We’ve seemingly had a pretty decent run of interviewees in the MakeItGood x FatKidOnFire series recently – a trend that looks set to continue for quite a good few weeks yet. Always nice when that happens! Today’s interview sees us sit down with Funky Whisky, a DJ who’s spent a while in Buenos Aires spreading the dubstep sounds but is now back in London. FW sorted an awesome mix that went up on the FKOF SoundCloud account almost a month ago; so here’s the words to go with the music…
Who is Funky Whiskey?
A music junkie, a constant researcher who always needs to have a mix or a compilation in his mind.
What got you into mixing dubstep?
To be honest, I wasn’t into electronic music till someone gave me Hyperdub’s ‘5+5’. I was into dub at that moment, but I heard those tracks and was blown away. So since then (and this was the end of 2009 (yeah, I know I missed the classic era)) I’ve been getting more and more curious about bass music.
How would you describe your style when playing out?
I always try to have a certain scheme so I can create a trip or at least show the trip, but it often happens that I change one thing in the middle and everything goes sort of freestyle.
How long have you DJing? Any plans to start producing?
Since 2009, so I guess I’m quite new to the performing world. I started mixing digitally ‘cause in Buenos Aires you don’t have access to the records you do in London. But now that I’m here I’m trying to move to vinyl permanently. The only problem is getting unknown tunes, so I guess acetate is an option as well… or CDJs… I don’t know, like using everything actually. Yeah, starting to produce by the end of this year – so hopefully I will have some stuff to show in near future.
Turntables or CDJs for when you play out?
For control and practicality CDJs or Digital. For a sound experience, vinyl.
Any residencies or affiliations we should know about?
I’ve just moved to London so I’m free for the moment. I’m trying to start a label though, it wouldn’t be only deep dubstep but all sorts of interesting sounds, but it will probably take some time.
What’s been your best gig to date?
It was actually not a gig. It was at my old flat a couple of years ago, after my second trip to London. I had some new vinyl and CDs so some friends came and I basically introduced them to bass music. It was mental, we were playing ‘til 8am! I even mixed some Piazzolla. I will always remember that night/ morning.
Who are your top 5 dubstep producers at the moment; and why? Which labels are you feeling at the moment?
Besides everyone I managed to fit in my mix I would say:
- - Goth-Trad: ‘New Epoch’ is one of my favourite dubstep LPs of all time
- - V.I.V.E.K: his roots tunes are just so good
- - Biome: quality and versatility
- - Wayfarer: tribal madness!
- - Camu: I think the way he handles the bass and the low frequencies just too interesting.
Now label-wise, Deep Medi, Tribe12, Innamind Recordings, Dubstep for Deep Heads, Osiris Music Uk, Redshift-One and so many others.
What’s the future of dubstep – where do you see the genre going? What about ‘tribal’? Where do you see it fitting in within the ‘bass music’ spectrum?
Dubstep is going everywhere isn’t it? I think lots of producers are taking the ‘scheme’ and building their own thing, which I think is great. For instance take Kryptic Minds’ ‘Askum' or Biome's 'Chosen’, they are speeding things up but staying on 140. Data and Versa are creating some sort of tech-step and then all the tribal stuff which seems to be in vogue right now. I mean they have always been involved in dubstep but these drums are more on front right now and it works perfectly. Proper rituality. Now on the other hand, there is the upcoming ‘Dark Future Garage’. It’s just great and I think it should be having more and more presence on the scene and maybe try making it a bit progressive. I guess Burial was a huge inspiration to a lot of people. So, thank you Burial wherever you are!
Have you got any advice to upcoming DJs/ producers looking to get their music heard or signed?
Trust in your music. Work Hard. Be honest, humble and patient. Things only function if we make them function.
Tell us about your mix for MakeItGood x FKOF…
Well the idea to make a tribal mix started after listening to all the Double Helix tunes in the ‘Keepers of the Light' CD by LHF. So I started digging through my tunes (and getting new ones) 'til I had everything I needed and just started trying different things. The mix itself is a short trip. It has some dancefloor moments but it’s not necessarily a raving set. It's better enjoyed with some good headphones/ speakers and a glass of whiskey (of course).
Yeah, to the people that always supported me, Nico Larox, Fedex, Bosch, HLD and buenosaliens.com.
3 people (dead or alive) you’d go to the pub with?
So many… but:
- - Thom Yorke
- - Mala
- - King Tubby
Favourite dubstep/ bass music track of all time?
35 minutes, 16 tracks and a mix that ends with Mala’s ‘Cuba Electronic’. Funky Whisky’s gone all in with his ‘Tribal Jam’ selection for MIG x FKOF; with tunes from Gantz, Killawatt, Ghost Note, Thelem, Percept and many more. It doesn’t get much better than this!
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Track list: 1. Goof - Midnight Mixdowns [Loveless Records]
2. Gantz - Choke [Innamind Recordings]
3 Percept - Corrupt [Innamind Recordings]
4. Konvex - Unleashed [FKOF Free Download]
5. Ghostnote - Deception [Innamind Recordings]
6. Dub Apes - Africa Calling [Bacon Dubs]
7. Thelem & Killawatt - Dualism [Osiris Music Uk]
8. Killawat - Centipede [Osiris Music Uk]
9. Noman - Ashanti [Redshift-One]
10. Fletcha - Lysergic [Vulcan Audio]
11. June Miller - Shizgara [54 Music]
12. Double Helix - Chamber of Light [Keysound Recordings]
13. Thelem - Saturn Colour [Osiris Music Uk]
14. Killawatt - Mystic Vocation [Osiris Music Uk]
15. Cymatic - Jungle Fever [Box Clever]
16. Mala - Cuba Electronic [Brownswood Recordings]
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