This next interview for makeitgood x FatKidOnFire (and mixtape when we get that all sorted) is with one of London’s finest dubstep Djs - Seven. Arriving on the dubstep scene with friends like Dj Youngsta and N-Type, featuring releases on several huge dubstep labels (how does Tempa, Subway, Wheel & Deal, Blackbox, Aquatic Lab and One Gun Salute sound?), Seven has been making waves since he started producing dubstep a few years back. If you like what you read, hit Seven on Soundcloud, Facebook or iTunes (you can follow him on Ping if you’re on that). Exclusive mix to come, so stay locked! Check out Seven’s track below. ENJOY!
1. What made you start producing dubstep?
Logical progression really. It was about 2006 - 2007 that I first started listening to dubstep. Dj Youngsta is a close friend and used to constantly brainwash me with it on a daily basis and kept asking me to make him some beats to play out. He didn’t have the internet at the time, so he used to get his dubs sent to my AIM inbox, as he was over my place everyday hanging out. I just keep hearing banger after banger and eventually just started to love the music and felt a passion for it and to produce it myself.
2. What software do you use to produce your tracks?
Logic 9 pro and a selection of outboard processors, synths and of course plug-ins.
3. Out of your back catalogue, what’s your favourite track? Why?
Tough question. Probably “Siren" on Tempa. It opened the doors into dubstep for me and showed people what I?m all about. It still goes off to this day, especially the remix.
4. Turntables or CDJs?
Turntables. Without a shadow of a doubt. It?s an art form I am proud to have mastered - I’ve been mixing on them since I was 9, so there ain?t no switching to CDJs for me.
5. What music are you listening to at the moment?
Sitting here in silence, giving my ears a rest after a 9 hour studio session. But otherwise I would be listening to new dubs or some Madlib or J. Dilla. I often like to get old school with some early Snoop, Dre or Biggy.
6. You’ve toured Europe, the US and even Oceania. What’s been the best set you’ve played, where was it and why?
Now this is a tough question, because I love every place I play that?s rammed out and it?s hard to be biased. I wanna say certain places, but then stop myself when I think of others I enjoyed just as much, so I am gonna be diplomatic and just say I love every set I play. Each one is a blessing considering I get to do what I love to do most and that’s Dj to a crowd of up-for-it party people!
7. Who’s the best artist you’ve played alongside?
N-Type and Youngsta, I rate them both highly and in my early days of getting bookings, I used to get booked to play along side Youngsta quite often.
8. Do you think you will stick to producing dubstep, or will you try and mix it up?
Well, I come from DnB originally, but I seem to have found a comfortable home in dubstep, so I?m happy where I am right now. I do still make the occasional DnB track when the vibe is right, but I have no future plans to go back and stop making dubstep.
9. Any EPs or albums we can look forward to hearing?
I just had a ton of stuff come out. “London Suntin Diis" on One Gun Salute, "Crazy Talk" on Subway, "Siren Remix" on Wheel n Deal, "Wait EP" on BlackBox and probably by the time this interview is out "Who’s There" featuring myself and Youngsta will have dropped on Subway too. I have "The Binary EP" dropping on Subway in January and then I?m taking a break with the releases for a few months, as I’m dropping my debut album, just before summer time on BlackBox Recs…
10. Any advice to upcoming producers/Djs and new talent?
Stay focused and have fun doing what your doing. It’s easy to pressure your self into making THE NEXT BIG THING!! But quite often you can make yourself go stale trying to achieve it because you stop having fun. Don?t be scared to be different. No tune is a massive tune until everyone plays it. You’ll know it’s big when crowds call for the rewind and generally build the hype around it. Buy outboard equipment, because you will set your self apart from the downloaded for free software generation. Learn how to use the tools of your trade by spending some time exploring and discovering all of its features. It’s too easy to download a plug-in or synth now, and move onto the next hype software, without giving it the time you might have done if you paid a few hundred pounds for it. Some of the biggest features in tunes were made by mistake, but no one will ever admit it. Above all, if at first you don’t succeed, try and try again. Be yourself.