MakeItGood x FatKidOnFire #146 - Dub Mechz

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…

MIG x FKOF - Dub Mechz

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?

Ahhh! It’s between Skream’s ‘Colourful' and Coki's 'Seek Knowledge' (if that's even the name of the track).

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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MakeItGood x FatKidOnFire #145 - Lamont

It has been a while since our last MakeItGood x FatKidOnFire feature, so we figured it was about time to release the next one. Peep the interview below, and don’t forget to download Lamont’s mix! 

Easy man, you good?

All good! Can’t complain.

For those that don’t know you, who is Lamont?

I’m a bass type music producer from Bristol, UK.

You’ll be widely known as the producer Calski - but less so as Lamont. What’s the logic behind the name switch?

Couple reasons really but the main one being I just felt like it was time for a fresh start. There’s a long list of tunes I made under ‘Calski’ that I’m not really into anymore and I’ve got a few releases coming this year that I’m excited about so it seemed like the perfect time to make the switch!

How would you describe your sound?

I try to make a variation of sounds to be honest, when I sit down at my computer I never know what sort of vibe is going to come out of it – which makes it more exciting for me personally. But typically if it’s not something melodic and spacey; it’s going to be something dark, sinister and upbeat. Tempos usually range between 120-140bpm.

When did you decide you wanted to produce bass music – and have you ever produced non-bass music?

When I first started making beats it was on a free demo of Fruity Loops. I just made super bait cheap grime tracks that you couldn’t even save! It was a while between then and the time I actually got my home studio but I was probably about 20 when I decided I wanted to do it properly. So I went to college to study music tech for a couple years - then after that just kept practising production; I’m still practising now!

How do you go about building your tunes? What’s your production setup like?

I’ve got a pretty modest setup really. I use an iMac and Logic Pro 9, I’ve got a couple of KRK rockit 8s, a Focusrite Saffire 6 soundcard and an M-Audio midi keyboard. Nothing too fancy but it works for me.

Your EP on Overcooked Records last year was met with many positive reviews, what’s your release schedule looking like for 2013? Anything physical?

Nothing on wax as of yet unfortunately, but I have got a steady flow of releases ready to go for this year… A couple more EPs with Overcooked Records and a release with ICU Audio – which I’m happy about because I’ve been a fan of the ICU gang for a long time so shouts to them!

Another standard question you’re probably bored to death of. Do you prefer turntables or CDJs for playing out? Does it matter?

I’d say in an ideal world vinyl is always better, but unfortunately most of the tunes I play aren’t out on vinyl yet and getting every tune you like cut to dubplate is pretty costly, so at the moment I’m using CDs.

How long have you been playing out? If you could pick any of your recent bookings, what would be your favourite – and why?

I’ve been playing out and about for a couple years now. I did the whole playing for free thing for about a year to get my name about at the beginning but there is only so far you can go doing that. I had some really good gigs last year, probably the highlight for me was going to play at a festival in Venice, Italy. I also did the F.A.O nights in Cardiff twice last year and they are live so big up to those guys for having me down!

Going back to the above production question, do you think producers need to make more than one genre of music these days? Where do you see the dubstep ‘sound’ moving to over the next year or so?

I think people should just make whatever makes them happy rather then trying to conform to a genre or sound. I think people get too hung up on genres/ bpm etc these days, don’t worry about what people are going to call it just make sure you enjoy the music. There are so many sick producers at the moment it’s nice to see so many people doing their thing!

In terms of advice, what are your top points for new producers and DJs looking to get heard or signed?

Practice makes perfect, just keep going with it. Stick to your guns and make the music you want to make. But most importantly, enjoy yourself when you’re doing it!

Tell us about your MIG x FKOF mix…

I tried to get a mix of tunes in there, it starts off more melodic, goes in to darker stuff in the middle and then gets a bit more housey towards the end. Big up to everyone that took a listen I hope you enjoyed it!

Any shoutouts?

Yeah big shout to Overcooked records, the ICU Audio gang and all the Bristol boys - Boofy, Hi5Ghost, OH91, Lemzly Dale, My Nu Leng, Kahn, Prime, Peaman, Sly-One and most of all you guys.

3 producers we should be following are…?

Boofy, Hi5Ghost and OH91.

Best bass music track ever produced is…?

What a question! There has been so many huge tracks but I’d say my personal favourite would be…. Pinch’s ‘Punisher’.

Best label in bass music is…?

Deep Medi.

After hearing this one for the first time, Lamont’s MIG x FKOF mix went into one of our favourites from the series - a definite must grab!

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Track list:

1. Calski - If I Had It My Way [Overcooked records]
2. Geode - Vie [forthcoming Innamind Recordings]
3. Calski - St.Andrews [Overcooked records]
4. Fantastic Mr Fox - Evelyn [Black Acre]
5. Ifan Daffyd - Treehouse [Push & Run]
6. TNGHT - Bugg’n [Warp Records]
7. Calski - Black Tape [forthcoming ICU Audio]
8. Blawan - Iddy [Hessle Audio]
9. Calski - Route 66 [Overcooked records]
10. Pheral - Hatchway [Innamind Recordings]
11. Demon ft. Beezy - Ramification [M.U.D]
12. Kahn ft. Rider Shafique - Late Night Blues [Deep Medi Musik]
13. Perverse ft. Beezy - Cross Examination [Innamind Recordings]
14. Headhunter - Prototype (Modeselektor remix) [Tempa]
15. Zed Bias ft. Holly G - Fairplay [Tru Thoughts]
16. Enigma Dubz & Calski - Rushing [Overcooked records]
17. Geode - Get Dem (Calski remix) [Free Download]
18. Wookie - Live On [Soul Heaven]
19. Sub Focus - Tidal Wave (Shadow Child remix) [Mercury UK]
20. Gatekeeper - Something Sleeps [Deca Rythm]
21. Shadow Child - 23 [FOOD MUSIC]
22. S.K.A.M - Rush Hour [Gruuv]
23. Hackman - Close [Greco-Roman]
24. Trevino - Lag [Revolve:r]

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MakeItGood x FatKidOnFire #144 - Snare Surgeon

Having only just recovered from our event on Friday at Cable for GetDarker’s new album launch party, we thought it was about time we got our next MakeItGood x FatKidOnFire feature up! Before we begin, got to say a massive thanks to everyone that reached and all the artists that played. Vibes were flowing! So, lets begin. Next up in the spotlight is Leeds based DJ/producer Snare Surgeon. He is definitely one to watch, so sit back, and enjoy this read!

 

First off, tell us a little about yourself…

My names Will (Snare Surgeon), A 21 year old Dj/producer currently based in Leeds but originally from London.

How long have you been producing/djing for? What made you start?Who are your influences?

I have been Djing for 5 years and Producing for 3 although haven’t produced anything recently as am busy with a full time degree at Leeds University. I produce with my friend Silas a bit but he’s we use different software so he ends up producing most of it! I got into Djing because my mate had a pair of decks and I always used to go round to his and id get really bored just watching him so started to get involved. Later on I bought my own decks and I was hooked. Influences at the start of my Djing career where Jump Up drum and bass Djs like Hazard, Hype, Andy c and Original Sin. Then I got into grime and then fell in love with the darker side of dubstep so my biggest influence Dj wise, would have to be Youngsta. Production wise there’s so many to choose from a lot of them have had features on here BIG UP!

How would you describe your sound?

I try to push anything and everything 140 bpm from grime to Hip Hop. I was recently given the chance to be one of the residents at Bigger Than Barry in Leeds which really broadened by Dj horizons as I began to play house, garage, funky and future bass stuff, however my true sound in my opinion is 140 Uk and a bit of American bass music, anything from Juicy-J to J-Kenzo or Busta Rhymes to Biome. I like to keep the mixing quick as well to keep the crowd guessing and keep it the vibe varied and exciting.

Turntables or CDJ’s?

I’m not one of those guys who bad mouths people because of their set up, If I like what they are playing and think their mixing is good then I’m happy! In an ideal world I would say turntables all the time, I still collect a lot of vinyl and its what I started on so I hold it close to my heart. Increasingly, clubs are not taking care of their turntables and also there is the issue of money when it comes to cutting dub plates. This is why I have so much respect for vinyl Djs who are still carrying a bag full of acetate around, Mala and Compa spring to mind but I know there’s loads more! So I am currently using cdjs and have to say I think they are a fantastic invention especially the new 2000’s!

What’s the bass music scene like in Leeds? If you could change one thing about it, what would it be?

The bass music scene in Leeds is outrageous! There’s so many great nights promoting all different types of bass music and I feel honored to have played at a wide variety of them. It is the home of the mighty Sub Dub and Exodus nights, which helped put Dubstep on the map. It also is home to Vagabondz who consistently get ridiculous line ups to play to thousands and these two nights are instrumental in the running of Outlook Festival, which just so happens to be my favourite festival as well! There’s are also a lot of great smaller scale nights such as Full Fat, Rewind and Reggae Roast who have all been smashing it recently and Brotherhood Sound system which I co run with 3 of my best mates! There is so much variety in both bass music type and venue that you can never get bored and there will always be a couple of nights that tickle your fancy every week. There are also always new nights popping up regularly like Big Joe’s new night Nudist who smashed their debut with Hackman. Thinking of something to change about it is so hard because I love it so much! If there where less nights I’m sure I would be doing much better in my degree! Getting the balance between the two is so hard!

Best set you’ve played and why?

Another really hard question! All of the best sets I have played have been with Silas, who is the person I normally Dj with. Two have stood out recently which would have to be playing after Oneman at Bigger Than Barry to a packed Mint club where people where just having it, we could play any tune and the crowd response would be so good! Also when Brotherhood Sound System hosted a room at the last Metropolis with SBTRKT, Rustie and Koreless all the djs in our room smashed it and we kept the room full all night even though the line up next door was ridiculous! Silas and me played a 130 bpm set and it went OFF!

Who are your top 5 producers at the moment? And why?

In no particular order

Biome – his mix downs are unbelievable and I have liked and played out everything he has ever put out.

Silkie – I always found his productions really original and again insanely well produced and always get me moving.

Lex Luger – This guys productions are so gully. Truly inspirational American artist.

Chimpo – He’s such a Sick producer and he’s a really good Dj he also happens to be a really sound guy!

Barely Legal – Although she doesn’t produce this girl is one hell of a Dj and she always smashes it. Every set if seen from her I haven’t stopped moving, watch out for her in the future she’s going to be BIG!

Any advice to those starting out?

I would still class myself in the starting out/ Upcoming category so it’s a tough one to answer!

In terms of production I would say always finish your tunes, If you get stuck really try and finish them. It means you just get a lot more content out for people to listen to and more of a chance of getting heard.

In terms of Djing Persistence is key; I was playing in my bedroom for 2 years before even going near a club so stick at it. Also take any opportunity you can get when you start out, play for a couple of beers at your mates house parties or for free in smaller venues and then hopefully you will get noticed!

3 people dead or alive you’d love to have a drink with…?

Skream – I like to think I can take my drink but apparently this guy is next level so would like to see him in action.

Bob Dylan – Always been a musical hero of mine and would like to see what he’s like in the flesh.

My Grandfather – I never got to meet him but apparently he was a boss!

Twitter or Facebook?

Twitter because it’s easier to get replies from artists who wouldn’t normally speak to you on Facebook. Half the artists I am into at the moment have managers who run their Facebook pages anyway whereas I think on the most part their Twitter is a personal thing!

I’d just like to say a big thank you to MakeItGood and FatKidOnFire for this opportunity and like to shout out Brotherhood, Blackfoot Phoenix, Vagabondz, Bigger Than Barry, Just Jam, Sub Dub and anyone else who has supported me so far!

Turn your subs up, and get listening to Snare Surgeon exclusive mix for MIG x FKOF. 

Track list:

1. Clue Kid - Evolution [Tectonic]
2. Soap Dodgers - Contact [Tempa]
3. The Bug – Skeng [Ninja Tune]
4. Skream - Midnight Request Line [Tempa]
5. Ludacris - Whats Your Fantasy [Def Jam]
6. Girl Unit – Wut [Night Slugz]
7. Wiley - Gangsters [Big Dada]
8. TMSV and June Miller  - Lost Cause [Black Box]
9. Radikal Guru - Dread Commandments (Killawatt remix) [Moonshine]
10. Preditah - Solitaire [Stay Fresh]
11. Claude VonStroke - Who’s Afraid of Detroit (Dj Madd refix) [Free DL]
12. Facta – FWD [dub]
13. Youngsta - Poseidon [Tempa}
14. Phaeleh - In The Twilight [Afterglo]
15. Kryptic Minds - The Divide [Osiris Music]
16. Synkro - Connected [Free DL]
17. Silas - DP 001 [dub] 

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Lara

MakeItGood x FatKidOnFire #143 - Genetix

Matt and Rich, aka Genetix, have led a fairly unconventional production life. Their first dubstep track, ‘Squid Attack' was picked up by Funtcase, the Circus Records lot and eventually Nero - receiving Radio 1 airtime and millions of plays online in the process. Since then, the Genetix guys have wracked up almost 20,000 fans on Facebook and over 10,000 followers on SoundCloud and have been picked up by a variety of huge tearout labels. So when we noticed they'd lined up releases with fam Bacon Dubs and minimal dubstep champions Artikal Music, we thought we better have a chat…

How’s it going guys, you both well?

We’re fine thanks, can’t complain!

For those that don’t know you, who and what is Genetix?

Genetix is the collaborative efforts of two people producing dubstep, Matt Sharp & Rich Dawson.

You’ve had a fairly unconventional journey into the deep and dark sound. How did you move from tunes like Squid Attack into the sounds you’re releasing with Artikal Music?

We’ve always been into dubstep (since the beginnings when it was all pretty much deep). But at that time we were producing jump up DnB so when we decided to try our hand at dubstep the natural progression was to make the tearout kind of stuff. Around a year ago though we started listening to a lot of J:Kenzo’s Daily Dose shows and Youngsta sets from Rinse FM. We just became hooked on the deeper minimal sound!

How did you guys meet? When did you decide you wanted to produce dubstep - and were you producing individually before you started making Genetix tunes?

We met through a mutual friend around 8 years ago and found we had similar interests like music and mixing etc. We stayed good friends and went to college to learn production. We’ve always produced together right from the start but always dabbled in our own solo productions as well. We find we get the best results working together though, like the saying goes two heads are better than one. We decided to try dubstep around 3 years ago now. Even though our main love at the time was DnB, after many years of producing it and stacking up a lot of releases on some decent labels we found that we just couldn’t find our big break in the scene. Our good mate Funtcase had had similar issues with DnB and had recently switched to dubstep as well and was smashing it, so I guess that influenced us a lot.

How do you go about building your tunes? What’s your production setup like?

Usually drums first as you’d imagine, then get a good sub groove running with the drums, then we’d probably find a sample or synth to set the mood of the track and then move on to making some bass sounds. Our production set up is pretty simple, we use a dual core PC, 4 gig ram etc, Tapco s’8 monitors (which were becoming increasingly pissed off with!), a Yamaha mixing desk, Novation midi keyboard and a Emu soundcard. Nothing fancy to be honest although we’d love to upgrade our studio, but as you know it can be very expensive.

You’re affiliated with some of the best labels in dubstep (in all its various forms), and have had support from some of the biggest DJs across the scene. How did it all come about? What caused the change from tearout to the more minimal sounds?

Well we haven’t actually changed from tearout, we just produce both. We really enjoy producing both genres and will continue to do so. Our first dubstep track ‘Squid Attack’ was picked up straight away by Funtcase and all the Circus crew and from there it went to being played by Nero on Radio 1, so we made a good name for ourselves early on. If you have a big hit like that it really helps because the really big producers that want to play your tracks will always be like “Oh its those guys who made that squid attack tune, we’ll give they’re new stuff a listen”. Whereas if you’re unknown it can be difficult to get the bigger guys to take notice.

Another standard question you’re probably bored to death of. Do you prefer turntables or CDJs for playing out? Does it matter?

CDJs as cutting dubplates costs a fortune and the majority of our sets is unreleased music. We wouldn’t be able to play a Genetix set on a set of turntables.

How long have you been playing out? If you could pick any of your recent bookings, what would be your favourite - and why?

All in all about 6 years playing out regulary, favourite booking recently has to be UKF in Bulgaria. Wicked club and sound system, really good responsive crowd as well.

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? Where do you see the dubstep ‘sound’ moving to over the next year or so?

We’ve always dabbled with dubstep but it’s only been full time the last few years. We used to make some hip-hop years ago and have also tried a bit of techno. We think it helps to try other genres because it broadens your horizons. We listen to all sorts of other music in the car and at home so why not have a go at making it? Its hard to predict where dubstep will go to be honest, the deeper stuff doesn’t really need to change that much because that’s the original dubstep sound and it’s thriving in the underground. The more mainstream stuff seems to be changing all the time with sub-genres popping up all over the place. There’s only so long before people get bored of the high pitch laser sounds and screaming mid range bass that are dominating right now, we find it becomes stale quite quickly (because it all sounds the same).

Other than the releases discussed earlier, have you got any tunes forthcoming we should be looking out for? Anything physical?

We have a 3 part thing coming on Biscuit Factory - the first of which is coming very soon, that’s all vinyl as well. We have another release on circus coming in the next few months, we’re in talks with some more deeper labels about releases as well and there’s also our own label (Big Tuna) that’s launching soon and will be showcasing our more tearout stuff.

In terms of advice, what are your top points for new producers and DJs looking to get heard or signed?

Try and be different. Have your own sound. There are so many producers these days it’s hard to stand out from the crowd unless you’re individual and fresh. If you go for something a bit different you’re more likely to get noticed. Skream and Benga seem to support a lot of up and comers on their radio show as well so they’re good to hit up.

Tell us about your MIG x FKOF mix…

It’s a mix of a lot of our own stuff, some dubs that people kindly send to us and some of our favourite releases of late.

Any shoutouts?

Everyone over at Circus and Maximum Boost agency. J:Kenzo, Youngsta, N-Type and Walsh for supporting us. As well as all the other producers that have been supporting us (too many to mention)!

3 producers we should be following are…?

Funtcase aka Haze for his deeper stuff, Audio Sleaze and Buchan.

Best dubstep track ever produced is…?

Sorry but that just seems impossible to answer! Too many classics.

Best label in dubstep is…?

Circus or Tempa.

We’re stoked to launch MIG x FKOF’s 2013 with ultimate crossover artists Genetix - as Matta and Rich raid their dub collection to kick the year off with as many huge tunes (which turns out to be 51) as they can fit into two hours. Enjoy!

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Track list:

1. Genetix - Limbs [dub]
2. Distance - Blue Meanie [Tectonic]
3. Ben Verse - Tiger Foot [Crunch]
4. LX One - Losing Control [Wheel & Deal]
5. Genetix - Mohair [Bacon Dubs dub]
6. Format ft. Fix - Outsiders [dub]
7. Sparxy & Mannix - The Guardian [dub]
8. Genetix - Crow Sector [dub]
9. Truth ft. Datsik - No Chance [Smog] 
10. Standard Procedure - Babylon Shall Fall [dub]
11. Genetix - The Doctor [dub]
12. Subreachers & 11th Hour - Immortal [dub]
13. Sleeper & District - The Risk [dub]
14. Genetix - Installation [Artikal Music]
15. Baitface - Focus Mode (Deafblind remix) [dub]
16. Southbound Hangers - Vague [dub]
17. Genetix - Powers [Biscuit Factory dub]
18. Sparxy - Oxygen [dub]
19. Kahn - Dread [Deep Medi]
20. Genetix - Decoding [Artikal Music]
21. LX One - On My Own [Wheel & Deal]
22. District - Below VIP [dub]
23. Genetix - Prototype [Bacon Dubs dub]
24. Biak & Baitface - Cellula [Badimup free]
25. Subreachers - Dark Souls [dub]
26. Genetix - Mindrise [Biscuit Factory dub]
27. Konvex - Atheist [dub]
28. Standard Procedure & Jamakabi - Concrete Jungle [dub]
29. Genetix - Bandicoot [Biscuit Factory dub]
30. Razor Rekta - Tugboat [dub]
31. Ben Verse ft. LX One, Youngsta & Darrison - Different Way [Crunch]
32. Genetix - 24/7 Re Flex [Biscuit Factory dub]
33. Baitface - Trackers [dub]
34. Format - Warpath [dub]
35. Genetix - Africa B.C [dub]
36. Kryptic Minds - The Divide [Osiris]
37. Sleeper - Shelter [Chestplate]
38. Genetix - Natural State [Artikal Music]
39. Perverse - Mizrahi [dub]
40. Deafblind & Baitface - Penta [dub]
41. Genetix - Destroyer [dub]
42. Youngsta - Destruction [Tempa]
43. John B & Jillian Ann - Love Again (LX One remix) [Beta]
44. Genetix - Skyliner [Biscuit Factory dub]
45. Subreachers - Hrvatska [dub]
46. Standard Procedure - Shadows [dub]
47. Genetix ft. Skydro - Goin’ In [Biscuit Factory dub]
48. Sparxy & Dubfreq - Convulsion [dub]
49. Genetix - Killzone [Biscuit Factory dub]
50. Ohmtrix - Waste Some Time [dub]
51. Genetix - Sequence VIP [Biscuit Factory dub]

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Lara

Loud Noise @ Cable - 08/02/13

Loud Noise are back at Cable on the 8th Feb, their first event of 2013! With such a killer line-up this is set to go off! 

Advance tickets £12 - here. MOTD.For more information, check out the facebook event page

MakeItGood x FatKidOnFire #142 - Juss B

So it’s about damn time to kick this year’s MakeItGood x FatKidOnFire series off. We’ve had our eyes and ears on Juss B for a good long time now - and in our continued efforts to find decent new labels and support their releases, we caught up with Torrey as his latest EP dropped on Vulcan Audio

Yo! What’s good?

Ez bro, been real good! Thanks.

Introduce yourself, who is Juss B? It’s a question you might get asked a lot, but the tattoos! Tell us about them?

Haha yeah, not much to say about the tats - other than I got the skelly hand so I won’t need to dress up for Halloween any more…

How would you describe your sound? How do you go about building your tunes – what’s your production setup like?

I would like to think my sound tends to lean on the darker, minimal side with an emphasis mainly on the sub-bass and percussion. I start every tune by setting up the beat then making the sub and so on. My production setup consists of FL Studio on a Mac running Bootcamp sitting on top of my girlfriend’s bed with a pair of Pioneer headphones… Haha!

How did you get into the deep and dark 140 sounds? What was the first dubstep track you ever heard?

I started out producing a bit more of the dancehall-type dubstep before I had heard any of the deeper/darker stuff. I was really into the older Rusko/Caspa stuff as well. The tune that turned me over to the deeper/minimal style of things was ‘Hunted' by SP:MC & LX One.

You’re affiliated with some of the best labels in dubstep, and have had support from some of the biggest DJs in the scene. Of your back catalogue, what’s your favourite release and why?

I’ve been really lucky this past year to get in contact with labels and producers that I highly respect. I feel my strongest release as of now has been the ‘Metaphysics/Symbols' EP on Vulcan Audio because it caught the attention of quite a few people and kind of put me on the radar within the dubstep community.

Another standard question you’re probably bored to death of. Do you prefer turntables or CDJs for playing out? Does it matter?

CDJs, because CDs are easy for me to travel around with.

How long have you been playing out? If you could pick any of your recent bookings, what would be your favourite - and why?

I’ve been spinning gigs for the last two years now. My personal favorite show to date was in San Francisco at Temple with N-Type. It was a nice and dark venue and heaps of people came out to show support (most likely because of N-Type haha).

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? Where do you see the dubstep ‘sound’ moving to over the next year or so?

As bad as it may sound, I haven’t dabbled much in producing any genre other than dubstep. I’m pretty focused on shaping my overall sound at the moment. If other producers are motivated to experiment with other genres, good on them! I’m hoping the dubstep scene will start putting more focus on the deeper/minimal side of things and expand from there.

Other than the releases we discussed earlier, have you got any tunes forthcoming we should be looking out for? Anything physical?

There are some things up in the air which I’m pretty excited about but nothing that can be announced at this moment…

In terms of advice, what are your top points for new producers and DJs looking to get heard or signed?

Be patient. This was (and still is) the hardest thing for me to cope with. Try not to push out tracks that are premature because there is no rush or time limit. Focus on making one great tune rather than ten mediocre tunes. This will get the attention of record labels and show them maturity in my opinion.

Tell us about your MIG x FKOF mix…

I made the mix with the intention of showcasing every tune involved. It was a real treat for me to have so many top notch producers send over their unreleased material for the mix. Big thanks to all of them and of course MIG x FKOF for the opportunity!

Any shoutouts?

To all the record labels I’ve released on and been in contact with - big up! There’s way too many names for me to spell out, so massive thanks to everyone who I’ve been involved with thus far and looking forward to big things for 2013! O yeah, and out to Skrillex haha!

Best up-and-coming label we should be following is…?

Vulcan Audio, Gradient Audio and Phantom Hertz have some big releases lined up for 2013 from what I hear…

Best dubstep track ever produced is…?

At the moment, I’m really hooked on ‘Gatekeeper' by DJ Madd.

One dubstep producer to watch for in 2013 is…?

There’s so many out there, but ‘the man of mystery’ Warsa is definitely one to watch in my opinion…

Juss B’s VLCN004 release sat up in the top 5 of the dubstep charts on Juno a good week or two after its release - and his mix for MakeItGood x FatKidOnFire is testament to both his production (with 2 Juss B dubs and 2 releases included) and mixing skills. 17 tracks, 51 minutes and a whole lot of free download! Click to DOWNLOAD

Track list:

1. Warsa - Tungsten [dub]
2. Killawatt & Thelem - Point of No Return [Black Box]
3. Olie Bassweight & Dubfonik ft. DMG MC - The Message [Bassweight Recordings dub]
4. Juss B - The Cell [dub]
5. Mesck - No Shelter [dub]
6. Juss B - Symbols [Vulcan Audio]
7. FNC - Prism [dub]
8. Juss B - The Omen [dub]
9. Skeptix & Fuced Forces - Medusa [dub]
10. FNC - Code Signal [forthcoming ????]
11. Youngsta - Poseidon [Tempa]
12. Juss B - The Incas [Sub Pressure Records dub]
13. Mesck - Conquista [dub]
14. Truth - Spook (Olie Bassweight remix) [Bassweight Recordings dub]
15. Muttley - Tiled (Boofy remix) [dub]
16. Killawatt & Thelem - Kaba [Black Box]
17. Juss B - Metaphysics [Vulcan Audio]

Let us know what you think of Juss B’s interview and mix via Twitter or Facebook.

Lara

KARTEL Launch @ Plan B [Brixton] - 19/1/13

Brought to you buy the people behind THEM, KARTEL is London’s first Electronic music event dedicated to African sound. Music ranging from the cross-pollination of UK Electronica and African music, to the more authentic African styles Kuduro, Highlife and Afro beat - the perfect mix to dance to, on a Funktion One sound system and with dedicated visuals all night – for just £5. 

Advance tickets £5… click HERE. £8 OTD. For more information, check out the facebook event page

MakeItGood x FatKidOnFire #141 - Wayfarer

There are few artists in the world who can say their debut release got a wheel at Mala and VIVEK’s System. There are even fewer artists who can say they’ve been supported by the likes of Joe Nice, BunZer0, Kryptic Minds, Biome, Kaiju, Killawatt, Perverse and N-Type with a single release under their belt. That list is indicative – and justification – of the hype around Wayfarer, a young producer from Nottingham injecting a truly startling energy into 140. Taking the more roots sound and flipping its focus from bass to percussion, without losing either’s force, Wayfarer is a breath of much-needed fresh air in a sometimes tired genre. Announcing himself with the truly astounding ‘Fall of the Zulu' on Tribe12, with a selection of his trademark percussive monstrosities forthcoming on digital and 12” on some of the best labels in dubstep, it's safe to say Wayfarer has thrown the towel down and jumped in at the deep end. This is most definitely an artist to watch…

Wayfarer! What you doing with yourself?

Sup, just chillin’, bear grillin’!

For those that don’t know, introduce Wayfarer?

Wayfarer is an alias that I have been producing dark 140 tunes under since January 2012.

First question, because it’s something we’ve joked about before, but it’s always good to get a detailed answer. How on earth do you describe the sounds only you seem to be able to produce?

Haha, please! Well, everyone has their own way of working and it’s difficult to differentiate how I make tunes compared to others. From what I gather, it tends to be that an artist has their own way of writing and I’ve never really been exposed to anyone else’s. I guess I started writing with the intention of creating big, raw vibes – a bit dirty and not too clinical. I don’t record anything myself, there’s nothing special going on there. I’m pretty naive technically so when I started out the focus was on the ideas behind the tunes. I never really used to worry too much about making tunes that sat well in the mix either but that’s something that’s changing a bit more as the bookings come in and things like that. Obviously I realise that most people will listen my tunes in a mix but I struggle to sit and write beats that aren’t a bit wonky.

How did you get into dubstep? When did you decide you wanted to make as well as listen? How on earth did you develop your sound? I’ve not heard anyone making music like you!

I started listening to DnB around 14 and picked up on dubstep not longer after, so probably late 2007 when a friend sent me a bunch of tunes and guys like Skream, Mala, Peverelist and D1 stood out. Also I remember listening to Burials first album, rinsing it for about two months then ‘Untrue’ came out. I think those albums really hooked me on the sound. Given that, I only started properly making tunes this year, I took my time with getting round to producing really but I guess that was because I was hung up on so many genres of music. I love the earlier dubstep sound, how no one really knew what they were doing and were making tunes their own way. I kind of wanted to emulate that mentally and just make angry, unadulterated, organic energy.

How do you go about building your tunes? What’s your production setup like?

I run a Macbook Pro with Logic 9 with Yamaha HS80s - no hardware unfortunately. I actually use my HD25s quite a lot whilst building tunes, just because I kind of know how they translate to other speakers (and it means can crash on the sofa and make noises). As far as synths go I don’t really venture much further than Massive and Alchemy. I draw for Kontakt a lot too, perfect piece of kit for me. Izotope, PSP vintage warmer and Shaack Audio’s Transient Shaper are all pretty standard. When I’m making a beat I tend to start with a 16 bar drum loop and just keep adding elements until I get somewhere close to what I had in mind for when the tune is in full flow. I’ll then strip it back out and add in some structure.

Another standard question you’re probably bored to death of. Do you prefer turntables or CDJs for playing out? Does it matter?

I love vinyl and used to buy the occasional release if it was special but I just couldn’t afford to buy it all the time. I recently swapped my 1210s for a pair of Pioneers with a mate, which I’m kind of regretting now but they are generally less of a pain. There is a certain hypocrisy (that I’m guilty of) with wanting my music on vinyl and not really buying it myself – but it’s something I want to start collecting properly when I’m not a miserable pikey student anymore.

How long have you been playing out? If you could pick any of your recent bookings, what would be your favourite - and why?

I’ve played a few times up in Aberdeen but there isn’t a very strong scene for dark dance music here – so was mostly playing to empty to rooms. I’ve only played two out of town bookings so far both were wicked but for different reasons. Hit&Run was great as it was pretty busy. I was warming up for Enei and Kasra so there were some nutjob DnB heads in the crowd and the system was lovely. The FKOF vs. M.U.D night on the other hand was really wicked for meeting other producers on a similar tip.

There’s been a pretty decent return to the roots, with good support of Wayfarer productions (I remember ‘…Zulu’ destroying System for example). I, and a few others, have bemoaned the (perceived/) lack of innovative producers out there at the moment; do you see your sound as something that can set an example? Bringing something fresh back to dubstep?

Ha, that’s some compliment – thank you! I don’t really sit around constantly analysing what I’m doing as a producer so I’ve never really thought about whether I’m bringing anything new to the table every time I sit down to write. If thats how people see my tunes then I’m succeeding. It’s nice to think you might have your own little niche but I don’t think of it as innovation.

Other than the recent releases on T12 and one or two special tunes in the pipeline, have you got any tunes forthcoming we should be looking out for? Anything physical?

Everything has been a bit up in the air as far as releases go. I’ve recently signed to Uprise Audio which I’m really happy about. I’m pencilled in for some nice releases next year on a couple of labels, that’s about as much as I can say. I’m toying with the idea of an album, probably not dancefloor material so that’s something way off in the future but definitely something I want to pursue.

In terms of advice, what are your top points for new producers and DJs looking to get heard or signed?

I don’t feel like I should be giving out any advice – I’m making mistakes and learning every day. If I had to though I’d just tell people find their own palette of sounds and be a pleasant person.

Tell us about your MIG x FKOF mix…

Sort of what you’d expect to hear me playing out really; half my tunes, half contributions from other artists I’m feeling.

Any shoutouts?

There are really too many people to mention who have been a support over the past year. Out to Seven, Verity, Will from Hedmuk and Rich Reason for getting me to Manchester recently and of course MIG & FKOF. 

3 producers we should be following are…?

Gantz, Cauze and Taiko. These boys will be running things soon.

Best dubstep track ever produced is…?

Urgh, I hate this question. Loefah’s ‘The Goat Stare’.

Best label in dubstep is…?

Obviously Deep Medi.

It is time… Click to DOWNLOAD

Track list:

1. Wayfarer - Yezo [dub]
2. Kaiju - Ice [dub]
3. Wayfarer - Shiro Ishii [forthcoming Tribe12]
4. Wayfarer - Iris [dub]
5. Taiko - Unrest [dub]
6. Wayfarer ft. Beezy - Diminished Nation [dub]
7. Wayfarer - Chandra [dub]
8. Wayfarer & Konvex - Omertà [dub]
9. Taiko - Levels [dub]
10. Wayfarer - Kendo [dub]
11. Kanjira - Ojama Black [dub]
12. J.Robinson & Gantz - Misread [dub]
13. Perverse & Gantz - Seismic [dub]
14. Wayfarer & Taiko - Untitled [dub]
15. Perverse - Resistance (Wayfarer remix) [dub]
16. J.Robinson & Shima - Tundra [dub]
17. Wayfarer - Shaman [forthcoming Tribe12]
18. Asylum - Blindfold [forthcoming Uprise Audio]
19. Taiko - Hands [dub]
20. Wayfarer - Untitled [dub]

Let us know what you think of Wayfarer’s mix and interview via Twitter or Facebook.


Urban Nerds x Snowbombing Christmas Boat Party - 22/12/12

This Saturday sees the Urban Nerds collective team up with Snowbombing to bring you a wicked Christmas party… and here’s the twist, it’s taking place on the Stubnitz, a German deep-sea fishing vessel. 

Tickets are £10 and are available hereFor more information, check out Urban Nerds on Facebook and Twitter.

Loud Noise ‘End Of The World Party’ @ Cable - 21/12/12

Our friends over at Loud Noise are back with their last party of the year… and maybe ever (if you believe in that stuff). With such a killer line-up, it’s bound to be a memorable night. 

Make sure you grab Jakes’ exclusive mix for Loud Noise.

Advanced tickets are £10, available hereThere will a limited number on the door. For more information, follow Loud Noise on Facebook / Twitter.

MakeItGood x FatKidOnFire #140 - Lost

We have been following the one and only Lost for a long, long time – and we’ve been trying to grab him for a feature for almost as long as we can remember. Luckily, Justin had a bit of time in his touring/ production schedule a few weeks ago to sit down and have a chat with us and mix the first of two additions to the MIG x FKOF mix series… Thanks to Chris for the awesome artwork and thanks to Lawrence's help with the interview.

Firstly, of course, how are you?

Great thanks!

Awesome. Lost, we at FKOF x M.I.G have been big fans of yours for a long time. To those who don’t know you, who exactly is Lost?

I’m a DJ and producer, one of the early members on HENCH. Born and bred in Croydon, I’m 23 and living it large.

How would you describe your sound?

I can’t really describe it because it constantly changes and every track is unique. Compare ‘Al Barsha' to 'Groupies’, they sound completely different.

How did you get into dubstep in the first place? When did you decide you wanted to produce as well as listen?

I grew up around music so it always interested me. I started mixing when I was 12 and it wasn’t until I went to college that I started making dubstep. I first heard dubstep back in 2006 listening to Hatcha on KissFm, then went on to attend FWD» at Plastic People on a regular basis.

How do you go about building your tunes? What’s your production setup like?

I’ve got a laptop running FL Studio 9 and use a pair of Yamahas.

You’ve had some big releases in the past few years on labels such as HENCH and Sin City, have you found it easy to get your music signed or is there a lot of your music we haven’t heard yet?

I’d say only a small fraction of all the music I’ve produced has been signed and released, or even heard. I can only release my solo music on the label I’m signed to, so it limits me as to how much music I can put out as there is more than one artist on that label. Everyone has their turn for release so I can only release a couple a year. Were working on speeding that up for the next year.

Another standard question you’re probably bored to death of. Do you prefer turntables or CDJs for playing out? Does it matter?

It depends on the person’s preference to the equipment, they both have their good and bad points. But for playing out, it would be easier to use CDJs as the rate in music production has increased and the vinyl preservation has decreased (which almost forces DJs to use CDJs).

How long have you been playing out? If you could pick any of your recent bookings, what would be your favourite - and why?

I’ve been playing out since 2009 and got the opportunity to play worldwide. My favourite place to visit and play was Brooklyn, New York – an amazing place! But my favourite venue and crowd would have to be at Paradiso, Amsterdam; because the atmosphere, sound system and crowd were outstanding.

With everyone seemingly moving away from strictly focusing on 140bpm dubstep, how do you think the genre will evolve over the coming months/ years? Where do you see your sounds progressing to?

The genre has evolved well beyond what anyone could’ve predicted, so it’s hard to say where I think it will go at the moment. But I have a feeling the commercial side will become less popular causing more demand for the underground scene.

After the huge ‘Groupies/Ironhide VIP’ release recently, have you got any tunes forthcoming we should be looking out for?

Theres ‘Giant Orbs/Metric Weight' forthcoming on Sin City, date TBC. I also have two other very interesting projects coming up, one of which is ready for master. It's bigger than my last release 'Groupies EP' so I'm excited for the release!

In terms of advice, what are your top points for new producers and DJs looking to get heard or signed?

Don’t sound like everyone else, or anyone else. Be original and don’t feel like you have to live up to the current trend. For DJs, try your best to entertain – that’s what you should do as a DJ, entertain. It’s so easy now to mix, there’s equipment that make the job a hell of a lot easier and takes the talent out of the meaning ‘DJ’. Learn how to mix on vinyl first, that’ll really determine if you’ve got it in you.

Tell us about your MIG x FKOF mix…

I haven’t done a give away mix in a while, so I wanted to make it special by splitting it into two parts. First you’ve got the grime mix which has got a selected few of my past favourites, and then there’s the [forthcoming] dubstep mix featuring current tracks that I’m supporting as well as new productions from myself.

Any shoutouts?

Shouts to everyone that has let me use their tracks in the mixes, to my HENCH crew and family, to the peeps supporting my music and what I do, you guys at FKOF x MIG and to my mum and girl.

Any producers we should watch out for (in any genre)?

Ipman, Kinzy, 50 Carrot, Badklaat, Mutated Mindz, Kahlil and Nickelback.

If you had to choose your favourite dubstep tune of 2012, what would it be?

There’s sooooooo many tunes in 1 year, plus it all depends on what mood you’re in at the time. It’s difficult to pick and favourite! Here’s my top 5 I have been playing this year, if that makes it easier.

  1. Jakes ft. Sgt Pokes - Someone Say
  2. Requake - Razia
  3. Ipman - In Atari
  4. LifeCycle - Zero X (Lost VIP)
  5. Lost - Groupies.

Best current label in the scene?

HENCH! Obviously haha. But I’m supporting what BassClash have been releasing recently, also GetDarker. I’m not really up to date with releases in the shops at the moment so it’s hard to tell which label is pushing the strongest material right now.

As hinted above, Lost will be contributing two mixes to the series. His first instalment is a half-hour grime special, with white labels, instrumentals and dubs galore! I’ll update the post once we get the second dubstep mix, but until then grab the download and follow Lost on Facebook, Twitter and SoundCloud.

Click to DOWNLOAD

Track list:

1. The Ends - Are You Really From The Ends (Jammer remix instrumental [PRECS006]
2. Dj Target - Poltergeist (Terra Danjah mix) [AIMH004]
3. Z Virus - Rudesting Refix [Westbeat 12 Soundsystem]
4. Ludacris - Whats Your Fantasy [Def Jam]
5. Macabre Unit - Slow Jam [Square Recordings]
6. Unknown - Ho (bootleg) [White label]
7. Unknown - Untitled [White label]
8. Nocturnal - Back in a big way (instrumental) [Night Knights productions]
9. Dizzee Rascal - Go [Dirty Stank TP]
10. Dj Zinc - Hold On [Bingo promo]
11. Youngstar - Darkside (Youngstar Remix) [Public Demand]
12. Plastic Man vs Mark One - Hard Graft [Virus Syndicates]
13. J-Sweet - Gutter (Alias remix) [Sweet Beats]
14. Mark One vs Plastic Man - Untitled [dub?]
15. Wizzbit - Quantum Leep [Road005 TP]
16. Geenius vs Slimzee - Log Off [Valve records]
17. Corporation of London - Roar Beats [Locked On]
18. Benga - Skank [Big Apple Records]

Let us know what you think of Lost’s interview and mix via Twitter or Facebook.

Lara

Blynk - Metropolis EP [OUT 4/12/12]

Sam Pemberton (AKA Blynk) has featured on MakeItGood a few times now, and we are pleased to hear that his next EP ‘Metropolis’ is out 4th December and will be available for free for 30 days, via the Sincerious bandcamp page.

'The title cut is a bittersweet slice of sublime modern techno, with one foot in Detroit's ice-cold analogue past and the other in the fractured backbeat of Berlin bass music. Packing a pair of fantastic remixes, Dom HZ re-works the original into a smooth, soulful cut of classic Dubstep, bringing the bass line to the forefront atop a bed of lucious electronics while Canadian producer Jake Robertz gets low down and dirty flipping the rhythm into a mutated 808 breakbeat that fuses drum machine mechanics, a bubbling bassline and surprisingly soulful synth work into a swaggerific overload.'

'Glyph is an all together more mechanical affair, with a pulsating bass-line and skeletal percussion capturing the industrial aura of late night warehouse warfare. Newcomers User Error deliver a remix with an edit heavy approach to the drums that boosts the original from a brooding, atmospheric track into a bouncing, dub influenced riddim that stays true to the original while heaping in a heavy dose of their own sonic science and ends the EP in style.'

Make sure you keep up to date with Blynk by following him on Twitter/Facebook/Soundcloud

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