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Exclusive Interview & Guest Mix: IRIS.

Karen and Leigh

Iris is a female D&B Dj/producer from Seattle U.S.A.


Iris began listening to electronic music at the young age of 12.


Her musical interests started with UK Hard House,Trance and finally focused on Drum and Bass.


Iris produces D&B alongside her husband Quadrant & they both Dj in various countries together.


With her high production skills alongside Quadrant/Kid Hops they have had releases on Metalheadz,Hospital,CIA,Dispatch,Commercial Suicide plus many more.


Hey Iris,

You were listening to many different genres of music before you focused on D&B, How did you make your decision on producing D&B?

Oh boy, I went through quite a lot of genres before I think i really fully appreciated DnB.

I’ve been listening to electronic music since I was about 12, but when I started DJing I was pretty heavily into Trance and UK Hard House.

From there I moved more into techno and tech house before discovering Pendulum, at that point I fully launched into listening to and playing DnB.

Leigh (Quadrant) is really the one that got me into producing DnB. It was about a year or so after we’d got married and he kept pestering me to come join him in the studio.

It had always been something I’d dabbled in and I had a lot of ideas about so I figured I’d go for it.

 Is it your main focus or do produce other genres?

DnB is definitely the main genre, but we dabble in others here and there.

Not as much as I would like since Leigh and I don’t work that fast and we really like keeping the main focus on DnB.

We did have a tune come out for free awhile back that’s a 2-step and jackin house remix of the tune Pulse feat. Key by Heavy1.

This was a tune we did with Kyle (Kid Hops) and thought it would be fun to release under the moniker All Crew.

How do you find working alongside your partner,surely you must disagree?

We definitely disagree on occasion, our Metalheadz release, Anthropocene would have had a very different bassline if we hadn’t had an argument about it during the writing process.

That being said we have a lot of similar ideas so our opinions about where a tune should go don’t tend to become serious arguments.

 U.K D&B events whats your opinion on them?

All the events I’ve been to in the UK have been amazing experiences.

They are typically comprised of a wish list of my must see artists from start to finish so you really can’t go wrong there.

Watching Ant TC1 and Fierce go back to back in an all vinyl Dispatch vs. Quarantine set will definitely go down as one of my all time favorite sets.

Aside from that from the handful of events we’ve been to the UK has a great scene and one we’ve met some amazing people through.

540242_610795872273861_278862063_nDo the U.S.A provide better events?

It’s really hard to compare the US to the UK.

Since DnB was developed in the UK and the country is a lot smaller than the US you kind of end up with a tighter knit group.

A lot of the big players in the genre and the people who helped make it what it is live in the UK so that really shapes the events.

Its so much more accessible to people to get into and come out and listen.

In the US we’re very spread out so the events will really vary from state to state and city to city.

Seattle has a great scene and we bring a lot of DnB through the city, but I rarely see the turnout for the events here that I have in the UK.

What’s your most memorable event where you’ve played or been a raver?

This one is hard, I’m probably going to have to go with Sun and Bass though.

We met so many amazing people and saw so many amazing sets.

It was a great week from start to finish. Getting to play at it on top of all that was even better.

I witnessed you DJ in Brixton for Dispatch Recordings night along time a go & it was just a ridiculously good set!

Thanks! We had so much fun that night!

Will you be returning to the U.K soon?

I’m not sure we’ll make it out this year, but we’re definitely hoping to make another trip to Sun and Bass if at all possible.

Leigh will be in London for a short trip next month to play at the Renegade Hardware final show.

We’ll see how the year progresses though!

I’d like to make getting over to the EU at least a yearly thing.

Any forthcoming releases 2016?

We’ve made lots of promises to people for tunes that we haven’t yet completed so stuff will be coming soon!

Next month we have an EP coming out on Vandal Records and there will be another amazing release that’s quick to follow that I cannot announce yet.

That’s all that’s been set in stone at this point, but the year is early so many more releases to come!

Final Words…

Believe it or not this is always the hardest part of an interview…final words…

Thanks to everyone who’s supported our music thus far and special thanks to all the amazing producers out there who have provided us with such amazing music to play!

Hope you all enjoy the mix!

Exclusive Guest Mix: CPH (Dec 2014)

We are taking it back to 2014.

Drum+Basics Exclusive Guest Mix from upcoming producer CPH.

CPH was once known as Rapture back in the Mass Effect D&B days where those very memorable events were held every month in Shrewsbury.

CPH has now been sat in the studio & getting his head down on beats for your listening pleasure.

This is one fresh producer to listen out for in 2016!

Exclusive Interview & Guest Mix: Lost Recordings


Lost Recordings was only founded last year 2014 by Rafiki & Draize.


On this label there has been numerous of great releases from HLZ, Blacklab, L,Amour,Testa Breaks,Sixth Sense and the latest release from Narxy One.


Lost Recordings host a radio show on Originuk Dot Net supplying headz with fresh sophisticated beats.


As the label is only reaching its 1st year anniversary lets dive in a little deeper with the founders themselves.


Hey Rafiki & Draize,


 So you’re reaching your 1 year milestone with the label Congrats!

Take us back to the beginning the early days of why you started Lost Recordings.

 We looked for a few venues to push our sound through, and it was quite difficult to find the right platform.

So we decided to start Lost Recordings, we want to find all the hidden gems from producers from all levels of drum and bass.

We always used to talk about it on the drives back from origin, so we decided “nuf talk”!

 Do you wish to become a succesful big label or just keep it small and sweet?

 It’s not something that we have thought about that much, but we are always trying new things to promote ourselves, the label and our artists.

We discuss in depth our plans constantly either on our drives to radio or throughout our working week.

 On your radio shows is it strictly you two or do you have guests come along and host too?

 We play a lot just by ourselves and we really enjoy it but we love bringing Djs and Producers down to keep things varied.

It’s a great way of meeting people, we recently had Cursa down for a show with us, it was awesome and we are both big fans of their tunes.

Check out their shows http://originuk.net

 How many releases do you have planned for the rest of 2015?

We never rush releases from producers we work with, we find it is better to allow people to work at their own pace and spend real time on their projects.

At present we do have some pretty cool tunes confirmed.

1907796_1472991889627420_9059679042149841430_n Will you still be releasing your own production on your label?

We have some stuff in the pipeline not too sure on dates yet but what we can say is…..

Rafiki– I’ve been working on an EP for a while which I’m hoping to have out by the end of the year.

Its pretty hard to find the time to work on music at the moment but I’m pretty pleased with the way its come along so far and I’m looking forward to getting it finished and released.

Draize– I have been working on a remix for one of my favourite musicians which I am really excited about, I have just finished the first phase of it.

 Will you be considering launch events for your label or just keep everything plain and laid back?

 We have a confirmed date next year for an event that we are currently working on. We have a line up confirmed that we are really excited about!

 Any final words?

 We wanna give a massive shout out to all the people who have supported and worked with Lost this last year :HLZ, Cursa, Amoss, Mauoq, All the Guys at Origin, Narxy One, Testa Breaks, LNO, Sixth Sense, Belly & Spar, Caloz, Hunger, Miles and Ben at Dose, La’more, Bodee, Chloe Exodus, Yara , the Inreach crew, Craig Spindall & Sam Kalm, Mum, Dad and Imaginary Friend!

Fresh Mix for your ears from Lost Recordings!


Drum+Basics Presents: Kasper Audio Interview & Promo Mix.



Kasper is a young male producer from North America.

 His music continues to be supported by DJ Marky, Bryan G, Random Movement, Command Strange and Technimatic.

Kasper first debut was back in 2013 “Brooklyn Standard EP” on Celsius Recordings.

His production is soulful & funky,his DJ sets are the full spectrum of D&B.

 In 2013,he won the Red Bull U DJ Master award in Minneapolis & continues to travel worldwide to entertain music lovers.

Hey Kasper great to be asking you a few Qs.

You’ve been known to be a Liquid D&B producer.

What’s your opinion on this ?

Thanks for hitting me up, Mary-Anne!

It was great to meet you at Sun and Bass this year.

Yes, I suppose I set myself up for that one. There’s no denying that my sound tends to hit the more melodic, funky vibes that are classified as liquid. That being said, I love ALL drum and bass.

My DJ sets tend to be a mix of everything hopefully my mix included with this interview showcases that.

In my opinion, sticking to just one style for a whole set is a bit dull.

Am i right thinking that you are a classically trained musician?

Yes, I was forced by my lovely parents to play the piano starting at the age of 6.At the time I hated it!

However, this ended up developing my love and knowledge of music.  I switched, by choice, to the violin at the age of 11 or so.

I actively played the violin in several quartets and orchestras around the Minneapolis Minnesota area for 8 years.

 I’ve taken a load of classic music theory but I really don’t like it. I prefer to play by ear. When I was 16, I started messing around in a garage band on my computer.

It wasn’t long until I put down the violin and purchase Logic 9.

Do you produce other genres of music?

Minneapolis has nice house and techno scenes.

We are also a national hub for underground hiphop with locally based record label Rhymesayers Entertainment. I’m constantly inspired by what my friends in these areas are doing.

So, yes…  I’ve got a pretty solid collection of hiphop instrumentals and house tunes. Most of the house tunes are up for free on my soundcloud. 

How did you begin your journey into D&B?

Let me set the stage for you UK/European heads.

I grew up in a suburb to Minneapolis known as Bloomington, home of the MALL OF AMERICA (which sucks btw).  It’s about an 8 hour drive from Chicago.

Everyone around me listened to country music or classic rock and called anything even remotely electronic sounding “Techno.”

Culturally, the place was like a stale piece of white bread.

I caught onto the hiphop greats like Big L, Nas, BIG, Pete Rock, ATCQ etc through my close friend Mike D.

It was his older brother, John, that introduced me to D&B and turntables at the age of 15. At home, I stumbled across Bassdrive.com and started listening while doing school work.

That was it, i was hooked.

I’m admittedly “new school.” I’m trying to learn the history and stay up to date with the present all at the same time.

Respect to the old school heads that have been junglists as long as I’ve been alive.

Does North America supply a good dose of D&B?

North America supplies some of the best D&B in the world, in my humble opinion.

Guys like Random Movement, Jaybee, Dave Owen, Submorphics, Stunna, Homemade Weapons, TRAC, Sub Killaz (the list goes on) are really turning heads and moving crowds.

I enjoy that these North American producers pushing the sound forward aren’t afraid to take risks musically and don’t give a shit about the politics/limelight.

There’s really no room for egos in NA D&B. Those chumps swiftly move on…

As far as events go, North American D&B is healthy right now and getting stronger.

Minneapolis has a few promoters that have been throwing nights regularly for over a decade (shout out to Cosmo, Nick Twist, Easyrider, and Brace).

Nationally, there are some great things happening too. More and more frequently there are UK and European headlining acts coming over for tours and hitting the festivals. That, to me is proof that things are healthy and progressing.

Shout out to the South American family killing the game right now, too. That Brasil crew knows how to do it proper. You know who you are!

What events have you enjoyed playing at the most?

It’s hard to pick one in particular. My gigs in New York City have always been special.. The last time was in December of 2014 with Stunna, TRAC, Will Miles and Sopheye. The promoter was on top of shit, the venue was packed, and the vibes were strong.

I also really enjoyed playing Poznan Poland back in 2011 for DrumObsession. I opened things up for Foreign Concept. That was one of my earlier events, and it really inspired me to keep pushing myself.

What’s your plan for releases?

Forthcoming in October on Fokuz is Kasper & Satl – Mr. Funky as part of the Mr. Funky (Various Artists) EP.

This one’s been getting some great support this summer, including DJ Marky, Random Movement, and Intelligent Manners.

The rest of the EP features tracks from Pixel, Madcap, and a Saxxon and BCee remix of a Phase tune.

LOTS in the works.

avatars-000151159689-n51zcu-t500x500Already released this year:

Kasper & BrokenDrum – Don’t Know Why – Fokuz

Kasper & JLogic – Recognize – Fokuz

Kasper – Capture Your Mind – Fokuz

Kasper – Operation Dub – Fokuz

Kasper & Satl – Ready – Fokuz

Kasper & Londy – Don’t Stop – Fizzybeats

Kasper – Blockhead – Fokuz Source of Life LP

Kasper – Vivaldi (Mos Remix) – Fokuz Source of Life LP

Kasper – The Low Road – Fokuz

Kasper & Satl – We Could Always – Fokuz

Anything special lined up?

I recently took control of the Fokuz Recordings Podcasts.

Be sure to check those out at the end of each month!

Big shouts to Marco and Valentin for all they do.

Final words..

Head on over to KasperAudio.com for more info, tunes, mixes, and free downloads.

Check out Kasper Audio – 2015 Promo Mix


Many Thanks Kasper…

Exclusive Interview & Guest Mix: Tephra & Arkoze


Tephra & Arkoze are Dj/Producer collab from

Hertfordshire UK.

They have many years of Djing experience and have been mainly focusing on production since 2011.

2013 seen their first release on Proximity Records Contrast E.P 

This duo are well known for their Dj sets within Nutured beatz where they have played numerous times supplying deeper vibes on the night.

There’s more releases lined up from themselves on Invisible Recordings, Proximity Recordings, Nurtured Beatz plus more that we will sure find out about soon. 

 Lets get to know these chaps more.

Hey fellas,

This year has certainly been a busy one for you two.
Whats been your best experience within D&B so far?

It would be hard for us to put it down to one thing, playing at the Sun & Bass DJ Comp Finals was definitely up there for both of us, as is our forthcoming release on Invisible Recordings.

Why did you both decide to produce D&B in 2011?

After years of mixing we started to workout the structure of a track, so decided to give production a go. At first we did it separately and one summer when James was back from Uni we decided to collaborate. We did some tutorials with Simon from Vicious Circle, and Rhys did one before that with Nick Data. From there we started to take production more seriously.

Why didn’t you two start earlier?

We often ask ourselves the same question. To be honest we never really thought about it too much before, Rhys tried teaching himself but didn’t have much luck! This is what lead to the tutorials.

I know you two are great friends but do you ever have big disagreements in the studio?

 We wouldn’t say we have big disagreements but like any duo or group in music we both have our own ideas that can sometimes collide. However, most of the time we tend to agree with each others input, often replicating each others thoughts.

Would you both prefer to be collab with other producers?

We think it depends on who you are working with.Sometimes we collab with people that work in very different ways to us and it can be tricky to get your thoughts on a project. However we have worked with many artists that work in a similar way, which can be beneficial as everyone has their own ideas which easily expressed.

When can we hear the next release?

Our next release is a track entitled ‘Pattern’ and is a collab with Survey, this one is forthcoming on Invisible Recordings and is out on both digital and vinyl format. Audio for this track is included in our guest mix.

What’s on the agenda for you both in these last few months of 2015?

We are headlining at a night called Abstract in Northampton next month, and then we playing at Addictive Behaviour x In-Reach @ Konnect (London) in December!

So here’s the rolling exclusive guest mix featuring their forthcoming release alongside Survey on Invisible Recordings.



Introducing: Thomas B. Exclusive interview and guest mix

For people who are not familiar with you, please introduce yourself…thomas

Hello I am Thomas B short for Thomas Brinson. I grew up on Long Island, NY and have been living in Tucson, Arizona for the last 12 years. I love all forms of music, creativity, art and expression as long as it is done well, with good intent, with passion and dedication to the craft. I have been a dj pushing mostly drum and bass since 1996

How did you end up producing music, and for how long have you been doing it?

I started producing around 2010. I have always been interested in making music but spent so long as a dj getting booked regularly it was hard to gather the time and equipment necessary to persue production. Around 2010 I started to sit with a close friend Corbin Dooley. He showed me ableton and I have been hooked ever since then.

What do you do when you’re not producing music?

I hang with my lovely wife, go on hikes, hang with close friends and explore Tucson and I try to eat the best food I can find. I love to try new dishes and going out to eat at restaurants. I love to look at art magazines like Juxtapoz, VNA, and High Frutcose. I help throw events with long time friend Ronnie Spece of PHAT Entertainment. I have a career as a Logistics Supervisor for a Herman Miller furniture dealer here in Tucson which keeps me very busy during the week.

jungleHow would you describe your music?

Soulful, techy, ethereal, textural, bass.

Is it only drum&bass you produce?

I also make footwork/ juke, hip hop, half step (If that’s separate) and some dub step. I try not to pigeon hole my creativity.

You’ve done an absolutely amazing mix for us – thank you and big up! What can you tell us about it?

I wanted to shine light on the Free Love Digi VS E.P picking some of my favorite bits from the compilation while mixing in some of my favorite tunes at the moment from the likes of Crypticz, Eprom, Subtension and Spectrasoul.

Favourite producer?

To hard to narrow down to one. Right now I would have to say Alix Perez, Eprom, Amon Tobin, Noisia, Om Unit and I love most everything the Ivy Lab dudes do. Most everything on Exit records gets my attention.

What do you prefer: to go out raving or producing/djing?

Producing/ djing. It takes a lot for me to go “Rave” if I am not involved with the show in some way or if its not a huge act that I never get to see here in Arizona. I’m old guy married status so going out isn’t as easy as it used to be ;)

What inspires you to make music, if anything?

Nature, Urban walks, the beach, a piece of art work, film and good conversation.

What kind of studio set up do you have?

I use Ableton as my daw. I’m a pc guy myself and had a buddy build a hefty machine a couple years ago. For out board gear I have an Aturia microbrute, a Teenage Engineering Op-1 and a tiny fun little korg volca keys. I use Adam f5 as my monitors and I treated my room with acoustic foam to reduce reflections.

Any forthcoming releases we should keep our ears out for?

I have a tune called “Body Business” that will be coming out on LowRise Sounds Volume 3. I am unsure of the release date on that.

What’s next for Thomas B?tommy_websize-32

I am currently working on a mixed tempo solo ep and haven’t begun to shop it yet. Stay tuned:) I am also working on a collab E.P with my buddy Tyler aka Tetrakt pretty heavy minimal stuff. And Ghast and I have flirted with the idea of doing another collab project but have not started anything solid yet.

Any famous last words?

Shout outs to the boss man Quentin Hiatus, Ronnie Hardcase, Ghast, Tetrakt, The AZ DNB community and the LowRise Sounds crew.

Thank you!

Don’t forget to enjoy the exclusive guest mix…


Exclusive Guest Mix:BassCake


BassCake (Cheryl Jeffries) originates from Gibraltar & has kindly provided this rolling mix ahead of her trip to Bristol U.K this Autumn.


Drum+Basics Exclusive Guest Mix: BassCake by Drumandbasics on Mixcloud



Drum+Basics: Top 5 Current D&B Mixes.

Top 5 Current D&B mixes….


The mighty Doc Scott.

STUNNA supplies a smooth mix.

If you were not lucky enough to attend here’s Ant TC1 & MC Visionobi Dispatch Recordings, recorded live set from Dimensions Festival.

HYBRID MINDS Autumn 2015 Mix.

PETOFI DJ Mix September 2015.


Exclusive Guest Mix and Interview: Dungeon Master

Hello Dungeon Master! Who are you?dm

I am a producer/dj from Bradford, UK and have been involved in the music scene for over 25 years.

Tell me about your name…  My name was given to me by a man called Sooty while I was djing on a pirate radio station (PCR fm, Bradford). He took one look at me and called me ‘Dungeon Master’. I liked it and have kept it since.

How did you end up in the drum&bass/jungle scene and what do you love about the music?

From a young age I loved reggae and also techno music. A combination of these has probably contributed to how I feel about Jungle and Drum & Bass. The reggae vibes and vocals along with the hard synth sounds from techno are heard in both Jungle and Drum & Bass. I also love the breakbeats which have had a massive impact on the scene. I have love and passion for the scene, always will, it’s in my blood.

Do you mainly produce drum&bass, or are you experimenting with other genres as well? I mainly produce Drum & Bass but do occasionally produce other genres like Rnb, Dub, Chill or even House.

How would you describe your music? Well my name is Dungeon Master so based on that my music is generally dark with heavy beats or experimental.

You have a forthcoming release on Vivid Sounds called ‘Darkness EP’, what can you tell us about it ?

Darkness was the vibe i was feeling for a while and so i put an EP together giving 4 differents flavours.

What’s your favourite track from it? Riddence is my favourite because of its drumming elements and wet synths which i love.

Any other forthcoming releases? I have a 4 track EP called ‘ Original Badman’ coming soon on Flex Records.

Do you prefer to work by yourself or to collab with other producers, MCs or vocalists?

I mainly prefer to work on my own, but also like to collab with others. Im currently looking for vocalists to work with and also have a couple of other producers im going to collab with in the pipeline.

I know this is a hard questions but who is your all time favourite drum&bass/jungle producer? Calibre.

You have also done a guest mix for us, thank you so much! What can you tell us about it? Well, its’ straight from the hard hitting darkside with a few of my own tracks in there too.

What else can we expect from Dungeon Master in 2015/2016? Im hoping to produce an album and to Dj more too.

Any famous last words? Big respect to all involved in keeping the scene alive.

To pre-order ‘Darkenss EP’ which is out 28/8 on Vivid Sounds, go to iTunes

And here’s the exclusive guest mix for Drum+Basics, enjoy!

Drum+Basics: Top 5 current D&B Mixes

So here’s our top 5 favourite D&B mixes for your listening pleasure from various Djs/Producers.

Some of these mixes include some fresh forthcoming releases and exclusive remixes.












Exclusive Interview & Guest Mix: Total Recall


TOTAL RECALL (Darren Marsh) is a young D&B producer who broke through with releases on labels such as,


He’s a familiar face in Birmingham UK where he mainly brings the D&B goodness.

The future is looking great for this young man.

M_A  asked him a few Qs.

Not long ago i saw you in Birmingham at the Custard factory.From what i experienced that night the vibe has changed quite a bit.

Do you think the D&B scene in Birmingham has changed?

Yes I do believe that in the last few years the dnb scene has changed but over the past 12 months it’s been coming back stronger, theres has been some amazing parties in Birmingham over the years and there is some huge parties still to come! Long live the Birmingham D&B scene.

You have played D&B sets in Birmingham for quite a while.
Would you say this your most favourite city to DJ in?

Well I have played some immense parties in cities around the U.K and globe including Birmingham, Manchester, London, Bristol, Wales, Belgium, Switzerland, Sweden, Germany, Amsterdam and more. For me to choose a favourite is very hard but I’m going to have to say Antwerp in Belgium!

You’ve already had releases on some great labels.
Any releases lined up for 2015?

At the moment I’m currently finishing my single for Dj Marky’s Innerground Records (one of the tracks is featuring vocalist “Kymberley Myles”), my EP for Dj Hype’s New Playaz label and then have a couple of remixes that will be coming out on Run Tingz Recordings.

What’s your favourite summer D&B track?

This is very, very hard for me to choose as their is so many classic summer vibe D&B tracks but if I had to choose one it would without a doubt be “Dj Marky ft Stamina Mc – LK” and if I’m allowed to squeeze a second one in there it would have to be “D.Kay & Epsilon – Barcelona”

What are you particularly looking forward to this summer?

I have to say the things im looking forward to for this coming summer is performing at Innovation In The Sun in Barcelona in June, then an open air festival in Sofia which is the capital city of Bulgaria and finally a huge open air D&B Summer Convention that will be taking place in Birmingham on July 4th with such brands as Raveology, Low Down Deep, Next Hype & HighGrade all involved in making it happen so that is set to be a BIG ONE!


TOTAL RECALL  has delivered us a diverse mix.

                                           Check it..

Exclusive Guest Mix: Syncopation Sessions

10941438_1379724805670485_5968774961668736295_nReno and Barry Gibb are 2 electronic music enthusiasts hailing from the darkest recesses of Kent.

Specialising in bringing beats in the 150-175bpm range.

On the Syncopation Sessions Show you can find them showcasing the whole spectrum,bringing you the best upfront and underground drum and bass in the scene,add in the frenetic tight and faced paced style of Reno and Gibbs mixing,with tracks from labels such as Metalheadz and Exit right through to Soul-R and Signature you will be locked in to a musical journey that will take you from the dark,nasty and aggressive to melodic uplifting liquid and everything in between.

No artist or label is off bounds as long as its strictly fresh and underground Reno and Barry Gibb will be slamming the tunes down.

The show is Bi weekly on http://originuk.net Saturday midnight-2am

Syncopation Sessions have provided Drum+Basics with a special guestmix