We’ve been waiting a while to upload the next MakeItGood x FatKidOnFire feature – on the one hand to give the mixes and uploads on the FKOF SoundCloud time to breathe and on the other because the past few weeks have been manic. But it’s time. Time to talk to the Skeptix duo and hear what they’ve done in their stupidly good mix for MIG x FKOF…
Who is and what is Skeptix?
Tazz: We’re a “Bass” music duo from the UK.
What got you into mixing and producing dubstep? How would you describe your production style?
Tazz: I got into mixing purely just because i loved the idea of blending tracks I really liked together to create somthing new. I was automatically drawn to dubstep because of the depth and space with 140bpm music. I got into producing because I wanted my own work to be part of the mixes but it’s taken me a long time to get to mixing my own music haha!
Liam: I think what got me into mixing was a lot of the early DnB I was into. Going to a lot of smaller setup raves when I was younger after hearing that – and seeing people go mad for it – sort of made me want to do it. At the current point in time, I’m not really producing as I’m still learning as I go along but I’ve been helping with ideas etc since we started.
How long have you both been producing and DJing?
Tazz: I’ve been DJing for about five or so years and producing for around four I guess. Liam: I think I’ve been DJing for about 3 years now.
How do you go about building your tunes? Is there a process behind each one? What software do you use?
Tazz: I usually start with the drums really, that’s the basis and the most important part of a track for me. Either that or a loop or something I’ve chopped up for a while and feel would fit in a tune. I use Reason 6.5 and Logic 9 (but mainly just Reason); I use logic for post production mostly – I don’t rewire or anything.
Turntables or CDJs for when you play out?
Tazz: I use CDs for cost and practicality, much prefer vinyl though! Liam: if I had the choice it would be turntables – but for practicality it has to be CDJs.
What’s been your best gig and if you could DJ alongside anyone, who would it be?
Tazz: I don’t know what the best gig has been really, supporting Benga was a lot of fun. If I could play alongside anyone it would have to be youngsta – I know everyone must say that but he’s such a legend!
Liam: I think the best gig I’ve played to date was supporting Benga in Plymouth earlier this year. Such a big crowd and good vibes all around, so yeah I would say that! If there was any artist(s) I could DJ alongside, I would probably have to say Biome or Kryptic Minds both would be a dream.
Who are your top 5 dubstep producers at the moment; and why? Any labels you’re feeling?
Tazz: I dunno about producer that’s a hard one… I’d have to say:
- Konvex ‘cause he’s got that dark weighty sound
- Wayfarer is just incredible. Mixing asian vibes with techy rythyms works so well!
- Reamz has got some bangers
- Taiko is to techy and precise. I love it!
- Anex just because his tunes just hit the spot
I’m really feeling everything on Bokane at the moment – they’re going to explode real soon! I haven’t really been following releases recently I’ve been getting a lot of dubs and discovering a lot of unknown but definitely huge producers.
Liam: So many good producers out at the moment but if I had to pick it would be:
- Congi because they are literally storming through the scene at the moment everything they bring out seems to be better and better
- Perverse because they’re making big moves in the scene and their tunes are just next level. Definitely ones to look out for if you haven’t checked them already [If you haven’t already; where have you been?]
- Wayfarer is still a relatively unknown artist from what I know, but I’m loving the tribal vibes coming from him. And his production is tight!
Labels that are cutting for me at the moment are definitely M.U.D and Dubstep for Deepheads; they both seem to know the score.
What’s the future of dubstep - where do you see the genre going? Any future plans to produce any other genres?
Tazz: well I don’t know about the future of dubstep, I like this tribal direction people are taking. But a lot of dubstep these days isn’t strictly dubstep – it’s hard to label a genre these days. But then why try I guess?! I haven’t really made any plans to try and make moves in other genres, I produce a lot of things in my spare time but purely just for me, I’d never send those tunes out.
Liam: that’s a hard one. The dubstep scene is going in so many different directions at the moment (with the mainstream to the dark deep stuff). I think I can see the whole genre just expanding more and opening to so many different types of people but there are also a lot of close-minded people in the world that haven’t really given dubstep a chance, going on what they’ve solely heard on the radio. But, like I said, I can definitely see the genre getting bigger and bigger.
Any forthcoming releases we can look forward to?
Tazz: Oh yeah a 12” forthcoming on Bokane records, look out for that and some free thing on Dubsektor, just a compilatian I think. There maybe some other things but I can’t really mention them yet as nothing’s set in stone!
Have you got any advice to upcoming DJs/ producers looking to get their music heard or signed?
Tazz: just be yourself, believe in your music and make sure you send to the right people. Just don’t try and copy styles. Just be yourself and things will line up!
Liam: just keep and on and on making the music you like, keep on trying ti make your tunes sound the best they possibly can. Don’t put anything out until you’re 100% happy with it Keep promoting your sound and share with as many people as you can and don’t lose faith.
Tazz: Duskdown every time for putting so much time into Bokane records! And every producer that sent dubs for the mix or that I’ve worked with recently!
Liam: shouts to D Lux (Plymouth Unleashed resident). Shouts to all the supporters!
3 people (dead or alive) you’d go for a beer with (and why)?
- Jimi Hendrix, because he was just a god
- Biome, because I could talk production with him all day long
- And I don’t know about the third haha. Um, Jim Jeffries – he’s too funny!
- Arnie, purely for the fact that it’s him
- Bear Grylls
- Liam Neeson.
1. Konvex - Bad Dreamz [dub]
2. Skeptix & Konvex - Deserted [forthcoming Bokane 12”]
3. Skeptix - Free Fall (Taiko remix) [dub]
4. Taiko - Tactician [dub]
5. Zoobi - Kuhtai [dub]
6. Skeptix - Drones [forthcoming Bokane 12”]
7. Duskdown & DT - Untitled [dub]
8. Chapta - Bad Feeling [dub]
9. Reamz - Tapeworm [dub]
10. Taiko - Sect [dub]
11. D-Lux ft. Unanymous - Beast [dub]
12. Taiko - Sect (Skeptix remix) [dub]
13. Konvex - Pangea [dub]
14. Duskdown - Here With Me (DT remix) [Bokane dub]
15. Sparxy - Battousai VIP [Bokane dub]
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