Back in February, after a few weeks’ of discussions, Wil and I decided to call time on the MIG x FatKidOnFire feature series - after a prolific 3+ years and 145 features. We left the series at an unsuspecting end (albeit a high one with Calski/ Lamont’s brilliant feature) with one or two outstanding interviews and feature requests floating about. One of these was with DEEP MEDi’s Dub Mechz, a south London-based production and DJ duo who Wil and I had been long-time fans of. When the guys hit us up around the time of their latest MEDi065 plate, we got the ball rolling on one last MIG x FKOF feature - the final farewell if you will…
How’s it going guys, you both well? For those that don’t know you, who and what are The Dub Mechz?
The Dub Mechz is a way of life, like a direction or guideline of life. In terms of music it’s the creation and manipulation of spiritual, emotional and visual sound.
How would you describe your sound?
Colourful, Raw, Astral. Haha!
How did you guys meet?
We’ve always known each other - just through living in the same area and stuff.
When did you decide you wanted to produce dubstep - and were you producing individually before you started making The Dub Mechz tunes?
K-Man: well I mainly produced grime. In between the times of me making grime, I was gliding more towards dubstep. I’d always produced music, even back from school days… Even though it wasn’t of a certain standard!
Kero: My main part of producing started from knowing K-Man for a few years - while he was making a lot of grime. After about a year of standing in front of the speaker at FWD», I starting trying to build dubstep. I built loads of hip-hop stuff back then as well. The Dub Mechanics started when we realised we had extremely similar mentalities towards life and music.
How do you go about building your tunes? What’s your production setup like?
Normally, we can go on anything (even if it’s like a little sci-fi blip or something).K-Man mainly likes to go for a soundscape when building tracks. We’re using a very basic setup at the moment, mainly because we move around quite a lot. We use 5:1 surround speakers, a midi keyboard, a pair of Sony M7506s and our DAW preference is PC (or Mac for a few hip-hop bits).
You’re affiliated with some of the best labels in dubstep, and have had support from some of the biggest DJs in the scene. How did you first getting talking to Mala and how did the Deep Medi release come about?
It’s funny because we’ve been going to FWD» from the very beginning. In those days, most other producers were young too - so we were all involved and eager to link up with them. I’d say we’ve known Chef from pretty much the beginning, and we’ve always linked up as friends and in music. He’s been supporting our stuff for many years. It eventually got to the point where we had a ridiculous amount of tunes but no releases or anything so Chef picked out some bits and sent them to Mala and he was feeling what we were doing. After a few link ups and talks he said he’d like to sign us to MEDi and that’s how it started…
Another standard question you’re probably bored to death of. Do you prefer turntables or CDJs for playing out? Does it matter?
We like the conversion of sound on turntables, but CDJs are convenient for people who want to travel light. As long as the sound and music is good and consistent it doesn’t really matter too much in our opinion!
How long have you been playing out? If you could pick any of your recent bookings, what would be your favourite - and why?
We’re been playing out for about 2 years now. Our favourite booking has been Italy mainly because it’s a really nice place and the people have a good positive attitude (and vibe) towards music. Plus we got a lot of people we consider family over there so it’s always good to be in their home country!
Have you always produced dubstep? Ever tried your hand at anything else? Do you think producers need to make more than one genre of music these days?
Nah we’ve produced grime, hip-hop,jungle, D&B, house… Quite a lot of stuff over the years.
Km: Well in my opinion that is the definition of a “producer”. You’re meant to be able to translate your feel and style into anything and everything. Producing other genres is definitely a thing people should do; it keeps you fresh with ideas and styles to pick from and incorporate where ever you choose.
Where do you see the dubstep ‘sound’ moving to over the next year or so?
Km: Hopefully it will be revived from the stage it’s floating on at the moment. I’d love to see it develop into something unique because it definitely has the potential.
K: I feel the same, and do kind of feel like there’s been a big wave of multi- genre experimentation in dubstep the past few years, some would see this as an evolution, and to some a devolution. I think this has been good experience for dubstep mainly because as a new genre it will have phases of trial and error to define what the true sounds of dubstep really is - like most other genres that have been around for more then a decade. It’s a fact that good music stands the test of time, and I can see this coming year defining the strongest and most timeless musical areas of dubstep.
Other than the releases discussed earlier, have you got any tunes forthcoming we should be looking out for? Anything physical?
K-Man will be dropping a free EP every month until Dec 2013 , but there’s loads of other stuff going on which we can’t really reveal at the minute!
In terms of advice, what are your top points for new producers and DJs looking to get heard or signed?
Stay true to yourself and make sure whatever image you’re trying to put across is solid. Getting heard or signed properly is a hard journey and can be discouraging. Originality and dedication is what counts the most.
3 producers we should be following are…?
Km: Numa crew, L-Wiz and Cluekid.
K: I’d say Perverse, Subtle Minds & Commodo as newcomers.
Best dubstep track ever produced is?
Best producer in dubstep to collab with is?
We’d say Silkie.
So this is it. The final MIG x FKOF mix - and what a mix it is. Thanks to the K-Man and Kero for a fitting end to the MIG x FKOF series. Good to finally get you guys involved A massive thanks also go to the artists, labels, fans and everyone else who have contributed to the series in the last three years. It’s been awesome!
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