It’s been quite a while since we’ve had a Dutch artist in the MakeItGood x FatKidOnFire series, the first (and only so far) was TMSV in August 2011. Luckily, we’ve got Dyssomnia to fly the flag for the Netherlands, with one of the deepest mixes we’ve had in the series for a while…
Who is Dyssomnia?
I’m a 17 year old producer from the Netherlands who loves dark bass music. I basically love every non-mainstream genre, but I generally appreciate all well-produced music.
What got you into mixing and producing dubstep? How would you describe your production style?
After going through a lot of other dark music genres (gabber, speedcore, terror, death metal, power noise etc) my nephew showed me a dubstep song at a party. Since then, I’ve only listened to dubstep and since I’ve got a lot of spare time, I started producing (and have done since I was introduced to the genre). As for my production style; dark dubstep things are basically the only things I show to other people. I make a lot of other things as well, but I don?t feel like showing it to the world at this point!
How long have you producing and DJing?
I’ve started fiddling around with Reason with my nephew when I was about 8 (he was 16 or so haha), trying to make gabber and what Dutch people call ‘hardcore’. I’ve been DJing since 2009 or so, so that’s 3 years.
How do you go about building your tunes? Is there a process behind each one? What software do you use?
I go about this differently every time. Most of the time, I hear a track that impresses me so much that I feel like making something on the same vibe, but at about 50% I switch everything up so it doesn’t become a copy of the track I like. With collabs I usually make a song to about 70 or 80% and get at a point where I feel like I can’t add anything anymore, so I’ll ask someone to collab with me, it’s worked ever since haha! I use Reason, but when I feel like it, I use FL or Logic!
Turntables or CDJs for when you play out? What’s the dubstep scene in Holland like?
I’ve only had to chance to play out one time and I used CDJs then. At home I use Technics or digital, it depends on whether I want to mix seriously (vinyl) or just something for fun (digital). The dubstep scene here was pretty good with big events like Sonic Warfare and Dub Infusions, but they’ve both quit. I do want to mention though that Audiobrawl is the next big thing for people in the middle of Holland, they always get the best artists first and their parties are mental!
What’s been your best gig and if you could DJ alongside anyone, who would it be?
Who are your top 5 dubstep producers at the moment; and why? Any labels you’re feeling?
In no particular order, my favourite dubstep producers are:
Core & Cauze are basically my favourite dark dubstep producers; they’re one of the few producers who still make dubstep that I actually think is very dark.Kode9 just puts great atmospheres in his tracks, which is really amazing! Silkie & Von D are my favourite all-round producers, since they’ve basically mastered it all. I have a secret love for jazz as well and I think their music is definitely influenced by jazz! I really like the label I’m on right now, which is Falkon Records, their music is really good so check them out!
What’s the future of dubstep ? where do you see the genre going? Has it got a future?
I can’t speak for the entire genre, but I think the darker side of dubstep will have the same sort of progression as Bebop jazz had in the mid 1950s. Bebop became faster and faster, up to 210 bpm and even more. Then, suddenly people started to experiment with opposing styles of Bebop; for example modal jazz which uses, like the name states, musical modes instead of chord progressions. I think dark dubstep will get darker and darker with the sick midrange people have been using lately, but a lot of people will probably go to another genre. The real dubstep heads will probably switch up to the roots again, with a lot of sub-bass and not so much midrange. Again, I can only speak for the dark side of dubstep, since I have no knowledge about the ‘other side’ of dubstep.
Any forthcoming releases we can look forward to?
I’m experimenting with a lot of different styles at the moment, so nothing yet confirmed for myself. Keep your eyes open to Falkon Records, they’ve got amazing artists (including myself haha!) signed and our first compilation just got released on Juno [which you can pick up here]!
Have you got any advice to upcoming DJs/ Producers looking to get their music heard or signed?
I believe that if your music is good enough, you should get some followers and eventually you’ll get in contact with promoters/ labels. Then again, make sure you are happy with your music first (before sending it out or showing to other people), you can’t honestly promote something you’re not happy with! Also, don’t take advice from friends who aren’t into the style you’re producing. If someone says your track is not so good because of the darkness, then he/she probably doesn’t like dark music. Show your music to people who have the same taste as you have, if that’s possible!
Shouts to the Falkon Records crew, with special shouts to Konvex for being awesome! Also, shouts go out to Downfall, Gamma, Chapta, the entire Audiobrawl crew (you know who you are!) and all Dutch people who actually like proper dubstep like ZEER, Dyzz & Rebus, Reckless, Bo Salet AKA Zondermeer ½, Pontus Johansson AKA Certavi and everyone else who received my crappy WIPs in the middle of the night and actually listened to them!
Definitely Reason, really easy to start of with but you can get pretty deep!
Alien or Predator?
Tempa or Black Box?
Both. Every dubstep label is awesome!
We’ve been rinsing Dyssomnia’s mix since he sent it to us a week or so back. It’s a solid 40m of serious weight, with dubs and tunes forthcoming (on Falkon Records no less) from some of the best up-and-coming producers in dubstep. Give it a listen, get the free download and hit Dyssomnia up on Twitter if you feel it! You can also find Dyssomnia on Facebook and YouTube. Click to DOWNLOAD
1. The Illuminated - Limp [dub]
2. Dyssomnia & Downfall - untitled [dub]
3. Kbeatz - Cold streets [dub]
4. Chapta - Guess who [dub]
5. Kbeatz - 717 [forthcoming FALKON RECORDS]
6. Dyssomnia - Innerverse [dub]
7. District - Gutter
8. J:Kenzo & Mosaix - Alone in the Darkness
9. Downfall & Jaydot - Night Vision [dub]
10. Kbeatz & Cauze - Nightmares [dub]
11. Biome - DMT
12. TMSV & DJ MADD - Difference (J:Kenzo remix)
13. Chapta - Bad feelin’ [dub]
14. Dyssomnia & Konvex - Lobotomy [forthcoming FALKON RECORDS]
15. Zoobi - Freeze VIP