makeitgood is proud to release it’s first interview, with SKEWN, who is an dj/producer. got loads of respect for this guy, and all his mixes are SICK. check out his soundcloud. interview and download below. peace
Skewn - Bristol Mix (Right click to download)
MARK PRITCHARD feat OM’MAS KIETH – Wind It Up (freaks mix)
RESO – Spooky
BRACKLES – Sutorita Faita
CRISSY CRISS – Up & Down
RESO – If You Can’t Beat Em
TRUTH – Revelation
GEORGIA’S HORSE – As It Stops Raining (various production mix)
GEMMY – BT Tower
MIA – Boyz (tactic mix)
BENGA – One Million
LOEFAH – Disko Rekah
BAR9 – Shaolin Style (nero remix)
CASPA – Louder
CASPA – Louder VIP
JAMIE VEXD – Radiant Industry
SEARCH & DESTROY – Candyfloss (loefah remix)
TES LA ROK – Ritual Murdah
AKIRA KITESHI – Pinball
RAFFERTIE – Wobble Horror!
BAR 9 – Murda Sound (riskotheque remix)
VARIOUS PRODUCTION feat CAT POWER – The World Is Gone
BREAKAGE – Together
What age did first start djing/producing?
How did you get into it?
I was always deep into the local Hip-Hop scene
and wrote graffiti since I was 12. Many of my close friends were into at
least one of the 4 modes of Hip-Hop expression(MC, Breaker, Graff, or DJ)
so I have always been around DJ’s. The real switch for me came when I
enrolled into art college. Anyone caught doing graff would be expelled.
Since I worked too hard to get there, I decided to explore another creative
outlet and took up DJing. This all happened at a time when I was starting
to branch out musically and listen to more Jungle music.
What software do you use to produce your tracks? Are you a logic fan?
I use ACID Pro and have been since day one as a producer. I also use
Fruity Loops, but only as a soft synth. My finished work has all been
done in ACID, although I recently started toying with Abelton.
Because of technology, loads of djs have been switching from turntables
to electronic cdj’s and computer software. What do you use when your
playing a set?
Vinyl ONLY!!! I have been playing records since I started
and that’s how I intend to stay. (We are a dying breed)
What artists are you listening to at the moment?
This list could go on for days… No Kidding! I pride myself on listening to brand new music every day. I’m a huge audiophile!!! Some of my favorites at the moment are Eprom, Mesak, Lazer Sword, Ramadanman, and Gold Panda
As this is a dubstep blog, if you had to chose a favorite track, what
would it be?
Oh man, that’s a tough one! I don’t think I have just one fave!
The last Dubstep tune on my turntable was Lazer Sword - “Shot In The Night”
Do you think dubstep has changed since it’s got more popular and ‘more
It has definitely changed and continues to do so. I see Dubstep
influencing the mainstream sound more than I see the mainstream influencing
Dubstep. I do not think that popularity has done much to hurt the creative
dynamic of Dubstep. Some people like the mainstream, others don’t. I believe
that there are enough talented producers in both schools of thought to keep
Dubstep alive and well, and keep fans happy for years to come.
Is the underground/dubstep/grime scene big in the US?
It has grown tremendously since I started spinning it around town about 3 years ago. I can only speak for my local scene though. I remember back then people would look at me like I was crazy for playing it. Now it seems like everyone is playing it.
How did you get into listening to dubstep?
Started seeing more and more of it at online record shops like Warpmart(Bleep) and Boomkat. That got me to start buying it. But I would credit Rob Booth of ElectronicExplorations.org for really giving me a good look at the genre as a whole.
How long did you work on the Bristol mix?
The Bristol Mix was a freestyle mix I made to show my friend (DJ Push) from Tennessee what I was listening to at the time. He came to my house and those are the tunes I grabbed. I played that mix a few times to get it just right before playing it at Bristol Bar in town and recording it. The Bristol Mix was recorded in 2009.