It’s Friday, so we thought we’d treat you all to a brand new MakeItGood x FatKidOnFire feature! Gscratch, who is originally from Nottingham has stepped up for our number 48 and told us a little about himself and how he got into producing/djing. He’s also done us a fresh mix, which is a perfect summer listen (even if the weather hasn’t been too great)! Check out the interview and mix below (available for free download) and don’t forget to check out his Facebook, Soundcloud and Mixcloud.
Photo by Jay Hawley
1. How long have you been producing music for?
2. What made you start?
My sister was a big influence to my musical tastes and career. Got to spend many summers in London as a teen, my sis sneaking me into venues such as Herbal to cop a look at the British Hip-Hop scene at the time… was sick. It inspired me to get turntables, start scratching and mixing, never looked back. Also being only 15 when I started it gave me chance to share underground music with my mates at school. Nottingham had a wicked scene at the time. Venues such as the Bomb were a regular hit for me, billing sick acts in British Hip-Hop and heavy Turntablists.
3. What software do you use to produce your tracks?
I use Logic 9, we all do at the label so its good to swap session over to each other if needs be.
4. Turntables or CDJ’s?
Being a Turntablist at heart, I have to say turntables with Serato, its good to know your way round CDJs still.You never know when a club/bar might have battered 1210s and spanking CDJs. Plus I rag that cue button far too much ;) CDJS are a great backup but I like to go in on the 1n2s with Serato on the turntables, even though I don’t do much scratching in sets anymore (mainly down to old club mixers, missing the cross fader knob) its always good to have the option of both.
5. Best set you’ve played has been…?
Daammm, umm, to many… I always look forward to playing Vagabondz events, proper like to get that crowd jumping and rowdy, Bigger Than Barry is siiiiiick fun also, out to the big man every time!!
6. Tell us about your involvement in True Core Productions and Smudge Music…
TCP is my music for fashion and product launches work, I am In the process of sorting the new site now. I’m hopefully moving into the publishing side of things, so I can push artists music to be synced within various forms of new media.
Smudge Music is our record label in Leeds, releasing a broad spectrum of bass music, with the Rippa releases coming over the summer with a more to follow in September. Other artists on the label include, Nixti, Maidu and Tarn. Check them on the free EP.
7. What music are you listening to at the moment?
Really feeling the Submotion Orchestra debut album. Cymatic, wicked stuff, big things for them, check their soundcloud.
8. Any advice to upcoming dj/producers?
Have faith in your style, follow your gut and most importantly have fun!
Got To Get It - Josie Stingray
Woo Hah – Busta Rhymes feat ODB (Wick-it Remix)
1 Thing – Amerie
Gimmie The Loot – Notorious B.I.G (Superginger Remix)
Badboy in a Different Way(Refix) – Karizma
Highgrade – Gentlemans Dub Club (Ruckspin Remix)
The Fear – Wachs Lyrical
Roll Out – Ludacris (Acapella)
Disko – The Others and Distinction
Da Grind – Rippa
Gangsta Time – Mak
Bank Job – Foreign Beggars Ft Medison, Ruckspin & Durrty Goods
Remember Dre – Defkline/Red Polo Remix
Lassitude – DJ Fresh & Sigma (Dillion Francis Remix)