The following feature in the MakeItGood x FatKidOnFire has been due for a month – but we’ve finally got around to the post being ready to publish. Sorry for everyone waiting to read the words to go with the awesome mix that went up a few weeks back! Kinzy first hit me up back in April with the news he recently had an EP signed to Wheel and Deal. We got chatting and he sent a few links over. A few weeks later, he sent me a mix (which ended up being the one you can download below) and we sorted the following discussion…
Who is Kinzy?
Well, that would be me! I’m a 19 year old music producer & DJ. I’ve been making music for a good 5-6 years now, and I’ve had releases on some real big labels such as Fatboy Slim’s ‘Skint Records’ and Sony Music Australia.
What got you into mixing and producing dubstep? How would you describe your production style?
Originally, before producing, I was just DJing. Pretty much the same story as everybody else; listening to my dad’s jungle & garage records and learning to mix really! Producing my own music just followed from there, I wanted to make my own music instead of playing other peoples’. I was doing some real bad bootlegs haha! The whole dubstep thing came along about six months after I started producing, I heard Digital Mystikz’ ‘Haunted' and was instantly hooked on the sound. It took me ages to actually find the name of the genre so I could listen to some more, I had never heard it before and didn’t have a clue what it was, especially coming from Wales, it didn’t exist there really! As for my production style, I would say it is simple but effective. I don’t making a huge wall of sound. I like space between sounds, I like hearing some distance in the sounds too, instead of everything being straight up in your face. I love every style of the genre though, I always have. I’ll even spend days on end in the studio making some ‘tearout’ stuff, but I always try making it still sound like a Kinzy track, if you know what I mean. I wouldn’t say I have a certain sound, I try make a bit of everything. For example, I just put out a free give away which was on a 90bpm tip, I suppose this shows how diverse my sound can be.
How long have you producing and DJing?
I’ve been DJing longer, but producing about 5-6 years. I’m getting old now – the big 20 this year haha!
How do you go about building your tunes? is there a process behind each one? What software do you use?
I literally just sit in the studio and get stuff down, it’s all about how I feel at the time and which direction I want to take the track once I’ve got something down. The only time I really think about a track before I start it is when I do remixes, I usually get a few ideas in my head and just pick the best. I use Reason 5 personally, but I know Logic really well to.
Turntables or CDJs for when you play out?
I used to use something similar to Serato, but I just hated taking the risk of taking my laptop to a club, especially because I make all my music on it too. I didn’t want any drinks or anything getting all over it! I use CDJs now, and I haven’t looked back, they’re amazing! I love them, people go on about vinyl vs. CDs – but at the end of the day it’s all about the music – not how it’s played. You go out for the music. Just enjoy it is what I say!
What’s been your best gig and if you could DJ alongside anyone, who would it be?
Do you know what, my best gig I would have to say was ‘Jungle Code’ in my home city! It’s really weird because nights don’t usually go down well here for that kind of thing, but that night smashed it. It was rammed and it was just pure good vibes, nothing bad about it. Hopefully I get to play again soon! Hmm… That’s a tough one! David Rodigan for the simple fact he enjoys it so much! You see so many DJs who just look like they don’t want to be there or there just there because they have to be because it’s the next booking on their list. I love it when you see a DJ is actually enjoying what he’s doing, really getting into the music.
Who are your top 5 dubstep producers at the moment; and why? Any labels you’re feeling?
My top favorite without a doubt is Skream, because I respect everything that man has done, and everything he producers is top notch, no matter what style it is. It’s just good music. Second would have to be Om Unit, because his production skills are crazy and it’s so different. Each track he produces is different from one another, the quality of it is amazing too. Third would have to be Funtcase/Haze, because he’s leading the scene he’s part of and his sound is so diverse. I’m stuck at three here, I really can’t think of anyone specific, there are so many good artists and tracks out there it’s hard to pick from these days. But of the three I have picked each track they’ve made is quality! With labels, I’d have to say Wheel & Deal, Sin City & Hench. These 3 labels here are putting out so many different sounds, you never know what to expect next from them. It’s great! Rather than a label pushing one specific sound.
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?
Well at the moment it’s that 4x4 140bpm thing that’s going on, personally I can see that dying out soon. I can see the real nasty dark stuff coming back stronger than ever, I mean, it’s already happening, but I think it’s going to blow up. Which I hope it does, because I think people need to know about every corner to the sound, people who have only heard of Skrillex and that kind of thing probably don’t know about the other side of it all.
Any forthcoming releases we can look forward to?
I have my EP coming out on N-Type’s Wheel & Deal soon which will be a huge look so keep an ear out for that! I really can’t mention the other things going on at the moment as I don’t have permission to actually mention them, top secret 007 kind of thing! Big things to come though!
Have you got any advice to upcoming DJs/ Producers looking to get their music heard or signed?
I think because there’s so much music being made now, the best thing to do is just do what I’ve done, forget your social life, get in the studio 24/7 and just make music. Develop your skills as a producer, and push all your music out there. Remix comps etc are also a great thing to do, it gets you heard by labels and if they like your style they will keep you in mind even if you don’t win. I literally live my life in the studio and with my Mrs. There’s no time for anything else, just smash out that music!
Tell us about your mix for MakeItGood x FKOF...
I did this mix completely randomly, I didn’t plan any of it. It’s a good representation of the music I’m playing out at the moment. There’s a bit of everything in this mix so everybody should enjoy it I hope! There’s plenty of fresh dubs in there too!
Big ups to MakeItGood and FKOF for giving me this opportunity to do this interview and guest mix! I really appreciate it!
3 people (dead or alive) you’d have round for dinner (and why)?
Billy Connolly would be one of them, just to hear his stories! That guy’s to funny! Ok, you really put me on the spot with this one, I have no idea now, my minds gone blank! One of the would be Micky Flanagan and also David Attenborough!
Favourite dubstep MC/ vocalist?
Easy question! Beezy! He’s a genius, enough said! Watch out for our collaboration too, featuring a talented female singer called Georgina Upton. I don’t want to give too much away as i’ts pretty different from my usual stuff, but it’s large.
Kinzy’s mix for MakeItGood x FKOF is a pretty seamless blend of dubs, forthcoming releases and tracks you definitely should have in your collection. A slightly more ‘tearout’ mix than the usual we peddle here on FKOF but a brilliant addition to the series – hit play or grab the download to see if you agree!
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1. Lost - Iron Hide VIP [Hench]
2. Dismantle - Destroy [Wheel & Deal]
3. Kromestar & Curzed - Signs [dub]
4. Kinzy - Satan’s Snare VIP [dub]
5. Kinzy - Hum! [dub]
6. Demon ft. Beezy - Dementia [dub]
7. Kinzy - Ripple Effect [dub]
8. Kinzy - Visualization VIP [dub]
9. Lost - Metal Foot [Hench]
10. Subzee D - Snakes & Ladders [dub]
11. Minus ft. Beezy - Untitled [dub]
12. Requake - Razzia [dub]
13. Farkas - Iron Man 2 [dub]
14. Lifecycle - Zero X (Requake remix) [dub]
15. Kinzy - Dirty Ladies [dub]
16. Kinzy - Pyramids [dub]
17. Kinzy & Haze - Goin’ Back [True Tiger]
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