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Collaboration LP - Faded Music

New Release – Fade + Various Artists – Collaboration LP – Faded Music

Collaboration LP - Faded Music
Collaboration LP – Faded Music

Fade + Various Artists – Collaboration LP – Faded Music

RELEASE DATE : 28th July 2014

Fade has been part of the Drum and Basslines events since the very beginning back in 2011 and performed at all 3 of the events we have hosted in Kiev, Ukraine so we take special pleasure to recognise one of our own !!! Also featured on this album is DJ Abiotic who has performed with us in Kiev as well! Check out our pics from the first Drum and Basslines party with both Fade, Abiotic and also Unknown Error who was headlining that night HERE

Anyway… A NEW RELEASE !!!

Fade is fresh back from his European tour, which saw him play in Turkey, Germany and Czech. He’s wasted no time in getting back behind the wheel of his imprint, Faded Music. The collaboration LP contains a huge pile of collabs between Fade and various friends. There’s something for everyone in the mixture.

Sample from Soundcloud :

We dont have the purchase link for this yet but will post it up as soon as I speak to Mr Fade and Abiotic !!!

Enjoy !

Malcolm MX Taylor

English – Interview – MX (Drum and Basslines, KrisisDnB, UK)

Recently I was interviewed by Kefir magazine for their very first issue! Kefir is a music and fashion based magazine from Ukraine so I would like to thank them for asking me to be interviewed. For our Ukranian/Russian readers heres the original interview link : http://kefir.in.ua/malkolm-mx-taylor/

Why did you choose this style from all variety of music area in UK?

The generation I grew up in was surrounded by electronic music of one form or another, starting with mainstream pop acts like Depeche Mode or Duran Duran and then evolving to Kraftwerk and then around the rave culture of Trance, early forms of Jungle, and Techno. It was really a natural thing that my passion would be some form of electronic music and Drum and Bass (and Breaks) brought a positive and happy style that I enjoyed.

From what did you start in music? Where your passion comes from?

I was part of the rave scene in the UK travelling across the south of England to outdoor raves to experience the enjoyment it brought to so many people at the time. Also by living in London I was exposed to a lot of the ‘trendsetting’ influences in music that all had the potential to be the next big thing in music culture. I never intended however to be a DJ. That came through 2 of my friends Joe and Lee who I met at a party in Bournemouth 10 years ago now and they were both mixing DnB and picking up the skills of being a DJ, and I decided to have a go myself. It all really progressed from there.

Tell us about the philosophy of KRISIS DNB project.

It all follows on from the previous question really. As I developed some skills at mixing, I was always listening to, and watching other DJs playing and picking up what I could along the way. That introduced me to DJ NeO who by chance happened to live 30mins away from me. We were both relative beginners in the music scene, but had similar skills in IT. The combination of our interest in Drum and Bass, and our skills in IT worked well with Internet Radio and after playing on a few other small stations we made the decision that we could not only work the technology better, but give opportunities to other talented DJs to get themselves heard without the selfishness and politics that we had seen ourselves in the DnB (and probably other) genres of music.

What do you think about the level of wellbeing of DNB comparing to other music styles? Is it close to Ukrainians’ mentality?

I didn’t choose DnB because it was popular. As I said, in my youth I listened to a lot of styles of electronic music, but as I got into my 20s my positive outlook on life brought me to more uplifting styles that saw happy people having fun and enjoying what they were listening to. From what Ive seen in Ukraine in their social activities, I see a similar mentality to mine with people very positive and enjoying the music they love whatever style it may be. In fact I would say Ukraine is a lot more open with people enjoying a wider range of styles on a single night compared to the UK where nights tend to be focused on 1 thing be it DnB, or Dubstep, or Techno etc.

Describe a person who listens to your music. How do you see him or her?

Most people who have seen me perform should be able to see my passion is not just for DnB, but also Breaks and on occasions House and Trance as well. I think that’s why I have enjoyed being in Ukraine, Belarus and Georgia so much as people just enjoy themselves in the same way I do.

 

Not long ago you had a concert in Donetsk. What did it go? What do you remember most of all?

Living in Ukraine (and Belarus) off and on for the last 3 years has given me the opportunity to see so many new places, and being a football fan as well when Vovan invited me to come to play in one of the host cities for Euro 2012 it was something I jumped at. I know Vovan worked very hard on the preparations for the party, and to show me around Donetsk as well, including even bringing Bohdan to help translate for me, it all made an amazing weekend. Black and White club is a cool place and perfect for a Drum and Bass party, and everyone I met there from the DJs to the people who came enjoyed the night.

Would you like to move to Donetsk? Are you going to come back to our city in the future?

Living in Ukraine is not easy for an Englishman who can’t speak Russian or Ukranian. There are so many challenges I have being here from simple communication, to government rules which I don’t understand. Donetsk is only the 2nd city in Ukraine I had visited at the time (Kyiv being the other). Both are very different places, and each has its own characteristics which make it special. I like Kyiv for its history and monuments, and Donetsk for its slower pace of life, open space, and different sights compared to the capital Kyiv. Yes I will definitely come back to Donetsk when I am next in Ukraine !!

Now you are on tour in Tbilisi, before that you visited Ukraine. How do you choose countries for tour schedule?

My original goal 3 years ago was meet with DJs Red Catz and Yellow Int in Belarus as they had a regular show on KrisisDnB. That is what brought me to Eastern Europe. I saw it was important for me being the co-owner of KrisisDnB to get to know the other DJs on the station no matter where they are in the world. The path to Belarus was always through Ukraine and I made good friends with DJ Fade in Kyiv so it was a natural thing to visit and see more of Ukraine as well. In the same way DJ Alex Rayden from Tbilisi played on KrisisDnB and we became good friends really during the brief war between Georgia and Russia in 2008. I decided then that I would come to Georgia as well. So really it is not about bookings or money, it is determined by the friends I know. That list of friends just gets bigger and bigger every different place I play at or see.

What is different in people from UK and people from post-Soviet countries that come to your performance?

To be honest there isnt much difference at all. I have now played 46 parties in the UK and 42 parties internationally so I have a good perspective on both. Maybe the only real difference is the different social cultures between the Ukraine and UK in that there is a much less drug culture (soft or harder) in Ukraine compared to the UK, but whether people take extasy or drink Ukrainian vodka makes no real difference.

What things influence the success of good DNB party?

To me it doesnt matter if there is 10, 50, 100 or 1000 people at a party. The key for me is did those people leave with a smile on their faces after. If they did then the DJs (and MCs) have done their job right! At the end of the day a DJ like me or anyone else is a performer there to entertain the people who come to a night. If I dont do that then I dont think I would get the bookings to play there again or in different places.

What can you suggest to people who want to organize hot DNB party?

Organising a party is a completely different game. I think the key is knowing your audience and their tastes in music. Drum and Basslines has not been an easy brand to run as even after 3 years of being here I am still not a Ukranian to know peoples likes or dislikes fully. But thats where I have enjoyed the challenge, and each Drum and Basslines party I learn that little bit more to make each party better than the last. I think the people who have been to each party would say they have seen the progress over the last year.

Not long ago Dj from Spain said that “Ukraine is an exotic country for Europeans, almost like India, but not far away from Europe”. How can you comment this quotation? Can Ukraine claim to be a European country?

100% honest answer…. Ukraine is still very much a soviet style country, but it is gaining more and more things that are helping to make it more european every time I come. There is a long way to go but it will get there eventually if it really wants to! It is down to the desire of the people and the governnemt when and how long it takes for that to happen.

A lot of people in UK are great fans of football. What do they expect from level of organization EURO 2012 Championship in Ukraine and Poland?

Im a realistic person and have used this comparison for how well Ukraine and Poland will do at Euro 2012…. If China hosted the World Cup it would be facing the same challenges of international tourists coming to a place with a different alphabet and language. The issue is always money and time, and what value the money you spend will have for your country after the event. Yes you could spend billions to make everything perfect, but that money is wasted if it has no benefits to the country after. In the last year especially I have seen a lot of improvements in signs written in both Russian/Ukranian and English which will help tourists when they are here. Ukraine is not a rich country and people in the UK know that, so they dont expect it to be like a Spanish holiday resort with English cafes or shops. I think both Ukraine and Poland will do fine, and it also gives you a good opportunity to put yourselves on the map for English people to come back again and again.

Standard questions from Kefir Magazine:

Is it important for a woman to wear fashionable clothes?

Interesting question….. Ukraine is a country of extremes, cold winters and warm summers. Ukranian girls are the best looking ive ever seen in any country (add Belarus to that list as well). To me personally I dont look to see if they are wearing fashionable clothes, but it does make a girl look amazing if they are wearing something nice.

What do you like to wear?

Im most comfortable in a pair of baggy jeans, tshirt, hoody and a cap most of the time. I normally wear brighter colors as I think that helps project me as a happy person which I am.

How can you describe your style?

The best way to describe my style is comfortable, outgoing, and baggy. I guess that really says I like the skater/bmx style even though I’ve never been any good at skating! As a DJ that makes me an entertainer for people, therefore what I wear when I go out to visit a party or to perform is a reflection of happiness. If im enjoying myself then I hope that makes others do so as well. If im wearing all black then it would mean im in a bad mood or going to a funeral hahaha.

Where do you buy clothes?

When Im in the UK I buy most of my clothes on the internet through online shops. It means I get a much bigger choice without walking around 50 different places to find what Im looking for. The choice of online shops is huge in the UK and means I can get something thats maybe just a bit different from everyone else. When I am over here in Ukraine then its slightly harder for me to find what Im looking for, but your outdoor markets (which I saw more in Belarus compared to Ukraine) are full of interesting stuff and i have picked up a few baseball caps and hoodys from over here.

What brands do you like most of all?

For trainers (you probably call them sneakers) I tend to go for Nike as they have so many styles and colours to suit whatever else I may be wearing, and they are also comfortable. Maybe 10 years ago I would have 20 different pairs of trainers in different colours so I had something to match. Nowadays I go for plain colour trainers which is much simpler. As I travel a lot it also means I have less to put in a suitcase! As far as other brands, I like DC for both trainers or clothes, Animal has some interesting clothes, Firetrap, Quicksilver and Billabong make some cool hoodys and caps. The important thing for me is not the brand name, but to have something more unique than other people.

How can you rate Ukrainians’ fashion so far? People that you saw in Ukraine are fashionable?

In general I think Ukrainians are a bit more reserved in what they wear especially in winter. When I walked around Kyiv during the winter all the guys wear almost identical black coat, black hat and dark jeans. The only way to tell people was by how tall or short they are hahaha. The women of Ukraine however are a lot more outgoing in what they wear in the winter and the fashions are different to the UK, but the weather conditions demand a more practical approach. In summer it is a bit different and people liven up a bit and the fashion is more similar to the UK, although it has to be said Ukrainian girls are much better looking than the UK and they styles here suit that perfectly! The male football fans who come to Ukraine for Euro 2012 will LOVE Ukrainian girls !!!

Interview by xzybin. Thanks for the help Vo1 Acidoff and Olga Kozlovskaya.

Booking / Contact MX :

Facebook : www.facebook.com/deejay.mx
Twitter : www.twitter.com/DnBLines
TopDJ : www.topdeejays.com/dj-mx/
AIM : DJMX2006
Skype : krisisdnb-djmx
Email : mx@krisisdnb.com

English – Interview – Doc Scott

Doc Scott
Doc Scott

Basic details :

Name : Doc Scott

Record Label : 31 records

Home Town : Coventry, UK

Website : http://soundcloud.com/docscott31

Top 5 tunes of the moment :

1 Loxy & resound – Innervision

2 Gridlock – here to wherever

3 Mutated forms – feels like

4 Genotype – Bad dreams

5 Mindmapper – typha

Top 5 producers of the moment :

1 Skeptical

2 Loxy & resound

3 Consequence

4 Gridlock

5 Vicous circle

KRISISDnB : Thanks for being interviewed for the DRUMANDBASSLINES.COM website. Firstly how long have you been mixing and producing and what got you started on both?

Doc Scott: Ive been DJing for 23 years & producing for 21 years, I started through a basic love of music.

KRISISDnB : What other types of music do you listen to?

Doc Scott: Everything, from classical muscic to heavy metal, rap music to country. I try to be as open minded as possible.

KRISISDnB : You are owner of 31 Records. Whats the meaning behind the name?

Doc Scott: It my birthday,

KRISISDnB : How do you see the transition between vinyl and digital in the DnB scene progressing? Do you agree or disagree with it?

Doc Scott: Well i play CDs and have done for 10 years, i dont see as it makes any difference, its what you play, not what you play it on.

 

KRISISDnB : Can you tell us the projects you are working on at the moment?

Doc Scott: Ive currently just bought a complete new studio set up so at the moment im getting used to a load of new software and learning, but im going to have some new music out later this year.

KRISISDnB : What are your targets for the next year or 2?

Doc Scott: To have some new doc scott material out by the end of 2012.

KRISISDnB : Have you ever performed in Ukraine before? What is your opinion on the DnB scene in this region of the world?

Doc Scott: I havent been to Ukraine before, ive been to Moscow a few times and ive been blown away every time so i cant wait to come to Kiev.

Doc Scott
Doc Scott

KRISISDnB : What can we expect from your forthcoming set at Xlib Club?

Doc Scott: Upfront, fum Drum n bass, good dance music with a nod to the future.

KRISISDnB : Whats your impression of the worldwide DnB scene in general? How do you see the scene moving?

Doc Scott: The dnb scene is global and has been for years now, it belongs to everyone which is a good thing, not just to the UK.

KRISISDnB : Who are your favourite DJs and MCs worldwide?

Doc Scott: rolando, dave clarke, ltj bukem, dbridge, sasha.

KRISISDnB : You have played at many large events in many differet countries. Any that stick out in your mind? And why?

Doc Scott: New zealand, as i have played the longest sets of my life there, over 6 hours!

KRISISDnB : Cheers for being interviewed for the site. Looking forward to meeting you in Kiev for Drum and Basslines on 24th March 2012 !!!

English – Interview for TopDJ – Doc Dcott

Doc Scott
Doc Scott

Interview questions by Vera Sue

Thank you in advance you’ve found some time for the interview.

1. It’s not a secret that your career began when most of our interview readers were children. You were a direct participant and a spectator of electronic music evolution – you were playing at raves, you were a witness of rise of such music genres as house, techno, jungle, breakbeat hardcore and many more that exploded like a bomb over the world. Our readers and I want to know your thoughts about those times.

For me those times were very special, very exciting and very innocent. . Everyone was experimenting with music, there were no rules, there was no pressure and no one was judging. Everyone was just having a good time and enjoying the music. The music was so exciting and fresh back then.

2. It seems to me in the past musicians were interested more in music than in commercial perspectives. You think a DJ is a profession or a
lifestyle?

I think its both, for me it was a lifestyle but as time went on i realised that i could make a living being a dj, i didnt think i would be doing it for over 20 years though!

3. Nowadays everyone who has a computer can play music. What do you think of such evolution?

I dont have a problem with DJs playing of laptops, CDs or sticking with vinyl. As long as they are mixing and not letting the software help them mix, then for me its cool.

4. Who has had the biggest impact on your career?

I would say techno legends like derrick my & kevin saunderson & drum n bass djs like fabio & grooverider, without those guys i probably wouldnt be doing what im doing today.

5. Have you ever had a job not related to music?

Yes, i was a telecomms engineer when i left school, i started djing when i was 17 and quit my job when i was 18.

6. As of now when the culture you represent is already out of underground world and everyone is trying to “create” a new music style or genre all the time how do you name the music you make, play and release?

I try not to get involved with names and genres, i just try to play the music i like and the best music i can get my hands on.

7. Tell us about your immediate plans for your 31 Records label.

I am working on some new music that will be coming out on 31 this year.

8. In good time a legendary British duo 4 Hero gathered the scene élite together under a roof of their Reinforced label. What role did epoch of Reinforced play in your life? And now this label moved to a quiet mode. What can you say about the reasons?

I was a massive fan of reinforced records before i ever made any music, it was a dream to be on that label so when they asked me to join the label i was in heaven. Those few years i recorded at reinforced were the most fun ad exciting times i ever had, it was a very special period of my life. I am very proud to have recorded for reinforecd.

9. Tell me about the Metalheadz period in your life, about Sunday Sessions and your cooperation and friendship with Goldie.

Metalheadz was for me, the most important label and club night of the 90s, it defined the sound of drum n bass and it made dnb famous worldwide. The sunday sessions influenced so many people, i always meet people who say they went to the sunday sessions and it changed their life, that is very very special.

10. Which parties were the most impressive in your career?

There are so many, off the top of my head, the first time i played in Tokyo in 1996, it was unbelievable!

11. Each artist has a plenty of crazy stories that had happened during tours. Tell us yours.

I once toured america with goldie in 2002, we did 24 dates in 30 days, NEVER AGAIN!

12. What do you want to wish our readers and beginners DJs / producers?

Always play or make the music you like, be yourself.

Thanks for your answers!

Russian – Interview – Unknown Error

Unknown Error Pic
Unknown Error Pic

Basic Details :

Names : James Gash
Record Label : Unknown Error Digital / Renegade Hardware / Moving Shadow / TOV / Horizons
Home Town : Maidstone, Kent
Website : www.myspace.com/unknownerrordnb or www.soundcloud.com/unknownerror

Top 5 tunes of the moment :
1 – Phace & Misantrop – Desert Orgy
2 – Nick Bee – Apocolypse
3 – Indivision – Calling Out
4 – Survival Octane & DLR – Transition
5 – Unknown Error – Walk with me

Top 5 producers of the moment :
1 – Indivision
2 – Lenzman
3 – Mutated Forms
4 – Noisia
5 – Nick Bee

KRISISDnB : Спасибо, что ты согласился дать интервью для KRISISDnB.COM. Сначала хотелось бы вкратце узнать, как ты начал заниматься DnB?

UNKNOWN ERROR : С тех пор, как я услышал его на пиратских радио станциях, я хотел узнать больше и все это меня очень зацепило. Итак, я начал следить за днб, покупать записи, потом начал ходить на вечеринки и тогда я понял, что мне хочется оказаться по ту сторону медали!

KRISISDnB : Как долго ты уже диджеишь и пишешь, и что заставило тебя заниматься и тем, и другим?

UNKNOWN ERROR : Я занимаюсь диджеингом с 15 или 16 лет, значит около 11-12 лет, но пишу музыку около 5-7 лет..

KRISISDnB : Какие другие стили музыки ты еще слушаешь?

UNKNOWN ERROR : Я слушаю ВСЕ стили музыки, если это хорошая музыка. Начиная от классической и заканчивая роком, но что я теперь не могу – так это cheesey pop!

KRISISDnB : Можешь рассказать о проектах, над которыми ты работаешь в данный момент?

UNKNOWN ERROR : Я уже давно не засиживался в студии, поэтому сейчас я стараюсь влиться обратно в рутину и писать что-то новое, а теперь я еще открыл UE digital, который забирает много времени!

KRISISDnB : Какие у тебя цели на следующий год-два?

UNKNOWN ERROR : Я надеюсь переехать жить в Австралию или Японию.

KRISISDnB : Ты уже играл в Cinema Club в 2006 году, если не ошибаюсь.. какие у тебя впечатления от украинской днб сцены и киевских рейверов?

UNKNOWN ERROR : В последний раз в Cinema Club было замечательно. Я помню, как мгновенно собралась толпа, когда я только зашел. Вайб прокачал очень хорошо, а публика реагировала восторженно. Уже хочется поскорее вернуться!

KRISISDnB : Чего нам ждать от твоего сета в Синеме в этот раз?

UNKNOWN ERROR : Я боюсь, что вам нужно прийти и послушать, чтобы узнать это! А те, кто был в прошлый раз, знают, чего ждать!

KRISISDnB : Какое у тебя впечатление от мировой днб сцены в общем? Каким ты видишь ее будущее?

UNKNOWN ERROR : Честно говоря, кажется все так, как всегда. Есть свои взлеты и свои падения, появляются новые продюсеры, но в общем это до сих пор удивительный стиль музыки.

KRISISDnB : Какие твои любимые диджеи и MCs?

UNKNOWN ERROR : Andy C & Mc GQ – этим все сказано.

KRISISDnB : Ты играл на множестве больших ивентов в разных странах. Есть такие, которые засели у тебя в памяти? И почему?

UNKNOWN ERROR : Некоторые из выступлений, которые были в России, были довольно классными и их трудно превзойти, но вообще тяжело определить конкретное место, так как практически все ивенты, на которых мне посчастливилось играть, были отличными.

KRISISDnB : Спасибо за интервью. С нетерпением ждем встречи в Киеве!!!