We’ve had a fantastic run with our recent MakeItGood x FatKidOnFire features. We’ve celebrated our 50th – with an exclusive EP from Killawatt and a fantastic guest mix from Sweden’s Dubstep Bastards (along with interviews with Thelem and Holland’s TMSV). Today sees yet another first for us, with our first interview with the Auckland-based Perverse. Brett and Alex have been releasing some massively exciting dubstep way out in New Zealand and their mix is testament to the skill coming out of Australasia at the moment. Keep locked to their Soundcloud account for their latest tracks (they’re on a serious roll at the moment releasing clips every few days) and follow them on Facebook for everything else. Keep track of these guys – you are going to be hearing a lot more of them!
1. Who are Perverse?
Perverse is a duo of Alex (Zander) and Brett (Ducer) from Auckland, New Zealand. We were both born on the opposite sides of the world and we feel it’s our years growing up in those different countries, mixed with the lifestyle here, that has drawn us to the sound that is dubstep, and given us freedom to bring those experiences and feelings and put them into our songs.
2. What got you into mixing and producing dubstep? What’s your style - big, dark basslines or as filthy as possible?
Well, both of us were messing around with producing for a short period of time. We had mutual friends who introduced us to each other because they thought we might work well together, bring each of our own strengths to the table and see what we could come up with. We sat down and made a tune and felt quite in sync. This stemmed into the sound you now know as Perverse. Alex started producing DnB and Brett started with hip-hop. We both loved the deep, dark traditional side of dubstep and felt we could put our own touch on it. We tend to lean towards the darker, sub-heavy side of things as realistically that represents our personalities perfectly.
3. What software do you use to produce your tracks?
- Alex - I use FL Studio 9 and a bunch of VSTs and plugins.
- Brett - Logic pro and multiple AU’s and plugins.
4. Turntables or CDJs?
For us it’s been vinyl as that’s the hardware we own. Personally, we like the feel of the moving vinyl and the almost intimate interaction you have with the hardware. Serato is awesome for playing out those digi-only tunes and for those of us that don’t have any vinyl releases as of yet…
5. How long have you producing and DJing?
Collectively about 2 years but seriously around 3 months ago.
6. What’s been your best gig and if you could DJ alongside anyone, who would it be?
- Alex - Noisia, sick night. I would love to DJ alongside Kryptic Minds.
- Brett - For me its a tough one between Kryptic Minds and Kode9. I would love to play next to Kryptic Minds – they epitomise everything i love about dubstep.
7. Who are your top 5 dubstep producers at the moment; and why?
In no particular order:
- Kryptic Minds - originators of the “dungeon sound”. Dudes can do NO wrong. If their name is in there we know it’s our buzz
- Distance - The dude is so, so versatile yet has this sound that is unmistakable
- Noisia - Their versatility and top quality productions are unmatched
- Mala - His traditional sounding percussion and interesting basslines are impossible to ignore. He could literally do no wrong
- Loefah - BASS! The king of sub bass hands down. His minimalistic percussion and heavy bass are unparalleled.
8. What’s the future of dubstep - where do you see the genre going?
We like the direction it’s going at the moment, back to the traditional style from a few years ago. It’s slowly moving back towards that with all the artists here pushing it (Truth/ Optimus Gryme/ Ghost Note/ Tallan). To be honest we just make what we make because it’s the sound we both feel. No matter where dubstep goes, we’ll continue to do our thing and not pigeonhole ourselves.
9. Any forthcoming releases we can look forward to?
We definitely have some hush-hush stuff being sorted at the moment. But we’d like to give a shoutout to Requiem Audio, Optimus Gryme Recordings and DiaMind Records and all the others that are helping us out and showing interest in us. Our goal is to get a vinyl release so that’s what we are slowly pushing for.
10. Have you got any advice to upcoming DJs / Producers?
First and foremost, respect. If you show a producer respect you’d be amazed at how friendly most people are. There are very few egos in the scene that we have experienced, and all that took was just saying a casual hello and not being pushy about things. Be persistent and dedicate time and effort into this, it’s definitely not as easy as you first think… Trust us the effort shows. Kutz from the UK actually gave us that advice and it was never taken seriously until a few months ago. For us it was LOTS of late nights, early starts for work, back into the studio. Always try and finish a project, making 16 bar loops is a bad habit to get into. And lastly we’d like to give a shout out to Ghost note, Tallan, Vyron, RDG, Disonata, Percept, Kasket, ARtroniks, Optimus Gryme, Droid Sector, Boot, Sook, Compa, Bunzer0, Crisis, NoMan, Formless and everyone else for the support.
The Perverse guys have seriously done themselves proud with this mix. More than half of it features talent from New Zealand and almost the entire track list is composed of unreleased premium bassweight. This is one of our favourite mixes from the entire series of MakeItGood x FKOF features, so grab the free download below and get it on the stereo. Be sure to let us know if you agree!
Track list: 1. Soulware - Return to the Source Part2 (dub) NZ Lara
2. Perverse - Tepidus - (dub) NZ
3. Arkotypes - Impulse (dub) NZ
4. Kuss & Obi - Ursa Minor (dub) UK
5. Perverse - Mizrahi (Forthcoming Requiem Audio) NZ
6. Mala - Eyez ( ARtroniks Rerub ) (dub) Belgium
7. RDG - Minacious (Forthcoming Dubliminal) Denmark
8. Perverse - Shaitan (dub) NZ
9. Tallan - Eyes up (dub) NZ
10. Optimus Gryme - Subtribe (dub) NZ
11. Perverse - Gibberish (dub) NZ
12. Percept - Altered State (dub) UK
13. Bukez Finezt - Hungry Bowser (Forthcoming Bassliebe Records) Germany
14. Disonata - Shadow Catchers (dub) UK
15. Optimus Gryme - Dreamstate (dub) NZ
16. Ghost Note - Dynamic (dub) NZ
17. Perverse - Glacier (dub) NZ
1. Soulware - Return to the Source Part2 (dub) NZ