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Vykhod Sily – The New Order

An insight to Vykhod Sily

 

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Vykhod Sily is a brand you should be familiar with If you are into your beats more abstract, dark and meticulous. Launching in 2013 Rustee has been delivering specially crafted podcasts taking you on excursions through 85/170bpm electronica music and has a whole series of guests from established DJs all the way through to exciting underground live acts.

Fast forward to 2018 and with careful plotting VS has now released their 2nd project as they now have made it an imprint, bringing you the same ethos as the brand, solid top quality 170 from the likes of dreadmaul, Akinsa & Ghoulcut to name a few. We had a quick catch up with Rostislav (Rustee) the curator and mastermind behind everything.

DBS: Good afternoon and big thank you for your time today Rostislav, so let’s take it all the way back to 2013 with a generic ‘’how did the podcast start’’ question…?

VS: Ez. Huge thanks for having me on this interview. Let’s go back even a bit further in time. Just before the VS podcast started itself I had had a little mix series encompassing 85BPM dubby/tribal sounds called “Rusty Dub”. It was 5 mixes in there back in 2012 featuring the vibes of The Untouchables, Morphy, Thing and many others. So this very mix series shaped the future VS podcast concept as I was keen on dark and deep sounds in that vein. After closing the “Rusty Dub” I was still full of intention to keep on exploring those vibes and was also thinking of doing a podcast on a regular basis. Everything happened pretty quickly. I got a radio slot offering from my old friend and having already a podcast name in mind I launched Vykhod Sily on djstation.ru being aired weekly on Thursdays. In the very beginning, the podcast was strictly halftime dnb but the boundaries got pushed very soon.

DBS: What is your musical history/background, I know you have got a strong passion for funk and soul do you think if you weren’t doing 170 you would be going down those routes? Also, how has the Russian scene grown in regards to electronic music since you started?

VS: Have been a dnb head actually since 1997, following Metalheadz, GLO, Moving Shadow labels. So I’m calling them a “formative influence” to me as a listener. In connection to funk & soul music the more I was listening to dnb stuff in 90’s the more interested I got in samples and the sources for them. So back in 2005, I started buying 45’s records and playing out in my city. Actually, I still keep going 2 ways now, one is drum-n-bass in the shape of a blog and a podcast/label and the other is my soul/funk alter ego where I’m spinning vinyl on a regular basis in Yekaterinburg. Talking about the Russian scene evolving since 2013, yeah the movement has been grown significantly with all the new guys producing appeared on the scene. We have Torn being released on Horo, Dailiv, Hidden Tactics, Code 906, Protagonist, and my others as far as the new names are concerned. Those guys are getting recognized in the deep drum-n-bass circuits outside Russia and this is a wicked thing.

DBS: Now onto the label, I feel when someone builds a brand up it’s the natural progression to then move onto an imprint or events, how was the transition for you and what are your goals?

VS: I was often asked why we didn’t start a label. The time wasn’t right for that a few years back maybe. In 2017 we (with my fellow mate Virulent Green) launched a crowd-sourcing campaign on Patreon with the main aim to build up a community and to set up a label being supported by the people who have been following us. It worked quite well. Up to now, we have 2 releases which came into existence with the assistance of our Patreon heads. All the releases are given away for free. Download them in 320 from patreon.com/vykhodsily_podcast/releases.

DBS: Could you tell us anything about future releases?

VS: Yeah, we have the following roster for the next 6 releases:
VS003 – Ahmad & Akinsa
VS004 – Dailiv & Cryptographic
VS005 – DYL & Spiraal Aurel
VS006 – Entire & Istota
As you might notice all the releases will be the result of a collab work. We started with that concept and we will follow that way, connecting guys together and giving them new spaces to create.

DBS: Time for a quick top 5 now….producers you’re feeling?

VS: Andy Skopes, Dissident, Dubmonger, Owl, Blocks & Escher

DBS: Any Last Words?

VS: Big shout to the worldwide VS family, to the people who have been sticking with us for these 5 years (subscribers, DJ’s, bloggers). Maximum respect to all the artists bringing the new sounds and pushing the boundaries. The project is going on strong thanks to the constant dnb scene evolving. And I believe we are in for a long and joyful way to go. So hold tight.

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VS002 – GhoulCut & alg0rh1tm – Out now!

‘’Social Box’’  kicks things off with the pop-gun synth-bass, intricate percussion edits and looming pads, think of it as a journey through the underworld this track is bursting with emotion which keeps everything locked in nicely  A sublime, stripped back groove which pulsates with a technoid insistency

‘’Faraway Dreams’’ gets trippy with the drum space, haunting tribal soundscapes and live elements, The atmospheric susurration, the constant manipulation of that drum pattern, with a little distortion here or some glitching there. If you’re going to make a track with minimal elements those elements have to be perfect, and this is close to it.

 

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Exclusive Interview & Guest Mix: Dutchie.

Who and when inspired you to become a Dj?

It’s going to sound ridiculous…but I remember when I first saw Kevin and Perry Go Large! and, even though it is supposed to be a comedy, I was just amazed at the clubs and the music. I wanted to DJ too! I was  big into trance and club music as it was what I was brought up around. One day at around 10 years old I discovered Nasty Habits – Shadow Boxing and the rest, as they say, was history !

Has D&B took over your life?

I think it has yes. In the most positive way ever though! I always loved the music before. I never knew anybody else that was into it though. Eventually I met people in my area that also liked drum and bass. It wasn’t until I transitioned to the other side of the decks that it fully began to take over my life though. Most of my friends now are drum and bass related. Most of my conversations down the pub on a Saturday night are drum and bass related too (ha!)

What is the main thing you enjoy the most within this music?

It honestly has to be the community of people I have met. I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for the amazing people I have met along the way. I have made friends for life in this scene. I found love a few times in this scene (even if we did end up having to call it a day) and I just love the fact we all get together to get merry and dance about like nutters. It’s fantastic and the novelty really will never wear off !!!

I’ve noticed you’ve been in the studio producing music..
Tell us more?

I’ve been keeping it on the DL…but I’ve been plugging away trying to learn the craft. Dark jungle is what I think I’m leaning more naturally towards creating. Hopefully you will see some Dutchie productions soon. I was just keen not to rush anything. If I’m gonna do it, I’m gonna do it properly! 😉

When can we see you next Djing?

I will next be performing at Epidemik in Stevenage on the 19th of May alongside the GTA crew! I performed at Epidemik’s 21st Birthday Bash with GTA back in November 2016 – we are thrilled to be asked back. Each of us in GTA provide a unique flavour within drum and bass and jungle.

Any big plans for the rest of the year?

Just to really work hard on getting some more bookings in the darker, more headzier side of the scene. That’s really where my passions lie when it comes to production and my own creations and I would love to be more involved on that side ! I am slowly getting there (I came into this scene not knowing anybody really!) So fingers crossed. I also want some Dutchie productions to see the light of day! One step at a time though aye…

What’s your opinion on females getting more attention within D&B just due to that fact they’re female?

This is a sore subject for me. I will be honest…I hate it. I’m not going to be naive, I know a good percentage of people probably only paid attention to, say, my live streams because I’m a woman. I’d like to think, though, that once they clicked play the focus turned more on the tunes. I do wish the whole webcam thing wasn’t an option. With a name like ‘Dutchie’ too people would never know if I was male or female. I honestly hope the attention spreads more equally as time goes on. We’re here for tunes.

Thank you to Maryanne for having me on Drum and Basics !

I am stoked to have conducted this interview and I love the work you do. It is great to be a part of it. Thank you :)

Exclusive Interview: Ray Uptown.

Drum+Basics have been getting to know Ray Uptown since his release on Metalheadz alongside SCAR a few years back.

 

We thought it’s about time we sent him some questions.

Here’s a quick interview with Ray Uptown.

 

 

 

You have recently landed in the U.K.
Why did you decide to travel overseas to the U.K?

See some family and friends,hear some great dnb and see how it’s done here.

 

Was the long journey from America just for the music?

Not at all, my bro,bros [Sense Mc,Tephra & Arkoze of DYING STAR & GOAT Team Alpha],Scar,Lewes Eldridge and Jason Athwal[Intel Ukb] are all here to name a few, these are good people in my life,it was a must to meet up.

Turns out there is opportunity to teach music production,recording and song writing with Studio 808,shouts to Paul Wilkinson and Alex Finney [Studio 808] they really have together over there,was very impressed.

 

Whats your opinion on U.K D&B?

It’s very street.

It’s so hiphop it’s not even funny.

The vibe at the first event I attended [Delirium at The Volks,Brighton] was beyond real to witness, rammed and SO loud ha..

That show was Randall and Scar,Halogenix, I linked with Mike [Script] and drove down to Brighton with Tephra,it was jokes…Shouts to them.

 

When and where will you be Djing?

May 12th-Launch w/ Anile // Dbr Uk // Sense Mc-London,England.

May 18th & 20th-Sol Fud & Initial w/ Sense Mc-Dublin,Ireland.

June 8th-Rough Tempo Livecast w/ Sense Mc-Braintree,England.

 June 9th Hexagon / DYING STAR & GOAT Team Alpha
Tephra // Arkoze // Ray Uptown // Sense Mc, London.

 

 

Let’s talk about your music production.

Previous releases from yourself were on Metalheadz which in my eyes is a huge achievement.

Thank you.

It def changed my life for the better. I couldn’t have ever thought something like this would happen, it’s been such a blessing.

 

So how did it all happen?

Been a fan of Scar, [Survival & Script] and def wanted to work with them musically.

I was just consistent on keeping in touch about projects and life as we could. Timed up right,happened to unknowingly contact Steve Survival during the process of [Scar] recording the Orkyd Project Lp with Naomi Pryor and Eleanor Higgins they sent some ideas to me, I found the one I vibed most with and everyone involved [Goldie,Ant Tc1,Scar] really liked my vocal I recorded which ended up being “Your Mistake” w/ Naomi Pryor from Australia.

I was pretty blown away at the response and final product.

 

Have you been producing music while over here in the U.K and who with?

Yea for sure, got right to all three outlets, recording vocals, playing out and producing dnb with the fellas.

Started a few projects [DYING STAR w/ [Sense Mc // Tephra // Arkoze // Ray Uptown] as well as GOAT Team Alpha which is [Sense Mc & Ray Uptown]as well as collabs w/ many others that I cant say right now,still creating and getting things lined up for release.

 

 

Any forthcoming releases?

Yea, no doubt, lookout for some dnb production with “Crankshaft and Manta” for Uk Breakbeat In May-April 2018 plus a dnb production collab with Grey Code [Dispatch Recordings] that I’m happy to say will be released this year [2018] on Methlab Recordings.

Shouts to everyone involved,I feel great about it all.

 

As always any special thanks and mentions?

Many thanks to my mother Aery Jean Upton [Rasheedah] for being my biggest fan,I love you very much ma.

Shouts to my brothers Jason and Malcolm back home in Vallejo.Shouts to The Bay to LA to DC and everyone trying to do something positive out there.

Shouts to Goldie,Ant Tc1,Scar,Naomi Pryor,Eleanor Higgins and Metalheadz for having me involved with the Orkyd Project and the legendary label.

Shouts to Thomas Reece,Nick Modern,Lewes Eldridge,Jason Athwal [Intel for Uk Breakbeat],Rob Machete at Respect L.A.,Golden State Drum And Bass,Stamina Sf,Shelter Sf,Dystopia Dnb in Oakland,I Love LA[Apx1 & Crs?],Resonate D.C.,My Hawaii folks,Cree at Spawntaneous Prod.,Dave Bass Windu,Patrick Currier,Elm Imprint,Becka Ward,Adred,Grooverider,Darrell Invaders,Seba,Secret Operations,Robert Manos,Klute,Paul Smith,Total Science, Xtrah, SS,Formation Records,Mainframe Recordings,Rockers 175,Minority Dnb Recordings,Dexta,Diffrent Music,Cecil Ramey,NC-17,Sense Mc[brother],Rhys Tephra,James Arkoze,[lil brobros],Paul Wilkinson & Alex Finney[Finstar] for Studio808 [Watch out for monthly live stream and production/writing courses]

Andy Skopes,Phil Tangent,Wish,Crime.Wav,Cypher,I could go on forever,so many good people in my life to thank.

Thank you Mary-Anne and Jenny,Ben at Drum & Basics and to everyone who has believed in me..

All love-Ray Uptown #DyingStar #GoatTeamAlpha

Exclusive Interview with Din Is Noise

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Din is Noise Records is a unique label based in Beirut, Lebanon which touches upon Dark 170, Experimental & Techno

”DIN (din is noise) is the start of a furtherance in the underground scene’s auditory evolution

We had the pleasure of catching up with Nadine Assaf the label founder & manager who launched DIN back in 2014 and has been growing to be go-to imprint for all your experimental needs.

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Hello Nadine, firstly thank you for taking the time to have a talk with us today. Could you tell us about your musical journey all the way up to discovering D&B and starting the Imprint?

Hello, thank YOU for the feature.
My musical journey! This might take an eternity to describe and I’d probably still won’t be able to put it into words. I had always been interested in music, I always felt that my ears are so keen that they can detect quality music from the very first beat. I don’t know if this has anything to do with both of my parents being musicians, but whatever, if it has, then I’m thankful :P

You’re gonna probably laugh at me now, but I tell you, when the DVD “Global” by PVD came out in 2003, I was 17 then, (i’m 32 today), it was love at first sight! it was what actually got me into wanting to delve more into the infinite world of electronic music.
To make a long story short, I had my generous share of electronic music in all its aspects and genres: house, minimal, trance, techno, drum n bass, IDM, alternative, and hip-hop…

But it wasn’t until the early 2000’s (2005, 2006, 2007 ) that I was introduced to drum n bass and hardcore music in general through a local movement under the name of “Kaotik System” that was the first to actually showcase, breakcore, drum and bass and hardcore music, back in 2003

Is there much of a bass music community in Beirut?

The bass scene in Beirut is currently not extinct but it’s not as large as what it used to be, however, the local crowd is always hungry for good music, but you can tell that the majority is geared towards more house and techno than drum n bass.
The case was a bit different back in early 2000, (2003) to be precise, it was when “Kaotik System” a local movement dedicated to promoting breakcore, hardcore, d&b music, started launching its series of secret parties, and they actually grew a fairly big crowd until they stopped in 2013.
Other promoters tried to take on the legacy, but things aren’t obviously the same anymore, especially that techno parties are way more accessible in Beirut nowadays than they used to be.

What would be the best way of describing Din Is Noise contribution and sound?

Din is noise was launched with many purposes;
– exposing the local scene to a new genre of electronic music, geared toward the experimental side
– showcasing different and left field music regardless of the genre focusing on its dark and experimental aspect, if you go back a bit with din’s back catalog, you’ll notice lots of experimental, dark minimal techno and some noise too. – offering the artists a free platform where they can expose their sound with no restrictions, and where they are offered free services as a sign of support from the label for their hard work
– Din focuses on the visual side by delivering solid visuals that contribute in bringing “sound” to life

So on the subject of music, I loved the Out of Fuel release it blew my socks off, could you give us a rundown of things coming up?

A joint compilation was actually released in collaboration with Onset Audio, right after Out of Fuel. Illuminate; a 13 track benefit compilation album, featuring some of the most exciting names in alternative bass and drum and bass music, where all proceeds go to families in Puerto Rico, it looks like a successful release so far and we’re quite happy about it.

2 forthcoming releases I can reveal now and I keep the rest on the down low.
A three track ep release with Tobe:n, a very promising artist, you’ll be surprised with what he has in store for you, including a remix from the boys who’ve been recently killing it “Out of Fuel”

And another release by “Lums”, really looking forward to this one, especially that it has both the jungle and autonomic aspects, very promising!

Who are your influences within this spectrum?

This is always a very hard question to answer for there are so many good artists out there, the deeper you dig, the higher the quality you find, I’m always influenced and inspired by so many artists on a daily basis but to be fair, I’m gonna say:
Squarepusher, Autechre, Aphex Twin, Amon Tobin, Gridlock, Kid Drama, Dissident, Instra:mental, Photek, Dillinja, Source Direct, Venetian Snares, Dom & Roland, Om Unit, Plug aka Luke Vibert aka Carrier District aka Wagon Christ…, Fanu, Felix K, Fis, Rockwell, Synth Sense, Consequence, Shackleton, Bop.. to name a few.

The female movement within the scene is becoming very strong and it’s really refreshing to see, what are your views on it?

To be very honest with you, I have never personally felt of any less important than men neither in the scene nor in life, instead, I’ve always felt responsible for making a change and taking part in the music industry in any and every way possible. Knowing that the scene being a male-dominated industry is a fact and seeing how so many ladies are stepping up, as djs, producers, promoters and label owners, it actually gladdens me to see us thrive, and would love to see more of that, for the scene needs this diversity, it actually makes it well-balanced and consistent.

Could you give us a quick top 5 producers for you at the moment?

So many good producers out there…
Pessimist
DAAT
Overlook
Entire
Dyl
Alg0rh1tm
Not to mention that all the artist are doing a great job with every release.

Any advice to those wanting to get into forging a label of their own?

Know your sound, have a goal, let your passion lead you, make sure you contribute to making a change in the scene, most importantly, build a name that will always be remembered.

Last thing, what do you want to see more of in D&B?

Quite happy with the amount of quality music that is currently being released. So keep it coming! Would probably like to see more of the artists that have been quite absent from the scene.

Thanks for your time and good luck with the rest of the year…any last words?

Thank YOU for the feature again :) Good luck with Ronin Ordinance and full support!

Din Is Noise Social:
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https://soundcloud.com/dinisnoiserecords

Support the latest offering from DIN & Onset Audio as mentioned above…
Illuminate, A 14 track Benefit Compilation LP featuring some of the most exciting names in alternative drum & bass, bass music, and ambient.
All proceeds will go to Puerto Rico disaster relief via the grassroots, community-based charity, “Friends Of Puerto Rico”.
Purchase the album here: goo.gl/KSsRGq

 

Exclusive Interview & Guest Mix: Future.

Future started buying records 1989, started Djing 1990.

His early days of a DJ started on Trance-fm middle of 1991 moving onto Raw-fm which became Don-Fm.

 

Back in 1992/93 Futures first gig was “World Party” at linford studios in Wandsworth.

 

Future began working at Lucky Spinn Records in 1993/94,ran an event @ the Gas club called Tempest in 1994/95.

More recent Rupture, Jungle Syndicate, Technicality, Outlook festival Sydney Australia.

 

Then to the present Dream Fm, Life Fm & sets at AKO Beatz forthcoming set at our own event Drum+Basics presents real sound of the underground.

 

First record release was on Federation records 1999 with a track called “The Truth” & Neo on Compasite records.

 

Other releases on DSCi4, 117 records, Criminal records, Mute:8 records, Lost Dubs, Bustle Beats, Skeleton Records & with more to come on AKO Beatz.

 

It’s looking good for 2018 & 2019.

 

Hey Future,what a journey you’ve already had within D&B.
What’s been the biggest achievement so far?

Hey Mary-Anne, many thanks for asking me to do this interview.

My biggest achievement so far has been my E.P on 117 with Trax ‘ Is it safe? ‘ & ‘ Evil place ‘ which kicked off the record label 117.

Also my remix of Babylon which was nominated as ‘ Best Jungle Track of 2017 ‘.

Still being involved in the music which in my eyes is a big achievement.

 

Obviously there has been a lot of inspiration.
Anyone in particular?

The whole inspiration thing comes from so many different genres of music, off the top of my head my main influences have been a lot of electro Hip-Hop mid/late 80s obviously early 90s Hip-Hop.

There’s been too many influences but the main one for me that sticks out the most within D&B.

 ‘ GOLDIE ‘

Due to his early 90s influences with Reinforced Records & Timeless Album.
That album stands the test of time.

 

There’s a lot of mixed opinions on Jungle at present,most are quite negative due to misrepresentation on social media and on event flyers.
What’s your opinion on this?

I think the music is at it’s best all sub-genres of D&B.

It’s good to see the influence of breaks and amens, all the original elements of the early days influencing the sound again. The discovery of new talent is great aswell for the music and a lot of new artists coming through.

Jungle on the whole is getting a lot of attention which is great but for me a lot of people don’t know the difference between Jungle,Jump Up D&B due to poor media articles where you can tell that there’s been no knowledge/research where the music really stems from.

A wise man once told me in a conversation relating to this that there are plenty of mans at present on the band wagon, we will see what soldiers are still standing when the dust has settled.

 

Your music has been released on many record labels.
Is there any labels that you wish to release music on?

No I’m really happy with what I’ve got at present, being creative and expressing myself within my music is a blessing and anything more that comes about in the future will be even more of a blessing.

The labels I have already had releases on truly mean a lot to me.

 

Forthcoming releases?

AKO BEATZ – Dynamical Forces E.P Alongside Eric Electric

Pre – order 27.04.18.

http://akobeatz.com

JUICE RECORDS.

 

Which do you prefer Djing or Music production?

At present it’s all about the music production for me but I really enjoy doing gigs but my creativity is music production as the more I produce music the more i learn.

 

Any gigs coming up?

Not many except your event which I’m really looking forward to as the line up is really diverse and looking forward to playing out some hard breaks, testing new material.

Playing at a festival in Cambridgeshire in June.

I’m not really concentrating on that side of things at present just working on tunes.

 

Any final words, special thanks?

Big thanks to everyone who has been supporting my music in the last 7 years may it continue.

Got to say a big thanks to DJ Trace for believing in me back in the day and pushing my music through with the DSCi4 release and 117.

Monita Skeleton Records. Code Bustle Beats. Mark Fuller Mute:8.
Stretch AKO Beatz . Andy & Undercover Agent at Juice Records.

Essential links for more info on Future forthcoming releases.

http://akobeatz.com

https://www.facebook.com/GaryFuture    

Check out Futures Exclusive Guest Mix & what you can expect at our next event.

Exclusive Interview: Missrepresent

Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions for Drum+Basics!

You’ve been in the dnb/jungle scene for a while now, how long is it and how did you first come across it?

Hey thanks for reaching out.

I’ve been DJing now 17 years, after a stint of attending raves such as Helter Skelter as a kid and Accelerated Culture. I used to always wander from the hardcore rooms into the jungle rooms, big smokey rooms with people swaying to big bassy tunes, and I fell in love with the vibes and music. I remember the whistles and horns, dancing on stage and ended up watching Nicky Blackmarket at The Brunel Rooms in Swindon one night thinking I’d love to do that. I was working as a store manager at Domino’s Pizza when I was 19, attending house parties and the boys wouldn’t let me touch their precious Technics so my franchisee bought me my first set of Numark decks and mixer, and I practised loads. Gloucester is a small city and everyone knows everyone, and word got round I was mixing well and I got a set at Jo Jo’s in Stroud with Micky Finn headlining and within 6 months I was playing European gigs which progressed to worldwide bookings abroad.

You produce, DJ and also run your own record label Sliced Note Recordings. What do you enjoy the most and how did you end up doing all of this? What else are you involved with within the music industry?

I enjoy it all. I started DJing, I then got into producing, which led onto running my label. That then progressed to interviews and doing work on DNBMuzik, which has now progressed to JDNB. Fortunately I have a great team on JDNB, that site is huge amounts of work, we get about 250 emails a week now which have to be replied to and posted up. I do audio interviews for DNBHQ – shouts to J Swif there he is a good bloke and a good friend of mine, and I also write peoples bio’s. On top of that I make artwork and make music videos. I’ve done a series of music videos recently for Trauma who is based in Cambridge. I guess, it’s all creative work, and I really enjoy making things and creating music and art.

What’s the hardest part of being an artist/DJ/producer? Has it changed over time?

The late or early drives home. Playing 6am sets and then having to drive 2 hours home is a killer! The only thing that has changed is the equipment, and it’s changed for the better as I no longer have to lug a massive record box around, it’s just a couple of USB’s and headphones which is great!

It’s been a lot of talk lately about the lack of females in the dnb/jungle scene, what do you think?

Well if people think it’s bad now, they should of been around 17 years ago when I started out, when I could literally count the amount of women on two hands. Yes it’s bad but it’s nothing like it used to be. I set up LadiesOfDNB to showcase the women we have in dnb and it’s worth seeing how many beautiful, talented ladies we do have about.

You’re a raver too, do you remember your first rave? Do you still go out even if you’re not playing?

Of course! It was Helter Skelter at The Sanctuary Milton Keynes. (RIP). I was 15! A long time ago but that music has been in my veins ever since.

I have 2 young babies, with my husband as only childcare, so rarely go out now as when I’m off, which isn’t often, he is then out, so we are both making the most of our weekends. I think being a DJ is pretty good at getting you out to places, and I always know loads of people at events so I have a good catch up and socialise when I’m out and enjoy it still.

When you’re not being busy with music, what do you do?

I’ve just taken up horseriding again and training for my BHS stages which are pretty intense. It’s getting me extremely fit though! I love to make music videos and artwork, but to be honest with everything I do, I don’t really get much spare time! I’m usually at my laptop when the babies are asleep!

What’s next in store for you?

I’m working on a 2 track jump up EP, and I have a track finished with Cutty Ranks, just waiting for a release date. I have a 2 track project in the works with my friend Ollie, aka Exception and I’ve been asked to do several remixes recently but just don’t want to commit until I get these projects out of the way – which I’m finding time quite hard to find.

When can we see/hear you play?
  
Jul 14 2018 Stardust – The Monetry Digbeth Birmingham

Jun 30 2018 Playaz BBQ SoBar Southampton
Apr 28 2018 Basskicks Leicester
Apr 25 2018 Guest Mix On Rinse With Harry Shotta On Marcus Nasty Show
Apr 14 2018 Audio Assault Brighton Volks – Jungle Set
Apr 07 2018 Paris – This Is Drum & Bass
Mar 31 2018 Dirty Dubz – The Peacock Peterborough
Mar 28 2018 Rough Tempo – The Full Range – Late Weds 1am

Any famous last words?

Just thank you to everyone who’s supported me for the last 17 years and big up all the artists, promoters and ravers who keep our awesome music scene alive! Thanks to you as well for reaching out. Big up ;) x

Visit Missrepresent.com for more information and follow her on Soundcloud, Facebook, Twitter & Instagram

Follow Sliced Note Recordings on Instagram and find more information on their website.

Exclusive Guest Mix & Interview: Sicknote

Hey Lewis aka Sicknote!

How did you end up producing tracks, being a drum&bass DJ and also being a part of G.H.O.S.T? Tell us the the full story!

Hey!! Thanks for having me!

Has been a little while now, haha! I have been Djing for about 17 years and making music for about 8 or 9 years I would say. All started in Bournemouth for me, listening to tapes and then buying records from destiny and Avid records and then finally going out to raves when I was about 16/17. One of the first nights I went to was Destiny at the old fire station and I remember seeing Brockie and Mampi Swift for the first time and being fully in awe of those guys.

First memory of buying records was in Avid and Destiny in Bournemouth. I think the first record I bought was in Avid, DJ Zinc – reach out on True Playaz. Me and my mate used to start at Avid and then walk across Bournemouth town centre to Destiny and some times stop of at Standout on the way as well. Always remember Destiny, they would have music blaring out and you could hear it as you walked up the street. Good times!

As time went on I managed to play at a few nights in Bournemouth and put on a few nights myself with friends but nothing too serious. Around this time I was getting really into the heavy stuff, Current value, limewax and the whole therapy sessions sound. Me and my mate DJ Beast were playing at a few nights in town and abroad in Belgium for Mindsaw and I was keen to start making some tunes to play out. Started to play around with cubase and was also going to college studying music technology. 

After finishing my music technology course I moved to London to do my degree in sound engineering. By this time I had thought of selling all my records and concentrating on recording bands and making other electronic music but through the friends I made while studying I fully got back into drum and bass and bought my decks and vinyl up to London and started fully getting my head down into my course and making drum and bass. This is when the whole G.H.O.S.T project started. G.H.O.S.T originally was a 5 price crew which then later went down to being a 3 piece. Big shouts out to Tom, Will, Ben and Mathias! And that kind of brings us up to now where I’m mainly focusing on solo tracks and collabing with other artists and producers.

Where did you get the name Sicknote from?

My name comes from one of my favourite records by ed rush & optical on virus – sicknote/watermelon. My mate had the record at the time and we were playing it a lot when we were learning to mix on his belt drives & blue dog mixer set up on a old plastering table, which you had to climb underneath to get to the decks haha. Big up Dave!

What do you enjoy the most; producing, djing or raving?

I would say I like them all as much as the other, Haha. For me they are all a big part of the scene and the music we are into. I get the same buzz from Djing or being in the studio as I would if I was out at a rave.

For me the main thing that I enjoy is meeting and being with people in the scene. Whether this is in the studio doing a collaboration, out Djing or in a rave with all the crew at Launch or Rupture.

Do you have your own studio or how’s the set up like?

Yeah, well I have a studio setup in my bedroom. One day I will have a separate studio, maybe (that would be sick!)
I use a combination of computer software/plugins and out-board gear. 

There are some things I can do with my out board gear you just cant do in the box. I swear by my Mackie desk and EMU for certain sounds, especially on bass and drums it really does give this crunchy gritty sound I struggle to get in the box. Also at the same time, there are things I can do on my computer that is harder to obtain with gear (unless you have a endless budget for new hardware) so using both simultaneously is giving me good results at the moment.

What inspires you to make music?

Hmmmm, lots of things really. Films are always a good one for inspiring me to make a certain sounding track or a sound or sample I will hear in a film will make me think ‘yeah, I could use that or make a whole track out of that’.
Another one is going out to raves, this always inspires me to go in and try and make something like I heard out that night.
Also other people’s music from all genres. This always inspires me especially if you hear something and you think; ‘I can sample that and make a tune with it…’

Do you prefer to collaborate or making music by yourself?

I think I would say I like collaborating more. It is good to have two heads in the studio in terms of direction and making any decisions on wether and idea is any good or not. Along with having multiple skills and abilities in the studio to draw on.

Also it is just more fun in general than being sat in the studio on your own.

Not to say I don’t like writing solo tracks I just feel some of the best music I have worked on has been in collaborations up until this point.

What’s the hardest part of collaborating?

The only downside sometimes is when the person you collaborate with doesn’t say if they like what your doing or not. I prefer it if someone tells me if what we have made is shit or they are not feeling the vibe. This helps push the track forward and also can change the direction of the track completely.

Also good cups of tea got to be able to make a good cup of tea in the studio.

What else do you do with your life?

My life is taken up with music 24/7 at the moment. I work at SRD, which is an independent record distributor. I work in sales selling records to the independent record shops up and down the country. SRD sell drum and bass from the likes of virus/Dom and Roland/spearhead and Shogun audio to name a few along with a range of big techno labels such as Tresor/Ostguton/Kompakt. They also distribute everything from soundtracks and folk music to Punk and Metal. 
When I am not at work I’m either in the studio working on music or listening to records at home. Collecting records is a big passion of mine so I’m constantly on Discogs looking for records or when I can I will hit reckless and sister ray down in Soho to feed my addiction.

What did your family & friends think you’ll end up doing when you were a kid? What did you think yourself?

Haha! Not sure actually. I trained to be a carpenter when I finished school so I always thought I would do something with that. I was also a French polisher for a while but never carried on with it. When I quit that job, this was around the time I started college and decided that I wanted to take music a lot more seriously.

How would you describe your music?

I would say generally my music is quite breaks heavy and loud. Heavily influenced by the late 90s, from the likes of Dillinja, Optical, Technical itch and Dom and Roland to name a few. These guys are personal favourites and have definitely influenced my sound I think.

What’s in store for you in the near future?

I have a 12” coming out on Silent Force around March time and also a track on the next Dope Plates 12” which is out around March time as well, super excited to get these out there! Big shout out to Mark Cox and Alex Soul Intent!

I have a few more releases lined up for later in the year on Detrimental audio but I am not allowed to go into detail on them at the moment. Big up Will Token!

I have been collaborating with a lot of cool artists as well recently and hope those tracks get to see the light of day soon. Main goal this year is to work on as much music as I can.

What music do you listen to when you’re being ‘just’ Lewis?

I listen to a lot of techno when I am at work. Really into the Drexyia sound and the older Detroit techno from Juan Atkins and Jeff Mills, Shed is a sick producer, and his early albums are really good, the last Steffi album on Ostguton was amazing and I listen to that a lot. I really like the Empty Set releases epically Re-cur on Rasta Notton which is sick label to check out if you like experimental music.

Obviously I listen to quite a lot of Drum and Bass, haha. Lots of old skool DJ sets and tapes; these really inspire me to make music along with keeping up to date with the full spectrum of releases coming out.

Where and when can we see you play out?

At the moment I don’t have any bookings lined up, but I am sure something will come along soon. I would like to say big thank you to all the Promoters that have booked me recently though!

You’ve also done a mix for us, what can you tell us about that?

In the mix I have tried to play a mixed bag of music ranging from the mid 90s right up to the latest releases along with a couple dubplates that I cut recently. The Whole mix was done on the fly as I really don’t like planning mixes and I always try to play old and new records in my mixes as there are so many old records that don’t get played anymore that deserve a re-visit from time to time.

Hope you enjoy the mix!

Any famous last words?

Haha! Just to say thank you to you and Marry-Anne and big shouts out to everyone that has been supporting my music and me, means a lot. Too many names to mention but massive big ups to you all!

Special shouts to Will & Tom, G.H.O.S.T, Dissect, Mikey Soul Beat Runner and Rico

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Exclusive Interview: Subtle Audio.

Subtle Audio began back in 2005.

A record label dedicated to Breakbeat D&B,Jungle & Drumfunk.

This record label hosts shows on http://jungletrain.net

There has been some serious releases from producers like Equinox,Senses,Fracture & Neptune plus many more talented producers.

Here is a detailed Q & A with Subtle Audio manager Conor O’Dwyer

 ( aka Code )

 

 

Well over a decade the record label has been treating us to some great releases…Since 2005!
How did it all begin?

 

It all began long before that really – back in 92/93 at the beginning of my teenage years when I began to hear dance music on Irish radio and got a loan of The Prodigy Experience album from a friend at school.

This was exactly the music I had been waiting for – electronic sounds and strings over heavy, energetic beats.

I cained the Prodigy album for the best part of a year before eventually getting 4th or 5th hand copies of sets from the likes of LTJ Bukem (Dreamscape 5), Dr S Gachet and DJ Monk from the same friend (a friend of his had a cousin who lived in London or something!).

The music on that bunch of tapes was a step beyond what I’d heard on the Prodigy album and was even more alien and mysterious – that was it for me.

I began a mission to find out more about the people behind the music and after picking up a few editions of Generator magazine and reading an interview with Goldie, I had a list of names to go on : Fabio, Grooverider, Randall, Doc Scott, Kemistry & Storm etc etc …

Luckily I came across a Reinforced tape mixed by Randall in the local music store and followed that up with a few really good compilations of hardcore / jungle on Kickin Records.

I was quite influenced by those label compilation albums from Reinforced, Kickin and some others like the XL Recordings 2nd Chapter / 3rd Chapter series etc.

I guess the strong label logos stuck with me as did the ideas of curating music and presenting a collection of tracks in an interesting way with an overall theme.

I got my first set of turntables at the end of ’95 and once I was old enough (in ’97) I started going to clubs and trying to get involved with the DJ’ing side of things.

I got a few gigs and eventually hooked up with some other local D&B Dj’s and after doing a few one-offs we started our first regular night early in 2000.

Fast forward to 2003 and I’d made quite a few contacts both in Ireland and internationally with people who were making really good beats – unfortunately, a lot of this music wasn’t seeing a release as it was to breakbeat heavy and ‘choppy’ for a lot of the established labels at the time.

I was still highly influenced by the beats I’d heard all the way through the 90’s and wasn’t quite feeling the new direction in D&B since the turn of the century. So I thought, why not start my own label and help to get some of the unheard gems out into the public domain?

I started work on the label that year and 2 years later we were ready to go with the first vinyl releases by Alpha Omega and Equinox / Senses.

 

Whose involved?

 

In the running and promotion of the label it’s mainly just me.
I do all the A&R and have an input in the art side of things.

I’ve always sold the Subtle Audio releases directly from the website but we always had partnerships with distribution companies as well – Nu Urban (2005 / 2006), ST Holdings (2007 – 2014) and we’ve been working with Unearthed since 2015 now.

Stacks (Conor O’Riordan) does all the artwork for the 12″ singles on Subtle Audio and then Louisa (my missus) does all the cartoon drawings for Bustle Beats (she also does the album / EP sleeves and any CD releases on Subtle Audio too).

The local Wardance crew in Limerick are a great help whenever I need to do a release party or label showcase – we’ve collaborated on a few events in our hometown of Limerick.

Tamen does some overseas promotion for the label – he was Dj’ing and representing D&B / Jungle in Barcelona for many years and has recently re-located to Australia where is he’s active on the Melbourne circuit and represents the breakbeat side of things when he plays out, including plenty of Subtle Audio material.
He does some distribution of the releases too.

Artist wise, some of the main contributors over the years have been Equinox, Alpha Omega, Enjoy, Dissident, Macc, dgoHn, Nebula, Sub, NCQL, Nic TVG and Irish artists such as Polska and Mecca.

The next batch of releases on Subtle Audio will introduce new artists that we want to spotlight such as Drummotive and Scale and I’m also launching a new label for hometown Limerick related beats called ‘Treaty Treats’ (Limerick is known as the Treaty city).

The music on this imprint will mainly come from myself and long-time friend and increasingly prolific producer K3Bee.

How did you make the decision to run a record label mainly focusing on Breakbeat D&B, Jungle & Drumfunk?

Well, that was easy – it’s the music I love.

As I mentioned already, the early nineties hardcore / breakbeat / jungle style was a huge influence on me and my favourite stuff from the mid to late nineties was a continuation of that sound.

The decision to focus on this style on my own label was made easier with the direction the scene took in the early noughties, that made me even more determined to try to represent my favourite style and help to bring the breaks back.

 

The location of Subtle Audio is in Limerick Ireland.
Due to your location does it have any negative effects on how the label performs due to majority of producers being based overseas?

 

No, I don’t think so.
I grew up in an era when flights were becoming much more affordable and Ireland is only an hours flight from London.

I made the trip plenty of times back over the years, especially between 2000 and 2010.
I was already in touch with quite a few producers online before I met many of them in person at different nights over the years.

One of the main meeting places was the Technicality night run by Chris Inperspective.
I first went there to hear Breakage, Senses and Bailey play around the end of 2002.
I got talking to Chris on the night and told him I’d bring him and a few others that were playing Technicality over to Ireland for a show.

In the end I booked Chris, Equinox, Breakage and Senses.

One of the tracks I got on a demo CD from Equinox when he came over ended up being on one of the first Subtle Audio releases 2 years later – ‘The Phantoms’.

I was able to catch up with artists fairly regularly by booking them to play our night (or when playing abroad or catching a show in London).

There are only a handful of artists on the label that I haven’t met in person.
The only draw-back over the years has been not having as much presence in the UK clubs as I’d like – especially since I was living in Canada for 4 years between 2011 and 2015.

I’m working on that though, so there might be some kind of Subtle Audio night in the UK soon all going well.

 

 

 Has the use of social media made it more easier?

 

Yes, definitely !

Social media is a good platform for promotion – especially for a label like mine where we do most of the distribution ourselves.

Even before the likes of Facebook and Twitter, internet forums were a good place to post mixes and release info.

Have to give a big shout to the Subvert Central forum (which is still going strong!) – A lot of positive things happened because of online interactions within that community.

It was a great place to throw out ideas and to meet like-minded artists / Dj’s etc.

Subtle Audio has a great reputation, providing unique releases from talented producers.
How do you find these producers for forthcoming releases?

Well, sometimes I find them and sometimes they find us!

I mentioned earlier about the hook up with Equinox and how that came about – that first release led on to many more and we’ve become good friends over the years.

It’s funny because one of my favourite compilation CD’s from the early days was ‘Jungle Dub 5’ on Kickin Records – it had a track by Bizzy B & Equinox on it called ‘Brain Records Crew’. Little did I realise at the time that we’d become good friends and that I’d get to release his music on my own label years later.

A similar scenario played out with Enjoy – I played at his night in Italy early in 2008 and he was playing me some demos that sounded really good.

We were on the same page musically and now, ten years later I’ve put out quite a few tracks by him and I’m just about to do an album release for him on Bustle Beats.

I got to know Macc initially via the Subvert Central forum and then eventually met him in person at Technicality – he ended up playing his live drum set at our night in Limerick in 2004 (with his good friend dgoHn in tow). They both became a big part of the label in the years that followed.
At this stage, now that we’re more established, a lot of producers know what we’re about and come to us if they think their style fits.

I get a lot of demos sent via Soundcloud / Facebook etc.
Other times I’ll hear an interesting track from a producer on another label and I might approach them about doing something for Subtle Audio.

 

There’s been plenty of releases on Vinyl now I’ve noticed you’ve began releasing more on MP3.
Is this due to more high demand and quality purposes?

 

Actually, we’ve always done digital download releases – usually a few months after the vinyl release, but we’ve done them since the early days.

I kicked off a sub-label for digital only releases back in 2006 – Subtle Audio Digital.
Time and financial constraints mean it’s impossible to get every track onto vinyl, so it’s good to have the option of just doing a digital-only release sometimes.

Even though I love vinyl myself, I acknowledge that not everyone wants to listen this way.
As for the sound of digital VS vinyl, that’s a subjective one – I’m not getting into it, haha.

My main objective is to make sure the music is available to whoever wants to listen, so we’ve always catered for vinyl lovers, the CD fans and the digital download crew.

To my knowledge there hasn’t been a Subtle Audio Tour for a very long time.
Will you be planning one in the near future?

Yeah, you’re right about that and yes I am looking into the possibility of doing something in the UK soon.

Apart from Limerick, I got as far as Dublin to do a ‘Decade In Breakbeat’ party at the end of 2016 – we had Equinox, Mecca, Earl Grey, Aroma Nice and myself on the bill, but that has been about it.

Before that I was in Canada, so the opportunity to do a tour on this side of the world hasn’t been there.

The release schedule on the label is quite full for 2018, so it would be good to get out there to promote the sound a bit.

I have some ideas, so lets see what happens.

 

Any big forthcoming releases we need to know about?

 

We just did a collaboration release called ‘Elysian Boundary’ with 7th Storey Projects and Scientific Wax which (at the time of writing) is still available from the 7th Storey Projects website.

All profits go to charity.

Apart from that there are 3 new releases in the works at the moment – I just got the testing pressings back for all 3, so things are on course for a late April / early May release via the Subtle Audio site.

Have a few digital only releases lined up too which should be available via the Subtle Audio Bandcamp site a few weeks before the new vinyl bits go live.

The next release on Subtle Audio itself is from a Dutch producer called Drummotive. A very talented guy who has had a few releases on Infest’s Next Phase label already.

It’s a 3 track vinyl – with 2 D&B / Drumfunk style tunes and 1 live sounding jazz track.

I’m very happy with how the tracks work together (it’s always an important consideration for every release) and I think it’s something a bit different to what’s doing the rounds at the moment.

On Bustle Beats there’s an album project by Enjoy due very soon – it’s a 3×10″ release with 6 tracks.
Being on Bustle Beats, it’s got more of a oldskool / jungle sound to it with strong grooves for the dance floor.

I’m delighted to have the honour of releasing an album for Enjoy – he’s a great talent and it’s great to see him getting more recognition these days, he’s also had vinyl releases on AKO Beatz and Transmute in recent times.

I’m also kicking off a brand new sub-label called ‘Treaty Treats’. This is for music made in my hometown of Limerick or by producers that have some kind of connection to the place.

The first release features something from local producer K3Bee and then there’s something of mine on the flip-side.
We’ve been working on remixes of an Irish indie act called Audrey & The Icons and those should see a release in the future too.

There’s even a mad (non D&B) remix by Naphta (he’s not from Limerick but we’re thinking of giving him a pass as he lived here for a few months and he DJ’d in Limerick before!)

 

Obviously last question from us here at Drum+Basics..
Any special mentions, thanks?

 

My main thank-you goes to the supporters of the label who have kept us going for over 12 years now.

Many of them have been with us since the very first release and without that hardcore support, there would be no Subtle Audio.

Thanks, of course, to the artists – again, without them, there would be no label.

Want to give a big thanks to Beau and Bob Macc who are the nicest and most accommodating mastering engineers you could hope to have – they’ve both really helped to make us sound good over the years.

A huge thank you to Conor (Stacks) and Louisa for their great artwork over the years.

Big thanks to Manny (Deepcut) in Limerick who has been really helpful with promoting and staging Subtle Audio related nights in Limerick over the last few years.

Shouts to all the regular listeners to the Subtle Audio Show on Jungletrain – they’ve put up with countless technical issues over the last few years but still come back for more – lol.

Really though, the chat-room crew make it much more fun to play and because they are so into their beats, they help to remind me that there is an audience out there for this stuff.

Shouts to Chris Inperspective, still soldiering on after all these years.

Shouts to Simon @ 7th Storey Projects and Marlon (Equinox) @ Sci Wax – was great to collaborate on the 3×12″ release recently – respects.

Shouts to all the local Limerick crew!

Big thanks to Drum & Basics for doing this feature on the label and big shout to anyone I’ve forgotten.

 

Many Thanks Conor.

Check out these links for more info & releases you need to purchase from Subtle Audio…

http://www.subtleaudiorecordings.com
https://en-gb.facebook.com/subtleaudio/
https://www.discogs.com/label/42042-Subtle-Audio-Recordings
https://subtleaudio.bandcamp.com

Exclusive Interview: Compound Audio.

Compound Audio provide a full range of post production services to suit any requirements their clients have when developing a wide range of media products.

 

Founded in 2014 Dean Pratt aka Dapz has been supporting artists with audio mixing, mastering and post production requirements.

 

Compound Audio was founded in 2014.

What were you doing beforehand?

 

Without going into a lengthy bio.

At 13 I took up Dj’ing Drum & Bass and by 16 I progressed onto producing my own music productions in 1998.

Between 2000 & 2007 I sat many qualifications within audio engineering which gave me the necessary skills to further my career / knowledge within music itself.

Throughout my time Djing & producing (1996 to present) I have gone under various aliases such as: Dapz, Special X, Strugglaz (Crew of: Myself, Slipz, MC Bomma & MC $pyda) 1 half of the duo: SLiPZ & DaPZ and also 1 half of the duo: Silent Code.



Under these names I have had the pleasure to Dj not just in the UK but all over Europe as well as producing / remixing for some of the biggest names / labels in the business.

Before Compound Audio, I have always been mixing and mastering for myself and others from 2008, but at the time I never thought of turning it into a business.

The idea evolved when I was in partnership of running a record label and I was doing the in-house audio mastering, since then I went from strength to strength using skills that I never knew I had, this led to clients returning purely for mastering and here I am today working studio full-time.

 

You’re a qualified Teacher.

Does this help with organising your business?

 

For me, I feel that without organisation it be would chaotic as doing the job in the studio is the fun part, the admin side of things is not so fun.


Though this needs doing, having had the teacher training it helps me put things into priority order and working allocated days.



Planning ahead works for me I guess…

 

With 20 years of experience, you have worked across the whole board

( T.V Companies,Hip Hop Producers ).

You have worked with many Drum & Bass Record labels too.

 Last year you mastered Dj Futures Remix of Babylon which was nominated for Best Jungle Track of 2017…

What has been the most enjoyable project to master so far?

 

Hmmmmm!

Good question.

Although I have been blessed with not only meeting but working with some amazing people from around the word, I have learnt a lot about different types / styles of music and how certain key aspects in one genre might not be the right thing to do or apply when mixing / mastering in others.



I was stoked to be given the opportunity to master Futures Babylon remix as this track is huge and I know it has massive support from major Dj’s.


The original is one of my favourite jungle tracks from when I used listen to it on the tape packs (showing my age).

With that said, I have no preference, I give 110% on all music projects that are submitted to me but if I had to choose I would say… when I mixed & mastered over 4 hours of audio content for the computer game called…

(Dambuster – Homefront The Revolution).



It’s not something I get sent on a regular basis but this project took just under a year to complete.

The job itself had to be very strategic in order for the final audio masters to work with the “in-game-play” on the various sections of the game so that the trailer music does not clash with the narration and Foley sounds.

Mastering is not all that you do you also work with Audio mixing & any post production requirements.

What do all these entail?

 

At Compound Audio we are specialists in Mixing, Mastering & Audio production.

We provide a full range of post-production service’s to suit any requirement’s our clients have when developing a wide range of media products.


We try to cover many areas of “Pre & Post Production”.

Over the last year I broken down audio mastering into different types / styles to suit the needs and budget for the Clients giving them the choice to choose from digital mastering, analog mastering, vinyl mastering, mastered for iTunes and our newest service, Algorithm mastering.

This is not a plugin or a pre-set, its works similar to another well-known company out there (not saying no names) this can be a cheaper alternative yet still achieving a great result.

Other services we provide are…

Mixing | Stem Mastering | Trailer music / Game audio processing | Artwork | Audio Sample packs | Merchandise and more 

you can get a full break down and description via the website: www.compoundaudionet 

 

Artwork and branding is also something you specialise in.

Do you think that branding now is something that really needs pushing and needs to be focused on more?

 

Branding and merchandise have been around for years, it is more easily excessible these days and we have kept the mech to a minimum, I fell that it’s a great way to promote your company / business, not only is it for the musicians and beat makers, you can also sell the clothing to just the listeners / followers.


It’s not a necessity to push branding but if you have a following or maybe a promotion deal, it’s a great way to get people interacting.

As for the artwork, we have a motto, “You got sound, now get the look!”
.

Again, being able to do the audio post production, some labels or artists like to get the full package and have artwork made for their release or CD cover, we have in-house graphic designers to cover all this, and more.

 

 What can we expect from Compound Audio in 2018?

 

This year we are planning on putting together a record label using the platform that has been built up over the years, so much great music gets sent to us un-signed.

It’s kind of having 1st dibs on some tracks.


Also, as we provide vinyl mastering, we want to be able to follow this up and press / cut the mastered product onto vinyl for our Clients, 

as always we will continue to push promo’s and discounted deals throughout the year via the website.


Watch this space.

 

Final words,any special thanks?

 

I would like to thank yourselves Drum+Basics for giving me this opportunity to talk about Compound Audio and I hope for those that have never used us before feel the need to give us a try.

I would like to also thank my Wife, Ania, family and close friends.


A massive thank you to all of the artists and record labels out there that use Compound Audio for your post production needs, without you we wouldn’t be here today.

To all the up and coming / un-sung heroes, stay positive, keep aiming towards your dreams and don’t give up!!!

Behind The Event – SINE…

SINE an event hosted in London U.K has a vision of supplying diversity within Drum & Bass & making sure Djs/Producers have extended sets to showcase their talent.

 

Over the last several years we have witnessed some major line ups across the full spectrum of D&B & events dedicated to record labels.

 

Drum+Basics got in contact with the main man behind

  SINE

Andy Wade & asked him a few questions.

 

 

 

 Do you think you have accomplished supplying D&B diversity, since the first event?

 

I think we’re definitely doing something a bit different, pushing boundaries, using venues that haven’t been used before for DnB events, plus having artists play longer sets is giving them the room to be creative and take you on more of a journey.

 

When and who was on the lineup at the very first event?

 

The first ever SINE event was at Fire in London on 17th April 2015.

 Headlining we had Bad Company UK, A.I, Storm, Cern, Zero T and Source Direct, with Lowqui & Visionobi on hosting duties and InnerSoul in Room 2.

It was a banger!

 

 Running an event must have its ups and downs.

Did you aim to be a promoter/event manager or did it just all happen naturally?

 

Yes it does have it’s up and down and I reckon every promoter will tell you the same and how difficult it can be but you take the rough with the smooth.

It was never my intention to run parties professionally, I kind of fell in to it via running illegal raves up north and some quite  questionable student parties when I moved to London but then later came to start working with legends like Doc Scott, Ant TC1 and Digital who have helped hugely.

Now we’re looking quite far in to the future (no pun intended) and have a very clear idea of where we want SINE to be. 

 

 

Is there any positive advice you would give to those wishing to start within the promoting game?

 

Find your ‘NICHE’

No matter how big or small and nurture it.

Don’t try to go too big too quickly.

Prepare for the long game.

 

 There’s been plenty of events at various well-known clubs in London.

Now you’re using warehouses to host events.

Why & what’s the aim of doing this?

 

The main aim for SINE is to hold events in unique spaces not used for parties or at the very least at venues that have never held a DnB party before.

Warehouses were the original setting for a raves back in the day, so we’re just wanting to revisit that part of the scene.

We will be doing a lot more with Scotty’s Future party and Dispatch Recordings.

So watch this space for more on that….

 

When is the next SINE Warehouse event?

 

Our next warehouse rave is on 10th March at this wicked underground venue called Hoxton Basement, right around the corner from where the Blue Note used to be.

Amongst others, we’ve got Lenzman, Halogenix, Monty and Taelimb & Conscience playing on the night. 

 

 

Do you see the events continuing in maybe 5 years time?

 

100%.

We’ve got some big plans, both short-term and long-term, so all being well we will see you in 5+ years.

 

Any final words?

 

 Big shout out to everyone who’s reached our events over the last 12 months and everyone behind the scenes, its been a bit of a game changer for us and the support has been incredible. 

 

Many Thanks Andy.

Also Luke Baker Photography.

Here’s the link to get hold of a ticket before it sells out!

TicketTailor

 

 

Exclusive Interview: Ronin Ordinance.

Ronin Ordinance is a record label focusing on the deeper sounds of Drum and Bass.

 

The label has been slowly building up and has support from Loxy,Doc Scott & Amoss.

 

Producers who have had previous releases on the label are Corrupted,Concealed identity & Antagonist.

 

Here’s a quick Q & A with one of the record label founder/manager Benjamin Pearson.

Ronin Ordinance is a fresh record label with some unique artists.
How was the record label originally founded?

Ronin Ordinance founded early 2015.

I was helping out with another label at the time and felt i should branch off and do my own thing as I have always had a different flavour and vast selection, i thought i could have it all in one place not only that but a lot of great artists always fly under the radar.

I decided I should give them the exposure and credit they deserve.

We originally had some killer music signed at the start with an EP from Coma which featured Sense Mc and Arkaik there was also a Kolectiv release but the distribution service I was with at the time gave me issues and things got held back resulting in me not being able to put out releases.

I then took a year to gather up more info and knowledge then relaunched in November 2016 and things are now steady and stronger than ever.

Are there any other record labels that have inspired you to create Ronin Ordinance?

I think it was mostly smaller labels which gave me the spark in the beginning Halogen Music, Nurtured Beatz, Different all doing completely their own thing.

I saw an opening for Ronin Ordinance. It’s a great community we are involved in but focusing on the deeper darker side of things.

The labels I look up to are Cylon, Metalheadz, Cosmic Bridge, Architecture, Utopia and Ingredients.

What is the main aim & sound of Ronin Ordinance?

The aim is great beats consistently and to give  artists we love  that push and exposure.

The clan is forming incredibly right now we have alot of flavours which is what a label should have today.

Sound is deffo grooving deep dark and atmospheric however dont just always expect this as we got plenty covered coming into 2018.

Will there be any other genres of music on the label?

Yes!

We are not shy of taking things on a different tip. I’m a massive garage head so anything is possible but we will have to see.

I do have ideas for a 140/Bass/Techno series but that’s way down the line for now.

We’ve got loads of jungle lined up (i treat it as different genre to dnb).

There’s one track forthcoming from Medika that is certainly not normal, I’m excited to see the reactions, her EP is an absolute monster trust!

Can you see the record label being a huge success & grow bigger over the next few years?

It’s definitely something i am working up to as this is the only thing that keeps me going.

We already have a loyal following which is really humbling, some of these guys have been with us since day 1 and its great to know you get people excited for music that’s coming.

I’m also a great fan and know how it feels when you see a new release from an artist or label you really like!

Will Ronin ordnance Artists be having their releases on vinyl?

2018 shall be the year!

It’s something I would like to take a lot of time with because it’s a big deal for me to be able to do vinyl runs as im a black crack junkie myself, also cool for the artist as they can see their hard work in physical form.

When we do start them it’ll probably just be small units of 100 to see how it goes.

Will the record label be hosting any events within Europe?

Hopefully if all things go to plan i’ve already had discussions with various connections including a night in Bristol and one over in Munich so you shall be seeing us coming to takeover your city at some point.

Will be amazing to get the clan together.

Can you give us an insight into 2018 releases?

So rounding off the end of this year we have Vortex with some atmospheric jungle, kinda has that Dead Mans Chest feel to it.

Kicking off 2018 we have Australian based Fuj, he has been about for a while now and has had a string of good releases and has a lot of big ones in 2018 so watch out for him.

There’s a Belgium producer and a part of our team Solace with some more dance floor orientated techy bits.

Mark Kloud out of the US expect Experimental dubby goodness then throughout the year you an expect artists such as Sicknote, Medika, Pulseye, Out Of Fuel, Akinsa, Conspired Within more Antagonist.

There’s also a fresh up n comer by the name Hanlon (deffo watch out for him).

Any final words?

Thank-you for your time and a massive thank-you to all the fans and artist for your interest, support and love for Ronin Ordinance.

I’m so excited for the next year and hope you guys can enjoy the journey also and remember….drum & bass is a mission, not a competition!

Exclusive Interview & Guestmix: Natty Dub Recordings.

London-based Natty Dub Recordings was established in 2012 by Cabin Fever UK.

Natty Dub became a success due to having #1 chart spots on DNBarena and Juno.

Natty Dub Recordings is still growing strong.

Let’s find out some more info with a quick Q & A with Sam Frater.

Natty Dub Recordings.

 

2012 the label began.

Why not before 2012?

I had in fact run labels before 2012.

I didn’t really push the labels at the time as I was concentrating on production.
We were developing our own unique sound.

Natty Dub came about through necessity, the unique sound of our collective Cabin Fever needed a home.
Natty Dub was only ever set up to release our own music.
We believed in the music and wanted to push it, so we did.

As Natty Dub grew so did the sound and it evolved into what the label pushes today.

Does running the label take over everyday life?

Yes, it does at present, a very small but loyal team run Natty Dub.
Myself & Regina do most of the day-to-day work so yes can be very time-consuming.

We have and still are privileged to work with many artists, they keeps us busy.

Never a quiet moment here at Natty HQ.

There’s been a few familiar producers have releases on Natty Dub but saying that….
Do you wish to push the more under rated producers forward with releasing their production on your label?

We may have had some big names grace the label, like Bladerunner & Serum. Saxxon, T>I, and Jaxx amongst others on the label all making waves.

We recently signed Feline, who has recently had his first release on a various artists EP Ammo Box V4, a guy from Germany, Busterd, who also had his début single recently .

So yes, I believe Natty Dub is a label pushing new talent.

What’s lined up for 2018?

We have a lot lined up for 2018.
Off the top of my head there’s music from Saxxon, Suv , T>I , Jaxx, K-jah , Suv & Hoogs.

We are building the Rise of the Soldiers pt 2, that will hopefully be finished this year.

There will be an unveiling of the Illuminatty but that’s as much as I’m willing to say about that project.

Lots of exciting projects in the pipeline.

 Have you had any or planning any Natty Dub Events ?

This year was the first year we branched out into events.
We now have enough on our roster to offer promoters in 2018.

We have been privileged to work with some great promoters that have fully supported.

We are already in talks and planning a lot more Natty events for 2018 .

Watch This Space !!!!

Final words, any special thanks?

Firstly I want to send love to my better half Regina for the help and support she gives me with the label, without her I would go mental haha.

Sblendid Selection for his work behind the scenes.

Special thanks to the Natty squad for all their hard work and putting Natty Dub on the map.

Saxxon
T>I
Jaxx
Suv
K-Jah
Coda
Dub General
Feline
Busterd

I’m eternally grateful to you all.

To everyone else that has worked with the label over the years, Thank you .

To the supporters, without you guys there is no Natty Dub.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart, your continued support drives us on.

 

To find out more info regarding future releases follow Natty Dub here….https://www.facebook.com/NattyDubRecordings/