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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