The MakeItGood x FKOF series is shaping up nicely; we’re already on 114! Mad! Today’s MIG x FKOF feature sees us sit down with Baitface – one of the most exciting young producers we’ve heard in the past few months…
Who is Baitface?
I’m a DJ and producer from Kent, UK.
What got you into mixing and producing dubstep? How would you describe your production style?
I grew up in South London and discovered early forms of it through pirate radio stations and the internet; been hooked ever since. I try not to pin myself down to one style ‘cos I write all sorts but I’ve been listening to loads of deep/ minimal techno lately so that’s filtering its way into my tunes at present.
How long have you producing and DJing?
I’ve been messing around with records and experimenting on Fruity Loops since I was about 14/15 – I’ve just never stopped really.
How do you go about building your tunes? is there a process behind each one? What software do you use?
Blank page; it’s never a set process. I used to make templates and that but it just ends up getting stale if you do sh!t the same way every time! It all depends on what I’m feeling at the time. Software-wise, my main tools would be: Logic Pro, EXS24, Massive, Waves Ultimate and Abbey Road VSTs.
Turntables or CDJs for when you play out?
I tend to play CDs more just because it’s easier for me to play more upfront stuff, either by myself or something another producer has given me. I do cut dubs every so often, but the tunes have to be really special.
What’s been your best gig and if you could DJ alongside anyone, who would it be?
The last gig I played in Kent was probably my favourite. It was the third instalment of a night run by my friends down in Margate called Seeerious. The crowd were having it and those guys always make sure the system is top notch… And I’d love to DJ alongside EZ. So much respect for that guy.
Who are your top 5 dubstep producers at the moment; and why? Any labels you’re feeling?
In no particular order:
What’s the future of dubstep - where do you see the genre going? Where do you see it fitting in within the ‘bass music’ spectrum?
The term itself “dubstep” has gone and could go anywhere. I can’t really speak for other heads but I know I’ll always be making music that I like (in the hope that others will too) – regardless of what label it’s given or where it fits in.
Any forthcoming releases we can look forward to?
Have you got any advice to upcoming DJs/ Producers looking to get their music heard or signed?
Make sure your tunes are as good as they can be creatively, worry about mix-downs later. A not-so-well engineered banger is always better than a perfectly polished turd in my opinion.
Tell us about your mix for MakeItGood x FKOF.
It’s just a collection of releases/dubs I’m feeling at the moment. Wanted to include the style I’m known for but also switch it up with other styles to keep things interesting.
Out to Jamie and Kieran Seeerious, all my like-minded musical peers: J-One, Lex, Bevan, Wen, Arktrix and Konvex. Big up Chris at Soulstep and Charlie at Dubstrict!
3 people (dead or alive) you’d have a drink with (and why)?
El-B (originator), Mila Kunis (should be obvious…) and Tulisa (to find out whether that video is an accurate representation of her “skills” or whether purple just isn’t her colour).
Tearout or minimal sounds?
Minimal. Tearout in moderation.
Memories of 3rd Base or Goat Stare?
Memories of staring at Goats after reaching 3rd Base…?!
Alex’s mix for MakeItGood x FatKidOnFire has been doing the rounds online since we uploaded it a few weeks back (apologies for the delay in getting it on the site man!) – hit that play button and you’ll find out why. If you want to find out more about Baitface and his music, follow him on Facebook, Twitter and SoundCloud.
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1. Baitface - Focus Mode
2. Lurka - Forgotten Ones
3. Cluekid - Minimals
4. Kaiju - Belcanto
5. Epoch - Katon (Wen remix)
6. Proxima - Grunge
7. Icicle - Acid Step
8. Biome - Persepolis
9. Commodo - So Clear
10. Joker - I Think You Should Know
11. Sleeper & District - Transitions
12. Konvex & Baitface - 37th Method
13. Wen - Spark It
14. ??? - Wooo / Gash Blend
15. Thelem - Cathetus
16. Perverse - The Iceman
17. Pearson Sound - Untitled
18. Wen - You Know
19. J-One - Untitled
20. J-One & Baitface - Multicoloured Blues