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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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5 Essential Labels

Repertoire

Heavy on their ethos of ”Contemporary Jungle” Repertoire go from strength to strength each release. Starting out in 2015 they have been releasing quality, hosting artists such as Tim Reaper, ILK, Mantra & Artilect. Music they release locks in influences from Jazz, Detroit Techno and Ambient, allying them with rapid-fire breakbeats. In 2018 it will go without saying that this high level of character will progress so they qualify perfectly for being essential to your record collection

Bandcamp: http://bit.ly/2o2kATd

 

 

Eternia Music 

Lithuanian imprint Eternia are no strangers to pushing the boundaries and taking you on musical journeys. They have built a rep for brooding, atmospheric very well thought out year 4000 style D&B, while remaining very elusive within the scene they have been lurking since 2012 with a strong roster compiling of Loxy, Antagonist, Survey, Sam KDC & Overlook.

Bandcamp: http://bit.ly/2t4370P

 

 

Rua Sound

Straight out of Ireland this solid label brings the best fusion of Jungle, Hip-Hop, Footwork, Drum & Bass and Grime. Flavours from all over the spectrum align with artists like Sully, TMSV & Lewis James. There is more coming from them as they have bought in a Jungle only sub-label Foxy Jangle also they are set to be causing ripples for music lovers and collectors. 

Bandcamp: http://bit.ly/2F9kIb7

 

 

Delta9 Recordings 

German/Italian exports Delta9 Recordings have been flying low releasing solid full spectrum D&B now since 2012. Whether you are looking for tech rollers, halftime, liquid and breakbeat infused sounds, then they are for you!. Key artists include Mystic State, Conspired Within, Sl8r and Sentic Cycle

Bandcamp: http://bit.ly/2EwAj7y

 

 

The Dreamers 

 This imprint definitely holds their own when it comes to consistency, putting out some of the most forward-thinking artists and tracks since their debut. Focusing on the wholesome side of the drum & bass scene, they have been causing a bit of a stir. The fact that The Dreamers has such a well-rounded roster, yet everyone still occupies their own spaces, is key. The roster includes HLZ, Corrupted, Kiril & Neve check out their new VA below.

Bandcamp: http://bit.ly/1UsNK7K

Featured Event: Jungle Syndicate.

Jungle Syndicate is a collective of DJs, producers and promoters bringing a mix of amen infused drum and bass and deep dark jungle breakcore to ravers through our own productions, our mixes and our events; currently based in London, Bristol, Manchester, Cornwall and Devon.

9 YEARS OF JUNGLE SYNDICATE BRISTOL
Saturday 3rd March 2017 @ The Black Swan

Event Info:
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Tickets Available Exclusively From: http://bit.ly/9yearsofjs
Limited Capacity @ 600 people
Tickets £8 / £10 / £12 / M.O.T.D
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Main Room:
Drum and Bass / Jungle / Breakcore

►Gein (Bad Chemistry / Moving Shadow)◄
https://soundcloud.com/geinmusic

►Dub-One b2b B-key (Scientific Wax / Subtle Audio)◄
https://soundcloud.com/dub-one
https://soundcloud.com/bkey

►Ricky Force (Pressin’ Hard / Reinforced / Flex)◄
https://soundcloud.com/rickyforce

►DJ Future b2b Smyla (Juice / 117 / Mute:8 / Skeleton)◄
https://soundcloud.com/dj-future
https://soundcloud.com/smyla

►Phuture-T (Eastern Promise / Inperspective / Alphacut)◄
https://soundcloud.com/phuture-t

►Scrase (Love Love)◄
https://soundcloud.com/scrase

►Optimystic (Omni Music / Jungle Syndicate)◄
https://soundcloud.com/optimystic

►Raggamuffin (Jungle Syndicate / Amen-tal)◄
https://soundcloud.com/raggamuffin

►Bluntly Speakin’ (Jungle Syndicate)◄
https://soundcloud.com/bluntlyspeakin

Upstairs Room:
Breakcore / Hardcore / Drum and Bass

►The Outside Agency (Ad Noiseam / PRSPCT)◄
https://soundcloud.com/the-outside-agency

►Ruby My Dear (Ad Noiseam / Peace Off / PRSPCT)◄
https://soundcloud.com/dearmyruby

►Fat Frumos (Suck puck recordz / Hormonal Vibrations)◄
https://soundcloud.com/fat-frumos

►Ronin (Pokora / Kaometry)◄
https://soundcloud.com/r0nin

►Dr Bastardo (Peace Off / Jungle Syndicate)◄
https://soundcloud.com/dr-bastardo

►Skitzaph0nic (Fractal / Jungle Syndicate)◄
https://soundcloud.com/skitzaph0nic

►Tiny Taste (Jungle Syndicate)◄
https://soundcloud.com/tiny-taste

►Cervical Snare (Amenstrual / Jungle Syndicate)◄
https://soundcloud.com/cervicalsnare

Tunnel Room:
Oldskool / Jungle / Rave

►DJ Vibes (Hardcore Underground / Slammin’ Vinyl) ◄
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dp5Jfckz8Lg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XfS5kFOGSKY

►►►Beautifully Crafted Takeover:
Charlie Turbo (Beautifully Crafted Jungle)
DJ Realer (Beautifully Crafted Jungle)
Handsome Jak (Beautifully Crafted Jungle)
Son of Mothra (Beautifully Crafted Jungle)
https://soundcloud.com/beautifullycrafted-jungle

►Drake Mallard (LLTA)◄
https://soundcloud.com/drakemallard

►Pixl (Jungle Syndicate / Amen-tal)◄
https://soundcloud.com/pixljs

The Black Swan
438 Stapleton Road, Bristol, UK, BS5 6NR
Saturday 3rd March 2018
10pm – 6am
Tickets £8 / £10 / £12 / M.O.T.D.
Tickets from: http://bit.ly/9yearsofjs

 

Jungle Syndicate record label is back with forthcoming release from Dr.Bastardo.

Available from 05.03.18

 http://www.junodownload.com/search/?q%5Blabel%5D%5B0%5D=jungle+syndicate

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

Structure – Explorations (Jungle Mix) – Free Download

Do you like your breaks heavy and flying about? You came to the right place, London based DJ Structure provides you with some heaters and dubs….check it out.

 

Bringing the amens out for this one. Enjoy
Tracks:
1. Unknown-Untitled B2 (GBW)
2. Ricky Force & Mecca-The Essence
3. Headgear-Reach Out
4. Token-From The Heart
5. Sumone-Reject Reality
6. Double 0-Any Man
7. Spectron-Mountain Of Madness
8. Gremlinz & Aspect-Kilo VIP
9. MartianMan-Focus
10. Spirit-Jamming
11. Roygreen, Protone & Monologue-Prince Vlad
12. Paradox-The Bolide
13. DJ Trax-Braniac
14. Jem-One-Tortured Soul
15. Heavyweight Crew-Mallory Knox
16. Double 0-Midnight Oil VIP
17. Mutants & Kasious-Time Travels
18. Tim Reaper-Swarm Intelligence
19. Drum Cypha-Chaos Engine
20. Brakken-Grey Summer
21. Skitty & Nolige-Apocalypse
22. Detboi-Ice Cold (Blood On The Drums)
23. Parallel-Amen Delerium

Catch Structure’s Life.FM show 20:00 – 22:00 EVERY Friday.

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Something Sinister Arising – Conspired Within Music ”Artist Collective LP”

Conspired Within Music based out of California has been a go to for fans of the deep atmospheric well spaced out forward thinking 170 music and they have something big lined up for 16th February 2018. The album being entitled the ”Artist Collective LP” hosts a smorgasbord of talent from the likes of Medika, Epilleptech, Out of Fuel & Akinsa. The artists serve the audience as the ”directors” if you will as they showcase this crafted almost horror movie like soundtrack, proving you that VA albums are not something that can be thrown together and not thought out.

 

Track highlights include fresh faced stateside artist Autosymbol,  ”Senseless” with its haunting militant pulse, heavy low end fluctuation and synths that corrupt the listeners well being. This ones a damager

Being extremely difficult to pick a favourite which is ever changing this release is definitely one for the sith lords of the drum & bass world. Another track i have to highlight is one of five bonus tracks featured on the physical copy of the LP, Epilleptech ”Shinro” is a awesome juxtaposition of techno, dub and profound harmonies

 

“Artist Collective L.P. features multiple artist’s on this special project which exhibits a variety of deep dnb styles and flavors, something which we take pride in”

Ryan Rossi AKA Conspired Within 

Below you can find a great selection of music bound together by an emphasis on percussive precision and atmosphere. One for the heads that know…check it out and hit up the label Bandcamp store to pre-order now on CD or digital; the LP drops there Feb 9th with all other stores following on the 16th.

Conspired Within Music 

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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!!!

Weekend Planner

TONIGHT, FRIDAY

London

Enthral present Commercial Suicide @ Lion & Lamb. £6 before 9 pm/£10 after

Stockholm, Sweden

Traffic 15 Years. Tickets

Bristol

Run ’18. Tickets

London

The NQ LDN | Lenzman • LSB • FD • Redeyes • Fox • Dan Stezo @ Pickle Factory. Tickets

Leeds

Jungle Jam – The 13th Birthday. Tickets

London

Metalheadz @ Village Underground. Tickets

Bristol

Ignition Presents – Ray Keith & Bryan Gee. £5 after 11 pm/£7 after 12

Hull

16 Years of Shinobi w/ DJ Marky and MC GQ. Tickets

London

Swerve- Aquarius Blue Moon Session. Tickets

London

Hot Cakes x Jungle Cakes. Tickets

Leeds

5 Years of Overflow: Critical @ Wire. Tickets

SATURDAY

Manchester

Polarity presents Paradox Live PA. Tickets

Worcester

DNB City Presents Serum @ Crystal Warehouse

Nottingham

Critical Sound: Detonate. Tickets

London

20 Years of Virus

Exclusive Guest Mix: Ascension Middle Skool Mix

There is ‘Old Skool’ and there is ‘New Skool’ …but there’s a time around the first decade of this century which spawned some of the greatest tunes, labels and producers of the genre, yet is often overlooked. We feel it’s time for this period to be truly celebrated, in conjunction with the 14th anniversary of EOC’s foundation. So prepare yourself for a musical feast from the years 1999-2009, played by the DJs and producers who were there. Welcome to… the Middle Skool!

Essence of Chi Presents Middle Skool: The 14th Birthday Reunion @ Work Bar, Angel in London on the 31 March 2018. More info and tickets HERE

The Cambridge 4 – When Pilots Eject
SpectraSoul – Tomorrow’s Promise
Andy Skopes – Break It Down You Fool
Calyx – Mindfold
SPY & Mosus – Mercury Tears
Drumsound & Bassline Smith – Palamino (2003 remix)
Logistics – Uprock
Conrad & Makoto – Golden Girl
Break – The Drone
Loxy & Ink – Amazon
Survival – Forget Tomorrow
Digital & Spirit – Phantom Force
Calyx & Teebee – Cyclone
Duo Infernale – Playing Games (Drifter remix)
Break – Mr Crystal
Dose – Lost Inside
Tactile – The Mist (Breakdown is 3)
Moving Fusion – The Beginning
St.Cal – Red Light
Icicle & Alix Perez – Caution
Influx UK – Take My

Exclusive Guest Mix: Mark Halflite – Sheer Velocity Recordings.

Brush off those Monday blues and start saying your goodbyes to  January 2018!

 

This mix from record label manager Mark Halflite will certainly help with its funky uplifting liquid vibes.

 

Sheer Velocity Recordings aim is to provide quality beats with real soul and pieces of music that will stand the test of time.

 

 To check out more on Sheer Velocity Recordings head over to their Facebook page..

https://www.facebook.com/SheerVelocityRecordings/

 

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

 

 

Listen back: Horrific James – 3 Hour All Vinyl Set

The new weekly fridays 6-8pm Horrific show on Rudefm continue with the third instalment of 2018.

2 hours 30 mins all vinyl set from Mr Horrific.

Features music by, Blame, Voyage, Dkay+Lee, D-Brigde, Digital, Break, Calibre, Flava, Horrific James + more…
Final 30 mins by Flava also all Vinyl Rude classics = new bits.

Peace
Horrific Crew
London 2018