Dub FX Interview July 2017

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We caught up with Dub FX on the release of his new track ‘Listening’ and he kindly took the time to talk about music and life, read on….

‘Listening’ Buy Link: http://apple.co/2sRrKg7

Tell us a bit about yourself.

I’m obsessed with music. I write produce and perform my music live by myself or with other musicians. I started this project as a street performer. I lived in a van for six years and built up my following from selling cd’s in the street and via social media.

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How would you describe your production style?

I try to create soulful, conscious, nostalgic music in the most original way I know how.

Are there any major influencers production wise that inspire you?
These days I listen to a lot of Dub, Reggae, Drum n Bass, Jungle, Garage, Neo Soul, Cuban Jazz, Bossa Nova… Anything soulful and groovy. But back in the day I also listened to heavier music like Rage Against the Machine or Tool etc… When I record my studio albums I try to make music that sounds good on hifi or in cars not necessarily for djs to play in a club.. But when I play live, I’m usually having to compete with djs so I go for a heavier sound.

So before we hit play on this new forthcoming release of yours Listening on CONVOY UNLTD / Membran, can you tell us a bit about the inspiration behind it?

I’ve recently discovered a lot about my privilege as a white male being born in Australia which is such a rich country. I realised that I had woken up one day and decided I wanted to make music my career and I didn’t have much stopping me from doing that. Except for myself of course. But all the music that inspired me was created by people who suffered to create that art.. Especially reggae and Cuban jazz.. Or any type of black music really.. So this song is my way of showing respect and love for reggae music and how it affected the way I view the world. 

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

I had been playing in a lot of different bands from the age of 17 to 23 around my hometown Melbourne. I didn’t seem to turn many heads in that time but I did cut my teeth on a lot of different genres such as hip hop, metal, reggae, jazz, acoustic and electronic music. As soon as I left Australia and started street performing around the streets of Europe I blended all those different genres together and heads started turning pretty much instantly.. 

Of all the tunes you’ve made, which is your favourite?
Each song represents a small part of who I am so I don’t have a favorite.

If you could work on a track with anyone from now or way back when, who would it be?
Bob Marley, Frank sinatra, Nina Simone, Herbie Hancock, Erykah Badu, Anderson Paak, Damian Marley… The list doesn’t really end…

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

I’ve just finished working on 8 tunes with my incredibly talented wife Sahida Apsara. I’m so proud of these new tunes. I would go as far as saying this is probably the best music I’ve ever made. I love producing other people. Also I’m currently on tour in Europe. 

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

I’ve been to over 45 countries and I play about 30 festivals per year.. So It’s much easier to remember the dull moments which are so far and few between.

Are there any unfulfilled goals or aspirations of you musically?

I just want to keep learning how to produce music live and in the studio. I want to start writing literature also.

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

My advice would be to listen to as much music as possible and work out what it is about that music that you love and hate.. Read as many forums and magazines about production and challenge yourself when making music.. Try and do as many genres as you can.. That’s the only way you will find your own sound.

Any final words and shout outs?

Shout out to my beautiful wife Sahida Apsara and our little princess Sahara.. And to my homie and manager Cade aka killafaux aka plan C aka deadly every day…

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