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Section Interview + New EP

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Section launch their new label ‘Locked Up Music’ with the ‘Give Us  A Break EP’ It’s out right now on Bandcamp followed by Juno Download from May the 11th and all good download stores from the 18th of May. Read on for an insightful interview from the Section lads….

For those who don’t know, tell us a bit about Section. How did you get into music production? What were the initial steps?
We are from Worthing, West Sussex (UK) and are made up of James Barclay (Jay B) and Nathan Solley (Solley). We have been mates for years and always talked about music and go to nights in Brighton. I used to DJ a lot in the early 00s and this inspired Nathan to make Drum & Bass. I was never interested in the production side of things but when Nathan showed me the process on Cubase I became hooked! In 2007 I got my own setup and things progressed from there. We formed Section in 2013 and we’ve never looked backed!  (more…)

Ghetto Dubz Vol 1 Feature And Interviews

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Back in 2015, Vinyl Junkie & Rachael E C launched a new label called ‘Ghetto Dub’. From the early releases, Ghetto Dub has showcased new and emerging talent like Kazan alongside long-term veterans like Sanxion and others who have experience of every aspect of music production and a diverse history of music in a variety of styles. They have even featured bona fide hardcore techno legend The DJ Producer on the jungle tip! Vinyl Junkie himself has taken the time to help new artists fine tune their beat making skills and given them fledgeling releases on the label. When your artist roster is this strong and your label bosses are both DJs and producers themselves with decades of experience in the art of rocking the raves, clubs and festivals, its a given that the label content will be of the highest calibre. Now, Ghetto Dub prepares to set another milestone with a 30 track compilation LP ‘Ghetto Dubs Volume One’

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The album features luminaries like Aries & Nicky Blackmarket, fresh new talent like Jay Aftermath and a wide range of styles from a global collective that includes SR, Jungle Citizens, X-E-Dos, Kumarachi, Madcap, Durban, Sound Shifter, RMS, Brian Brainstorm and more. Vinyl Junkie features on a few tracks himself… Collabs with Rachael EC, Madcap & Ikon B as well as a solo track. On listening to this album you will hear everything from big room DnB bangers to dark Drumfunk and everything in between. We’re extremely excited to talk to Vinyl Junkie, Rachael EC, Madcap, Jay Aftermath and X-E-Dos who share some thoughts on this monumental new release.

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After years of running the successful 140 breaks label ‘Warehouse Wax’, what inspired you to make the switch to DnB with Ghetto Dub?

It was a natural progression really. I’ve always been into Jungle / DnB anyway but in recent years I’ve found it has got really fuckin good. That inspired me to start playing it more. 

I never really wanted to start another label to be honest. I was winding down Warehouse Wax as running a label can be a lot of work and I just wanted to free up some time to concentrate more on production and getting my head round producing DnB. Rachael wanted us to start a label but I didn’t want to. But she kept on until I said yes. And I’m glad I did!

Oh, and it should be noted that Ghetto Dub is not just a DnB label. We are open to all forms of bass driven music and have released some 140 stuff and have more lined up.

Has it been difficult breaking into such a saturated scene or does the phrase ‘content is king’ ring true?

It is a difficult scene to break into and I think we are still in the process of doing that. But I think the music speaks for itself. We are getting some really high profile support and things have gone mad over the last month with the build up to the album. So yeah… Content is king!

After a string of quality releases on Ghetto Dub, we now come to this huge compilation album. Was there a concept in mind when curating the tracks? Many labels theme their albums on events like the Miami Music Conference, is there any kind of central theme running through this album?

There wasn’t a theme for the album as such. I just wanted to showcase lots of different aspects of the Jungle / DnB spectrum which is basically the ethos of the label as well. Some labels just immerse themselves in one of the sub-genres. We didn’t want to do that because mine and Rachael ‘s taste in DnB is very broad and eclectic, encompassing all the styles. We wanted our label to reflect this.

Having heard the tracks on ‘Ghetto Dubs Vol One’ its clear you set the bar really high. There’s some incredible productions from the likes of Kumarachi, Durban and others. To the average listener (like me) these tracks sound amazing but technically, given your extensive knowledge of music production and sound aesthetics, what stood out to you about these tracks so much that you signed them for the album?

I don’t know man, I guess I’ve just got an ear for a good tune. All of the artists that I approached for tunes for this project were already banging out some excellent music and their production levels were already top notch, so I was onto a winner really. There is quite a lot of old skool vibes on the album as well so I think some of the artists tailored their tunes for me

With so much in the way of new music almost every day and with so much of it being genuinely good, are we experiencing a new ‘golden era?’

Quite possibly! For me, the whole Jungle / Dnb thing is the best its ever been. There’s so many cool new producers making some really fuckin’ ace music but there is also loads of the veterans that are still around and taking shit to the next level. 

I’ve also noticed quite a few foundation artists that had seemed to have disappeared, come out of the woodwork lately and get their groove back on which is amazing. Its like a giant worldwide melting pot and although there is still division between the sub-genres I feel that there is a lot of crossover between them now as well, and that’s awesome.

RACHAEL E.C

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Your roots are in the original Jungle sound of the mid 90s, how did you come to discover the sound and what was that one tune that switched you on to it?

This was such a great era! When I moved to Portsmouth in 1994 I started hanging with some like minded people, ravers, and we would chill, smoke and spin tunes in each others’ rooms in the shared houses we lived in. There were a few small nights going on in the area and there was this one high street club called 5th Avenue which had a Room 2, the Jungle Room. That’s where I first heard the sound and felt the vibe… I was drawn in and loved the heavy bass and the rolling drums; also the energy that came from the music was intoxicating. From there, we went on to the big raves like One Nation, World Dance and Helter Skelter; I saved up and bought a pair of DLP 3’s and a made to fade mixer and started teaching myself to mix, it was all about the D&B. If I had to pick one tune that stands out from the 90’s era and had the biggest impact on me and still blows my mind when I hear it now it has to be Dr. S. Gachet’s ‘Remember The Roller’ . I heard Gachet play this at The Sanctuary, Milton Keynes and it was a big moment, it is a classic, I love it so much.

From there, we went on to the big raves like One Nation, World Dance and Helter Skelter; I saved up and bought a pair of DLP 3’s and a made to fade mixer and started teaching myself to mix, it was all about the D&B. If I had to pick one tune that stands out from the 90’s era and had the biggest impact on me and still blows my mind when I hear it now it has to be Dr. S. Gachet’s ‘Remember The Roller’ . I heard Gachet play this at The Sanctuary, Milton Keynes and it was a big moment, it is a classic, I love it so much.

Perhaps a cliched question but in a male dominated world, how has it been for you as a DJ?

Its had its ups and downs and if I’m totally honest there have been some really tough times, for example having my whole set up and all my records stolen in 1999, which included a brand new pair of 1210’s I bought from Orange in Reading, my beloved Vestax mixer and a record collection spanning from 1994-1999, a brand new Denon amp and my Jamo 265 speakers. It would happen to me again in the future with two further incidents where I lost my set up and records . Why did this happen ?? I hear you ask. The answer is I got involved with the wrong people and jealousy is an ugly thing and how better to really piss me off than to take my music. I learnt from these sad situations and moved forward; now I am much more careful who I let into my life.

The positives have far outweighed the negatives though. When I think about all the great people I have met that have now become good friends and the experiences I have to hold in my memory forever; I can only be massively grateful and totally humble about being a female DJ. I operate from this viewpoint ‘ Seek and You Shall Find’ , if you want to go looking for sexism, misogynists and haters in all forms – you will find them. So I choose to ignore them and embrace the good people, and show respect and appreciation to those who have helped and supported me, of whom there are many, big up to all of these lovely people and to the music lovers and the ravers who keep the scene vibrant and positive.

Is there a particular event in your DJ career that sticks out for you and what was it about that one?

Glastonbury Festival 2016! Playing in The Temple on the Saturday night midnight set after The Freestylers and before Aphrodite was totally mind-blowing and that is no exaggeration – my mind was actually blown! The Common Crew there who run the show are fantastic people and made me feel so at ease, even though my heart and my mind was racing cos it was a big gig and I wanted to do an A Class set. The whole experience was brilliant, the sound system was booming, I loved playing, really enjoyed it and ran a live stream video during my set. This was a special set and although I loved playing there the year before in The Cave; it was topped by The Temple.

What inspired the name for Ghetto dubs?

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Ghetto Dub was created from a basic idea that we both had, wanting the name of the label to encompass many genres of underground bass-driven music. We brainstormed a load of words and kept checking on Discogs and Google when we thought of something to find out it was already taken! We both liked ‘Ghetto’ then one day Junkie just came out with Ghetto Dub – and that was that. We both liked ‘Ghetto’ then one day Junkie just came out with Ghetto Dub – and that was that.

I think it was in the back of his mind though, cos back in the day he had a baseball cap with that on it.

And ultimately, what inspired Vinyl Junkie & yourself to take those steps into an incredibly competitive landscape to start up a DnB label?

Well, that was my idea! Junkie didn’t really want to start up a new label, as he already had Warehouse Wax, but I managed to persuade him it was a good move forward for us to create a new project together from scratch and with two of us; sharing the work-load would make it manageable. We were already playing out regularly and would get booked for B2B sets, and I basically visualised how we could begin something really special with the Jungle D&B. Junkie soon became enamoured with the plan and we put our heads together and our brainchild Ghetto Dub was born.

We are really enjoying working with all the artists involved, especially with the Ghetto Dubz Vol.1 Album… Its beyond what we envisaged from the start, cos we were motivated by the love of the music and what we want the Ghetto Dub sound to represent, which is no holds barred, no rules of genre, no restraints, just great quality underground Jungle D&B.

On this album you produced a track with Vinyl Junkie, can you tell us a bit about the process that went into it?

Long Dead was inspired from the film ‘Mad Max – Fury Road’. I wanted to do a track that was a heavy roller so we played around with the Serum plug-in and Junkie created that futuristic sounding bassline. 

There was a lot of work done on the drums and we added the breaks and drum reversals to give it more impact on the drop and the mentasm/dominator stabs were a necessity! 

We started working on this track last summer and we both put the hours in, although Junkie is the Head Honcho on engineering as I’m still learning and I have an excellent teacher, so watch out!.

The DnB/Jungle scene has become a platform for lots of online debate from purists and current fans & artists. Here at Free Breaks Blog, we believe DnB/Jungle is every bit as good now as it was in it’s formative era, what’s your take on this lively debate?

The Jungle D&B scene is so strong now. I admire the foundation artists that have been working and contributing in the scene since it fist began and stuck to their guns and stood by D&B to get it where it is today and there are many names I could mention who fit that honour.

I try to avoid online debates are I think they are fruitless and energy wasting as sometimes people just want to argue. I’d love to have a time machine and go back to my early days of raving because the memories and the emotions I have from back then are so special.. as they must be for many many other music lovers and ravers. There are so many timeless tunes from the Original Jungle days that get played today and still sound fresh, which is remarkable when you think about the level of production nowadays and the tools available to do it. Sometimes I think that there is a lack of a vibe in some new Jungle D&B I hear, and that is what this music is all about. Having said that, there is some excellent new music around and its a very inspiring time right now for artists. On a personal level, I play music that connects with me, which is why I will play any genre of D&B and I love to drop the classics in my sets too. To answer the question, I think the scene is stronger now than ever and the music has evolved.

 

MADCAP

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Your sound is a pure sound system one, plenty of deep dubby baselines and layered drums. We’re guessing the 70s/80s dub reggae sound plays a big part in your production style?

Yes, I love all the old dub reggae but didn’t grow up listening to the original tracks. Like many of us, I have gone back & done my history, finding out where the samples came from, discovering great tracks along the way. Listening to early Hardcore & Jungle & hearing tracks like Noise Factory – Futuroid (The Capsule EP) or 3 Way Split feat. Easygroove – Wicked Ones both really inspired me.

What was it like winning the Movement/Technics DJ competition back in 2002? It was an amazing feeling.

I remember feeling really nervous before hand but had about 30 of friends there supporting me, which was really appreciated as I only found out 3 days before that I was in the top 5. Winning the comp got me a lot of work around London including the infamous Movement at Bar Rumba.

As well as DJ’ing and producing, you also promote events, any that you are particularly proud of? Any events in the pipeline?

I haven’t promoted any events for a few years now. It was something I did from 1994 onwards, starting local, hiring small halls, sports clubs, 150-200 capacity etc & then progressing to clubs around 1997. I was involved behind the scenes with an event called Uncertified which took place monthly on a Thursday night in Aylesbury, Bucks & we had names like Randall, Kenny Ken, Nookie, D-Bridge, Friction to name a few. A couple of highlights from these events were having Goldie because not only was there a great atmosphere but it was a big achievement. Also, Storm played a great set dropping Golden Girl by Makoto Feat. MC Conrad & he was in the crowd, so we managed to get him on the mic singing along to it. 

The last things I did were on a smaller scale but we had DJ Sy & Tango doing Old Skool sets down one of local pubs which was pretty mad. I have no plans to promote any events at the moment.

You’ve worked with Vinyl Junkie on a number of occasions over the years, how did you meet up?

If my memory serves me correctly John (Vinyl Junkie) messaged me through myspace, after hearing some tracks I did back in 2008. At the time I was doing a side project experimenting with the 140bpm sounds, so our first studio sessions were at this tempo. Meeting up several times in the studio & events formed a great friendship.

You have a collab with Vinyl Junkie on Ghetto Dubs Vol one, is there any chance of some further collabs cos’ we’re loving this one!!!

Thanks man, Mind, Body & Soul started to come together last year but I recently went back in on it, changing the bassline to make it roll a little more. It’s had some positive feedback & has been supported by Donavon ‘Bad Boy’ Smith, Randall & Bukem. Yes, John & I will be back in the studio at some point but at the moment I’m working on a number of projects that I need to finish.

Your production style is rooted firmly in the deeper ‘intelligent’ jungle sound that was popular from 1993 up to the late 90s. You have worked with many of the top names within that circle. Is there any famous producer from that time period you would love to work with that you haven’t had the chance to yet?

I love that era & yes, you’re right, my sound has an old skool influence, it’s hard to shake it off haha. LTJ Bukem & Nookie are friends I speak to on a regular basis & would love to get in the studio with them in the future, they have been supporting my tracks for a long time & I have a lot of respect for them.

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How did you get the music production bug?

Well, it’s such a cliche but it was through DJ’ing. I’d always been messing about with sounds and various software, throwing samples and loops together, nothing ever good enough to play out. Then through doing loads of gigs I started to realise there wasn’t really anything that would make my sets stand out from anyone else, so it just kind of started from there really. I wanted to play out stuff that was just going to be used in my sets.

You’ve got off to a good start with a previous EP on Ghetto Dub, how did it feel getting that first release?

Yeah, it was a bit surreal at first to be honest, seeing my name on iTunes etc. And hearing the good feedback from people in the scene that I’ve always looked up to, it was a good feeling overall. 

I’d put off releasing anything for quite a while as it just didn’t feel right, I then got talking to John (Vinyl Junkie) and one thing lead to another and I was really impressed with what was going on with Ghetto Dub and where its going so we ended up putting out a 6 track ep!

You’re clearly influenced by a wide range of styles, where did you have to go to discover the multi-faceted world of DnB?

Just through going to all the different raves really, when I first got into it, it was all just DnB, you could go to a rave or event and the line up would have loads of different DJs repping different styles, and i just loved it all. Ended up becoming a DnB fiend.

Its also nice to always be able to find a DnB tune that reflects my mood, so I always end up listening to one of the many different sub-genres. And with the internet now it’s so easy to discover new music of all styles. I also try to listen to as many different types of music as possible from Hip Hop to even film soundtracks.

What’s on your portable music player right now?

Ghetto Dubz Vol 1 Obviously!. There’s all sorts on there from Kendrick Lamar to Groove Armada. Recently I’ve been listening to more stuff from the early to mid-90s, The Prodigy and Jungle music, that’s more to try influence my own production and bring some of them vibes into the songs I’m working on now. But next week I could be listening to Slipknot .

As someone who is breaking into the scene, what would you advise other serious aspiring producers?

Have fun without a doubt that is the most important thing, just do your own thing and try not to worry about what people think too much, not everyone is going to like what you do. Keep learning as well, I suppose we are all still aspiring producers in a sense as technology is constantly moving forward and we have to learn new techniques and ways of making sounds.

Also just keep going, there’s going to be times when you just want to give up, but it only takes one tune to make the difference.

What were you going for when putting together your track for ‘Ghetto Dubz Vol One?’

I had an idea of wanting to make just a full on jungle tune, and I had this sample from the film seven that I have been wanting to use for ages which I felt just fitted with a jungle track. Its basically a guy saying how’s this for culture, hence the name, and I wanted to use it to sort of show people that the jungle scene is a whole culture within itself. Sounds a bit deep for an idea to make a tune but it goes that way sometimes and I just went with it and John and Rachael really liked it.

Where do you hope to go on this journey as a producer?

Anywhere exotic would be a bonus I suppose! … being serious though, where ever it takes me it’s been fun so far and I’m just getting started so let’s see where I end up…

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Could you offer a glimpse into those early days making beats on the Atari and attending raves back in the golden ear, if you could describe it in a few short words what would you say?

My first adventures on the Atari were super limited, never really made a track. Used a piece of software/hardware called Stereo Replay. Allowed you to play 3 samples at once, one panned left, one right and one out of both speakers…. 1 thing it did teach me was to be creative with what you had.

Which era of Jungle/DnB do you have the fondest memories of?

It has to be the early Photek & Source Direct era. These and others were bringing some really stripped back, eerie atmosphere and sharp breaks. They sort of appeared at a time when the drums had snares rolling all over the place, and brought a fuck load of soul back into the scene.

You’re rather fond of the darker side of beat making as evidenced on your awesome tunage, any particular reason for this preference?

Not really. Just what I like. I’ve always liked the heavy side of music. Back in the rave days, I went for the darker ones, and have always been a sucker for a heavy break and deep sub. I like a track to have atmosphere, something that pulls you under with interesting noises popping in and out, stuff that makes you think.

As someone who has worked with music hardware and software through out the progression from Sequencers, Amigas and Ataris to modern day DAWs do you prefer the old equipment or the new stuff?

New, without a doubt. Things you can achieve on even the most basic of setups is the stuff of dreams from when I first started out. I do miss the midi timing, the Atari and a sampler still felt tighter to me. But, with a pair of virtual scissors and a load of audio files, much fun can be had!

What did you have in mind when you switched on the studio for this track on ‘Ghetto Dubz Vol One?’

To be honest, I had already got the intro roughly penned out when John contacted me. He mentioned that he was after something a little more ‘dubby’ and I thought that it was going in the right direction. I tried to turn it differently, for me anyway, not over darken it and roll it out more.

Pilgrim Talks J-Tek on Kemet FM

Pilgrim Talks J-Tek on Kemet FM

 

Check out this short snippet of an interview on Kemet FM where Joe Nebula talks to Midlands oldskool legend DJ Pilgrim. Pilgrim talks about the J Tek scene back in 2009 and some of its pioneers including Lucas (Top Drawer Digital). Like us, he would love to see/hear a return of that sound. In fact, towards the end of the interview, Pilgrim mentions that he is back pushing the sound again so there is at least hope of a potential revival, lets wait, hope, see and push!!!

Future Shock Interview & New LP On Physmatics

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Future Shock’s ‘Luminary’ LP is due out this May on the Physmatics label. A preview stream can be heard directly below. We also have the good fortune of being able to present you with a very fine interview with Future Shock. Scroll down to get the lowdown on this talented DnB artist 

Tell us a bit about yourself…

Hi, nice to meet you. I’m Rob aka Future Shock, representing Bounds Green. I’ve been making Drum & Bass for about five years now, and my debut album project, Luminary launches in May.

How did you get into music production? What were the initial steps?

Buying a really terrible Mac. In fact it was one of those old PPCs. We didn’t have a good relationship lol! I bought Logic and made a tune called Haunted Harbour, I think I still have it somewhere? It probably sounds hilarious! It finally ended up with about 112 tracks on there.

How would you describe your production style?

Dancefloor driven, with all d&b styles along for the ride. I love to add a cheeky little film sample or two now & then.

Was there a moment or a tune or a DJ set that made you decide you were going to produce?

It may have been the Bacteria remix (Ed Rush & Optical) or X Ray (Subfocus), but probably a lot of early to mid-noughties stuff. My initial production efforts around then didn’t kick start properly for various reasons and I started knuckling down afresh with Logic in about 2011.

As a producer, you keep an open mind and an open palette producing in various styles, who are your major influences in terms of music production?

The most well known, Pro producers really. It would be a mad list if I had to make one. You can find so many brilliant ideas all over d&b. From the obvious big guns to the silent assassins.

If you could work on a track with anyone from now or way back when, who would it be?

Probably rake in a nice bit of dollar with a Sigma colab…if they’re not available then, bit out of leftfield, but maybe State Of Mind or Current Value. More mainstream wise, maybe Loadstar or Inside Info, he’s killing it right now.

And if you could remix any tune of your choice, which one would you choose and why?

Strangled Duck by Red One. An unexpected suggestion I know! Underrated classic, Red One’s greatest ever tune. Give it a real driving techy update.

Could you offer a bit of advice for an up and coming producer?

Keep projects simple, less is more and you get a bigger sound with less parts, just those parts you do pick have to sound proper clean and dynamic. Build a big sample library. Use a tuner on the master to match up keys of everything, drums, basses, synths and so on. I can’t live without a tuner now, even though the Logic one drives me nuts.

Where have you DJ’ed?

Up and down the country, the best gig I played was probably Ministry a few years back. I had a residency in East London and have run a few of my own nights. I play on www.ukbassradio.com two or three times a month.

Describe to us your approach to a DJ set, do you like to gently warm up the crowd or go for the bangers or is it more of a journey approach?

It all depends on the time and venue really, but always pretty fast paced. My radio shows are full throttle from the get-go, I only have 2 hours. Though I’m attempting a 10hr set on April 1st to mark 10 years playing UK Bass Radio, that’s gonna be a massive challenge.

Of all the tunes you’ve made, which is your favourite?

Well that’s a tough one ‘cos I don’t really like any of my own tunes (laughing) ah just you hear them so much you know…Dillinja apparently never liked his stuff back in the day….haha! ok, no seriously, well maybe my first Physmatics tune Our World as it was really wicked to get a tune signed to a label of this standard. Or Rolling For 2016 that Ray Keith was supporting and I got a lot of love for.

How did you link up with John, the founder of the label?

Soundcloud business. I sent him some tunes, he liked them and we had a long chat on the phone about music, Star Wars and conspiracy theories.

What are the vital elements to making a tune that come into play when you’re in the studio?

Catch a vibe and groove, there has to be proper groove you know that bounce, the rhythm. The track has to be making a statement and memorable in some way. Infuse your own consciousness into it.

So before we hit play on The Luminary LP forthcoming May on Physmatics, can you tell us a bit about the inspiration behind it?

I figured it was a natural progression, I’d had a few EP’s out on Physmatics and I always write loads of tunes so it made sense to shoot for a bigger project, and it was all written out very fast, although the tweakage took some time.

Any final words and shout outs?

Cheers to John, and Dean (Dapz) the mastering maestro, to E Lizard Birth and the all-wise and mighty Physmatics family for the support.

GL0WKiD Generation X [RadioShow] pres. “THE 25th ANNIVERSARY OF KNITEFORCE RECORDS

GL0WKiD Generation X [RadioShow] pres. “THE 25th ANNIVERSARY OF KNITEFORCE RECORDS

 

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Glowkid is joined by the man, the legend, the one and only Luna C of Kniteforce for an oldskool trip down good memories lane and a selection of the labels countless classics!!!

Flash Cats Interview + New ‘Groovin’ LP

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We caught up with DJ Flashback a.k.a The Flash Cats about his new LP ‘Groovin’ and other bits. The LP is out now. Buy it here

Thanks for sharing some time with the blog! So, you’ve just released a full LP ‘Groovin’. Tell us abit about the creative process, time and labour that went into this LP

The new album ‘Groovin’ took about a year to complete, and was a project that my studio partner Sparky and I had been talking about doing for a few years. We have both always been heavily influenced by the house and rave sounds that came out of the North of the UK in the late ’80s, early ’90s so it seemed like a good idea to produce an album showcasing this sound. After selecting lots of our favourite tracks from that era, we got together what vocal samples we could and Sparky got everything down in the studio including re-writing all the drums and music. After much listening, tweaking, replacing tracks etc we settled on the 15 tracks that are on the album.

Previously, you produced other different aliases like The Flashback Project, you played a huge role in the NuRave/Rave Breaks/Future Jungle scene of the mid 00’s up to now. How did you get into this sound and start making tracks?

I mainly release as ‘The Flashback Project, also I’ve used ‘Scientists’ (for DNB), ‘Dub Heroes’ with Sparky (for Fidget House) and more recently ‘Flash Cats’. I got into the sound initially through DJ’ing hardcore since around 1990, but didn’t get into a studio with any serious intentions until I hooked up with the extremely talented production duo Stu and Nee, resulting in my first vinyl release ‘Hands In The Air, on Mertwax (big up Mert!). I also been lucky enough to work with other amazing producers like King Yoof (Sunz Of Mecha), Hattrixx, D’Silva and Sparky who have all helped me to develop my sound, and I released on Junki Munki Records, Firewall Records, Uplifting Rhythm, Tornado Records, Uppacutz Records, Can You Feel It Media and Downbeat Productions. DJs Slipmatt and Billy Daniel Bunter helped me a great deal in the early years signing my first 2 tracks Love Commandments and Ease The Pressure, the latter being then licensed to their with platinum selling ‘Rave Nation’ album, released on Ministry Of Sound Recordings. Also, I was very lucky to have the support and encouragement of the legendary DJ Kutski (BBC Radio 1), as well as a whole host of other DJs and radio stations who helped me immeasurably with support and airplay. I set up my own label Propaganda Music in 2013 and along with releasing my own music I try to discover and push emerging talent as much as I can. To date we’ve had 12 releases on the label, the latest being the brand new FLASH CATS album – GROOVIN

In general, the breaks sound is very popular over in Spain, what do you think is the appeal of that particular sound over there?

There is definitely a growing demand for breaks, and the Spanish have been at the forefront for at least 15 years. The appeal is undoubtedly the razor sharp production combined with huge basslines and catchy riffs optimised over the years by the likes of DJ Quest, The Freestylers, The Breakfastaz, Plump DJs, Ed 209, Deekline, Wizard…to name just a few!

The sound that you and others make has its roots in the 90s rave sound. Do you think the new wave of rave-inspired music has suffered a bit from excessive labelling?

No, I don’t think so. There will always be labelling in music – genres, sub genres etc. The crucial thing is the music gets out to the market – how people want to categorise it is up to them

What are the perfect ingredients for a tune in your opinion? What elements of a track get the hairs standing on end?

Crisp beats, heavy basslines, catchy riffs. Easy you’d think…

Where have been your favourite places to DJ over the years?

I’ve been very lucky over the years and have played at some amazing parties all over the UK and Europe, but the one place that was the most special was playing at The Sanctuary in Milton Keynes in the UK – now sadly gone The Sanctuary held so many special memories for me over the last 25 years so having the opportunity to play there before it was closed was very special and something that I won’t forget!

If you could assemble a line up of 5 DJs for an event, any DJ of your choice, who would you pick?

Ha ha, great question….Well for me it would be a mixture of Drum N Bass, Electro House and Old Skool – what a night that would be…

DJ Randall
Camo & Krooked
Etherwood
Far Too Loud
DJ Tango B2B DJ Ratty

What’s coming up in 2017 for Flash Cats and your label, Propaganda Music?

Lots of things are happening at the moment! As I mentioned earlier we’ve just released PROPS012: FLASH CATS – GROOVIN. I’ve also been busy in the studio and have a brand new bass and breaks mix to put out including lots of new Propaganda Music exclusives! Also, I’m in the process of having most of my back catalogue re-mastered and I plan to release a 100+ track album of all my work over the years. All proceeds from sales of that album will be donated to charity as a mark of gratitude and respect to family and dear friends that I have tragically lost over recent years, so please watch this space for news on that.

Shouts to Jackski, Mark, Allan and everyone worldwide supporting the sounds! x

We Take Polaroids interview

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With a brand new We Take Polaroids single releasing this month, Mark Zowie talks about JULA. His latest incarnation. A record label for like-minded artists and unashamedly, for his own We Take Polaroids, Mark Zowie and Monzza output.

Check out the new We Take Polaroids single ‘RADIO’ out now on Traxsource and read on for a deep and insightful interview below… (more…)

Exclusive Jem One Interview & Mix

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Jem One gave us an exclusive mix and interview, have a read and a listen below and be sure to check out his massive new LP ‘The Infinite Circle’ which can be purchased here 

Tell us a bit about yourself

I make Jungle/ Drum and bass under the alias of Jem-One and I live in Stourbridge, West Midlands.

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How did you get involved in 36 Hertz Records for this album release?

I’ve known Mike Vapour for many years now, I think we met in about 2007. Mike has always got behind my music and has always pushed me to keep experimenting (not that I always listen lol). I’ve been consistently releasing on 36 Hertz since the label first began and as I had a massive amount of new material, we thought the time was right for a new album from myself.

For those who don’t know, tell us a bit about how you got into music production? What were the initial steps?

I used to DJ jungle back in 93 at a few local nights in Birmingham, but I never had the knowledge or means to make my own music. I left the scene for a while, but always kept my ear to the ground, keeping myself up to date with the scene. This was until I heard Goldie’s ‘Timeless’ and I was blown away. Fast forward to the 2000’s and the ease of getting hold of production software etc, I began to have a crack at making my own tracks. As I said before, I met Vapour during this time and he helped me to get my head around producing.

How would you describe your production style?
My production style is rough and ready. I had a hardware studio a while ago but I stupidly decided to sell it all when I had my last break from music in 2009. Nowadays I produce on a laptop and headphones, which is not ideal, but I utilise what I have to the best of my ability. Style wise, You’ll always hear big crunchy breaks, distortion, huge subs and bags of vibes. It’s been said that I have an old school sound to my music although that’s not something that I strive for intentionally, it’s just that my head is stuck in the 90’s and to me, that early Headz Bluenote era is the epitome of vibe and execution.

 

When would you say was your breakout moment when heads turned to your music?

In the late part of 2007 I began to find my feet more in the studio. I made a few steppers, one being ‘redemption of man’. Goldie heard these beats and got hold of them; called me as I was driving to work to sign them to Metalheadz off shoot label, Ruffige and the rest was history. Rider and Fabio, Bailey and Flight all got behind my music in the early days and gave me plenty of radio play, as did many others on the circuit.

 

What is it about the current wave of Jungle that appeals to you?

The deeper darker side of jungle/ drumfunk is just incredible right now. The breaks are insane, the subs are huge and the vibe is just perfect. I hear so many tracks from so many talented producers that just blow my mind. I love the fact that people are looking back to the past and bringing those vibes with new production skills.

 

Tell us a few of your all time and current fave producers?

All-time favourites have to be Dillinja, Source Direct, Photek, Doc Scott etc, currently I rate Double 00, Overlook, Djinn, Antidote, Skitty, Gremlinz, Tim reaper, Vapour, SR, to many to mention to be honest.

 

Could you offer a bit of advice for an up and coming producer?

Remove any ideas of earning any money from your music. Just enjoy making music because you have to express something that’s within you, that can be expressed in no other way. Don’t be limited by your equipment and utilise a small number of plug ins that work for your sound. Don’t focus all your energy on getting anal over eq’ing your snare within an inch of its life and spend your time laying down a good vibe. Oh, and make sure you make drums and bass, not drums and screechy whine.

And if you could remix any tune of your choice, what would it be?

Commix ‘Talk to Frank’.

So before we hit play on this new forthcoming release of yours on 36 Hertz, can you tell us a bit about the inspiration behind it?

To be honest this release is like a sketch book of new ideas I was playing around with leading up to my latest material. As always the focus was on seeking the vibe within the music and creating a blend between the light and the shade. Its not a journey type album, but both me and Vapour feel the tracks work on the dancefloor and also as a set to listen to at home.

Any final words and shout outs?

Shouts to all the 36 Hertz crew, The boys at Repertoire, Monita, Stretch, Rupture family, Overlook, Nick Ruffhouse, all the other people that have supported my music over the years and last but not least my Mrs, Sarah for pushing me ever onwards and believing in me when I doubt myself.

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