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My Selecta Interview

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My Selecta has his first release out on Sub Nation this Friday, you can stream it here, buy it here and check it this interview with the man below, gwaaannnnn!!!

How did you get involved in Sub Nation for this new release?

I got involved with Sub Nation through Jay Cunningham who runs the label, I Initially met Jay through using On The Rise Music which he co runs with Terry and after using On The Rise for a few releases on my own label Drum Wrks Jay asked me to do a couple of tracks for his label which became this release.

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Interview With JC Unique of Unique2Rhythm

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You won’t find a house imprint the calibre of Unique2Rhythm either side of the Atlantic, the label is undoubtedly one of the best with a back cat that speaks for itself with an ethos that champions pristine production and melodic goodness first and foremost. We are very pleased to share this exclusive interview with label boss and producer JC Unique, read on for some pearls of wisdom for aspiring label owners and artists…

For those who don’t know, tell us a bit about Unique 2 Rhythm Records and how it began. How did you get into music production? What were the initial steps?

As a teenager in the late 80’s I was drawn into sound technology starting out with a mates Sequential Circuits Pro One synthesizer, a Tascam cassette portastudio and a Boss hand clapper stomp box. Probably the first tracks that blew me away and made me want to produce were driven by drum machines such as Cameo, the SOS Band, Prince, Chaka Khan in fact just about anything that Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis were involved with. I must have spent years trying to get record deals meeting up with A&R people and taking their ‘position of power’ attitude on the chin. None of it was particularly constructive and we all went through it, but in one such meeting, an A&R guy trying to sound clever actually provided a moment of clarity. He said “if you think your music is so effin’ good, why don’t you go and see your bank manager and put it out yourself?” – at the time I replied “You ARE the bank manager you smart-arse !” but it did make me explore the possibilities and by the late 90’s I was releasing white-labels on P&D deals and making the regular trips to Brick Lane. (more…)

Chatting On The Sofa With Jago

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This is your first album but how long have you been involved in the music industry and what inspired you to get in?

I’ve been doing music for years now. The early jungle scene in London is what got me interested in the first place.

What made you chose the title “Microphones And Sofas?”

I was sleeping on sofas in the studios I recorded at, so it makes sense. I only really picked it after writing it in my thanks section on the album. It’s an accident really.

Can You Take Us through The Process Of Hooking Up With legends like DJ Vadim, fresh new talent like Ghost Writerz and all the great artists and singers/rappers you collaborated with on this album?

I’m part of a sound system called unit 137. It’s also a studio and label. Most of the people I collaborated with were either friends or people that were naturally around the studio

Tell us a bit about the group you are part of, onlyjoe

Onlyjoe is a reggae band from London. We’ve played together for a few years and toured over the place. Most of us are also involved in other music projects also but I think what makes onlyjoe really work for me is that the project is always quite politically aware.

There’s somewhat of an oldskool vibe to the album, was this an intentional thing I.e were you looking to revive some of those classic 80s/90s sounds?

Yeah I was doing an Ep with Ed West and that grew into becoming the album. I think it’s the sounds I’m drawn to really. I wanted to have a few styles on the album. I had some jungle I’d recorded before that I was considering putting on there too but that’ll maybe be something else in the future.

Any final words or shout outs?

Big up anyone contributing good energy to the world. Big up the sun and big up yourselves

READ OUR REVIEW AND LISTEN TO CLIPS OF “MICROPHONES AND SOFAS” HERE

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North Base’s Top 3 Viper Tracks of 2015

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1. B-Motion – Bear Hugs
The reece on this cuts like a knife keep children out of reach! This means business!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9lzfuJSWac

2. Brookes Brothers – Climb High
Love the summer vibes on this one it’s a real break from the norm right now with all the dark music being made! More tunes like this please!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LIUL5eQ9l5I

3. North Base Vs ISVK (feat) Ragga Twins – What R U Doing – Trei Remix
Our boy TREI has murdered this remix to bits. That swinging reece just sets the dance floor alight! One of our favourites on the label this year even tho it’s one of ours!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NTKo_yvhWgA

 

Viper Recordings Annual 2016 is out now

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Harri Georgio Talks Ultra Bass

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Tell us a bit about yourself:

I’m an artist, producer & DJ from Stoke-on-Trent, now based in Leicester due to going to Uni here and sticking around when I graduated to start work at a local recording studio, ‘HQ’. I started out as a Garage and Grime MC around 15, began producing not long after that, from then until now, pushed the MCing for a couple of years, got to support some of the bigger names in the scene, until moving on to making electronic music. Went to Uni at 18 and became inspired by the diverse range of music going on there, met and joined a band, we released an EP and did some shows in London, then I left early 2014 to focus on my true passion of being a producer, and I’m still finding my way, as they say!

How did you get involved in Ultra Bass Records for their milestone 20th release?

I’d actually had the track for a while, but finding the right label for it I found a bit overwhelming to say the least, I asked a friend of mine Jake Twell, who also did a great job on one of the remixes, if he knew of anyone and he suggested Ultra Bass. I checked them out and was feeling the House & Garage sound they were pushing, sent them the demo and Joshua from UB got straight back to me, said they were really feeling it and they wanted to sign it, and things went from there..

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

Well I’ve always loved all genres, and I’m constantly looking for new things, but when it comes to my foundations growing up, I still look back and massively idolise Dr Dre, aside from his immaculate productions, timeless classics and unmistakeable raw sound, the way he’s been able to bring the best out of every artist he’s worked with, get inside there head and create something completely new with each of them is massively inspiring to me, even if its not the kind of music I make, I still love to listen to it, and a lot of 90’s Hip Hop in general. Closer to home, on the UK House & Garage tip, Grant Nelson’s a big one, and has been an inspiration to the music I make. The Prodigy, largely for the way they’ve been able to blend different genres and live instrumentation in to Dance music. The early Grime scene was pretty impactful when I was growing up too, Sidewinder CD packs.. Wiley, Dizzee, Slimzee.. I used to love Speed Garage and listen to a lot of my Dads tapes from Niche in Sheffield in my school days as well
What’s it like DJ’ing at Ministry of Sound?
Wicked sound system, and if people are feeling the vibe then you’ve got them

 

Which tunes are essentials in your DJ sets right now?
Ben Mono – Mood Swing, D. Ramirez – Shake

 

Any final words and shout outs?
Massive thanks to Lamont Dex from Ultra Bass for seeing the release through, getting behind it and pushing to get the features and blog support, and being there whenever I had any questions, not to mention the wicked remix, & big ups to anyone that’s supported so far!

Buy Harri Georgio “Feel It” Out Now On Ultra Bass Records

Trolla Interview

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How did you get involved in Trolla?
Myself (Tom Turner) & (Craig Bird) have known each other for years. Craig has Dj’d for years as we live 5 mins away from each other and had some experience in producing in the past and I’d done some Dj’ing before. Neither of us were doing anything music-wise and we’d spoken about it a few times and decided to get ourselves in the studio. That’s where it started.

For those who don’t know, tell us a bit about Trolla and how it began. How did you get into music production? What were the initial steps?
Being from Sheffield both our roots were bassline but we were getting into house music more and more and decided that’s what we wanted to make. We sat down and looked through vocal packs that we had and started looking at the sound we wanted, put some beats down, chopped up the vocal and got ourselves down to the studio to finish our first track.

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 House music?
Not necessarily, but some of the artists and sounds that have emerged over the last couple of years in house music have definitely made it exciting though

What is it about the current wave of House music that appeals to you?
There’s more and more new sub genres coming through and there’s a much dirtier side to house music and bass music these days

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

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

Tell us a few of your all time and current fave producers?
There’s so many good producers and DJ’s out there at the minute, a couple that seem to be doing all the right things are Jauz, low Steppa, Chris Lake, Chris Lorenzo, Hybrid Theory and Joyryde.

Are there any unfulfilled goals or aspirations of yours musically?
It’s still early days for Trolla so we’ve got so much we want to do!

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?
It all depends on how long we’ve got, but it’s all about taking the crowd on a journey

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

Hold You


What are the vital elements to making a tune that come into play when you’re in the studio?
It’s all bout key and chord progression for us, we want to make sure we’ve got a good solid sound that translates well.

Check out this free “Apache” bootleg by Trolla

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RAGGA TWINS- WHO INSPIRED YOU? PTS 1 & II [PASSENGER]

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The Ragga Twins are a prestigious duo with a career going back to 1982 from Reggae sound systems to the summer of love through to the 90’s rave explosion and still going strong taking in so many sub genres, its hard to keep track. This retrospective LP celebrates 25 years of Flinty & Deman’s influence on the ever evolving rave scene and the strong bond built with Aquasky going back to the halcyon days of the Moving Shadow era. If it’s breaks you’re after then tracks like ‘Coffee’ featuring remixes from Deekline and Atomic Hooligan’s remix of ‘All In Check’ will satisfy that itch. If its rave breaks/garage/fidget then 601 colab ‘Soundbwoy Killa’ complete with a VIP, ‘Give It Up (Old Skool Style) and ‘Rule Dancehall’ with Rico Tubbs and remixed by none other than Manix are just a few thermonuclear heaters on this double LP. There’s DnB too, remixes from Genetix & Oslo on ‘Rule Dancehall’ and Liondub’s refix of ‘Dirty Entertainers. All this is just scratching the surface, there’s a rich history here. While many can claim Hip Hop owes them money, there’s no doubt the rave scene owes the Ragga Twins a debt money simply can’t pay. Grab both parts on iTunes

Stream an exclusive track from the LP here, Aquasky Feat. Ragga Twins, Rafik, PFel, DJ Woody and Eprom

Public Playlist of LP Tracks on Passenger Soundcloud

 

Kumarachi Interview

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How did you get into music production? What were the initial steps as you have a very disitinct sound which is a pleasure to the ears

Thanks a lot!! I’m really happy you enjoy it!

I’ve always had an interest in playing music and recording, I started off learning to play piano, which lead to playing guitar and drums as well. And after a while trying to record stuff on an old cassette player we had at home when i was about 14/15 years old. I then learned to sequence a bit with an Atari and an ancient version of Cubase.

It was about 2002/3 that I was introduced to working with audio on a PC and Cubase VST. I was living with Pete 1st Blood (Nottingham hip hop producer) at the time and he showed me how to use Cubase VST and record / edit audio and introduced me to sampling.

When I eventually got myself my own computer that could handle audio I must have made hundreds of beats of different styles and tempos, just trying things out really. Some based on samples some totally made from the ground up by myself, I’ve always really enjoyed starting with nothing and building to a finished tune.

Since then I’ve just kept trying to get tracks sounding how I want them to, and build up a catalogue of tunes that I’ve liked really, and have been lucky enough that they’ve to be picked up by labels like Audio Addict, Sleep Less, Deep In The Jungle and Slap Funk, as well as by Dj’s which has all been quite a humbling experience.

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 DnB/Jungle?

I think maybe watching that classic Roni Size BBC set was definitely one of those moments. I remember trying to emulate those sounds and the Good Looking “Logical Progression” kind of sounds with an old GM sound box and the Atari I had.

DJ sets wise, around 2000 to 2004/5 at The Bomb in Nottingham from the likes of Roni Size, High Contrast to Ray Keith, Andy C had a big influence on me, actually experiencing the nights and sets in there is something that definitely influencing me into wanting to make DnB.

Yeah its always been DnB with me, over the years I’ve played in bands and produced other styles but have always been listening to and making DnB/Jungle alongside anything else Ive been doing musically, even if the tunes weren’t being put out I was just making tunes and playing to friends.

Which DJs and Producers do you look up to?

Definitely the likes of LTJ Bukem, Goldie, Roni Size, they’ve got tunes from 15 plus years ago that sill hold up today, which is unbelievable considering how much production software and values have supposedly “come on” since then.

I’d also definitely have to say the likes of Noisia, Break, Ulterior Motive, DJ Hybrid, Jaybee, Jam Thieves, Agro, Edit, Ray Keith, Dillinja, Hazard, Scartip, Dawn Wall, Calibre, its an endless list really as I enjoy all sides of Drum & Bass.

Tell us your top 5 current tunes, any genre

Lenzman – My Tearz (Ulterior Motive Remix)
Dawn Wall – Angel Field
Noisia – Dead Limit
Break / Xtra – Regulate
Gold Dubs – Nocturnal Confusion (DJ Hybrid Remix)

Now you have this amazing new EP ‘Hold It Down’ out now on Audio Addict Recs, talk us through the track ‘Don’t Go’ we love that one, what was the thought process behind it?

Thanks a lot!

Well I had to have an amen tune on there! I wanted to reference those old beeping synths and pad sounds, so I tried to make a hook out of them as well as the vocal stab. I always loved the comb-filtered / resampled beats on tunes from way back so went for that on the intro as well, and the drop is quite simple all in all.

I really wanted it to feel kind of old skool but up to date at the same time. Thats kind of the feel of the EP as a whole, trying to reference classic DnB/jungle sounds, just done how I felt they could go together.

Finally, any last words and shout outs?

I’d like to send shouts to DJ Hybrid and all involved with Audio Addict Records / Deep In The Jungle Records, MC SAS and the Sleep Less Records crew, Scartip, Pete 1st Blood, Liam Bailey.

I’d also like to shout the likes of Logan D, DJ Vapour, Ray Keith, Kenny Ken, Jaybee, AshAttack, Liondub, Random Movement, Dazee, Agro, Section, Jo Deviant, Jungle Citizens, Yasser and all the other DJs who’ve been supporting its much appreciated and humbling.

Finally, a massive shout out to yourself, Tariq and Free Breaks Blog. Thank you for supporting so much this past year.

The ‘Hold It Down EP is out now on Audio Addict Records, buy here and stream clips below:

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