45hzmix001 – J:Kenzo
October 18, 2010 § Leave a comment
We’re back, finally. Kicking it off in style, the first of many guest mixes comes courtesy of Dub Police member and Soul Shakers founder, J:Kenzo. The mix is chock full of dubs and forthcoming tunes and is almost too much to handle. To sum it up within one phrase; sheer, unadulterated bassweight. Read on for the interview and mix…
Easy Jay, hows things in the Medway towns right about now?
Things are good thanks, there seems to be more buzz about dubstep music locally than ever before.
As a producer, how long have you been twiddling the knobs for? Were you guided by someone else in the early days or did you have to find your own way around things?
I began taking production seriously in 2006. I already had basic knowledge on sequencers, but learnt a fair bit from friend and fellow producer Markomen on basic synthesis and drum programming.
Following on from the last question, when your track Constant was released through Dub Police, did you feel like all the hard work had finally paid off?
For sure, It’s a good feeling to have your music stand out and picked up by a leading label in the scene, and to have one of the biggest dj’s (Caspa) supporting your track around the world really helps.
Obviously we can’t reveal your tricks of the trade, but what program/s do you use for sequencing and what is one piece of equipment that you use on every track?
Reason and Cubase have been the backbone to every track i have produced. Sometimes I re-route them together and other times I will use them both seperately, depending on what mood i’m in at the time. I would say Reason’s ‘Redrum’ is pretty much an essential tool I use for drum programming on my tracks.
As far as questions go this is pretty open ended, but where do you see Dubstep to be headed? Many people say its falling into the same trap that Drum & Bass did by not looking outside of the genre for influence. What are your thoughts on this and how do you think the situation could be improved?
I think Dubstep as a whole is a very healthy genre, it has expanded in popularity worldwide over the last two years and I can see this increasing. Every genre has its fashionable peak, and for this year it happens to be Dubstep. What i’m hoping is for the new fans, producers and dj’s stay true to roots and learn about how the scene progressed and where the scene has come from.
In regards to the question on searching for outside influence.. quality will always shine through. Of course there are always plenty of stale copycat tracks within any genre, but as an innovative producer you are always looking for a new way to create a vibe and entertain through your music. The best way as a producer and DJ is keep an open mind and experiment and this will keep the scene fresh and exciting.
Around the Kent area, who do you think we should be keeping an eye out for over the next year or so?
To be honest Producer wise it is very hard to say as the majority of music i get sent is from all around the UK, Europe and the States. However I am always looking for fresh and exciting tracks from homegrown Kent based artists, so feel free to contact me via my Soundcloud page with a message and your music.
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