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Tsunami Bass Weight Interview

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We caught up with Samurai Breaks & Vyking who have just launched their new label ‘Tsunami Bass Weight’ with a free compilation plus an exclusive interview which you can read below
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Tell us a bit about yourself!

Sam: Sam aka Samurai Breaks, I am a 23-year-old production addict, been making beats for nearly 3 years now, currently residing in Czech republic for a change of scene (and weather) and I love powerful and unique music that makes you flail your arms around and sweat buckets!

Jake: Jake aka Vyking! Also a 3rd of the DnB trio called Creatures. 22 years of age right now, plugin geek/addict extraordinaire. Living in a caravan on the edge of Bath in southwest England with a cat. I enjoy beatboxing, researching plugins and drinking tea.

For those who don’t know, tell us a bit about Tsunami Bass Weight.

Both: Tsunami Bassweight is our new label aiming to deliver unique and interesting music and create a platform for all the amazing artists we know, to release their music professionally with high-quality mastering (Jake: from yours truly!) and good industry contact so it gets the attention it really deserves.
The name aims to describe the aesthetic we want in our music, raw and powerful sound but more curvy, weird and natural than just an all out sound war of smashed super loud nonsense that you hear a lot of lately in the dnb scene.

How would you describe your production style?

Sam: Raw and unrelenting assault of bass, beats and breaks, got to be heard to believe it! Fusing and melting genre boundaries into my own unique and weird sound.

Jake: The search for a varied and rich sound, I’m always looking to create unique textures and get “that” feeling in a track which simply makes you move. Though I’m definitely guilty of participating in the loudness war!

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

Sam: I supported Ital Tek in Glasgow about 3 and a half years ago, I had only been DJing for about 6 months by then, and his set was totally amazing and unique. I had never heard anything like it and after talking to him it turns out it was his interpretation of Chicago footwork combined with his unique post-dubstep weirdo sound design and intense production skill. He played his whole new album as a live set and it blew me away. One day I hope to share a stage with him, buy him a drink and thank him wholeheartedly for converting me to footwork style.
I really love it because it combines so many things I love, heavy rhythmic drum patterning similar to jungle but more precise and crazy with the layers, Roland 808 sounds, frantic energy and crazy vocal editing. I took what I liked about the genre and mixed it with everything else I like to create my sound.

Jake: Nothing in particular to be honest! I’ve been messing around with computer music for quite a few years since my dad had Reason on his laptop when I was 13 or something, maybe earlier than that. I have been around bass music from a very young age (about the age of 6?), being taken to festivals and such, so it’s in my blood.
I started a vocational college course for music production in 2011 when I realised that I literally could not put myself through another year of sixth form college (For anyone unfamiliar with the term, it’s just like secondary school, but with more essays and is generally more difficult. No thanks!)
Since then I’ve been honing my skills and this past year I’ve been getting into mastering. It’s all I’m focused on in life so it’s all about finding my true sound.

Which events from over the years in your illustrious career really stick in your mind and why?

Sam: Every time I play at Eden Festival it gets better and better, the crowd there are lovely people who are so enthusiastic about the music and every year I pack out the dance tent and have a really really good time! The year I supported Bez was hilarious because it went from 128bpm acid house straight to 165bpm juke jungle, people didn’t know what was going on but when that huge 808 baseline kicked in every person in the tent was bouncing! And getting handed a bottle of champagne from Bez’s rider that he didn’t drink when I finished my set was the cherry on top of the cake hahah!

Jake: Gotta share the love for Eden Festival! One of the best moments this year, also my first year there, was when Sam dropped a track we started when he came over mine beforehand. He dropped it near the end of his set and as it got into the first switch up the crowd starting screaming! The only track in the whole set for which this happened and what a feeling! That energy transferred directly into the audience. Super cool.

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

Sam: Recently getting support from Noisia has brought more limelight to what I am doing!

Jake: I guess when myself and my 2 mates in Creatures had an EP signed to Infidelity Records. That got our music out into the scene and got some good feedback. I don’t know if it’s really turning any heads but all in good time.

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

Sam: Alix Perez because he has got the widest square wave bass’s ever and they just sound great!

Jake: Current Value, just love his sound. Machine music at it’s best! I do like my straight up, no nonsense DnB. Sam definitely doesn’t share this passion though, haha!

Sam: I do like the sound design and I like some dnb but just not the boring stuff!!! If it has some variation, I am all ears

Tell us about any other music related stuff you’re involved in.

Sam: Got a lot of very exciting forthcoming releases on Halogen Music Group and Groundmass to name a few, also me and Jake have almost finished our debut EP together which will cause major seismic activity

Jake: Creatures DnB is my Drum and Bass project, I’m making some super funky glitch hoppy, breaky tuna with some mates, and general musical fun is a’happenin’!

Are there any major influences, production wise, that inspire you?

Sam: The Chicago footwork movement has had a huge effect on the sound I go for, also my love of tribal music, jungle, grime and trap is all very evident in my sound. I try to combine everything I love from any genre with the production and pace of DnB.

Jake: DnB is a constant. I’ve long been into dubstep of most varieties, particularly the jazzy and deep side of it with artists like Phaeleh and Congi and all the Deep Heads lot. I’m also really into achieving an “analogue” sound in my productions and I’ve recently started investing in Acustica Audio plugins with their Acquas and Nebula products. Incredible stuff, used properly it gives the digital ITB sound a “realness” and depth you simply can’t get from algorithmic plugins. The supreme In The Box sound in my opinion!

Sam: I did a sly DNA test on Jake and it turns out he is actually a plug in!

Tell us a few of your favourite producers.

Sam: Rockwell , Ivy Lab , Junglord , Alix Perez, Lakeway, Moresounds, Fracture, Dub Phizix, Danny Scrilla, Fixate, Mark Kloud, Depth Range Crew, DJ Hybrid and Moralz

Jake: Current Value(!), Noisia, Alix Perez, Hybris, HYQXYZ, Subtension, Boards of Canada, Gorillaz (looking forward to the upcoming album!), Kursa, Haywyre, Skeptical… Many more of course.

Are there any unfulfilled goals or aspirations of yours musically?

Sam: Vinyl Release and US tour

Jake: I don’t really think of the future much so I can’t say! I’ll see what happens ;)

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

Sam:

1. Don’t be afraid to experiment.
2. Always use WAV samples (this one will tickle you Jake after our chaos sorting that .mp3 break disaster on that track)
3. Don’t feel trapped by genre boundaries, every genre was born from someone experimenting and cutting a new sound for themselves.

Jake:

• Music is your life, how you express yourself and your emotional life. Make the music you feel! Don’t have an ulterior motive to making it.
• Put the time in and you’ll get a lot out of it.
• Take your time as well, don’t feel like you need to get somewhere before you’re actually ready. All will come to you if you’re patient with yourself.

Where have you DJ’d?

Sam: Glastonbury Festival, Boomtown Festival, Cross Club (CZ) , Eden Festival, Beaverworks, The black swan, Lakota , The Mill, Mint Warehouse, Audio Soup Festival and quite a few windy rainy hillsides and dodgy warehouses

Jake: The Black Swan, Timbuk2 and a few free parties in Bristol, Club Ice Westbury, Beatherder Festival, few other places!

Who’s supporting You on the DJ circuit?

Sam: Noisia, Sam Binga, Greazus, TMSV, Johnathan Thomas, Moralz, Depth Range Crew, Mark Kloud, Dj Hybrid.

Jake: Mostly support for Creatures from DJ Aphrodite, Rene LaVice, Villem, S.P.Y. I haven’t released any music as Vyking just yet so we’ll have to wait and see what comes of that!

Sam: Jake!!! Loads of the people I mentioned are supporting Champagne Club + How We Roll so that’s a lie!!!

Jake: Oh yeah! You’re so right Sam, I totally forgot! Derp, I’m a bit forgetful eh. :P

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

Sam: I just pick a tune and go from there, that way it’s more raw and no-one knows what’s coming till the moment. I keep my USB’s loaded with all my favourite dance floor destroyers and top up with all the dubs from mates and personal productions that are ready before every gig.

Jake: Generally I DJ with Harvey as Creatures (Ben hasn’t been around the past few years we’ve been DJing.) and we go 3 tunes each. So each gig I like to get together my triplets of tracks which go together like gold and put them in order on CDs for easy mixing.

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

Sam: Probably abattoir, it’s the title track of the DnB EP I am currently trying to get signed. It’s really unique, it has great drums all layered with lots of foley and great switch ups and progression, the vibe of the track is extremely haunting and scary! I really love it.

Jake: It would have to be a super funky breakbeat track called Hypnotized, I made a couple of years ago. All kinds of sweet breaks and dirty basses with lots of ravey sounds and funky switches. I’m going to do a fresh mix of it sometime soon so I’ll be sure to fire it over to you when it’s done!

What would you say is the label ethos?

Both: Supporting and mentoring awesome and talented musicians to their full potential and giving them a professional platform to release their music on.

You’ve collaborated with a lot of different artists who did you enjoy working with the most?

Sam: I like working with Jake aka Vyking the most because we have so much fun together and make the craziest tunes, he is such a talented engineer so I learn so much when working with him. One track we made we spent 2 hours messing around with his Kaosspad and Kaossillator making all the crazy sounds we could, we were falling off our chairs with laughter when we somehow made a meow meow bass sound… the track we finally made with all of our recordings is called Stellar Drift and it’s really amazing, spacious and powerful. I also really love working with HØST because he is literally insane so you never know what will happen when you pass him some stems!

Jake: Likewise, I love working with Sam as he’s super driven and that helps me to feel inspired. That session for Stellar Drift was epic!

Which tunes are essentials in your DJ sets right now?

Sam:
1.HØST – BBZ
2.Junglord – 1000 Junglists
3.Breaka – Foot Forward
4.Mark Kloud – Angels Arc
5.Moralz + Johnathan Thomas – Tread On Me

Jake: Totally in love with Alix Perez – Elephant Dreams (ft. Skeptical)
HYQXYZ – Monad
Prime Perception – Moss Side (Forthcoming TBW!)

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

Sam: Roland TR-808 drum sounds, old school funk breaks and foley recordings. I try to break out of any habits or boundaries if I notice they are forming so nothing is ever a staple or vital element in my sound… I don’t want to become stale and samey like a lot of producers who keep rehashing the same formula because it was successful.

Jake: A big library of samples of all kinds, wacky effect plugins and Xfer Serum for making dirty bass!

When receiving demos for the label, what do you look for in a track?

Both: Unique ideas, high production standard and a good coherent vibe (and that special something that makes you pull a funny face and fire imaginary shots in the air!)

Any final words and shout outs?

Sam: Big up to everyone who has supported me over the years and helped me get to were I am now. Hugest of respect to anyone who sat down and helped me learn or has listened to the millions of crazy ideas I have, blessings and love to you all! Also to all you producers, if you like what you hear on this compilation and feel like your sound would work well with us please get in touch with a demo!

Jake: Don’t live life, you’re life itself! Respect and love each other, and yourself! Blessings, Enjoy ;)

Tsunami Bass Weight Vol 1 is out and a free download, stream the tracks below

Elektrofant ‘Monica’ Premiere Stream

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We would like to say a very special thanks to Beatservice for letting us host the exclusive first play stream of ‘Monica’ from Elektrofant’s ‘1992’ LP. We previously reviewed this excellent LP here suffice to say that it perfectly captures the spirit of one of the best years of dance music ever.

‘Monica’ is a prime example of what’s to love about this album. Prepare to be taken back to the era of groups and artists like Altern 8, SL2 & Inner City, Take in the rolling soundtrack of Detroit Techno synths and raw UK style breakbeats interspersed with Todd Terry circa 92′ 4×4 kicks and 303 acid stabs. Be sure to check out the rest of the LP too, get it from Beatport, Traxsource, iTunes & Spotify

 

Gorilla Complex Exclusive Interview & New SIngle Premiere Stream

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We are very pleased to share an exclusive interview with Gorilla Complex and a premiere stream of his awesome new track ‘Welcome To The Bass Jungle’, read on to learn more about his animalistic style of bass music…. 

Tell me a little about Gorilla Complex?

Gorilla Complex is a well thought out project. The dance floor has always seemed like an animalistic place to me, and as I wanted to create heavy bass music, a gorilla seemed to fit with the big, strong nature of the sound.

All my tracks contain elements based around this animalistic theme. The slightly dark and evil tone is consistent throughout and the animal theme is also represented in the artwork and track names. I call it ‘Animalistic Bass Music’.

How would you describe your production style?

I barely use synths now. Over the years, I have built up a big sample library. I mess with audio FX and automate pretty much every parameter until it sounds interesting. I also record all my own vocals and re-pitch them with Melodyne. After every tune,

I add the new sounds to my sample library to re-use in the future. So it’s an ever-growing palette to work from. I’ve played guitar for years, which helps with the melodies and chord structures as well.

Who were your major influences in terms of music production?

Noisia are probably the artist that I aspire to the most. The Prodigy are up there as well. These guys are legends, innovators and unique in many ways. You don’t get many artists with their credibility and longevity.

What does the future hold for you?

I don’t want to conform to a genre, but the next 3 or 4 releases are all Bass House. I am also working on a few Trap and Drum & Bass tunes with some great vocalists as well.

I want to create some crazy animal themed live shows as well at some point. Imagine a nightclub with everyone dressed up as animals. Could get some inflatable bananas to throw out into the crowd as well!

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

Loads of people come to mind. Maybe Sampha or Yukimi Nagano, the singer from Little Dragon. These two have such interesting voices and so much character. I think we could make something really unique. Or Foreign Beggars because those guys always deliver.

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

Jungle book or Lion King – I would do it but it wouldn’t stay on Soundcloud for long with their tight copyright laws, unfortunately.

Are there any unfulfilled goals or aspirations of yours musically?

I’m also hoping to release on Black Butter or MTA records in the future and I’m hoping to get some support from UKF. I’m a big fan of theirs so hopefully, I can make this happen.

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

Define your style, your purpose and find a way to be unique. And also make sure you can summarise yourself in one sentence. Easier said than done, but if you can do this, you are on the right track.

Any final words?

Welcome to the bass jungle!

Listen to the premiere stream of ‘Welcome To The Bass Jungle’ below and download the track for free Here

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Future Wildstyle Interview + ‘Make Them Bounce’ Premiere

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Here at the blog, we would like to say a massive thanks to Future Wildstyle and Bass=Win for giving us an exclusive interview with the lads and a premiere stream of ‘Make Them Bounce’ from their new EP ‘Hyper Vibes’ which you can buy here

Tell us a bit about yourself

We are two DJs and producers based in Sheffield .We met on the DJ circuit as we are both primerally DJs. We have both produced tracks in the past but we decided to try something new and join forces for this project. It has been a great way to work as we both bring so many different influences and styles to the table.

How would you describe your production style?

All our tracks come back to some kind of breakbeat or broken beat with a proper bass line. The last few releases have covered quite a range in tempo and that’s how we mean to carry on.

What your first experience of underground music and how did you get into the sound?

I loved the music long before I was old enough to go into the clubs so it was pirate radio and tape packs that supplied my music fix. In the early days a one hour set could include a whole range of beat patterns and influences from hip hop to reggae to soul plus loads more. The contrast today is some DJs play an hour set of about 9-10 records all sounding virtually the same. That’s a trap I never want us to fall into.

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

Popular or mainstream dance music has been through so many styles now from Electro to Hip Hop to House to Breakbeat to Jungle to DnB to Dubstep and Garage and now it seems to have come a full circle and gone back to House.

It feels like artists can now go in any direction musically and draw influences from anywhere along the musical journey. I know there never really was a rule book but if there ever was it really is irrelevant right now. The variety of new music coming out right now is more than ever.

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

I love people like DJ Premier, Pete Rock and all those guys but I equally love Remarc and 4hero. Those are the stand out producers for me who have a real groove to their music.

Where have you DJ’ed?

We have just started out Djing out as Future Wildstyle it has been really fun as we have both been DJs for years and joining forces means we can add more to our sets. We are currently using the Serato Sp1 to re-create some of the tracks live as part of the DJ set. For most of our tracks we now have a stripped back version that can have the vocals and key elements played from the SP1 over the top. It means DJ sets are even more fun as we can both be hands on throughout rather than taking it in turn to mix in tracks.

We recently warmed up for the first Boiler room in Sheffield. I was really glad we had spent time developing the more live part of our set as Boiler Room is such an intimate space and the camera is right in your face!

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

Its all about the crowd for us. Every set has to be tailored for the people stood in front of us. I love the challenge of warming up a crowd just as much as playing a peak time set.

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

Wow that’s a hard one. I think the Ultrafunkula track was exciting to test out on the dance floors as it just worked straight away in the clubs. There really is something special about seeing a thousand people dancing to a track and hearing it on a big club sound system at the height of a night and remembering back to us producing it on a rainy Wednesday afternoon.

How did you link up with Bass=Win?

Easy we just only hit up labels that we were already into and already buying music from.

As a producer, you keep an open mind and an open palette producing in various styles, who do you draw influences from?

Between us we cover years of buying and playing out music so plenty of basses are covered. I really made my DJ career back in the day as Hip Hop DJ but equally I got hooked on music by early Jungle stuff so I think those two styles find their way into the music from my side

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

Its normally a sample or concept that comes first. We start out thinking we are making one type of track and it normally takes a whole new direction and ends up somewhere completely different.

But that’s the fun of producing really.

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

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We didn’t just want to make an EP of straight up club bangers (although that is always a massive temptation) there are a few samples in here I have been waiting to use for a while and they just fit in perfectly making the tracks more than just dance floor tools.

Free Breaks Blog Premiere Of ‘Make Them Bounce’

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Any final words and shout outs?

Bass=Win has been a great home for the last few releases and have been invaluable in us getting our music out to a wider audience. Not forgetting for Liam at Kitchen Artist for getting on board with the project. Also we have to big up all the DJs playing our stuff and promoters adding us to their line ups we have been overwhelmed by the response and support form the scene. Can’t wait to see what the rest of 2016 has in store for us!

Swankout Interview + New EP ‘Get Dark’

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Swankouts’ massive ‘Get Dark EP’ is out now on Top Drawer Digital. A electrifying blend of Tech House, Bass and Oldskool Hardcore/Jungle. You can buy the EP here and read on for an exclusive interview with Swankout + an exclusive minimix….

So, we first came across your music via this forthcoming EP on Top Drawer Digital and and a Radio One mix from a few years back, how long have you been doing the music and what have I missed out on?

I started DJing in 1996, and producing in 2000 and I started collecting vinyl in 1994, I’ve been behind a few different projects doing rave breaks , house and jungle. I stared doing the Swankout stuff end of 2013

Could you tell us a bit about the different projects?
I did three rave break/fidget hybrid kind of tracks with DJ Faydz in 2010 for future rave anthems 2, I ran a label in 2010 called Unleashed Sound which specialised in rave breaks and future jungle which did quite well in the trackitdown charts.
I’ve had Radio 1 /1xtra, Rinse FM & Kool FM plays. I Was part of a deep house/garage duo in 2014 which had a few releases on what’s your status? And support from EZ, Groove Armada & B traits

Was this a transition over to house music or had you been doing stuff prior to that?

I’ve always loved / made all types of music thought tend to be mostly partial to anything sounding like jungle or old skool I’ve always enjoyed crossing genres in my production and making hybrid music. My vinyl collection is a reflection of that also

Are you still a keen vinyl collector?

Yes! I love vinyl it’s in my blood, started collecting in 94 aged 12 and still buy today, though usually it’s oldskool, I just had 2 delivered actually, Doctors Of Dance – Dance Theme From 91, and Twister On Formation Records from 96

The influence of this wealth of dance music history can certainly be heard on your new EP as Swankout, can you tell us a bit about this current alias/project?

Thanks! I was kind of aiming for “heritage” if you like from this, and I’m really pleased you said that so thanks , and obviously mixing in new styles and sounds as well as modern production techniques, I’ve done a few other bits as well on Deep Freeze Records and Daylight Robbery, which are again two contrasting variations, with the releases on Deep Freeze being aimed more at the Deep House/Garage /bass kind of sound, and the release on Daylight Robbery more proper Deep House. It all started as a bit of fun and a way of getting my hybrid/more experimental music out there too

How did you come to know of and be signed to Top Drawer Digital?

Haha! Well, a bit of a long story this …. Was recommended them by Om Unit. I met him in Bristol, he was behind me in a shop queue , my mate pointed him out and being a big fan of his music I waited outside to chat to him! He is a sound guy! I asked if I could send him some music which was some of the Get Dark EP and he recommended Top Drawer to me!

Which takes us to this EP, a mixture of dark 130bpm ish Jungle Breaks a la Mella Dee, Special Request etc and some ravey Tech House. What was the inspiration behind these incredible tunes?

Wow thanks for the compliment! Well exactly that really, huge huge fan of both Mella Dee, and Paul Woolford aka Special Request , those guys really hit the spot for me musically so with tracks such as Amnesia and Untitled coupled with Mella Dee’s release on Lobster Boy records and the GT Turbo EP backed with all the previous rave projects I’ve done I guess

On a side note, if you could do a Swankout remix of any track of your choice what would it be?

I’ve often thought about bootlegs of stuff like The Prodigy ‘Jericho’ or Future Sound Of London ‘Papa New Guinea’ but to me all these tracks are masterpieces that could possibly left untouched? Though High Contrast did a sterling remix (bootleg) of Papa New Guinea

Great choices, so to wrap things up, any mentions, big ups? and what advice would you give to aspiring producers?

Yes indeed! From my friends and family who’ve supported me in many ways, to my fellow producers who have mentored/helped me through the years and of course Lucas and Free Breaks Blog for the support! Really appreciated! And for anyone aspiring, as cliché as this sounds if you work hard and you believe you Can achieve something, then you will! Thanks for the interview!!

Stream clips of the ‘Get Dark EP’ below and click here to buy

Exclusive ‘Get Dark’ minimix below

David Boomah Interview + New Track

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Tell us a bit about your time growing up in St Catherine, Jamaica and how it affected your music career

DB: Growing up in Jamaica was both a difficult and enjoyable time. I was only 9 years old when I left my Mom in Birmingham to go to Jamaica and it was a very different life there so it took a while to adjust.

One of the good things about going to Jamaica in the 1980’s was being immersed in all the great Dancehall music that was emerging at the time. Artists like Tenor Saw, Beres Hammond, Papa San, Ninja Man, Frankie Paul, Sanchez D, Pinchers and many others were Superstars then and I studied and learnt a lot from.

I got involved in the Soundsystem culture at about 14 years old working with my Uncle Graybeard who used to select and sing on a sound called Small Axe. This was my platform to learn how to ride riddims properly, perform to a crowd and build vibes!

You returned to the UK in 1990, a game changing era that saw the Brit Hop sound of London Posse and others morph into the proto breakbeat hardcore sound of Shut Up & Dance & The Ragga Twins. At that time you performed as the opening act at the British Reggae awards. You were rocking the dancehall circuit alongside the man once known as UK Apachi. Can you give us your snapshot of that time and era and what it meant to you personally and artistically?

DB: I look back at that period with fond memories. It was a great time for Dancehall Music with artists like Buju Banton, Capleton, Cobra, Beenie Man and Bounty Killer asserting themselves as standout artists. Some of the artists from the 1980’s were still going strong and dancehall was a serious force to be reckoned with.

As you mentioned I met UK Apachi at this time and we began building a name for ourselves on the Dancehall circuit but it was tricky to get established as the UK Dancehall scene was already locked by the time I got here. There was a label called Fashion Records with Artists like Topcat, Tenor Fly, General Levy, Sweetie Irie, Nerious Joseph amongst others so I always felt I got here a bit too late to join the UK Dancehall elite.

Apachi stumbled upon Jungle through Shy FX’s early hit “Gangsta Kid Feat Gunsmoke” and ended up recording “Original Nuttah” on the exact same instrumental. I got involved with Jungle as a result of my affiliation with Apachi and ended up recording a track called “Who Run Tings” a year later in 1995. At this stage I wanted music to be my profession but I wasn’t taking it that seriously. I was dabbling in music and studying to be a qualified youth worker. Youth Work was my priority then. There were some exciting moments performing on Soundsystems across the country and at venues like Hammersmith Palais. I remember performing with UK Apachi, Shy FX, Gunsmoke, Juxci D’Nero and the full Sour Recordings Crew in Manchester (It was one of (if not the first) big Jungle Dance in Manchester and we literally tore the roof off. Lots of gunshots and lots of vibes! It was a very exciting time and we got to tour across Europe and help spread Jungle to the wider world.

The rise continues as you work alongside the cream of the Jungle/DnB scene and release a critically acclaimed album in 2014. How did you make the transition from Reggae to Jungle/DnB and how did the album come about?

DB: The transition from Dancehall to Jungle was natural I think. Jungle has deep roots in Dancehall amongst other genres of music so it was a natural progression. The Ragga Twins had already set the trend with their background in UK Dancehall systems.

Established Dancehall Artists like Topcat had already been sampled nicely into Jungle tracks and Producers like Remarc were sampling soundsystem clips into tracks so it felt natural to become a part of Jungle scene.

The idea to make an album came about in 2010, I had committed over 18 years to Youth Work and I had an urge to pursue my musical ambitions. I started recording a range of tracks and shopped around for a Label. After looking around I finally found the perfect home at V Recordings where Bryan G and I worked closely together to refine the drafts I had developed. The final product was my first album “One World Many Cultures” of which I am very proud.

Let’s talk a bit about your new track ‘Wish Upon A Star’ with Rowpieces.

About a year and a half ago I decided I really wanted to make another album and started working on some new tracks towards this. I was so impressed with the Remix Rowpieces made for one of my previous tracks “Spread A Little Love” I had to get him involved in the project. He sent me some instrumentals and I loved all of them the first one I recorded was the backdrop to “Wish Upon A Star Feat Rowpieces” and so the journey began.

I wanted to make my first release on my label something special and accessible to a range of genres and music lovers so I called on some other talented friends across the musical spectrum to get involved and the EP was born!

Any last words/shout outs?

I would like to thank God for sustaining me everyday, my Grandparents for raising me with discipline and respect, my Wife and Children and Relatives for giving my life balance, my Brothers and Sisters Potential Badboy, Dawn Wilson, Codebreaker, Navigator, Soulsource, JSilver, Lady MC, Col South, Aries, Cesar NoFace and Marcus Visionary for being bonafide from day one and finally Rowpieces, Battery, Hypertone The Lost Soundsystem and N-Type for helping me to make a great EP!!!

David Boomah- “Wish Upon A Star Feat Rowpieces” EP is out now

iTunes: http://apple.co/1T8J7hO
Beatport: http://btprt.dj/1TAUJKT

3 Questions For Digital + New EP On NexGen Music

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According to Discogs, you have been producing since the mid 90s, what was your calling to the studio way back when?

As a kid in the mid 80’s I never thought about producing because all I wanted to do was play records, records aka vinyl. The eureka moment struck while out raving to DJ/Producers like Doc Scott and Simon Bassline Smith. I knew them through their amazing music on Reinforced Records and Absolute 2 so I figured they were getting mad love because of their work. It was a good feeling because I knew then I had something to aspire too.

My first release was back in 1994, a collab with Danny C under the name ‘Authorised Riddim’ on the legendary Certificate 18 Records. I got a huge buzz out of it because Dj’s I raved to like Storm, Bukem, Simon Bassline Smith were playing it. So my thoughts were, making beats push you as Dj, I get kicks out of it because when I’m raving my own track might get played (What a buzz!!) and furthermore, this could be my job! It sounded like a WIN, WIN, WIN situation.

You have featured on some of the biggest labels, Metalheadz, Renegade Hardware & Creative Wax to name just a few. Your sound is distinct from a very large pool of DnB all over the globe. Is it something you aspire to to be so different and have such a stand alone sound?

No I don’t aspire to that, I make music with the musical influences I’m armed with, while others might let their new bit of equipment shape their sound.

Lastly, can you tell us a bit about the ideas that went into this new EP Of yours for Nexgen music.

 ‘Brain Damage’ was born in the middle of a 2 day bender with the big man, Drum Cypha. I won’t tell you any details about it but you can imagine what is was like because of the resulting track name.

‘Let Them Live’ was me getting my alien on. I don’t really use  huge amount of synths in my tracks but this track has heaps throughout. I have loads of tracks like this as I’m doing a different kind of project at the moment…..

The ‘Brain Damage EP’ with Cypha on NexGen Music is out now. Buy It Here>>>http://bit.ly/1OQkjwg

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Fat Men At The Disco Interview

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We Caught Up With House Producer Fat Men At The Disco For A Chat, Here’s What He Had To Say……….

Tell Us A Bit About Yourself

Hello, My Names Adrian Powell And I Am Fat Men At The Disco And Yes I Can Do The Truffle Shuffle
For Those Who Don’t Know, Tell Us A Bit About Fat Men At The Disco And How It Began.

It Began 3 Years Ago, I Was Playing Locally From The Mid 90s On And Off But Never Wrote Any Music. I Got An Urge To Start Making My Own Music And Decided A New Project Was In Order And Decided To Start To Learn Music Production. I Have Previously Been Accused Of Being Too Fat And Too Old For Clubbing And Djing So This Is Where Fat Men At The Disco Came From.

How Did You Get Into Music Production? What Were The Initial Steps?

Studio Sessions With Experienced Producers Was The Route For Me. I’ve Been Lucky Enough To Have A Talented Pool Of Producer Friends And Family. Initially I Started Learning With Alex Powell Of The Squatters And What’s Your Status Records As Well As Ian Bland Of Dream Frequency And Maison Records. Both Highly Experienced And Highly Talented Producers. I Spent Many Hours With Both. But I Don’t Actually Think You Learn Properly Until You Sit There On Your Own In Front Of The Screen Writing Tracks.

How Would You Describe Your Production Style?

A Little Bit Of A Mix Of Genres. I Think I’m In The Ghetto House And House Genre But I Have Been Described As Uk Garage And Uk Bass By Others.

Was There A Moment Or A Tune Or A Dj Set That Made You Decide You Were Going To Produce And Was It Always Going To Be?

Leeds Dj Graham Dixon, What A Guy. His Djing Skills Where Out There. Always A Joy To Watch. There’s Rumours That He Was The One Who Taught Sasha To Scratch In The Leeds House Music Revolution Of The Late 80s & 90s. His Music Production Was Dirty And Earned Him The Name Dirty Dixon. He Was Definitely My Inspiration.
Which Events From Over The Years In Your Illustrious Career Really Stick In Your Mind And Why?

There’s Been A Few Of Them. I’ve Been Lucky Enough To Dj For Passion In Sutton Coalfield With Paul Van Dyke Or There’s Playing With Marshall Jefferson In Leeds, Rob Tissera For Kissdafunk, Glasshouse, Brandon Block …… There’s Loads But These Stick Out.
What Was Your First Experience Of House Music And How Did You Get Into The Sound?

Youth Club In The Mid 90s, I Was A Dj There, My 1st Gigs Ever Playing Acid House And Hard House. Stuff Like La Style – James Brown Is Dead, The Prodigy, Altern8 And Utah Saints
Who Were Your Major Influences In Terms Of Music Production?

I’m Loving Demarzo At The Moment. His Music Is Amazing. I’m Also Liking Sol Brothers, Vanilla Ace, Sirus Hood And Rob Made. I Also Like Some Of The Local Talent Round Here. The Likes Of Steve Haley And Craig Dickson.
When Would You Say Was Your Breakout Moment When Heads Turned To You Music?

Ha Ha!, Think I’m Still Waiting For That Moment. Though I Am Looking Forward To An EP I’m Releasing On Drenched Records. Drenched Are Going To Be A Major Label And Have Some Serious Backing With Releases From The Likes Of Vanilla Ace And Support From Annie Mac.

What Made You Choose House As A Genre?

I Don’t Think I Chose The Genre. I Just Make It And It Finds Its Own Genre.
If You Could Work On A Track With Anyone From Now Or Way Back When, Who Would It Be?

From Back In The Day It Would Have To Be Toni De Vit. He Was One Of My Favourite 90s DJs, Today I Think Sirus Hood Or Demarzo.
And If You Could Remix Any Tune Of Your Choice, Which One Would You Choose And Why?

Show Me Love By Robin S…. Joking, Don’t Really Know Really. Stumped Me That One.
Tell Us About Any Other Music Related Stuff You’re Involved In

Currently Working On My Own Record Label Fmatd Recordings Which I Am Hoping To Make Live At The Back End Of The Year.
Could You Offer A Bit Of Advice For A Up And Coming Producer?

Yeah, Don’t Pay Anyone For Anything Musically, There’s Lots Of People Out There That Will Take Your Money For Services That You Don’t Need. It All Happens Automatically. You Don’t Need An Agency Until Your Reputable, Don’t Pay For Likes And Followers Either. I Mean Why Would You? You Paying For Someone To Add Followers From Fake Accounts That Actually Never Listen To Your Music. I’d Rather Have Just 100 Listeners That Listened Then 10,000 Play Clicks To Make You Look Popular.
Describe To Us Your Approach To A Dj Set, Do You Like To Gently Warm Up The Crowd Or Go For The Bangers Or More Of A Journey Approach?

I Never Plan A Set. I Pick A Load Of Tracks I Like With Varying Tunes And Try Feel What The Crowd Want. Then Give Them It. If Its Funk Or “bangers” I Try Read The Crowd. I Never Try Force Music Into A Crowd. Id Rather Play To A Full Room Then Empty One.
As A Producer, You Keep An Open Mind And An Open Palette Producing In Various Styles, Who Do You Draw Influences From?

I Like To Take Bits From Varying Genres, If I Like It Or It Fits It Gets Written In. I Like Adding Subliminal Sound Changes That As A Music Fan You Wouldn’t Notice But As A Producer It Makes The Track. Take A Kick Out Or Add A Kick There Can Make The Difference. I Love The Musical Build Ups Before The Drops From Late 90’S And 2000’S Tracks And I Do Try Transfer That Into My Music. I Try To Make It Uplifting Funky With Dirty Basslines
What Are The Vital Elements To Making A Tune That Come Into Play When You’re In The Studio?

Easy, 8 Bars, A Kick Ass Kick Drum And Rocking Bassline. Start There And Feel The Groove.
Who Have You Enjoyed Making Music With The Most And Who Would You Still Like To Colab With?

Ian Bland Is The Craziest Mother Of All. Try Making Beats In A Studio Whilst Wearing A Roman Soldiers Helmet Whilst His Dog Sits And Stairs At You With Shades On! Colab Wise Would Be Any Of My Favourite Producers. Though Deadmaus Looks Like He Would Be Fun To Be In The Studio With. Would Love To Get On His Twitter Account When He’s Not Looking And Stir Some Shit Up Ha Ha!
Any Final Words And Shout Outs?

Just Thank You To Everyone Who’s Supported My Music Including You Guys For This Opportunity. Drenched Records, Maison Records, Lw Recordings, 13 Records, Mccloy Artist Management, The Squatters, Ian Bland And Most Of All My Very Understanding Misses. She Understands What Music Means To Me And She Has Supported More Than Any

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