One of the fastest rising talents in breaks and bass driven music Refracture aka Paul Dobson is renowned for powerful and energetic dancefloor material. His unique sound and energy has earned him countless top 10’s on Beatport, Soundcloud and the hype machine as well as support from the likes of: Elite Force, Paul Oakenfold, BT, The Crystal Method, Far Too Loud, Matt Darey, Beatman & Ludmilla, Kyau & Albert, Ronski Speed, Mixmag and on going support from the BBC and Ministry Of Sound.
His sound takes in many styles and genres with prominent amounts of breaks, electro and general filthy bass. With a ever growing fan base and support from some of dance musics highest flyers we are very lucky to get not only a stomping DJ mix and exclusive Noisia/Skrillex breaks re-edit but we caught up with the man to delve a little deeper into the world of Refracture.
1. 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?
My pleasure! My name is Paul Dobson, better known as breaks and bass music producer/dj ‘Refracture’. I play anything I like the sound of really. It can vary from breaks to electro to dubstep and beyond. If it sounds good to me and it fits, then it goes in the set.
2. Tell us a bit about what you’re working on now, any releases on the horizon?
Currently I have a few projects on the go. I have collabs with Kid Panel and Deenk to finish, an up coming collab with The Crystal Method and a couple of solo originals to do. I also have a release with Run Riot coming out on Skint in the not too distant future.
3. What other artists have you been feeling recently, who are you currently championing in your DJ sets?
My ‘go to’ tracks in sets always tend to be Elite Force’s revamps. They always work well no matter where I drop them it seems! Apart from that, people such as Kill Paris, Lucky Date and Beatman & Ludmilla are doing it for me at the moment.
4. Which Club Nights do you play at regularly?
No regular nights at the moment, I just go wherever I’m booked. Although I do have a fairly regular spot on Rough Tempo Radio – those guys are awesome!
5. Worst request whilst DJing?
Luckily haven’t really had a problem with requests. I had a girl pop her head over the decks to ask me to play something when I was at a club gig, but couldn’t really tell what she was saying at just fobbed her off.
6. What are your best/worst DJ experiences?
Worst experience was a few years ago in Spain. It was at the Ibreaks festival and was one of my first ever big gigs. The guys on before me accidentally spilt their drink on my equipment and when I came to play it didn’t work for about 10 minutes..the crowd was in silence. That was fun!
My best experience is also in Spain, last year at the Summer Festival. I played right after Pendulum and the crowd just went for it! Never seen a crowd bounce to my tracks like that before!
7. What got you into electronic music? What made you choose your current style and sound?
I’d say Nine Inch Nails has a big part to play in it. I was obsessed with them as a teenager and a few of their tracks tend to go down the electronic route. This lead to listening to Aphex Twin, which lead to listening to more electronic music, and the rest is history! My style and sound is just basically what I wanted to hear from a track, a nice big emotion filled breakdown with a powerful drop is generally what I go for.
8. What do you get up to outside of music?
I used to be very into golf, not so much nowadays but do have the occasional game to get out of the studio. Asides from that, hanging with mates, gym workouts and films. Sounds like a dating website profile!
9. What do you think it means to be a “successful” DJ or producer?
Success can be measured in different forms. To me, being successful is making music you want to make, nothing else and managing to make a living out of it. That’s all I want from life. Anything beyond that is a bonus.
10. What can we expect from you over the course of 2013 and beyond?
Lots of new, exciting projects and some remixes for some big names. I will also be starting a side project focusing more on electro and progressive house, so that will be interesting!
Refracture is due to take over the US this September with a tour of Florida with Beta. Any promoters out that way that want a seriously good DJ to rock their club then be sure to hit up email@example.com for bookings. Keep ‘em peeled for some huge forthcoming collaborations with The Crystal Method, Beta, Kid Panel and Deenk and go check out Refracture releases HERE.
1. Tupac & James Brown – Unchained (Refracture Revamp)
2. M.O.P. – Ante Up (Specimen A Remix)
3. Kill Paris – Baby Come Back
4. Skee Lo – I wish(Plump Djs Remix)
5. Refracture – American Dream
6. Deadmau5 – Professional Griefers (Rel1 Rerub)
7. Skrillex – Bug Hunt (Noisia vs Refracture Remix)
8. Elite Force, Flinch, Missy Elliot – Midnight Party Hustle
9. Big Boi – Shutterbugg (acapella)
10. Big Boi – Shutterbugg (Refracture Remix)
11. Refracture – Burn It Down
12. Prodigy – Breathe (Zeds Dead Remix – Rel1 Rub)
13. MJC – Sincere (Elite Force Revamp)
14. Refracture – Jahova (Revamp)
15. The Crystal Method, Plan B, Elite Force Seven Lions – Rich Hope(Diistortion Mashup)
16. Beatman & Ludmilla – Lights (Refracture Remix)
17. Calvertron & Qalvr – Raw to the floor (Hirshee Remix)
18. SHM vs Knife Party – Antidote(Menace to Sobriety Relapse)
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