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Behind The Event: West Yorkshire Jungle Collective

No photo description available.Hey West Yorkshire Jungle Collective! Thank you all for answering my questions for drum+basics!

Thank you for getting in touch. We were honoured when Drum + Basics started picking up our events in the listings, so to have a chance to say hello to all your visitors and readers is fantastic!

Let’s start from the beginning. Who is who in WYJC and how did it all come about?

The spark for the WYJC was ignited in a Junglism vs. Jungle Syndicate event (at The Old Red Bus Station (ORBS) in December 2017), as a discussion about the opportunities for jungle and drum & bass DJ’s to play vinyl at events. With a lot of venues and events moving to purely digital setups, it was becoming increasingly difficult to find an outlet if you were vinyl only, or preferred playing wax. The original idea was of a collaboration between DJ’s to try and promote each other when discussing bookings with promoters. This idea soon evolved into putting on our own events, which turned into an offer of a monthly residency from our good friends at ORBS.

Our current roster is

Ark X
Chewie Lewie
Cun7
Duburban
Guirkz
Hyson
Hollie Anthwax
Olrac
Parody
Pig
Pixl
Sinistatek
Squid

What’s the purpose of WYJC?

Our main goal is to showcase the music we love. It sounds cliche, but we came together through jungle / drum & bass, and enjoy playing it as much as possible. We also want to give people who don’t necessarily get a chance to play in the North an opportunity to come and turn some heads. As long as there’s a crowd, we’ll bring the beats!

You organised a lot of events last year with really good line ups, how do you decide about that?

As a collective we want people who come to our nights to hear something they won’t hear at any other night. This is achieved partially through the difference in styles within the collective, as we all have our own unique take on jungle / drum & bass, but also from the guests we invite. Narrowing down the list of potential guests can be an interesting challenge, especially as it is a collaborative discussion between members, however we ultimately look for someone who can bring something unique to the night – whether it’s an up front selection, a set of their own productions, or a deep dive into a collection to draw for some hidden gems.

What’s the hardest part of running your own night?

Honestly, the budgeting. Our nights are always free entry, fitting with the ethos of events at ORBS to offer a free jungle/dnb night every Friday, so we don’t necessarily have the budget we’d need to invite certain guests to come and play for us. However, this actually helps us, as it makes us dig a bit deeper for selectors to invite, rather than simply booking names people are used to seeing. It gives us something different, and we’re starting to see people commenting that if we are putting someone on, that person is definitely worth seeing.

What’s the best part?

For me, the best part is receiving some of the feedback we get from people about our events. Knowing that someone has chosen to spend their Friday night with us and has thoroughly enjoyed themselves is a real boost. The support we get from our regulars, and from people who drop in and like what we do makes it all worthwhile.

Dream line up?

If budget was no problem, I think Sinistatek would immediately book Special Request and Dub One for the same night!

Leeds and raving; how is the city’s nightlife?

Leeds has a solid history with regards to nightlife including legendary acid/house/techno nights Kaos and Back to Basics, whilst producing well known names such as LFO, Nightmares on Wax and Special Request. Like any northern town we’ve got our fair share of Yates’ types though! Ha ha! Probably the most well known aspects of Leeds nightlife is the healthy dub sound system culture which is inspired and propagated by Iration Steppas and the legendary Subdub at the West Indian Centre. Arguably Leeds was at one point saturated with dub, drum n bass and dubstep events. In spite of this there’s always been a bit of a lack of proper jungle nights providing tear-out amens, which is why it’s important to realise what the Old Red Bus Station has created for the city.

Big night ahead for WYJC with Equinox playing on the 21st February, what can people expect?

Something special, we hope! Equinox is a fantastic DJ and selector, who has everything we want in a DJ – a rich and varied collection of music from the history of our scene, as well as a collection of unreleased tracks and forthcoming releases that people would love to get their hands on. We also have Polarity joining us, who has releases on Criterion and Danger Chamber Digital, and some forthcoming material that will test any system. All said, we’re expecting a busy dancefloor to be destroyed by heavy artillery – and that’s before the residents get involved!

What’s next?

We’ve got our next event of our monthly residency on the 13th March at ORBS with an all-residents line up, and are heading over to Manchester for a clash with our good friends at Certain Sounds on the 10th April on the Pick ‘n’ Mix Soundsystem. We also have a habit of throwing an all-day event in the summer at the Fenton pub in Leeds, hosted by the Symbiosis Soundsystem – this year including two well known junglists playing something unusual! – so keep your eyes on our pages for more information.

Any famous last words?

A massive thank you to the Drum + Basics crew for this interview (and to anyone who’s read this far!). Huge shout to our friends at The Old Red Bus Station, Champion Up North and the License To Jungle crew. Massive respect to the crews at Certain Sounds in Manchester, Anomalies in Sheffield, Junglism in Huddersfield and the Northern Sound Alliance (NSA). Shouts also to Symbiosis Soundsystem, Jungle Syndicate, Jungletrain, Fright Night, Energy1058, Kemet FM, The Underground Lair, Bassport FM, G.O.D. Soundsystem, and too many more to mention.

For more information about West Yorkshire Jungle Collective, follow them on Facebook. Their next event is on the 21 February at The Old Red Bus Station.

Photo credit: Lewis Beresford

Exclusive Interview: Burr Oak

You’re probably very excited about your newest and first release on Eatbrain. Congrats to that, guys! Why is it called Hawkeye? Are you huge superhero fans? :)

For sure we’re excited, going to Eatbrain is like an achievement with all the work they do since years and the sound they push into the DNB scene.
We know Jade & MNDSCP since years, Niko already worked with them with “Signs” and had a few releases on it and Julien already did few collabs on Eatbrain too, so it was natural for us to send our music and see what happens.
About the title “Hawkeye”, it’s totally not about the Marvel Super hero, which we’re not very fan tbh. He’s more like a super zero for us. J/K
“Hawkeye” is about seeing the life through the eyes of a hawk, with a natural meaning, facing the difficulties of life in the Middle West.
As for “Burr Oak” we’re very into the Western stories and Native American mythology. It’s like we’re sharing life and feelings from an other continent, but still living in Europe, like a “nouveau western”.

Who inspired you producing this EP?

We listened to a lot of Rock Grunge music during the making of it. Like Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Alice In Chains and more… (that’s a big part of our musical culture)
And for sure latest stuff by Noisia, Dawn Wall, Camo & Krooked, Mefjus, KOTR, and others great producers from the scene. Of course a lot of old stuff like Kemal & Rob Data, Stakka & Skynet, C4C etc., we love that techy sound forever.
We’re diving a lot into what we want to tell in our music, for example in “Hawkeye”, we watched a lot of old Western Movies and listened a lot of Blues Music, to feel the dry land and hot sun, then we were ready to sing on it. So yeah, our voices and accent are not perfect, but we really tried to give that Country Blues vibes in it.

You mentioned you were inspired by a lot of grunge and rock music – have you experimented making these genres too?

Yeah, we have always been inspired by Rock, Grunge, Punk, Metal music and even with Hip Hop, we both grew up with these genres so it’s natural for us to inject it into our production.
We both were part of a Rock band but nothing really serious.
Niko was singer, we mean a “howler” in a hardcore metal band and Julien played guitar with his friends’ band. We’re composing more like a band now, we’re singing both, you can hear it on Hawkeye for example and even more on the next tracks coming. We trying to put some messages into our music, even if sometimes it could be hard to understand it by the listeners. We let our audience to appropriate our music.

I’m really curious about how you came up with the collab name, Burr Oak.

This a long story, take a seat.
Being both fans of Western movies and all Native American Culture we wanted a name that made think of it.
We searched for months without finding something that we really liked but one evening while working on a song we both heard the same hearing illusion with a bass we were working, that said something like “Walnut Grove” in rehearsal.
It made us laugh a lot because it’s the main village of “The Little House on the Prairie” serie broadcasted when we were kids. Suddenly we knew, that was it, we had our name.
But in writing we found it not very aesthetic, so we documented ourself on the story about the serie and the Ingalls family and a name jumped at our eyes “Burr Oak”.
We found that this type of Oak is often sacred for Native Americans and we are here to plant a seed and to grow it for years, so the Oak appeared to us as obvious.
And the name sounds so good for any kind of music, so it’s perfect for what we’re doing.

Yes, indeed you have a very unique name. How did you guys start producing music together?

We started producing together about two years ago now, but we’ve both talked about doing a project and collaborating since years.
Already at the time when Niko was part of Signs we wanted to work together but we never managed to find the right timing.
We have made up for it since then.

How do you work together? Who’s doing what when producing music?

I’m (Julien) doing everything.
Niko is just smoking amount of weed and laughing alone.

I (Niko) am the main guy of the project.
Julien is always in the kitchen and eating all the day, when he’s not sleeping.

J/K

And to be serious, we are working together at the same time in the studio, both doing all the things, like Drums, Basses, Synths whatever, sharing the mouse.
Sometimes we’re starting some sketches both on our side in our respective studios, then we finish the track together if the idea is validated by both, of course.
It happens sometimes one of us spend hours sound designing Basses, Drums or Synths, then the other comes and start to sequence it and vice versa.
The cool thing in this project is we’re both hard workers, we don’t sleep enough to be honest, and everything come very naturally.
We trust each other and let’s time to develop the idea when one of us have it. And for the moment, the symbiosis is perfect.

I hope you can still get some proper rest guys. How do you handle if you don’t agree on something?

It never happen for the moment, but if it does, probably having a fight on a ring will resolve it.

Do you master your own tracks?

Yes, for the most of our releases, generally we prefer our own master, because we know from the very beginning of composition how we want the track to sound. But still taking advices from close friends who help us to get out of the project to be more objective.

What is your studio set up?

We each have a respective studio, even if we work mainly at Julien’s home.
Mostly we’re working with Ableton on each computer, with quite the same setup with VSTS, so it’s easy to work in each studio when we want to move a bit.
We both have a pair of monitors, Eve Audio Sc208 and Behringer Truth B2030A and have a few hardwares like TB 303 (the original one), Roland Juno 106, Vermona Syncussion DRM-1, and other few things like mics, keyboards, midi controllers and good headphones. Our friends Etienne and Céline from Kosen & Karnage Records work in a great music shop in Toulouse (Sunset Music), so they help us having some new materials to try and buy when we need it.

It’s great to have friends like them. :) What advice would you give people who have just started making music?

Do whatever you you want with all your souls. Believe in yourself but, above all, practice, practice and practice. Stay true, authentic and enjoy composing music.
Take the music like a remedy of the World pain.

Do you prefer to collaborate with other producers ‘solo’ or as Burr Oak?

For the moment we have not yet collaborated with a lot of artists under the Burr Oak project, but the few collabs we’ve already made has gone very well. So expect a collab EP coming in the near future.

How was playing on the Virus night on SteelYard for the first time as a new collab project?

That was SICK, one of the best party ever. Very emotional moments, and the energy shared with all the people was incredible.
Very cool to see a lot of friends there, and playing with all the legends. Meeting Kemal was awesome for us, even more when we never expected to meet him.
Grateful to our good friend, Prolix who let us play in Trendkill room, Trendkill is a foundation for our sound. And celebrating 20 years of Virus was unforgettable. London Calling!!!

What’s next for Burr Oak?

We already have new tracks done, solo and collabs tracks, and you could listen it in the year on Trendkill and Eatbrain.
A lot of more are in progress, like collabs with Prolix, Billain, TR Tactics and more…
And you could hear us singing a bit more on the next tracks, we’ve lot of things to tell.
Burr Oak is more than just a project for us, and we gonna push it as far as possible.

Thank you for the interview.
Niko & Ju

Thank you guys! :)

Their first release on Eatbrain, the Hawkeye EP is available on Beatport & on Spotify from 17th February.

Exclusive Interview: Jaskin & Uneven

Hey Jaskin & Uneven – for those unfamiliar with you guys; tell us who you are.

Hi, we are two easy going guys from Baltic states, Uneven (Latvia) & Jaskin (Lithuania), we live in Bristol and we love making music. We’ve been Djing and running nights for a long time. First in our home countries, then in London and now we’ve started a new event in Bristol dedicated to deeper side of drumandbass music called EPI-FIED.

We feel that there’s a real shortage of this sound at events these days, hence the idea for putting it out there.

I have read that you first tried to make music together in 2015 when you started a few projects – how did you guys meet in 2015 and what were these projects?

Jaskin: We’ve always had friends in common but somehow never met each other, even when dj’ing at same festivals.

Back in 2013 in London, Uneven was hosting a night at South Bank Centre Concrete Bar where he was inviting some guest DJs. Once he invited our friend in common The Corpus (known as Nutekk back then) and I came along to spin some tunes. That night was crazy, still can’t remember how did we get back home, but since then we became brothers. We both felt like we knew each other for ages, so it didn’t take us long to get into the production room with couple of beers and start creating.

Uneven: One of the first projects we started was “Reborn”. This came out on Regression Media last year. It wasn’t great in the beginning to be honest, but in one of the sessions we decided to revisit it and the track was “Reborn”

How does it work to produce music together? What’s your set up?

Tricky question, we don’t actually know how it works. We guess we have a connection and we just go with the flow. No restrictions, just throwing in ideas and seeing where we can go with them. Some ideas can be rubbish and some can be good, but generally we enjoy the overall process and we like having fun.

Ideally, we prefer getting into the room and working on stuff together. However, we find that working independently from time to time is a great practice too as it helps to bring some personal influence.

Uneven: We have some experience working on music and being away. When Jaskin moved to Bristol and I was still living in London we managed to make some really nice tunes by sending projects over the cloud. Now both being re-united in Bristol our process of making music is fairly simple. Normally we get in together either at Jaskin’s or mine, have few beers and let the ideas flow. In terms of the set up we work on Cubase, Ableton and Maschine as a DAW alongside tons of vsts and instruments. We do like hardware too, no wonder synth sounds are quite noticeable in our music. Favorite devices we use are: Nord Lead 2x, Korg Volca FM, Yamaha CS2X, Behringer DeepMind and Arturia Microbrute 2s.

Are you producing other genres than DNB (both as solo artists and as J&U)?

Yes, we do all sorts of music, but never revealed whatever happened out of drumandbass territory :)

You’re both from The Baltic; how’s the dnb scene in your countries and what would you say is the difference from the UK scene? Do you think your background has made an impact on your production?

Jaskin: Dnb Scene is generally quite strong in Lithuania in terms of good music, events and promoters. If you are in Vilnius, Kablys is a must-visit club. Also there is a “Rastaday” event hosted by “Baltic Champions” guys every Thursday delivering Jungle and DrumAndBass riddims. The same guys also run a drumandbass radio show on Lithuanian National Radio Station “LRT Opus3”. Obviously Lithuanian dnb scene is not comparable to the UK one, but it is still good enough.

Back in the days when I just discovered the genre of music like drum and bass it did indeed affect me a lot. I was literally blown away after the first gig I went to. It was Technical itch in Vilnius and after that I rarely missed an event. Big shout to my influencers Intakx, Rhodopsin and Rupas for introducing me to all the great tunes that I still love.

Uneven: Dnb scene in Latvia back in the days was quite strong and I was lucky to catch that moment when I was in my raving years. It surely made an impact to what I do musically now. Sadly, there’s effectively no dnb scene in Latvia these days.

You got a release out on none60 called ‘Safe Edge’ which is a 4 track EP. What can you tell us about that? How long has this process taken from ideas to release?

We both are really proud of this EP to be honest. All 4 tracks represent our sound in the most accurate way. It took about a year to finish it. We wrote the tunes fairly quick and when we signed the EP, we put them aside for a while to be able to focus on other projects. When we got the release date from Andy, we polished them up (always good to have a fresh look on old projects) and got them ready for mastering.

How would you describe your sound?

Deep, cinematic, emotional.

Are you DJing as well?

We are. Not as much as we used to but always up to get behind the decks.

What’s next for Jaskin & Uneven?

We got few appearances on various VA’s that should be out before the end of the year (watch out for some exclusives there). Then there’s an EP on Kos.Mos.Music in 2020 and 2 other projects that we are super excited about but can’t reveal anything yet. Keep your eyes peeled…

Any famous last words (shout outs, big ups)?

Big up to our friends and family, to people who support us and believe in us.

Get the album from none60’s BandCamp 

Exclusive interview: Jade from Eatbrain

Eatbrain is coming to town this Friday and we went back to the roots with Jade.

Hey Jade, it’s my pleasure to make an interview with you. :)

The pleasure is mine!

I’m really curious about how it’s all started. How did you get into the dnb scene?

I first heard dnb by coincidence, 20 years ago with some friends we were running from a storm and found shelter in an underground club called “Jailhouse”. It was a DNB night, i got hooked for life right away.

Do you remember which songs were the first ones which got you into dnb?

The actual tune was Bad Company – Seizure.
But my all time favourite was Konflict/ Kemal. The Usual Suspects, Matrix, Ed Rush & Optical, Stakka & Skynet and Future Cut also deserves a mention.

It’s been a long time ago, but do you still remember where you played for the first time?

It was Szeged, Hungary in 2004, a club called Miu Miu. I don’t remember a lot of gigs to be completely honest, played over a thousand – but the first will always be the first.
I gave up DJing vinyl years before that, sold most of my collection. When my first production got released bookings started to come in, i had to learn how to DJ from CDs in 2 weeks. It was a practiced set.

Whose music gives you inspiration nowadays? Where else do you get inspiration from?

The Chemical brothers came out this year with a new album, they are a major inspiration to me, always have been.
This year i think there are a number of artists who turn DNB upside down, I’m a huge fan of Synergy, Buunshin and Imanu.

Which was the most exciting/challenging album you worked on so far? And why?

Well i only have one artist album under my belt, so there is that :)
but the most interesting one i was part of was the first Eatbrain album “Tales of the Undead”. That album was the true breakthorugh for the label.

Who was the best to work with? Do you still planning another collaboration with him?

That’s gotta be Mindscape or State Of Mind, we had many collabs and we know each other pretty well, we think alike.
But it was also an honor to work with Fourward, Gancher & Ruin, Chris.SU and Rido.
My new project ‘Clashtone’ is 3 guys including me, so that’s a collab every time! And it’s getting sicker and sicker every time we get to work on something.

How did you come up with the name ‘Eatbrain’ and the logo? :)

I was (am) a big fan of the Zombie movie genre, i was binge watching Romero’s legacy when the label name hit me. The logo is really as simple as it gets, X X for the dead eyes, and sharp teeth for the munching.

What do you think how the genre will change in the next couple of years?

Oh that’s a great question – that nobody can answer. DNB is constantly developing, evolving, there is always something new. Who knew 2 years ago that 2019 will be be about “foghorns”?
One thing i know for sure, DNB is alive and thriving, and this won’t change.

Eatbrain has a huge fan base in London. Would you like to send a message to The Horde before the Eatbrain party? :)

It’s not easy to make something like this event in the heart of the world wide dnb community – So do not miss this opportunity, who knows, the next one might be a year away ;)
See you there!

See you on Eatbrain in Steel Yard this Friday! Until that there’s some fab mixes on Eatbrain’s website.

You can find him on Facebook, Instagram, SoundCloud & Beatport.

Exclusive Interview : Boston – Symmetry Recordings.

Jack Boston DJ/Producer signed to Symmetry Recordings is one talented young man.

 

Jack was born in Cardiff Wales.

 

Jack Bostons blend of soulful beats are apparent on all his releases.

 

Jack Bostons knowledge of music and experimental production has made him gain an head start within D&B.

 

From that day he has been involved with Symmetry Recordings.

 

Jack Boston has a lot of DJ and radio support from the likes of Friction, LTJ Bukem, Lenzman, Break and many more, the future looks very bright for this young male.

 

 

 

Hey Jack great to be interviewing you.

 

Hey Maryanne, thanks for having me!

 

So let’s start right from the beginning.
What was the actual year you began producing?

 

I think it would have been around 2011.

I was in sixth form college doing subjects that were unrelated to music.

It was a group of people I met there that got me into making electronic music.

 

How did you break through with releases on Symmetry?

 

I met Charlie & Isha at a music production seminar in Bristol.

I gave them a CD of my music and I got an email back a week or so later.

I really couldn’t believe what I was seeing when I read the email saying Break liked my tunes and they would like to meet in Bristol.

I really do owe them a lot for taking that first chance with me!

 

 

Did you have releases on any other record labels before then?

 

Nope they were the first label I’d ever released with.

 

Your forthcoming release on Symmetry features a collaboration with Madcap & Vanity Jay.
How did you arrange those collabs?

 

I first reached out to Madcap when I heard his tune ‘Sunset Strip’.

I still play that track on every set!

He very kindly sent it over and we started a conversation from there.

I was sketching out ‘Always There’ and just thought that characteristic Madcap sound would be perfect for it.

He brought some really great vibes to the production.

He’s also such an easy guy to talk to and a real easy going character; exactly what you want in this game!

 

You are very experimental with your production and cover all genres of music.
Do you go under an alias name with other genres of music?

 

At the moment, no.

I’m writing a lot of alternative genres at the moment and I’m still undecided whether to make a new alias for it all.

As you can tell by my current name, I’m not the best at making up Alias’s! haha.

Myself and Quartz have started writing some very experimental music, which I’m loving so no doubt we will come up with a new moniker to release that under soon!

 

Do you see yourself continuing to produce D&B in 5 years time?

 

I’m not sure.

I love writing D&B as the tempo has so much energy and the scene is so cool & unpretentious.

I think it’s the most professionally produced electronic genre and it’s really informed the productions I do today on other genres.

I work at Rockfield studios and I work bands and artists day to day, which I really love doing and will continue for the rest of my career.

I think being involved in both worlds is really beneficial as it gives me a well-rounded view of the industry.

I am definitely able to take lessons and inspiration from electronic and non-electronic genres and make something unique.

As long as it still makes me happy, I will continue to make D&B.

 

Who will you be working with next?

 

Myself and Break started something a while back, which I’m very excited about and I’m currently finalising some vocals with Tenisha Edwards on a new track.

I love collaborating and always keen to work with someone new!

 

Will we be seeing you Djing more sets over the next few months or are you locked down in the studio?

 

I haven’t been playing much this year so far as I’ve been so busy writing the album and producing for bands at the studio.

That said, I recently joined the Soul in Motion booking agency after playing there last week.

I love to travel and share my music with people so I will definitely be taking on more bookings.

 

Of course any special mentions and final words?

 

Shouts to Charlie & Isha for the continued support and guidance.

Everyone who I’ve worked with and everyone who has pre ordered the first single.

Oh and bigups to my Mum x

 

Pre-order Bostons new release here..

https://www.symmetryrecordings.co.uk/download/symm029d 

 

Check Out Bostons social media here …

https://www.facebook.com/bostondnb/

Exclusive Interview & Guest Mix – MADCAP

MADCAP

Dj/Producer/Remixer from Chinnor, Oxfordshire.

 

Madcap has a long history of providing smooth grooves for our listening pleasure he is one talented man with many releases on record labels listed below.

 

Creative Wax // Good Looking // Smooth n Groove // Phuzion // Mac II // Criminal // Jazzsticks // Fokuz // AKO Beatz // Renegade // Step Back Sessions // Sonata // Celsius // Uncertified Music // Soul Deep // Warehouse Wax // Side Chain // Immerse // Steel Fingers.

 

Also winner of Movement / Technics / DJ Magazine DJ Competition – 2002
Winner of ‘Mix Tape of the Month’ IDJ Magazine – 2004.

 

 

You began Djing many years ago.

What was the actual year and why did you begin Djing?

 

Towards the end of 1992 at the young age of 12.

For the love of the music of course. I was obsessed with early Rave / Hardcore music.

I used to listen to 3rd hand copies of tapes I & was intrigued to why the music continued in the mix & love the scratching from Dj’s like Hype & Sy.

I would learn about the Dj’s through magazines like Eternity & Blaze.

The first parties I ever went to were down at the local youth clubs.

Older DJs in the area would play & I’d be fixated what they were doing & would go home & practice what I witnessed. 

 

Why did you start producing music?

 

I grew up in a very musical household.

My Dad was a singer/songwriter & in the very early days of my life had a studio in our front room.

My Mum is a piano teacher & to this day works at a local school. I never properly learnt to play an instrument, but an old friend was taught by my Mum.

I heard he made beats so we swapped tricks with me teaching him the basics of Djing & in turn him introducing me to producing using a program called Octamed.

We never had anything released but it was a good leaning experience.

I believed it was a natural progression after DJing & took me a number of years to get to the stage of producing tracks on my own & having the confidence to play them to a crowd in a club.

 

For many years now you’ve been releasing your music.

Is there any tune that stands out the most for you and gave you more motivation to keep producing music?

 

It’s probably the first tune I signed to Good Looking called ‘Inflated Tear’ alongside Villem.

Having tunes on this infamous label & support from LTJ Bukem gave me confidence & encouragement.

 

 

You had many DJ residencies at events across the country also promoting events in local towns.

Would you consider residencies and event promotion again or are you more focused on being in the studio?

 

Of course, I would love another residency.

As for promotion, never say never!!!

I did events from the mid 90’s up until a few years ago.

They were great times, but currently I’m focused on DJing, producing & co-running Creative Wax, but if the right opportunity presented itself, I would consider it.

 

You completed remixes of legendary tunes for LTJ Bukem, Nookie / Cloud 9, Tom & Jerry aka 4 Hero & DJ Monita.

 

Including Cloud 9’s Moving Shadow classic ‘You Got Me Burning Up’ & Nookie’s Reinforced release ‘A Drum, A Bass & A Piano’.

 

While remixing those tunes did you feel more pressurised and found the whole process stressful ( as your remixing ultimate classics ) or was it all plain sailing? 

 

It was an honour to remix these tracks, as they were all favs of that golden period of Jungle / D&B.

I don’t really recall feeling major pressure, but I wouldn’t say it was always plain sailing when working on them.

After doing possibly 10 mixdowns of ‘You Got Me Burning Up’ my wife kindly asked me to work on something else for a while. Haha. 

 

Talk us through your studio equipment and how you nail the perfect mix down.

 

I currently use an IMac using Logic X with plug-ins including Native Instruments Komplete, Arturia, Sound Toys & a few more.

I use Soundforge to cut up samples either through the computer or off the Technics 1210’s & run it all through Adam Audio monitors using a Focusrite soundcard.

I also have a Komplete Kontrol Keyboard, Maschine MKII, Mini Korg, Roland TR-8 & TB-03 & couple of pairs of KRK monitors. You can never have enough speakers to test your new tunes on ;)

As for mixdowns, I’m still trying to perfect it & learning all the time. 

 

 

What advice would you give to all those up and coming DJs/Producers?

 

Most importantly do it because you enjoy it.

Study the art & history.

You have to put a lot of time & energy in, so don’t expect overnight success. 

 

Forthcoming releases?

 

An EP due out soon alongside the late great Andy Skopes on Dispatch.

Vinyl due out on Utopia Music.

Break’s Symmetry (alongside Jack Boston).

Forthcoming vinyl due with Randall’s Mac II, Monita’s Skeleton Recordings & Myriad Recordings.

Projects in the making with Soul Deep & Smooth N Groove.

I also a couple of remixes to announce later this year which I’m super excited about.

 

Forthcoming sets?

 

Gigs planned for London, Manchester & Gloucester, keep your eyes peeled for more info.

 

Any special thanks, final words?

 

To my wife Mel & son Flynn, all my family, friends, artists, promoters, label owners & everyone that supports my music, Big love!

Thanks to D+B for the opportunity to do the mix & Q&A.

Here’s an exclusive guest mix from MADCAP…

 

 

For bookings please contact: madcap1980@gmail.com

 

Check the socials to stay up to date with news, releases & gigs

https://www.facebook.com/MadcapDJ/

https://www.instagram.com/maddersuk/

 

 

Introducing : K.I.M – Conjunction Recordings

New D&B Record Label.

 

Conjunction Recordings.

 

You may have seen K.I.M.

 

Female DJ from London U.K on recent event flyers.

 

Also heard a little about her role within Conjunction Recordings.

 

Drum+Basics needed to know more.

 

Here’s a quick interview from K.I.M.

 

DJ K.I.M how many years have you been involved within Drum & Bass?

It was around 98 I began listening to Jungle and Drum ‘n’ Bass initially via radio stations such as Soundz FM, Rude FM and Kool FM.

I then started going to events from around 2001, this gave me the inspiration to start DJing in 2003 as my record collection had grown nicely up to this point.

After submitting some demos, I then had some regular playouts and residencies at local D&B events around Kent and South London (Organised Noize, Social Experiment and Armageddon), from there I went on to play at other events such as Terraforms in Oxford which gave me the chance to promote my name further afield. 

What drew you into the world of Drum & Bass?

I got hooked on the music when listening to radio shows on a regular basis at the end of the nineties when the darker side of the music began to evolve, I was blown away with some of the music being released from producers such as Ed Rush & Optical, Goldie, Klute, Digital and Spirit to name a few.

Then in 2001 when I met my now husband Catalyst .AD.

I started to go to events, seeing D&B live and feeling the music and seeing the crowd reactions and the atmosphere got me addicted to the music completely. Paul then introduced me to UKRumble, an Internet Radio Station where he had a weekly show.

I soon got to see the whole other side of the scene and all the work that went in by the various artists on the station.

I was then given opportunity to host my own weekly show on Wednesdays. 18 Years later we are still in the scene, going to various events like “Middleskool”, “Launch”, “From the Vaults” & “Champion Sounds”. 

You’ve progressed a lot over the last several years and we noticed you have started a record label.

How and why did you start the Conjunction Recordings label?

The idea of a record label was something that Paul had wanted to do for a number of years having released his music on several different labels as part of the duo “Able Danger”.

A few years ago we set up our own studio and felt that it was a good time to make the break and release music ourselves whilst Paul continued to push his own music as a solo artist under the name of Catalyst.AD

There’s many record labels out there pushing underground sound.

How does Conjunction stand from the rest?

Conjunction was set up primarily as a platform for Paul to showcase his own music with various collaborations planned as well as releasing music from new up and coming artists.

Conjunction also is aiming to be a multi genre label so each release will be something different.

You can expect to hear anything from deep, melodic 140 BPM tracks to upfront and hard-hitting drum n bass with a real focus on musicality.

How many releases are you aiming for a year?

The aim of the label is for quality over quantity and we plan to have around 4 releases a year which will mainly be E.P.’s so there will always be a nice selection to choose from.

Also are these releases mainly available on vinyl or digital?

The releases will mainly be digital, with some limited-edition CDs.

Forthcoming Releases?

The next Conjunction release following the “Coming Home” E.P. (out now in all good digital stores!) is pencilled in for the end of the year / early 2020.

This will be another E.P. from Catalyst.AD featuring a new artist who is a well known MC now turned producer – watch this space!!

Forthcoming Events?

At the moment I am just concentrating on promoting the label and producing regular mixes and podcasts.

I have recently played at Middle Skool (shout to Mike Ascension!) and From the Vaults organised by Voice MC and LS Dare.

Final Words?

Thank you to MaryAnne for giving me this opportunity to talk with Drumandbasics.com

A big shout out to my family and of course to my husband Paul (Catalyst.AD) especially for the support he has given me in these 18 years.

Also to my good friends MC Carnage and Skinz (original UK Rumble crew).

 

Twitter

https://twitter.com/dnbdjkim 

Instagram

 https://www.instagram.com/dnbdjkim/

Mixcloud

https://www.mixcloud.com/kimdnb/

Soundcloud

https://soundcloud.com/dnbdjkim

Website

https://www.conjunctionrecordings.com/

https://conjunctionrecordings.bandcamp.com/

Exclusive Interview: Ded Sheppard

Hey Ded Sheppard! Thank you for answering my questions for drum+basics. Let’s start with the obvious; your name. What’s the background to this?

The name comes from a vision of a dystopian dark future and a leaderless world. Imagine a hooded grim dead Shepherd shepherding the living.

How long have you been producing music? Has it always been the same spectrum of music or have you experimented with it?

I’ve been producing DnB since around 2000 with my first release in 2002 under the alias Code Blue. From there I had another release, a collaboration with The Panacea titled “Graveyard Twist” that was played by Aphex Twin at Coachella. I had several other super dark and very hard releases under that alias. For me, it’s been pretty much dark centred DnB/jungle all along. Although I have experimented along the way and my sound and sonic interests have evolved quite a bit. My first EP under Ded Sheppard was a liquid watery sound design heavy EP. My more recent releases are best described as halftime DnB/jungle with a tribal techno element to it. My sound has also been tempered by external influences. Working in gaming for example has given me access into different perspectives and insights into music composition and different production techniques as well as sound design, which I think has influenced my sound toward a sound design experience.

How would you describe your music?

I would describe my music as dark, tribal techno halftime DnB/jungle with a cinematic sound design edge. There’s also ambience, doom-drone and cinematic elements.

Where do you find inspiration?

I take a lot of inspiration from many sources. I live in Vancouver and it’s very close to vast wilderness, ocean and ancient cathedral forests. I think a big one for me is the landscape of the Pacific Northwest and my province in general, British Columbia. These open, wild and rugged spaces I think are reflected in my music. I also think working in game audio has inspired me.

Are you always listening for inspiration or do you ever ‘just listen’?

That’s a bit of a struggle as I do listen differently than before I was involved with music production, now my brain will try to unpack what is going on technically or musically. So the music I like to listen to has to be so “other” to me that I really have no idea what’s going on so I can just listen to it, Sunn O))) for example I can listen to. When I’m writing music I’m very careful what I let in musically.

What kind of music are you listening to when are at home?

I don’t listen to much music at home, I work in audio full time so after listening to music all day long, I’m ready for silence or creation.

Do you DJ as well?

Yep, I also DJ – I started out as a DJ using vinyl :) I have a pretty nice 1994-2000 DnB record collection.

Are you still DJing out?

Yep, my last show was at the Onset Audio label showcase in Vancouver that was a wicked night of dark halftime music.

Your latest album ‘You Can’t Take It With You’ (out on Onset Audio on the 27th September) has a dark and dystopian feel to it, where did this come from and what do you want to say with it?

The track “You Can’t Take It with You” has deep roots, I sketched out the concept, lyrics and melody a decade ago but it didn’t fit in anything I was doing so I forgot about it. When I wrote the theme for the album the melody sounded familiar and I realized that it was this lost song from a decade ago so it finally found its place. I’m glad you’re picking up the dark dystopian feel, which was the landscape I had envisioned for this cinematic journey. Dystopian themes certainly have been resonating with me lately.

What is it that we can’t take with us?

That’s a heavy question I think it’s for the listener to contemplate. Personally, as a music creator I don’t want to leave anything behind without trying to express it. So, for this album I experiment with the concept of pushing my boundaries in terms of form, structure and sound.

How long did you work on this album?

It’s a blur. I think it was in production over the course of months although, as I said before, the main melody for “You Can’t Take It with You” has been living with me for a decade and didn’t find the right voice until now.

What’s the hardest part of producing music?

Trying to produce when you’re not feeling it.

What do you do when that happens?

I like to be outside when not in the studio, I like to hike, paddleboard and get out there. Due to the proximity of where I live to nature and the scale of the wilderness that surrounds me, you don’t have to go too far off the beaten path where it’s just you and nature.

When I’m not feeling creative I also like to do boring stuff like studio maintenance, deal with technical issues so I don’t have to deal with that stuff when I’m producing music.

You have been called a ‘sound deconstructer’, do you agree with this?

I agree with that. The thing I love to do is to create new sounds that I’ve never heard before. For me, sound deconstruction is the process of constructing sound. I love working with rough wild sounds that sound almost untameable, like in “Run Baby Run” for example. I’m always moving forward, learning and evolving.

What set up do you have?

Because I first learned to produce music with a sampler, my workflow sort of mimics this world. I still have my Emu e6400 ultra and a akai s950 that I use from time to time. I like to access my instruments quickly without losing the idea. So I don’t have patch bays or a monster eurorack set up. My set up is quite simple; I use a mac and a small selection of synths, outboard and inboard samplers and hardware units. I like to keep my community of instruments and tools small and limited so I can concentrate on sound manipulation.

Do you prefer producing by yourself or collaborating?

I like both, I like producing solo, but collaborating does add certain unexpected results, and it’s pretty neat when it all comes together and a collab produces something that wouldn’t have happened otherwise.

Dream collaboration?

Aphex Twin and or SUNN O)))

The majority of our audience are ravers, would you call yourself that too? Any good nights you can tell us about?

Totally, this all started out because I was a raver. My roots run deep into the Canadian rave scene, and the scenes been a great influence on my music in the past and the present. One memorable event was the first time I heard jungle at a party called Plan B in Montreal. DJ Rap was the headliner at a velvet lined dinner theatre venue overrun by ravers. In Vancouver, I can definitely say we have a vibrant underground scene, I find myself our more at the DnB nights naturally but I do check out other tempos as well. We had an Onset Audio label showcase which became known as “The Night of Darkness” at The Deli a few months back. It was a dope night with Homemade Weapons, Grym, Underfelt myself and one of my favourite Vancouver DJ’s Kir Mokum

How is is the Canadian DnB scene at the moment?

I can’t really comment on all of Canada since it’s so large and each city has its own thing going on but I can speak about what’s happening in Vancouver and the Pacific Northwest in general. The Vancouver scene is vibrant and strong; we have regular nights with local talent as well as international DJ’s coming through. In the summer there are many outdoor festivals too many to mention. There’s a lot of cutting edge halftime coming out of the Pacific Northwest specifically, Vancouver’s Aufect and labels like Onset Audio, Weaponry in the Seattle area.

What’s next for Ded Sheppard?

I’m working on new stuff right now! There are remixes slated for Run Baby Run & The Youth.

Any famous last words or shout outs?

Big shout out to Onset Audio & community.

Thank you, Ded Sheppard!

You can find him on Facebook, Instagram, SoundCloud, Twitter & Beatport

Listen to sets from Ded Sheppard here: Onset Audio 

Exclusive Interview & Guest Mix: LS Dare

Hey LS Dare and thanks for chatting with us!

How long have you been DJing?

I bought my first decks at 14 (2000), I would go to record shops but wasn’t sure of the names and titles and would end up buying a load of shit record’s lol, I quickly gave up Djing after that. By 18 I knew a lot more about DnB and I would go to my mate Fred’s house and have go on his decks, I loved it and soon got the hang of it, I then got some cheap direct drive’s what were pretty lame so quickly saved up for my Technics :). So short answer 18, 15 years ago.

How did you get in to that?

Listening to Pirate radio, I used to record all the sets I liked and then listen back to them. I’d also nick a few of my older sister’s Cd’s, I remember she had Roni Size (New Forms)…. I was feeling that from an early stage.

Your DJ name is very unusual – what’s the story behind that?

I’ll give you A long answer… I used to be called Robin Hood and about 4 years ago I wanted to change my name, I didn’t think Robin Hood fitted the direction I was going in. I was living with my Dad at the time and I was trying to think up a name for ages then I came up with LS Dare, so my Dad’s name Is Alasdair, So I sort of slimed his name down, Plus I thought it plays on the whole LSD vibe :)

What kind of DNB are you playing?

Some of artists I’m feeling at the moment are Tyrone, Madcap, Ilk, X Nation. I play tunes from 93 to the present day, anything from Jungle, Liquid, Deep, Late 90’s Tech Step, Rolling Dnb and Halftime.

Favourite DJ and producer?

Dj: Killing me with this question, so hard I’ll say a few because it’s to hard to name one Andy C (Man is Jedi), Loxy and of course Randall

Producer: Spirit and Total Science

Do you DJ any other genre than DNB?

I used to Dj Garage/Dubstep/HipHop/RnB and different styles of House. That was more under The Robin Hood alias. I played some amazing gig’s under that alias, Several festival’s such as Outlook. I had a residency at The Westbury in Kilburn and a residency at A Nightclub in Greece.

You are involved with From The Vaults at AAJA Deptford, how did that happen and can you tell us what’s that is all about?

I started From The Vaults with Tom (VoiceMc). One of our friends Sam owned a bar called AAJA, Tom was doing a Dj set there and I came to watch, we both fell in love the place and realised that we had both wanted to start a Jungle/DnB party for years. The ethos behind From The Vaults is Jungle/Dnb past, present and future bought to you by trusted selectas and hosts/mcs.

Where do you see From The Vaults in the future?

There will be more parties at Aaja, also The 1st Birthday is in October. Although i’m moving on from FTV, the one just been was the last one I was involved in. I’m off on a new venture, so watch this space. The badman Voice Mc will be flying the flag for FTV and I wish FTV and Voice all the best in putting on dope party’s.

You’re a raver too – what do you prefer, DJing or go out?

That’s a very tough question, DJing would slightly edge in front. I love putting tracks together, I love mixing, hearing new tunes old and fresh And for me it’s one of the best buzzes in the world, to step up at the right event, festival, party and smash down A set to people that enjoy the music just as much as me, massive buzz. I’m blessed to have played at some of the event’s I have.

First ever rave?

I went to a dancehall rave when I was 16 it was at Tudor Rose in Southall there was always some madness going on there, pretty sure it kicked of that night! First DnB rave was at Fabric when I was 18, I left Fabric on such a high, the club was amazing, the vibe was sick, I literally went every Friday after that for two months on the trot, I was hooked!

Do you produce as well?

A little, I don’t know enough to be fair, need to get back on it. I made a tune with my mate Phil (Philth) end of last year, that was fun and inspiring.

What music are you listening to at home?

Soul, Funk, Reggae, Dancehall, Techno, literally all sorts depends what mood I’m In.

What’s next fort LS dare?

More regular promo mixes, hopefully a few show’s here and there back on Rude Fm, some more bookings (cough cough promoters), a new event and production.

You have done a wicked mix for us, what can you tell us about it?

I recorded this mix a few months ago, when I started selecting tracks for the mix I was drawn towards the summery vibe.

There’s quite a few styles in there…
Soulful vibes, rolling amens, some new tracks from this year, a bit of middle skool and finishes up with some gems from the mid 90’s.

I feel it all links up well and has a rolling journey to it, I hope you enjoy it

Famous last words or shout outs?

Big up, Fred, My Dad, Dozer, RudeFm crew, Voice Mc, From The Vaults for 6 awesome party’s and shouts to everyone in attendance. Everyone in Jungle and Drum and Bass that makes it such a fun solid amazing scene.

Interview & Guest Mix : Enbe – Nu:Generation DnB

Dj Enbe is a male Jump Up DnB Dj / Producer from Leamington Spa is currently bringing new events to Birmingham and is the head honcho of Nu:Generation DnB, a producer and and valued member of Fully Charged performing team.

 

Which consists of myself Enbe, Dutty Mowgli & Mcs Kolapse & Skinn-E.

https://linktr.ee/enbednb

 

We had a quick chat with Enbe to get to know more…

 

 

How long have you been Djing?

Firstly id like to say a massive thank you for this invite to have a chat with yourselves..

Music runs very deep within myself as it’s always been a getaway from my life and my earliest experiences and it was inevitable music would play a massive part of my life but I started Djing when I was 17, I bought a pair of turntables with my first ever pay check, but back then I was mixing Garage, Hip Hop aswell and Drum and Bass..

I really fell in love with dnb once jump up started to come into it’s own a few years later..

I had my first set out in 2005 at a small event in Birmingham called dnb shop and haven’t looked back since, I had a spell on the sidelines and came back with an absolute bang, I’ve since performed at most of the major brands including Innovation vs Random Concept in 2008, sticky, United sounds , Nu:Era, Bassmans bash which is Random Concept led, and a small event in Belgium too..

I’ve learnt a lot on my way and have now finally found how to get this music game right, so it’s only a matter of time and with my hard graft and constant effort to make it.

 

What is Nu:Generation DnB?

I am the only member of Nu:Generation, I run it on my own as a label, events and radio station which will soon be a studio based station.

I set it up in 2014 and kept it going except for when my son Ashton was born thats when I took a break from music to settle in.. ever since then and this last 12 month’s especially Nu:Generation has been doing some pretty big things including the big event for mine and fellow fully charged member Dutty Mowgli bday bash in November then a pre Xmas Mash Up in December.

www.facebook.com/nugenerationdnb

Birthday bash in May which i am going to do a boat party and really celebrate in style.

It’s also a label too, this year has been event focused so my releases, one release every other month but they are doing well and you can find our catalogue at

https://www.junodownload.com/labels/Nu%3AGeneration+DnB/

Next up on the label is a impressive Ep from Kre and nice mixture of jump up and rollers and it’s such a well produced Ep that I’m proud to release.

 

 

 

You live in Leamington Spa but shall be hosting events in Birmingham, why did you choose Birmingham?

Yeah Leamington is my home but when it comes to Drum and Bass then Birmingham is my home.

I’ve got an affinity with the place and it’s always been the place to be when it comes to Drum and Bass in my eyes.

The scene is incredible here at the moment with some other brands putting on amazing shows and some incredibly talented artists and home sweet home and all that..

I do plan on branching out to other areas but Birmingham always is and always will be the place to be for Drum and Bass..

 

Birmingham DnB scene is dominantly Jump Up.
When planning an event in Birmingham among other Jump Up promoters did you find any difficulties or do you all support each other?

I find with any kind of promoting wether it be a music event, a building company or just any kind of promoting in general it’s difficult because of competition but you have to try to go one step further and graft and really give it something special.

I’ve trained in music business, social media, marketing, branding and a lot of workshops to improve myself as a music businessman and it seems to be paying off, in terms of the other promotor, no I don’t find difficulties with them whatsoever, everybody here loves the scene and wants it to thrive and are all good people so if you study the scene right you know what’s going on and set your dates accordingly and if they are talented wether they run another brand or not then I will book them.

For me it’s all about the love of music, the scene and what I do..

 

 

 

You also do many live streams on AA1radio.
When is the next live stream?

Me and my Fully Charged team do our shows on AA1 every Monday from 8pm-10pm and we bring special guests.

It’s 2 hours of raw power and I love to perform with them..

 

I noticed you did a set without any MCs and promoted it as an MC free zone.
Do you prefer having no MCs on your set?

Mc Free Zone isn’t a set it’s a mixtape series I do without Mcs just so I can get more content out and give the listeners a chance to really hear me.

I love to perform and be involved in music in any way shape or form but I do prefer Mcs on my set because they help the performance and always give the set that something extra.

Fully charged Mcs Kolapse and Skinn-e are absolutely incredible and I love to perform with all of my team and they are all making me very proud of them and how far they are coming.

We recently played at Bassmans last bash and we all put in a big shift and the room was absolutely rammed.

 

 

Any more info we should know about yourself?

Yeah I’m not only into my DnB.

I also do Graphic Design and a Videographer too.

I get a lot of work in those so I’m happy with anything I do, I’ve also got an interview on camera with Limelight T.V to look forward to and also I’m doing a project called Enbe Expeditions where a cameraman follows me to and from bookings and films my escapades which I’m really looking forward to..

I’ve got my mc free zone mix series every other month and I’m also doing a mix series called the producer mix series where I take one producer and mix only their tracks into a mixtape for release once a month.. the first one is filthy habits out now 31st August..

 I am sitting on alot of tracks ready to be released aswell as the monthly releases from Nu:Generation where I’m excited to be releasing from artists such as Damage Report, Total Recall, Top Dolla and Kre to name a few, I’ve also got a full up booking schedule so you can catch me at a dance near you soon, I’m also going to be doing some impressive collab soon with a couple. I can’t let that out of the bag just yet.

Above it all though I wouldn’t be where I am today without the support of my wife and kids, they’ve helped me grow into what I am today and I may not be the greatest man alive but it’s striving to be and that makes u who you are, I’ve still got a long way to go to be where I want to be so my goal is to keep doing what I’m doing and when my opportunity arises I have to make sure i take it.

 

Final words?

Head on over to my Facebook page at www.facebook.com/enbednb or scan my QR code which will take you directly to all my links where you can access free content and so much more..

Also head on over to Nu:Generation on Facebook and check out our forthcoming releases and eup coming events and make sure u lock into our Fully Charged Takeover show for free giveaways and event entry..

A big shout out to my Fully Charged team, the management at AA1 Radio, Mc Toddlah for his support, my agent Alex for all his help and advice, all the ravers and promotors…

( event details below )

https://www.skiddle.com/whats-on/Birmingham/The-Tunnel-Club/NuGeneration-DnB-Presents—Enbe-amp-Dutty-Mowglis-Birthday-Bash/13547234/

https://www.facebook.com/events/407825163311429/?ti=icl

Listen to Enbe Full Jump Up DnB mix here….

 

Behind The Label: Unbeatable Music

Hey Unbeatable Music – Thanks for chatting with us!

Who are involved with the label?

Adrien (Manager), Odile (Financial manager), Erwann and Ilsen (Strategy advisors), Thibault and Lucile (Graphic design). This is the core of the team but we got a lot of partners around us who got an important relationship with the label. We also got a network of friends, DJs, recording studio, label managers, distributors and vinyl shops who give a lot of advice to help to improve the project.

How and why did this label get started?

How? Just need to put the money in! Also you need to be strategic to get an impact. Why? It’s like a feeling.. Something missing in my life. I searched for a long time what it was and I’m sure I found it now. I needed something to highlight and elevate drum&bass! I needed a name, a logo, a serious and professional project to say: ‘Hey people, have a look!’ Make people dreaming & dancing, that’s my goal!! That makes me fully happy! One of the bigger reason is to produce vinyl and protect the practice of mixing vinyl. Some people ask me why I’m releasing vinyl if the bigger label like RAM Records almost stopped producing vinyl this year.. My answer is simple; if a specie of an animal is disappearing, some people will fight to save this specie, right? I’m probably an utopianist but I want to do the same for vinyl! We can still see some DJs mixing pure jungle on vinyl! Some artists like Alix Perez (1958 Music), Lenzman (The North Quarter), Kasra (Critical), London Electricity (Hospital) are keeping the vinyl right? Life is too short to not fight for what you love… Today I’m the only french dnb label doing this fight for vinyl and I hope I will do it as long as possible.

What’s your background in the dnb scene?

I used to teach music in three different schools in Preston, close to Manchester, for a couple of years. I used to have a web radio channel called Loud on Vmix.fm. My channel was specialised in bass music. I organised a lot of music events in England & France. This label is a logic continuation of all that.

Do you produce music yourself or are you finding music to release?

Firstly I’m a strictly vinyl DJ, I never mix any digital music and I refuse to do it! It’s like refusing to eat meat when you are a vegetarian, it’s just my rule! I don’t tell everyone to do the same but I tell everyone to respect my philosophy! People don’t understand and argue with me sometimes. It’s about the roots of the DJ culture and the massive respect I have for music. I think
music is the best thing in my life and I don’t mind to pay over 10€ to get my record.. The hard drive kill your music over time but your vinyl will be with you all your life. Also, I get upset listening to people saying that ‘DJs are jokers, they do nothing behind their desks’… I just want to tell them: take these vinyls, try to mix it and we can learn together. Secondly, I produce music on Ableton Live! I still miss technics but I got the vibe.. 

Fortunately I got help but I really need to improve it and I know it’s a loooong way. Today you can listen and watch the video of my first tune Quasar. This tune is on the side B of the first release of Unbeatable Music.

Ad Loud – Quasar

I’m finding music too, for example The Caracal Project who is on the side A with the track Skippin’. Behind this kind of cat is Felix, he is very smart, I think he is a prodigy! He is ready to catch the big stage now. His music has been played on Noisia Radio several times and also on BBC Radio One dnb show with Rene Lavice… His tunes has been played by a lot of great artists like Ed Rush and Phace. You can listen to a lot of his tunes on Skank & Bass if you want to..

The Caracal Project – Skippin’

How do you find artists?

I got a profile on www.soonvibes.com Also I like to receive a private Soundcloud link from artists! The idea is to make sure I’m the first listener and the tune is not published in public. This is very important.. I would like to chase the gold tunes but I don’t have a lot of time at the moment unfortunately, the distribution and promotion take a lot of time.. Anyway I prefer the quality and not the quantity so I will take time to find some tunes for the next release. I don’t want a basic label and releasing one EP per month but I’m looking for a nice quality with a large offer like music video & nice gigs.

What has been the hardest part to run a label?

Money and time! If you don’t have money – forget the project and if you don’t have time is the same. It’s very expensive especially for me because I’m making vinyl. To start a label you need to invest all your time to run everything properly. So if you have a full time job in addition you can’t make a label and if you get a part time job forget sport and say good bye to your friends (except music friends of course)… If you have the time and money, then you can run your own label.

What has been the best part?

The best part is the pleasure you got when you watch your first music video or when you touch physically your own vinyl for the first time. ‘It’s Magic’… Also people are grateful about what you are doing for the movement.

How does the future look like for Unbeatable music?

That’s the best question ever! Obviously, an amazing future but I can’t tell you why. I’m working on a secret project which I’m not 100% sure about and it’s important to keep the secret and work on a strategy to give the message in the best moment. I got everything I need to do it.

How would you describe the sound of Unbeatable Music?

All sort of dnb! Old school to new school, darkness to melodic, underground to mainstream!! Drum & Bass broke the codes and mixed all kinds of influences with its rhythm, it’s why I love this music! If I would describe it in two words, I want to say: Open Mind.

What’s next?

Massive distribution for the first EP half September and preparation of the selection of artists for the second EP for this winter. Also I’m working on music video and a big gig for September 2020.
Stay tunes guys!

Any famous last words?

Music is the key of humanity! (I’m too philosophic, I know :D)

You can follow Unbeatable Music on SoundCloud, Facebook & Instagram and buy music on vinyl & digital on Discogs & BandCamp

Behind The Label: Skalator Music

Hey guys! Can you tell me how and why Skalator Music started?

Hello! Thank you for inviting us to talk a bit about us. The whole thing with the label started back in 2014 as a platform to release Gil [Skalator]’s own productions but it has since moved to become the nest of upcoming producers and a platform for established producers in the scene, both Portuguese and foreign.

You are 4 people (at the moment) working for the label, how do you divide that work between you?

Gil [Skalator] is based in Lisbon and handles with A&R, sales reports, contracts, press releases and makes some music sometimes, when and if a spare moment arises!

Hugo [Y.L.S.] is based in Portimão and deals with the mixing and mastering process as well as A&R and always on the lookout for new talent to join the label.

Al:X is based in Singapore and our ambassador in Southeast Asia, reaching out every month with new beats and dubplates and hosting our podcast called “Decadance” on Portuguese Rádio Quântica.

Last but not least, Gonçalo Incendiário is our art director and responsible for our social media content.

What’s your background in the music scene?

Most of all, we’re all ravers for a long time. We all share a live music and Djing background for quite some time; Al:x is also a guitarist and former member of Portuguese band Macacos do Chinês.
Both Gil and Hugo have worked as sound technicians in the past doing live sound and studio mixing for bands, across several different venues and events. Incendiário studied Fine Arts, but he played guitar back in the days. He also makes the sound design for his video art works.

You didn’t release as much as you used to in 2018 – what happened?

We had a difficult year in 2018 as we used to be together pretty much everyday at the studio in Lisbon, making music and running the label but due to parenthood and family relocation, for both Hugo, Incendiario and Alex who also moved to Singapore, it took us a while to adapt to this new way of working together, further in distance than usual.
We didn’t change the label’s core & ethos though, we just didn’t manage to release music with the same consistency as in the previous year.

What’s the hardest part of running a label?

The hardest part is that people, in general, don’t buy music. We need to have other jobs to pay the bills, as the label itself doesn’t generate enough income for us to solely dedicate our full time to it (although this is what we should be doing, all four of us, in an ideal world)
Despite all the marketing techniques and social media input to improve the label’s visibility and presence, it is an ongoing job of persistence and resilience and we are committed to continue pushing the scene forward as this is something we really really love.

What has been the best parts?

We used to organise a few parties around in Lisbon up until recently as we had a residency at a local venue, and we have built a good following ever since which helped us getting into the map, Lisbon is having regular Drum and Bass parties with some big names in the scene and it makes us proud to see our DJ’s also on those line-ups; having had our music played on BBC Radio 1 and Noisia Radio and having the support of some of the legends in the scene and unknown people around the world, it’s very rewarding.

How do you decide what tunes/artists to release?

We meet regularly via video call and sometimes in person, and then we go through all the tunes we get sent; we discuss our personal opinions about each one, and then make a decision whether it has potential to be released or if doesn’t meet the sound criteria that we want to have on board – deep, bass, breaks, “techy” stuff.

How’s the dnb scene in Portugal?

It all started back in 1997 in Porto, pioneer in showcasing the now part of the oldskool gang (Fierce, J Majik, LTJ Bukem, Hype, Ed Rush & Optical, D.Bridge, Zinc, Mampi Swift, Marky, among others). The scene has since then grown steadily with memorable events but suffered a considerable blow with the arrival of Hardcore Drum and Bass. A lot of people stopped going to raves because the sound was just too heavy and repetitive and they couldn’t feel the vibe anymore. There was a natural split between the “hardheadz” and the “metalheadz”. We followed the latter as we like that deep bass music; then we began to link up with old friends and people that had given up on the scene because of the above and we started doing parties again and took care of bringing back the good vibes. I think the scene is growing well again, as the promoters are bringing good names in the scene and people are coming out to venues much more.

What is the goal with Skalator Music – where do you want the label to be in the next few years?

The aim is to continue releasing new music that showcase what inspire us but we are also in the process of creating a sub-label soon to push for the more experimental side of things; we also would love to continue playing out in gigs to spread our sound far and beyond.

What’s the plan for the label for this year?

We have a few releases lined up for the near future, including an EP, a single, a remix E.P and a VA compilation E.P, watch this space! :)

To strengthen and nourish our back catalogue is a priority for us, later in the summer we will unveil Al:x’s 1st E.P on the label. Our second free instalment was released via Hypeddit on the 23rd July, a deep searching track by Incendiário called “Sonder” – very exciting times!

Any famous last words?

Big shout to you Jenny for the invite, big ups to everyone that follow and support us! Support the artists you like, buy their music and go to their gigs, especially those who are your friends.

For more information, head to their website. You can follow Skalator Music on Facebook, BandCamp, SoundCloud & MixCloud