Our second Reverbnation winner was Russian based breaker The Reptiles. Already with several releases under his belt on labels such as Subtribe, Elektroshok and Breakz R Boss, The Reptiles (aka Kirill Skotnikov) is a promising young producer with a unique take on the breaks and beats sound.
His winning track ‘Get It Played’, is a roughed up ride through big beat, breaks and low end with a serious nod towards the electro punk ethos of The Prodigy. After hearing the filthy distorted guitars on the intro we knew we had something special on our hands. Speaker busting beats, screeching synths and a real sense of the big beat era. It was really refreshing to hear something that hinted on a sound from years back but with a fresh new approach and ignoring the current ‘in sound’ to create a completely unique slice of dance music
We drafted in booty breaks & bass masters The Beatslappaz on remix duties who served up some delicious bass frequencies for your ears. Stripping the track back completely they rework the vocal around a steppy break with warping sub bass and a chirpy synth melody. This is right up there with their latest sound, delving deep into the bass and breaks sound being championed by the Stanton Warriors, Mafia Kiss etc. Speaking of the Stanton’s keep ‘em peeled for The Beatslappaz remix competition winning version of Marten Horger’s ‘Oh Girl’ which is soon to be released on their label Punks! For all things Beatslappaz, hit up their Soundcloud.
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1. Congrats on being picked as winners. Thanks for taking the time to answer our questions, for those that don’t know please tell us, who are you, what do you do and what style(s) of music do you play?
My name is Kirill Skotnikov, I am the founder of the project The Reptiles, my work is focused on genres of music such as Breakbeat, Big Beat of Dubstep and Electronic music.
2. Tell us a bit about what you’re working on at the moment, any releases on the horizon?
I am currently working on a few new tracks, which plans to publish in 2015, it will be a mixture of Breaks and Dubstep, Electronics and Vocals.
3. Do you DJ? Any residencies or regular slots we can catch you at?
No, I’m not a DJ, music is my hobby, my passion, but I do not play at clubs and performing in live, so you can not get on my performance
4. What production software / hardware do you use?
All my songs are written in the program FL Studio…
5. What got you into electronic music? What made you choose your current style and sound?
For myself, I chose not to a single genre, but at least a few, it Breaks and Breakbeat and Dubstep and Big Beat and Electronics, in all these genres attracts me dynamics and power of sound, rhythm and bass.
6. Which other artists past and present have inspired you?
I have always been inspired and continue to inspire the same performers as Prodigy,Chemical Brothers, Crystal Method, Fat Boy Slim and Pendulum.
7. What do you get up to outside of music?
I enjoy when working on their music, it’s my passion, my hobby, I like to do it as well as I am happy when listening to my music and my fans to comment on it.
8. What do you think it means to be a successful DJ or producer?
I think to be a successful DJ and producer, primarily it be on demand, to be loved by his audience.
9. What can we expect from you over the course of 2015 and beyond?
In 2015, I plan to release a few releases, possibly with remixes from outside producers, as well as create a full-length album from several previous and new releases.
10. Anything else you would like to add?
I wish you all good luck and love, good mood, never lose heart and always enjoy the fiery rhythms of the project The Reptiles