward to everything that Eastcolors sends me too. Watch out for some of his forthcoming material. It’s neveroyatnyy!

Many Thanks!

20/12, London. Critical Sound Xmas Party @ Studio Spaces

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S.P.Y
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Kasra Critical B2B Foreign Concept
Sam Binga
Hyroglifics
Klax

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Hosted by: MC Drs / MC GQ / Con*Natural

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22.00 – 06.00

Studio Spaces E1

Unit 2, 110 pennington street, E1W2BB London, United Kingdom

New: AutomAte Podcast #35 – Synthesis

Bristol DJ Synthesis’ meticulous attention to detail and fastidious, rollin’ tune selection has rocked crowds at a diverse range of events, including Critical, Metalheadz, Dispatch, Foundation, Apex and Red Dread Audio. He also held a regular slot on the original AutomAte radio show back in 2010. Who better to take the helm for one last rinse out, bringing 2014 to a close?

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Track List:

Nymfo – Cymatic Frequencies [Commercial Suicide]
Hybris – Night Boss [Invisible]
Atmos T – Marshall Law [Proximity]
Tom Small – Formal [Proximity]
A-cray – Impact [Zenith]
Villem, Linden, Mako & Fields – Saturate [Dispatch]
Soligen – Hiccup [Syndrome]
M-Zine & Scepticz – Point Of No Return [Dispatch]
Mono – Retribute [Hustle Audio]
L- Side (ft. Ragga Twins) – Riddim Dancer [V Recordings]
Trex – Loungin’ VIP [Flexout]
Calibre – Archive [Metalheadz]
Bazil – Back To Front [Hustle Audio]
S.P.Y – Mucky Business [Hospital]
M-Zine & Scepticz (ft. Detail) – Reflexions [Dispatch]
Roygreen & Protone – Folded [Demand]
Mr Joseph (ft. Collette Warren) – Rose At Your Front Door [Fizzy]
Young G – Ugly Face [Citrus]
D.R.O.P.S – Utopia [AutomAte]
Electrosoul System – Solar Substance (Cutworks Remix) [Kos Mos]
Foreign Concept – When You’re Alone [Critical]
Glyph – Stop Trying [Proximity]

6/2, London. Shut That Sh*t Down 2nd Birthday @ Fire

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Dauji
Treble Clef
Agman Gora
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23. Jubei ft D Bridge – These things VIP – Metalheadz
24. Bredren – Red Powder – Proximity
25. Jam Thieves – Sniper – Serial Killaz
26. Break – Strictly Entertainment – Playaz

Podcast: G.R.A.M Volume 35 – Makoto

Time for some Human Elements from Drum and Bass legend Makoto. After making his name releasing on the seminal Good Looking Records Makoto has consistently delivered top drawer music and shows no signs of slowing down into the new year. In 2015 watch out for a new album collaborating with A-Sides, new music with DJ Marky, Danny Wheeler and a host of high profile remixes, and thats just what we’re allowed to talk about!
Ahead of his first tour with us in March/April next year Makoto drops 60 minutes of rolling dnb, liquid flavours and some dirty dancefloor destroyers. Featuring music from the man himself and from the likes of Marky, Nu:Tone, Break and more.

Podcast Tracklisting:

Makoto – GRAM Podcast 35 – November 2014:

1.DJ Marky – Silly
2.Billon – Special feat. Maxine Ashley (Nu:Tone Remix)
3.Malaky and Velocity – Midnight
4.Stevie Wonder – Part-Time Lover (Makoto and Danny Wheeler DnB Edit)
5.Nu:Tone – Deep Inside
6.Lynx – Where Are You ? feat. Master X
7.Hydro, Mako, DLR, Villem – The Formula (Break Remix)
8.Voltage – Channel 2 – Master
9.Nu:Tone – ‘Til Dawn
10.A Sides – Dreamworld
11.MC Conrad and Makoto – Golden Girl (Makoto and Con-Natural 2014 rework)
12.TEED – The Garden Calibre Remix (Pulsaar Retouch)
13.Dr Meaker – Right Back feat. Sian Evans (Break Remix)
14.Release – Goldbricks
15.Drum Tools – MC Conrad and Furney
16.Chromatic – Lung VIP
17.Pulsaar – Anticipation Management
18.A Sides – This Is Your Time feat. Vanessa Freeman (Makoto Edit)
19.A Sides and Makoto – Searchin’

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Free download: Hybrid Minds – Conrad (Bootleg)

Hybrid Minds hit 50 000 likes on Facebook and released this bootleg as a thank you. Enjoy!

7/2, London. Renegade Hardware 20th Anniversary @ Electric Brixton

Artists across 2 roomsdnb

BAD COMPANY ft. VEGAS
CAUSE 4 CONCERN
COLD FUSION
DIGITAL
DOC SCOTT
DOM & ROLAND
GENOTYPE
FUTURE FORCES ft D BRIDGE & MALDINI
GRIDLOK
INK
KANE
KHANAGE
KONTROL
KRYPTIC MINDS
LOXY
MANIFEST
MOVING FUSION
OPTICAL
SKITTY
SKYNET
SPIRIT
TECH ITCH
TOTAL SCIENCE
UNIVERSAL PROJECT
USUAL SUSPECTS ft. KEATON
UNKNOWN ERROR
VERB
VICIOUS CIRCLE

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17/1, London. Spearhead Records 10th Birthday @ Electric Brixton

Spearhead Records Present ‘TEN’. Ten years of Spearhead Records.DNB

Drumsound & Bassline Smith
Fabio & Grooverider
Brookes Bros.
John B
BCee
Hybrid Minds b2b LSB
Technimatic
Utah Jazz
Tokyo Prose
Bladerunner
Mutated Forms
Dexcell
Battery

MC’s Youngman, Con*Natural (MC Conrad), Riya, Fava, Texas, Tempza

And a couple more to be added soon…

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Electric Brixton

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19/12, Bristol. Intrigue Xmas Special @ Dojo Lounge

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FABIO (Creative Source/Swerve)

DJ STORM (Metalheadz/Swerve)

NYMFO (Holland/Critical/Shogun)

THE INSIDERS (Intrigue Music)

DISTRACT (Intrigue Music)

Venue: Dojo Lounge, 12-16 Park Row, Bristol BS1 5LJ
Doors 10:00pm-late
Tickets: £8 advanced

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Dojo Lounge

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5/12, London. Viper Recordings Decade Album Launch & Xmas Party @ Fire

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Matrix & Futurebound vs ??
Phace vs Black Sun Empire
?? vs Cyantific
Original Sin vs Sub Zero
Smooth vs InsideInfo
Koven vs Memtrix
BMotion vs Chords
Six Blade vs Insomniax
North Base vs Supreme Being
Raw Theory vs KG
D’Silva vs Specimen A

Viper Recordings returns to London for Round 3 of the ‘Decade of Viper’ 2014 tour and album launch party for the forthcoming ‘Decade’ album, celebrating 10 years of Viper.

Date: Friday 5th December 2014
Venue: Fire – South Lambeth Road, London, SW8 1RT
Website: http://www.firelondon.net/
Tube Station: Vauxhall
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Tickets:
Final Release £17.50
On The Door (OTD) £20

For ‘Decade’ tour bookings contact: james@viperrecordings.co.uk
More info: tim@viperrecordings.co.uk

Fire Vauxhall

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5/12, Norwich. Spearhead Presents: Hybrid Minds Album Launch @ Bam Bam

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Hybrid Minds (90 Min Set)
BCee (90 Min Set)
Insular
Tom Wilkes
Al Royal

Debut Hybrid Minds set in Norwich and a rare local appearance from BCee who will be showcasing tracks from his forthcoming 3rd studio LP.

Wilkes & Royal will be brining in the sound and light to ensure that this one shakes you!

TICKETS. This is a very small intimate venue with only 100 pre-sale tickets available.

Bam Bam Norwich

27-29 Tombland, NR3 1RE Norwich, Norfolk
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