Another new feature sees us drop a long overdue interview with one of the most exciting producers to come out of Romford since (potentially) Fused Forces – and that’s saying a lot! DCult's gone all in with a stellar 3 track EP to go along with the words, he's definitely not one to hang around…
Who is DCult?
DCult is Dan Andreetti from Romford, Essex.
What got you into producing/ DJing dubstep?
I first got into producing when I was 17 at music college. I did a music tech course at Southend College, originally I was interested in recording live music and being a studio technician – but got involved with a few hip-hop artists on the course. They were bringing beats in that they had been making and I was recording their vocals over the tracks; and it was then that I thought I could probably make beats just as good if not better than them. I’d always been into hip-hop but never thought about making beats until then. I started sampling vinyl and learned to use the software and beat machines at the college; and before long I was dishing out beats to the MCs at college. I didn’t start DJing until about 4 years ago, it was only once I started getting involved with dubstep that I took an interest in DJing. I wish I’d of started sooner ‘cause DJing is just as important to me now as producing a beat.
How long have you producing and DJing?
I’ve been producing music since I was 17, producing & DJing dubstep for about the last 4 years.
What software do you use to produce your tracks?
I’m using Reason at the moment but I’ve been wanting to expand into different software and hardware for a while – mainly to experiment with other ways of making sounds and mix downs. I never seem to make that move – just a bit lazy when it comes to learning new programs.
Turntables or CDJs?
Turntables, mainly ‘cause I’ve never used CDJs. The only time I’ve got access to CDJs is at a club and I don’t fancy turning up with CDs and trying to mix on something I have no idea how to operate. I’ve been using Serato SL3 with my Mac for about 2 years now; it’s the best bit of equipment I’ve mixed on so far.
What’s been your best gig and if you could DJ alongside anyone, who would it be?
Can’t name the exact one but would be one of the Scruffy Hoodlum or Sub Squad nights in Southend. When that place gets packed out it’s sick; dark & merky club, massive system and people shocking out. If I could DJ alongside anyone in dubstep, it would have to be Youngsta & Ntype. Those guys were the 2 DJs I used to see all the time back in the early FWD» days and every set was large, to much love & respect for what those guys do.
Who are your top 5 dubstep producers at the moment; and why?
This is a hard one, too many people stepping up at the moment:
- Sleeper – he’s kicking out the stuff I’m liking at the mo’, not sticking to the standard half step beat all the time, switching it up & giving his dark tech sound some rolling swagger
- Killawatt – he’s so consistent with what he makes, never heard a beat by this guy that I haven’t liked
- Content – he’s coming with some solid productions, solid sounding bass & percussion
- Catacombs – stepping up his sound every time, one of his forthcoming Tribe12 releases is always on my playlist at the moment
- Demon – his recent beats are sick, perfect sounding mids along with cutting drums & big subs. His tribal roller ‘Numatic’ is large!
What’s the future of dubstep – where do you see the genre going?
It’s hard to say. I just hope that it continues to grow & progress in the way that it is at the moment.
Any forthcoming releases we can look forward to?
MUD007’s ‘Deadly Hands of Shang Chi' was out at the beginning of June. Nothing else is set in stone as of yet but there should be a couple of tracks out before the end of the year.
Have you got any advice to upcoming DJs/Producers?
Keep at it, if you work on your sound and craft it will pay off. Most of all though be humble, don’t be pushy. I see too much of “hey listen to my beats” stuck up on Facebook, Twitter & SoundCloud. If you want someone to hear your music email them, give them a bit of info – don’t just spam their sites, it won’t work.
Yeah, out to all the nights that have had me down over the last year. Big up to all the people supporting my music by buying the releases and coming to the nights. Massive respect to all the DJs who have been playing my music out live and on radio; Youngsta, Distance, VIVEK, N-type, J:kenzo, to name a few. Massive respect goes out to Demon and the MUD lot for backing me and putting my music out, without their support I don’t think I’d still be making beats.
Twitter or Facebook?
Not really a big fan of either to be honest, but I’d choose Twitter.
3 people (dead or alive) you’d go to the pub with (and why)?
- Steve Buscemi – the man’s a legend, been in some of the greatest films ever. And he was a proper bad man in Boardwalk Empire!
- RZA – he’s the original & best beat maker, no one can put samples and beats together like him.
- CoCo Austin – have you seen her!!!??? Jeeeeeezzz!
- DCult - ‘A Choice Was Made' [FKOF free download] Click to DOWNLOAD
- DCult - ‘Darkness' [FKOF free download] Click to DOWNLOAD
- Demon - ‘Cardiac Attack (DCult remix)' [FKOF free download] Click to DOWNLOAD