45hzmix007 – Dj Foster

March 26, 2011 § Leave a comment

Dj Foster is a SubFM stalwart, commanding the 2-4pm slot on Monday afternoons and easing those who are missing the weekend back in to the working week. 2005 to 2006 is a period in the history of Dubstep that many people still look back on with strong memories. I asked Foster to do this mix because it needed someone who was involved at the time, with a deep love for those sounds to represent it fully and truly.

Hey Foster, where in Italy are you based, how is it there today?
I’m based in the middle of the east coast, a small town around ten minutes from the sea near Macerata, which is the province. Its good today but honestly, I can’t wait for summer!

You’ve been a DJ for some years now. How did you get into the dubstep sounds?

Well it was my current MC who helped me discover dubstep/grime/garage. Around 2006, I met him when I used to be the “unofficial” turntablist at one of the best dnb nights in Italy at that time. It was ran by Wax Projekt Laboratory (BigRiddim Rec & more), DjNoname (Baesom/Hydrophobics) and Mc Ganji-Killah, my current mc! In the meantime I also met Ganji’s hiphop colleague Torpedo Colorado (who is now my MC also), who put me on to funky/electro stuff, basically they made me listen UK radio stations and then I started buy records etc etc. That’s how it was.

How is the Dubstep scene there? Do you have a lot of parties happen in your city or do you have to travel for them?

I think right now in Italy it is getting bigger everyday. Lots of mates are doing very good all over the country and you know precise work pays off. Some sick parties happen in
Florence (Numa Crew / Erba Rec – best italian dubstep crew),
Milan (Mother Inc Sound – label as well),
Rome (Viral Bass, Pepe Soup – the only city with a proper funky scene),
Turin (Dubside – with legendary MC Kwality & De Niro from Rollers Inc),
Bologna (DBox Rec, Link Club – one of the best club in Italy, large soundsystem).

In my zone we run some parties too but there aren’t a lots of good clubs so sometimes we just opt for playing out on our mate Robi’s handmade soundsystem. Less parties but more quality…otherwise and most of the time we travel, both for gigs or just for fun.

How did the hook up with SubFM happen?

I don’t want to be trivial but I always listened/liked SubFM simply cause I started with it (Rinse too but not as much). So I kept sending some stuff for a bit and Whistla was happy to have us down. The Monday afternoon slot is perfect for us too. Next December will be our second birthdayday there.

Have you ever visited London for a DMZ night or similar?
Unfortunately no, but I was in Amsterdam for the “DMZ 5 days off” this year I heard Kode9, Loefah, Mala, Coki, Skream, Goth-Trad and V.i.v.e.k and don’t need to say but it was an AMAZING experience!

You play both vinyl and CD’s. Is there a reason you have not gone to just CD’s yet like so many others?

I play CD’s cause they are most comfortable for me for radio, due to the amount of tunes I receive. I wish I had money to cut all tunes I want and wish all the club/places had a good pair of Technics and needles. There wouldn’t be a need for CD’s with me any more!

To you, how important is dubplate culture and supporting the up and coming artists?
For me there is a big connection, if you want to push fresh and exclusive sounds you should always support up and coming artists, its natural. At least it should be natural if you are not a producer, who else has got dubplates apart from people close to you who already send you dubs? There are lots of underrated big producers.

Can we expect to hear you making music any time soon?

Yeah, probably soon, probably…

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45hzmix006 – Antics

March 11, 2011 § Leave a comment

Elvin Vanzeebroeck aka Antics is a belgian producer and promoter of the club night Midnite Run. Both his productions and the club night promote the deep, dark sounds made popular by the likes of Youngsta and Distance. With a release due on For The Win anytime soon and collaborations with another set of Belgian producers Subreachers, he is set for a big year!

Hey man, can you tell me a little bit about yourself and the sounds that you push?

I’m Elvin, I’m from Brussels and I DJ & Produce under the name ‘Antics’. I make and push dark and sub driven dubstep.

How long have you been producing for? What programs do you favour over others for creating tunes?
I’ve been producing a bit more than a year now. I use FL studio 9, A few plug-ins and a lot of samples.

Europe is more known for hard dance and Techno, do you think this is a noticeable trait in the tunes made by the European dubsteppers?

I think some producers are definitely influenced by Techno. I was never into techno although I recently start to listen to it and actually like it. I grew up with old school and underground hip-hop and definitely also the music my Dad gave to me which was mostly early reggae & dub but also soul, jazz, funk, lounge etc. I think that the music I’m making now is influenced on the drum & bass which I used to listen to for a while after I got bored of hip-hop because it was getting too commercial and the quality wasn’t there any more. I mostly listened to dark drum & bass.

You say you used to listened to hip-hop, what sort of producers and emcees did you used to rate? Was it the early to mid 90’s kind of sample based sound or the more modern synthy based beats? Would you say this influenced the way you chop and cut samples for use in your tracks these days?

I was more into stuff like Boogie Down productions, Eric B & Rakim, public enemy etc. But I also listened to a lot of early 90’s stuff like Nas, Mobb Deep, Notorious BIG. Although I don’t think hip hop has any influences on my tracks these days. I think drum&bass and the early dub music which my father used to play all the time are my influences on the tunes that I build.

Tell me about Midnite Run. How long have the nights been running for and which has been your favourite to date? What plans do you have for the future?

We started it last year. We did 2 editions with Dj Madd, Bunzer0, J:Kenzo, Lurka, Subreachers, Silkie, Phaeleh, Daily, Phonetics & 1901. I can’t really choose a favourite I enjoyed both of them because of the good vibes all the artists brought. All the artists are very kind and they’re all doing their own thing which makes it more incredible in my opinion.

You recently attended the DMZ 6th Birthday, was this the first time you’ve visited a London based dubstep event? Has it influenced your production since you’ve been home?

Yeah that was an amazing night! So gutted Youngsta & Kryptic Minds had to stop after 20mins because of the incident with the water on the mixer. I guess I’ve been influenced. All the artists who were playing there are making amazing music. I really liked the vibes at dmZ. It was something special. Different then Belgium.

You have collborated with The Subreachers. Are there plans for you to collaborate with anyone else in the future?

Yes out to the Subreachers! They’re amazing producers! I love working with them! I think there are going be more collaborations between me and Subreachers soon. I’m also working on a collaboration with Collision now and I’ve made plans to collaborate with Catacombs as well. Hopefully more collaborations in the future with some upcoming producers that I’m really feeling at the moment.

Big Up to everyone who’s supporting my dj sets and productions! Shouts to Subreachers, Lurka, Killa & Instinct, Thelem, Goli & Ashburner, Bunzer0, Daily, Phonetics, Gaz, 1901, Catacombs, Benton, Collision, Sleeper, D Cult, Dubtro, Shortstack, Yannick, Steve, Pressa, Compa, The Rood FM family. Sorry to everyone else I forgot. You know who you are!

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