Today sees us release our latest MakeItGood x FKOF feature with London/Bristol boy FACTA. We caught up with him to chat about DJing, releases and everything in between. Make sure you follow Oscar on Facebook and Soundcloud. Peep the interview, and download his exclusive mix below.
Who is Facta?
My name’s Oscar Henson, and I’m a nineteen year old producer and DJ from east London, currently studying in Bristol.
What got you into producing/DJing dubstep?
I started listening to a lot of electronic music through one of my close mate’s back when I was about 14 – not the sort of stuff I’d listen to now, but it started the natural progression towards slightly more experimental stuff. Getting properly into all the Tempa, DMZ, Hotflush and Hyperdub releases coming out around about 2008-9 is what got me set into the deeper dubstep sound, and I’ve been following it slightly obsessively since.
How long have you producing and DJing?
I’ve been producing to some extent since I was about 15, when I started out on hacked versions of Fruity and Beatcraft, but I didn’t move onto Logic and start properly building tracks until I was 16 or 17. Again, I didn’t really start taking it seriously until about a year and a half ago, and it’s only been about a year since I made something I was at all happy with. That had a lot to do with getting into DJing – I’ve had decks for about a year and a half now, and learning to mix and subsequently paying more attention during the live sets I was seeing out at nights really helped me develop the way I build my tracks.
What software do you use to produce your tracks?
Logic Pro 9, sometimes with Albino – I don’t use a lot of plug-ins really as I prefer to dig around for samples.
Turntables or CDJs?
Turntables of course, but there’s a reason even Youngsta doesn’t DJ with vinyl anymore – club turntables are often pretty unreliable, so I’ve had to move onto using CDJs with Serato when playing out.
What’s been your best gig and if you could DJ alongside anyone, who would it be?
I recently played in the upstairs room at Thekla in Bristol – it was the Night Slugs birthday night and I played before the first room opened, which meant the place was pack out. I like to switch it up a bit towards the end of my sets, so I started dropping bare old garage and hip-hop and it just went off – big up anybody who was there, such good vibes. And in terms of playing alongside any DJ, it could be anybody out of the standards – Mala, Youngsta, Kode9, Oneman…
Who are your top 5 dubstep producers at the moment; and why?
In no order, and not including all the obvious standards:
K-Lone – he’s my boy and an absolutely nuts producer, plus he’s been to more nights with me than probably anybody.
Commodo – at a time when I feel a lot of producers are starting to sound a little samey, Commodo always comes with the freshest and most unique sound. Rude sampling, nutty basslines, and fucking sick on the decks too.
Kowton – not strictly dubstep, but part of the continuum – a Bristol head making some amazing blend of techno, dubstep and grime – ‘She Don’t Jack’ is a ridiculous tune. Plus Idle Hands is an absolute institution.
TMSV – just listen to his new bit ‘Lost’.
Versa – just makes consistently emotional beats.
What’s the future of dubstep - where do you see the genre going?
If you just take dubstep to mean the worldwide community of producers making interesting, bass-driven music around 140 bpm, and ignore all the dull stuff, then it’s plainly obvious that it’s just going up and up.
Any forthcoming releases we can look forward to?
In discussions over a couple of bits – watch this space.
Have you got any advice to upcoming DJs/Producers?
Well obviously I’m as ‘upcoming’ as the rest of them, but from what I’ve experienced so far there’s a lot to be said for just putting yourself out there – this scene thrives because it’s made up of people who mutually support each other (this blog is a prime example) - if you feel your tracks, there’s a good chance other people will too, so just ask producers to play your tracks – ask promoters to book you – ask labels to sign you. Any success I’ve had so far has just come as a result of the fact that everybody is helping everybody in this scene.
Anybody listening to my tracks and mixes, booking me, or coming to see me play out. Special mention goes out to Liam and Yanis at Piff Bristol – it’s big to be part of such a sick team of people.
Twitter or Facebook?
The only thing Twitter is good for is finding out set times.
3 people (dead or alive) you’d go to the pub with (and why)?
David Attenborough plus any two of my mates so we could just jam with him.
FACTA went in with his mix for MIG x FKOF… and filled it with plenty of dubs, just how we like it!
1. Pinch - Get Up [Tectonic]
2. Facta - Sundown [dub]
3. K-Lone - Shatter [dub]
4. Headhunter - Descent [Tempa]
5. Facta - Surface Tension [dub]
6. Pheral & Content - Catharsis [dub]
7. Forensics - God’s Hands (Trashbat remix) [dub]
8. Pheral - Untitled [dub]
9. K-Lone - R.E.M [forthcoming]
10. Gantz - No Love [Fent Plates]
11. Facta - Blowdart [dub]
12. K-Lone - Trapped [dub]
13. Facta - Spheres [dub]
14. Kryptic Minds - Chosen Few [Swamp81]
15. Vaun - Comatose [dub]
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