On Saturday 20th February at the Blue Mountain club, Bristol, Vinyl Junkie will be celebrating 25 years in the game from the outdoor raves of 1991 to the present day. Along with a star studded line up of legendary rave DJs and some rising stars. Expect a great night of Oldskool, Bass, Breaks and DnB/Jungle, not to be missed!!!
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Vinyl Junkie (25 Years In The Game) / Fairways & Circus Warp Reunion Party / Ghetto Blast (Launch Night)
Breakspoil nominated radio host and blogger Glowkid catches up with Greek rave legends Orestiz & Motivbreaks at the recent Brainstorm event which featured an appearance by 1992 top ten smasher Liquid. They chat about influences and many other interesting topics, you can check it out below
1. B-Motion – Bear Hugs
The reece on this cuts like a knife keep children out of reach! This means business!
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!
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!
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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?
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?
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.
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Dimension has killed it this year. This has been his year without a doubt, the most insanely technical but also brilliantly musical individual. I love the vocal as well, so vibey and we rinsed it this summer.
Love the Gorgon City sound, this was early on in their career and really shows their potential. Love Yasmin’s vocal as well. Really reminds me of the summer and parties with plenty of booze flowing.4. Marky & XRS feat. Stamina – LK
I remember when this first came out, there weren’t really vocals in D&B at the time as it was very tech heavy tech step was enormous at the time. This along with ‘Shake Your Body’ by Shy FX & T Power and ‘More Fire’ By Rawhill Crew (Bad Company Remix), really changed the template for D&B in the early 2000s. The vibe is summer through and through.
5. Aluna George & DJ Snake – You Know You Like It
This whole trap/edm/bass music vibe is something we love at Reach, expect us to be making something along these lines in the next year or so. Summer of 2015 written all over it.
Powerful words and straight up banging beats, its the new single from Genesis Elijah, its the best Hip Hop track you will hear bar none today and it will make you think too
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: