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RONI SIZE ANNOUNCES UK DATES FOR GROUNDBREAKING NEW LIVE SHOW


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  • Groundbreaking new production show debuts at London’s Oval Space this week.
  • Further shows include Moovin Festival, The Downs Festival, and Hospitality In The Park.
  • Roni confirms DJ dates at Glastonbury, Fabric, Greenman, and more.

 

Roni Size has announced UK tour dates featuring his groundbreaking new audio visual live show, and revealed plans for more shows later this year. Debuting at London’s Oval Space on 28th April, the new hardware show will also hit Moovin Festival in August, and The Downs Festival and Hospitality In The Park in September.

 

The combined live instrument and hardware show features state of the art production and 3D effect projection mapping in the form of the ‘light box’; and will be the first time Roni has performed the Mercury Prize winning album ‘New Forms’ as a solo performer. Roni will be playing both originals and remixes from ‘New Forms’, which celebrates its twentieth anniversary this year. The Oval Space performance marks his first return to the British capital since selling out the Roundhouse weeks in advance. Roni will be joined by fellow Full Cycle co-founder DJ Krust.

 

Forthcoming UK and European DJ shows for Roni include Glastonbury, Fabric, Greenman, Soundwave, D Festival and many more (full details below). US shows will take place from the end of June and throughout July (details to be revealed soon).

 

Roni recently announced a new radio show on Worldwide FM; every first Thursday of the month he’ll curate a six hour Sound System Special focusing on drum n bass.

 

2016 was a vintage year for Roni Size. Live shows included Ram Records’ NYE show at O2 Academy Brixton, a headline show at the BBC 6 Music festival in February, and a summer festival season that began at Love Saves the Day with a curated Full Cycle Stage Takeover for Arcadia Afterburner, and included Secret Garden Party, Evolution, Glastonbury (Glade headline performance), Blissfields, NASS, EDC, Dour, Boomtown, Frequency, Lowlands, Creamfields, SW4, Outlook, and many more.

 

Roni relaunched Full Cycle Records with fellow co-founder, DJ Krust, the releases drawing praise from The Wire, Dummy, UKF, Mista Jam, 6 Music, Gilles Peterson, Radio 1, 1Xtra, DJ Mag, and beyond. The label’s return in February coincided with a spring tour including packed out shows at the BBC 6 Music Festival Rampage, Band On The Wall, Village Underground and a 9 date North American Tour, with shows in Toronto, Washington DC, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and more.

 

RONI SIZE LIVE SHOW DATES

28th April                               Oval Space

26th August                           Moovin Festival, Manchester

2nd September                       The Downs Festival, Bristol

23rd September                     Hospitality in the Park, London

 

RONI SIZE DJ DATES

Fri 28 Apr 2017             United Kingdom           London                        Oval Space

Fri 05 May 2017            France                         Lac de Serre-pançon    OutDoorMix

Sat 06 May 2017           United Kingdom           Bath                             The Nest

Fri 26 May 2017            United Kingdom           Bedford                        Esquires

Sun 28 May 2017          United Kingdom           Portsmouth                  Mutiny Festival

Sat 03 Jun 2017            United Kingdom           Cambridge                   Junction

Sun 04 Jun 2017           Reunion                       Sakifo                          Festival Sakifo

Sat 10 Jun 2017            United Kingdom           Bristol                          Hospitality BBQ @ Motion

Fri 16 Jun 2017             France                         Tours                           Aucard De Tours

Fri 23 Jun 2017             United Kingdom           London                        Fabric

Sun 25 Jun 2017           United Kingdom           Shepton Mallet                        Glastonbury: Arcadia

Fri 14 Jul 2017               Macedonia                   Dorjan                          D Festival

Sun 30 Jul 2017            Croatia                         Tisno                            Soundwave

Sat 12 Aug 2017           Germany                      Saalburg                      Sonnemondsterne Festival

Fri 18 Aug 2017            United Kingdom           Brecon                         Greenman Festival: Far Out

Fri 25 Aug 2017            Czech Republic           Vroutek                        Rock for Churchill

Sat 26 Aug 2017           United Kingdom           Stockport                     Moovin Festival

Sat 02 Sep 2017           United Kingdom           Bristol                          The Downs Festival

Sat 23 Sep 2017           United Kingdom           London                        Hospitality in The Park

 

 

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Bop – Not Your Cup Of Tea EP


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Bop stays true to form with his latest offering on Med School; the uncompromising ‘Not Your Cup Of Tea’ EP is an electronic escape into a mystic matrix of computerized trills, robotic drum dances and deep cosmic bass.
 
Bop has been spearheading the Microfunk movement since its foundations were built back in 2009 with his influential ‘Clear Your Mind’ LP. His artistic vision of crisp clicks, swoops, bites and beats creates a minimalist elegance that’s given Russia it’s own homegrown style of drum & bass.

 

 

His eccentricity doesn’t just reach as far as unusual track titles; Bop’s DJ sets are eclectic as they come. When joining the Med School family at sold-out Roxy Prague shows, Outlook’s festival stage or their 2017 London Residency he reaches for the intriguing, capturing crowds with his diverse 174BPM selection.
 

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Brian Brainstorm and 2017


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Brian Brainstorm is hot on everyones lips at the moment in the jungle world… and we’re about to tell you why!

Missrepresent has taken some time out to do some more investigation work… prying on another young jungist’s life

Q: Thanks for your time out!! Can you go back to how it all started for you and how you found jungle and drum and bass?
A: My first contact with Jungle was in the late 90s when “Circles” by Adam F was played on the radio. I was about 12 years old but really liked that kinda vibes and started using my pocket-money to buy some records by Adam F, LTJ Bukem and Roni Size. But then I fell in love with Hip-Hop… After many years I rediscovered Drum & Bass on an outdoor rave. The DJ played a lot of Jungle records and the vibe was overwhelming. From this night on my heart beat is 175 beats per minute.
Q: Why the name Brian Brainstorm?
A: To be honest I really don’t know. 😀 Probably just because I was brainstorming to find an alias for this Drum & Bass project and thought it was cool to use an alliteration. Now I know sometimes it can be difficult for promoters to design a flyer with such a long name. 😀 Apart from the fact that something like “Brian Storm” would probably be much more catchy. 😀
Q: You were nominated for “Best Breakthrough Jungle DJ & Best Breakthrough Jungle Producer” this year, you must be super stoked?
A: I absolutely am. It’s a great honour for me to be nominated in these categories along great artists like Fleck, Jinx, K-Jah and more. I don’t claim to win one of those awards. But it’s definitely a good thing to vote just to support the international Jungle scene and the guys at We Love Jungle.
Q: What DAW are you producing on at the moment?
A: FL Studio 12. I’ve always worked with FL.
Q: If I gave you £10,000 to spend on studio equipment what would you buy and why?
A: 10,000?? I’d probably rent a small studio just to have seperate places to work and live. And i’d build a booth for vocalists. Although I’m known for using a lot of shouts from Jamaican soundclash recordings and movies it would be awesome to invite some vocalists and record some customised vocals in my own studio… Plus i’d just upgrade my existing equipement.
Q: You worked with Kenny Ken around 2014, with releases such as “Shock Out / Soundbwoi Killa” on Mix & Blen. How did that link up come about and any plans for more in the future?
A: In 2013 a friend of mine and a veteran of the german Drum & Bass scene, Judge D, sent a few of my tunes to Kenny and a few weeks later I received a message by Kenny himself who asked me for my number to speak about an release on his label. This single release was very important for my career. Last year I finally had the chance to meet Kenny in person. He is such a nice guy and definitely a role model for me. Although he doesn’t release music very often on Mix & Blen I’m pretty sure we’ll work together again soon.
Q: You’re working with Erik (Liondub International) since 2015 and have had far 2 EP’s, 2 tunes (Jungle To The World Vol. 2 compilation) and a few remixes (for Numa Crew, Navigator & more) on his label. I know you have had some support from him can you expand on that?
A: I think Erik took notice of my work for the first time as he reveiced the Mix & Blen promo. He contacted me and I instantly started working on my first EP. Thanks to his and Marcus Visionary’s professionalism all those releases in the last 2 years really helped me to step my game up a lot. Some of the biggest Jungle and Drum & Bass DJs now support my music because Erik & Marcus put so much energy into promoting my releases. Both EP’s reached chart position No. 2 on Juno Download and No. 1 on Track It Down, my remix of Numa Crew’s “Impossible” and “Big Tune” ft. Ricky Tuff even hit the Beatport Top 40 for a few weeks. I’m really happy I’ve found a very well-known label which always stands behind me. I’m currently working on my next EP.
Q: And you have had some involvement with Technique recordings?
A: Yeah, in 2015 Simon Bassline Smith asked me to send him some tunes. It was pretty much the same situation like with Kenny. I was totally excited that he hit me up and I knew beeing involved in a release on Technique Recordings would be a very important milestone for me that I shouldn’t miss out. In 2015 and 2016 I got featured on their Technique Summer LP’s (“Pon Di Streets” & “Badman Selector”) and I just finished some brand-new material for the next one.
Q: BBC Radio 1 and 1xtra have also been giving you a lot of support?!
A: I wouldn’t say “a lot” but yeah, a few years ago Etherwood unexpectedly played my tune “Hand Inna Di Air” in his guest mix for Friction’s show (which was actually the moment when Simon took notice of my work for the first time) And due to Liondub’s and Technique’s substantial influence on the market my tunes got played by TC, Mistajam and Annie Nightingale over the last years. It’s such a great feeling to hear your own tunes on Radio 1 or 1xtra. Especially when you’re just listening to Annie Nightingale like you do every week and suddenly she plays your new tune. Amazing!
Q: So where has been your favourite place to play in the UK so far?
A: I played my UK debut last year at a Sub-Woofah night in Manchester. That was such a wicked night, I really enjoyed my time. Actually I couldn’t believe that the Manchester junglists know all my tunes, even the unreleased ones I only played in studio or radio mixes before. Lovely vibes, lovely people!
Q: Is there much going on in your hometown?
A: Yeah, the Drum & Bass scene in Cologne is pretty strong. We’ve got some very promising talents like VOID https://soundcloud.com/voidmusicofficial who recently released 2 EP’s on Radar Records, SUBMARINE https://soundcloud.com/SubMarineCGN who’s had releases on Demand Records and Cyberfunk, but there are also veterans based in Cologne like THE GREEN MAN who runs Basswerk Recordings and produces for Dread, Santorin & Sudden Def. The list of talented producers goes on and on. If you’re looking for good Drum & Bass events in Cologne, you’ll be spoilt for choice aswell: Promoters like Play!, Requiem, Pathfinder, D:Frnt and Bassliebe run well-organised all-nighters regulary with great bookings. There’s something to suit all tastes. From Neuro to Jump Up to Jungle.
Q: You played in France last year…. how was it and do you speak any French?
A: It was fun! I played alongside Ganja White Night and the french ravers are totally into Dubstep. They went mental. 😀 After two hours of Dubstep I entered the stage and played my usual mixture of Jungle and Jump Up and I think they loved it! It was just the right time to switch up the tempo. I was really happy to see that I’ve got some fans in France. Big up the Paris crew! But no, I don’t speak any french. I mean I know a few words and sentences but thats’s definitely x-rated. 😉
Q: Have you played anywhere else in Europe yet?
A: Yeah, back in 2014 on an outdoor rave in Tenerife. Back 2 back with Ricky Tuff. That was insane!
Q: You played at a UKF event too…. was it a good turn out? (Maybe mention venue size / crowd numbers)
A: Yeah, this one was definitely an important experience. Aswell as the Let It Roll On Tour event I played last year. I mean there’s a difference between playing in a small club with 200 people and in a big venue in front of a few thousand ravers. The promoter who organised both events is also based in Cologne and I have to say big up for constantly booking local artists like me for events like this.
Q: And you have some exciting news for us from the Serial Killaz camp?
A: Yeah, they doing a label compilation this year and 2 new tunes by my humble self will be featured! Really looking forward to this release.
Q: So what else is up for you in the next 12 months?
A: I’m pretty excited to see what 2017 has in store. At the moment I’m moving into another place and I’m gonna invest more time to produce new music, especially for Liondub International. Also I’m really looking forward to play my next UK gig at the Junglism event in Edinburgh on February 3rd. Also I’ve got a few more already confirmed gigs this year in Brunswick, Berlin and other german cities and there are a few releases in the pipeline on Type G Audio, Ghetto Dub and a new brand-new label from Berlin called Higher Ground Recordings.
Q: And if I see you at the bar what are you drinking?
A: Oh, I really hope to meet you at the bar someday, would be a pleasure! I’m really into long drinks so I’d say let’s have a Cuba Libre. 🙂
Q: Any shouts and thanks?
A: Yeah, I’d like to give a big shout to my homeboys from Cologne, especially the Bassliebe crew. When I started DJing 5 years ago, I became a resident at their events and thanks to all the experiences I made in the first few years I was able to develop my own style very quickly. They really helped me to push things forward. Also I’d like to thank all the people I met over the last years who supported me. But there’s one very special person in my life who’s support in literally everything I did but especially the music thing has always been the most important. Without this kinda support I wouldn’t be there where I am today. I’m infinetely greatful for that.
Thank you for your time and all the best for 2017 and beyond!!
LINKS
TUNES

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Exclusive Chris S.U Interview


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With 2017 round the corner, it’s time to look back at some of 2016’s best bits! Notably, Chris SU and his Solar Eclipse EP on Eatbrain. Out last month (November) It has been constantly in DJ sets across dance floors and festivals Worldwide. Blending tech and breakbeat drums, with squeltchy Neuro bases and ambient synths, it’s one of the strongest Eatbrain releases (Which is saying something) And shows that this man is far from done with D&B, from his beginnings in the early 2000’s to now, he’s proved he knows what needs to be done to be a name in the scene, from heavy and polished tracks, to a slick live show, and he’s even got some YouTube tutorials for aspiring producers… What more could you want?

Ladies and Gentlemen… Chris S.U!

1 – So 2016 has been a pretty mad year for a lot of people, what would you say your biggest and best moment was?
I can’t particularly highlight one moment because 2016 was a good year for drum & bass and for myself, too, but I enjoyed playing at the 20 years of Hungarian drum & bass and Bladerunnaz Welcomes Noisia Invites parties in Budapest, also during the festival season I’ve played at VOLT Festival and Sziget Festival in front of thousands of people. Sun & Bass is always highlight of the year every single time, and the IDM Festival in Bologna in November was great fun, too.

2 – On that note, whats the worst thing that happened to you this year?
Not having a single release on my own label FATE Recordings (I wanted to avoid clashing with my Eatbrain EP, basically that’s the only reason).

3 – Describe your writing process for us?
When I’m making music I’m always trying to put the actual mood I’m in or the feelings I have, the vibe of the should definitely has to reflect this. Sometimes I do have a specific idea of a melody, then I start with that, when I don’t, then I’ll just try to begin with some sound desiging. When I’m catching a good vibe, I need to work on the track as long as time allows because next day I might wake up in a totally different mood and I won’t be able to finish that track to sound how I’d have originally imagined. There are some cases when I make a full length track but I don’t open the project for 2-3 weeks, and if I still like the tune after those weeks, then it’s probably a good track, so I’ll finish it with working on those small details which make things even more interesting.

4 – Are you excited for 2017?
Most definitely, I’ve got big plans for next year. My first ever drum & bass vinyl release came out in 2000 so I think my debut solo album is long time overdue.

5 – Anyone you wished you’d have worked with last year, and who you want to work with this year?
I enjoy making collabs because everytime you work with other people, you can learn something new. That’s not necessarily a techological or productional thing but it could also be his menthality and approach to certain things. So yeah I’d definitely keep on doing some collabs. I’d like to make a track with Optical one day, and also with Klute, they’re both my childhood heroes!

6 – Any new kids on the block we should know about?
I’ve nearly finished my new EP on my own imprint FATE Recordings which contains a collab with Nymfo, also a track with Fedora.

7 – What is your biggest professional fear?
Ugh, this is a tough one. I guess the worst is when I have to cancel gig for reasons out of my hand. That’s always a massive blow. Also I particularly hate when I show up in a club and there are some technical problems.

8 – Any tips for new producers?
I guess a lot of new producers put too much emphasis on the mixdown. My advice for them is to patiently try to do your own thing and the ideas you put into a track and the vibe of it is so much more important than how the mixdown and master sounds. You can learn how to make a decent sounding master later, or just send the track to a professional but a good mixdown won’t sell a bland tune.

9 – Favourite thing you’ve bought this year?
I’ve just upgraded the car stereo to one which supports USB sticks. It was about time, I know 🙂

10 – Tell us something we wouldn’t guess about you?
I really like to play football, we play five-a-side every tuesday. I like to watch it on TV as well but I don’t really support any team. I’m also a big FIFA 17 fan.

11 – Who has been your favourite producer/act this year?
Noisia are always spot on, Break, Mefjus, The Prototypes were on fire as well. Erb N Dub, Crissy Criss and Malux have been doing crazy things as well and I play some new Mindscape tracks which are top secret yet but they’re destroying dancefloors everywhere 🙂

12 – Tell us about how you got started with music?
I’ve been connected with music since my childhood as I went to the local music school and learned to play the cello there. I can’t imagine my life without music!

13 – What do you think the biggest challenge for producers when you started producing was?
At the time I started writing some music with my PC it was around 1996 or 1997. There was no YouTube for tutorial videos, no google to search for information and there was 56k modem internet only. It was very tough to find any sort of information how to do this and that. Also sending my music to people who seemed to be impossible at the time. My PC was very weak at the beginning as well, it was always dragging me back from creating something interesting.

14 – What is the biggest challenge for new kids now?
It is very hard to stand out these days, as there are so many people producing right now. It’s a bit like back in the 70s when then garage bands were in fashion and everyone wanted to be a guitarist. So these days new producers really have to work their ways to create something original.

15 – Who do you want to work with in 2017?
I’ve been part of the scene for a long time and I have my circle of friends who I’m on the same vibe with so I guess I want to keep on working with them. I also want to persuade SKC to return to producing drum & bass, I hope I can get him to come to my studio and make some new tunes together!

16 – What can’t you make music without?
COFFEE.

17 – Plans for more stuff through Eatbrain?
Definitely, maybe in form of another EP or remixes, who knows. Jade is a very good friend of mine and all the Hungarian producers try to help each other in one way or another. We try to stick together.

18 – I personally am a massive BSE fan – is there a full length or more releases on the cards?
The Black Sun Empire guys are top notch lads and I hope we can make some new collabs in the near future. Also their label Blackout is doing really well which I’m very happy about. 🙂

19 – Anything new on FATE recordings we should be waiting for?
The aforementioned EP is next on my label, probably coming out late March or April. We’re planning to make a video for the Fedora collab as well, fingers crossed. I’m planning to release my solo album in the second half of the year.

20 – What does your ideal day off consist of?
Spending the day with the missus watching TV shows laying in bed, or going to the cinema with my family. I guess I’m not really a fan of doing lots of crazy things so if have a day off, I’m just chilling !

Many thanks for your time and all the best for 2017!
Interview by Milo Jones 2016

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A Sides With Missrepresent


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DJ, Producer and Engineer, Jason Cambridge (aka A Sides) has been producing music since 1990 and has released well over 500 tracks to date across many of the scene’s biggest labels.

With tracks released on labels such as Metalheadz, Valve, True Playaz, Bingo, Innerground, Violence, Hardleaders, Allsorts, Grid, Reinforced, Advanced, Strictly Underground, Advanced, Just Another Label, Reel 2 Reel, Liq-weed Ganja, Clear Skyz, Spearhead, Human Elements, and Hospital to name but a few, A Sides has a discography of truly epic proportions.

A Sides established his own label Eastside Records in 1996 and has since put out over 85 releases, including two compilation albums (Eastside Jamz Volumes 1 & 2) as well as the A Sides 3 solo albums ‘Follow The Groove’ ‘Worldwide’ and “Mysterious Vibes’

Currently pushing his Quart Sector series, with Sector 5 upcoming for release, I stop by to have a chat about his life, music and thoughts moving forward.

Thanks for taking time out, and big up on your latest Quart series, some beautiful music coming out there. Can you go back to when you were growing up, what music you were into and how you found dnb?
I was born and bred in Dagenham which sits on the Essex / East London border and was raised on my family’s records which were mainly Rock, Reggae and some Funk & Soul. I discovered Old School Electro in the mid 80’s then progressed into old School Hip Hop and the journey continued from there.

Production has changed a lot since 1990, so 25 years in the game now… can you go back to what you used to produce on and what you’re on now?
I started production on a Roland W30 workstation doing everything inside the box then moved onto an Ensoniq EPS16+ and an Atari 1040ST computer running Creator with a Korg M1 keyboard, Roland Juno 2 keyboard and a Studiomaster mixing desk and some shitty Peavey monitors. That was the core set up for my early material before i began to expand.

Nowadays I am running mainly inside the box with Logic Pro X running on a Mac Mini Server with 16GB ram and SSD drives. I run an 8 core UAD system which is spread between an Apollo interface and a thunderbolt Satellite system. I monitor on Dynaudio BM15a’s and I also use Adam A3x for cross reference. I do have some outboard compressions and summing units but i’m enjoying using the software versions a lot more nowadays and it’s a lot less hassle 🙂

If I gave you £10k to spend on studio gear, what would it be and why?
I’d love to buy an new Mac Pro for more processor power. Then i’d take a nice outboard EQ like a Manley Massive Passive and a Manley Varimu Compressor to sweeten up my mixes with some decent analogue outboard. I’d buy a nice Rode Mic and a decent preamp for recording vocals and live instruments nicely and if there was anything leftover i’ll take a Fender Rhodes Electric Piano just because I want one 🙂

You have collaborated with the likes of Calibre, Makoto, Jenna G, Break, Deeizm, Peshay, Digital, MC Kemo, KJ Sawka, Mark de Clive-Lowe, Dj Randall, Goldie, DJ Marky and Nathan Haines (under the guise of Sci-Clone)… that really is an epic list… is there anyone in dnb you would love to colab with?For sure I would still like to catch up with Total Science, Spirit, Marcus Intalex, Dillinja, D Bridge, TC, Alix Perez and Serum (Which is on the cards)

And anyone out of dnb to colab with?
Bob James, Herbie Hancock, Bernard Purdie, Carl Macintosh, D’Angelo, Pete Rock, etc. Anyone who I feel is great musically I could learn a lot from.

So your Quart Sector series ending in sector 5… can you tell us about the inspiration of this and how the idea came about?
The album is to celebrate 25 years since my first vinyl release in 1991. I though it would be adequate to have 25 tracks on the album including some revamps from producers who i am inspired by and also bring in some of the Old School crew too. As for the sectors i think it’s a great way to prolong awareness of the project and to give a little gradually rather than everything at once which nowadays is mainly forgotten about a week or so later.

You talked to my dear friend J Swif at DNBHQ recently that mixcloud ban any mixes or radio shows with more than 4 tracks on it, and that’s why you’re spreading it all out over 5 EPs… can you tell us about your positive experiences of soundcloud / mixcloud and youtube but also why these platforms can cause problems too?
It’s actually only an issue in the USA if you have more than 4 tracks on 1 mix by the same artist it’s not playable in the USA. That was nothing to do with the reason i did the LP over 5 sectors though and the reason why is in the answer of your last question.

I think Mixcloud and Soundcloud are great platforms to expose your music. I put a lot of mixes on my Mixcloud page and have a lot of followers on there so i get good exposure. I don’t really agree with how there charting works at times as it seems to reset weekly so sometimes chart positioning can be strange too. I’m also not a fan of premium accounts either so i just have a standard Mixcloud account as I think the premium rates are too high for what they can offer me.

I never post my own mixes on Soundcloud as I believe it’s more of a tool for promoting your music. I wish we had more space on there to upload audio but last time I checked it was pretty restricted but again it’s a great promotion tool especially if you have a lot of followers on there like Makoto 🙂

Youtube is also great and I actually use it a lot for digging’ out samples sometimes i’ll listen to music on there and hear a sample and source the original track afterwards so for me it’s a great way to find inspiration. I’ve never really had any negative experiences with any of these sites though. The only thing that i don’t like is when some people think it’s ok to go and post your unreleased music on Youtube. I don’t mind if my old material is up there but please let the recent stuff do it’s thing first!!

You’re playing yearly in Australia and New Zealand, how do you find flying and how different is the scene there to here?
I really hate doing that flight direct it’s such a long way and i don’t think you can fly any further either. Most times i will break the flight up with a layover either in Asia somewhere or in California as they are both nice stopover locations and i can normally play a few shows en route too.

I feel like you are appreciated more in New Zealand and Australia as you come from so far away and people are really tuned into the music over there too. New Zealand actually has it’s own really great music industry and they stand behind there own out there. I would never ever consider going up against Concord Dawn or State Of Mind out there because it don’t matter who you are everyone will support the locals iv’e seen it happen many times and it’s a great thing!

You are so well traveled, where is your favourite place to play?
Sun And Bass Festival in Sardinia has to be the highlight of my year. Very special!

You did a USA tour this year! What areas did you hit and for the readers, can you tell us how different parts of USA vary completely different to here in the UK.

What is your favourite place in the UK to play?
Fabric is always nice but nowadays it’s all about Launch, Innersoul and Soul In Motion for me.

Sun and Bass BBQ in Dubai this year, can you tell us about that?
Delicat who is one of the founders of Sun And Bass wanted to try out some new concepts outside of the festival and Sun And Bass Recordings events so we came up with the Sun And Bass BBQ idea. There are a lot of crew from Dubai who come to Sun And Bass each year so we though it would be good to link up with them and try and do an event serving brunch on a hotel rooftop and then progressing into an evening club session. We had a great weekend there and was taken great care of by the Bassworx Crew.

You take your parents to Sun and Bass, so they love the music or just a bit of a holiday?
Yes I do and they are absolute legends there who will be seeing in there 10th Sun And Bass next year. The actually love both the music and the atmosphere and have made many friends there over the last 10 years. Sun And Bass is nice like that 🙂

You do A&R for many labels, including of course your own imprints Fuze and Eastside, and was among the first to recognize and nurture the talent of producers such as Break. I recently had the pleasure of interviewing him… can you tell us what he is like to work with?
Break is great and he is still a real humble guy and loves what he is doing. It’s been good watching his career develop and seeing him grow into one of the best producers in Drum & Bass and one thing i love about Charlie is that he never forgets where he came from. We sit on the phone talking for hours sometimes both geeking out lol. I was actually introduced to him from the Social Security guys and not long after that he made Cocktail which was his first release and featured on the Eastside Jamz compilation. I’ve not done a colab with Break for a long time but one day i would like to head up to Bristol and have another studio link with him. It would be educational for me for sure.

You added remix duties to ‘Lego’ for UK Rap sensation Lady Leshurr… shes just won a MOBO – you must be pleased to see people you work with containing to grow and achieve so much?
To be honest with you I never paid it much attention until you just mentioned it 🙂 I’m stuck inside my own box sometimes and it takes people to mention things for me to realise! However Lady Leshurr is great and I enjoyed doing the remix for her too. A good friend of mine Richie Montana works very very closely alongside Tinie Tempah doing his production and development and he used to work with Lady Leshurr which is how the project came about.

You have made so many tracks, what is your most memorable or favourite?
I would have to say Lucid by Sci-Clone as it helped me get through a pretty difficult part in my life. It’s a very personal track for me.

What studio tips do you have for our readers that you can give us on mono and stereo, and also on any eq frequency’s?
Kick and bass down the middle – Golden Rule

Try and use a spectrum analyser too and look out for those highs and lows that you can’t even hear but can’t create havoc with your mix and EQ in moderation. Never too extreme!

Top 5 tracks in your bag at the moment?
Calibre – A Sides (Spirit VIP Remix)
No Light – Alibi, T.R.A.C & MC Fats
Monsters – Benny L & Shimon
Thunder VIP – Emperor & MC Fats
This Is Your Time – A Sides & Vanessa Freeman (Break Remix)

Top 5 all time?
You And Me – Goldie
Champion Sound – Q project
Babylon – Splash
Circles – Adam F
Roll On – Andy C

And from that, what goals do you now have over the next 5 years?
To continue to keep making and playing music that i love and to stay inspired and enjoy what i do.

What’s up next for you?
A Serum Colaboration and to head to New Zealand at the end of the year to wrap up a new Sci-Clone ep for Metalheadz.

Any shouts and thanks?
Thanks to mum for being guarantor for my first turntables when i was 15 years old. Shouts to all my friends and family throughout the world and sending big ups to anyone who has brought my music, payed to see me play or booked to dj me over the years. it’s all appreciated <3

Many thanks for your time!

Interview by Aliina Atkinson (Missrepresent) 2016

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