It’s time to drop our latest MakeItGood x FatKidOnFire interview and free mix for you - and we couldn’t be more excited! We first met Thelem back in May when he opened the night at Rood FM’s Re:Fraction event in Reading. Matty’s set went off (as you’ll no doubt understand by listening to his mix) and we knew we’d have to end up getting him down behind the MiG x FKOF wheels of steel for a mix and an interview. He didn’t disappoint with either, so peep the interview and get pon the DL and then hit up his Soundcloud account, Twitter and Facebook page.
1. How long have you been producing music?
Overall, I’ve been producing for about 3 years, 2 years more seriously I’d say.
2. What got you into producing dubstep?
Living with my mate Tom introduced me to dubstep, he’s the one who actually got me into the genre in the first place back in the day. He taught me how to use Fruity Loops and Cubase and build basic beats. I had a Mac so I then naturally progressed onto Logic. From there I learned the Logic DAW myself, continuing to learn production techniques from Tom and Alex (Coleco).
3. What software do you use to produce your tracks? Turntables or CDJs?
Like I mentioned I use Logic, I’m currently still on Logic 8. As for mixing, I now mainly use CDJs, I used to mix just vinyl but I guess then moved onto CDJs so I could play my own tracks and tracks from mates. However, I still like vinyl alot - I just don’t mix it so much anymore, I still use my turntables from time to time but mainly just to listen to records or sample atmospherics from sci-fi soundtracks that I buy.
4. What’s your connection with Orientis Records? Can you tell us a bit more about the label?
Well I started Orientis last year so I was able to release some of my bits along with mates’ tunes that I though deserved some limelight. It kind of grew from there really. I think now that I would like to actually take it a bit more seriously and get it to grow as proper solid label, but these things take time and I have had quite a few issues with distributors as some of you may be aware. I’m currently just trying to get things moving a little faster and get everything back on track, so fingers crossed it all pans out soon.
5. Do you think you will stick to producing dubstep, or do you think you will mix it up and start producing other genres?
Well, when I first started producing I used to make hip-hop beats and some grime tunes. I then progressed onto dubstep as I got to know and understand the genre better. I haven’t made a grime tune in ages, although have been messing around recently trying to make some drum & bass bits, but it doesn’t seem to work out too well! I guess that in time I’d like to actually complete a drum & bass tune; I think this would help me creatively and technically.
6. Do you think dubstep will continue as one genre or do you think it’ll fragment as it seems to have started doing – with the “evolution” of brostep and drumstep starting to gain support?
I’m not really sure to be honest, I never get involved with the whole brostep / drumstep discussions, so don’t really take notice. I just stick to what I know and what I like. I don’t understand why there seems to be so much hate and competition really - I guess just like what you like.
7. Any new releases we can look forward to?
Yeah got “Drones” and that finally coming out on Orientis end of August, if all goes to plan! Also got another 12” coming out on LPR In September/ October with the tunes “Waiting Hour” and “Distilled” on. Then got “Swarf” coming out on Killawatt’s 12” for New Moon November time.
8. Any advice to upcoming Producers/ DJs?
I guess make what you like and enjoy it, sometimes I get stressed with mixdowns and get really OCD, but it takes the fun out of production so try and avoid that! Although saying that, make sure you spend enough time on tunes so the mixes are good if you’re looking to send tunes out to some bigger artists, that’s it really. Big ups!
We weren’t lying when we said Thelem doesn’t muck about when it comes to mixes. This one is massive and is guaranteed to get your dubstep juices flowing.
1. L-OW - Theme 1
2. Subreachers & Brownz - Half Life
3. Core - Darkside
4. Lurka - Skeptics
5. Sleeper - GTFO
6. Thelem - Waiting Hour
7. Biome - Minus
8. Core - 3rd Chamber
9. Thelem - Machine City
10. Subreachers - Machine
11. Killawatt & Thelem - Swarf
12. Biome - Quest
13. L-OW - Pain Of The Sting