Today we feature the winner of our fairly recent collaborative remix competition (with Top Drawer Digital), Champion Breaks. He has steadily been building his name up with some heavy hitting acid breaks remixes and originals and banging DJ sets. His remix stood out from all the other entries with production skills way above the rest, slamming breaks and his unique acid lines he has become so well known for.
I caught up with Pete to find out a little more about him and his music. Read through to the end of the interview for an exclusive FREE TRACK and music showcase from his Soundcloud.
Madacp – Acid Chant B/W Champion Breaks Remix is out now. You can purchase HERE.
1. Congratulations on winning the remix competition. Thanks for taking the time to answer our questions, for those that don’t know, who are you, what do you do and what style(s) of music do you play?
Thanks Mike. I am very honoured to be doing this. And likewise, my sincere thanks to Lucas (TDD), Elliot (Madcap), and to all at Free Breaks Blog. And I have to mention Elliot again, for making the track available for remixing in the first place. It is just sublime! A “producer’s” track, if you know what I mean.
As for me, my name is Pete (or “Bad Boy” to my friends) – and I play Acid Techno, Hard Tek, and Hardcore (Old Skool).
From a production viewpoint, it is currently Acid Breaks (see my remix of Madcap’s “Acid Chant” for a flavor) and good old London Techno and Break Tek (breaks infused 303 Gabber). You can hear current DJ mixes of my own production and original tunes on https://soundcloud.com/champion-breaks
2. Tell us a bit about what you’re working on now, any releases on the horizon?
In terms of releases, I think this Top Draw Digital release, and the forthcoming track on Vinyl Junkie’s We’re Not Dead album is just unbelievable! Of course I also have to mention the Kut Off guys for being open minded and supportive from day one.
In terms of work, well, I have been quite busy for the past 2 years, “cooking” up the Acid Breaks sound in my studio, and it has been hard, but fun and rewarding! I released 24 fully mastered WAV tracks via Soundcloud and my website (www.championbreaks.com) in March 2013, and I am encouraged with the reception and feedback I have received so far. What it has meant, of course is that I have started looking into the future on how I can develop the sound further…and I have some ideas that I am currently experimenting with – and I hope to get feedback for these prototype tracks through your blog very soon!
3. What other artists have you been feeling recently and who has inspired you to become a producer?
Well, as far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a producer (in my best Henry Hill mobster voice). In terms of inspiration, it has to be my initial exposure to the TB303 or Acid sound. So, I’m afraid, the blame squarely lies with Hardfloor’s “TB Resuscitation” LP for everything people have had to put up with from my studio J.
In terms of DJing, it HAS to be DJ Hype all the way. I remember watching him in parties and just analysing every single aspect of him J I used to watch every single move of his hands, and even his lop-sided grin. I used to idolise him. I remember spending hours with my Wood Allen (Airport 89) record and my dodgy cross fader (for those that know the record for what it contains!). I even used to have this scarf with “DJ HYPE” in big letters, which someone knitted for me way back in 1992. I loved it, even though no one else had a clue what it even meant!
4. What have been your musical highlights so far??
Well, personally, speaking, I haven’t had any highlights yet (I dream big)…and I am still working towards them. But setting up, and running a vinyl label in London from 2002 (Getafix Records), releasing my tunes and remixes on some top Techno Labels, including a Carl Cox CD Compilation, and playing out in parties in London and Europe was a proper eye opener!