May 31, 2011 § 3 Comments
Joe Pressa is pushing what can only be described as pure weight. Whether on a dubstep or slight jungle flex, his skills behind the buttons always make for fresh, crisp sounding beats whilst still giving a nod to the old school.
Name – Joe aka Pressa
Age – 26
Location – Outskirts of south east London/north west Kent
Years Producing – Got my first laptop in 2006, been dabbling a bit longer.
Years Mixing – 11 years, garage then dnb and then dubstep/140ish
Easy man, how are things?
Easy, things are good at the moment. I was without my laptop for a while, now it’s fixed it’s all good.
Why did you select the tunes you did for the mix?
I chose the tunes I did because it reflects what I have been playing out recently, from deep n dark to more dancefloor orientated styles of dubstep.
Could you give us a little background as to how you got into dubstep, do you have a past history of being involved with bass heavy music?
I’ve always been in to bass heavy music, I grew up listening to oldskool hardcore, jungle and garage and that as my older brother and sister were in to it. I got my first pair of decks when I was 15 and started mixing garage, I soon got in to dnb and then moved in to dubstep and sub heavy beats at a slower pace.
What releases do you have forthcoming?
I’ve got material forthcoming on Orientis and Top Drawer as well as other labels which I’m going to keep quiet about for now as they aren’t 100% confirmed.
Who are you rating at the moment in both the UK and further afield?
All the Orientis Records gang are making some wicked deep and dark tunes. Bojcot Selectah from Holland is making some really good 140 jungle/future jungle (whatever you want to call it). There is so much good stuff being made at the moment here in the UK and abroad.
Any shouts you’d like to give?
Yeah shout out to all my fam – Thelem, Lucas, Crises, Fish and everyone who’s been supporting, big ups!
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May 5, 2011 § Leave a comment
Joe Burns aka Blind Prophet is a producer and DJ based in Long Island, New York. His styles vary from the subbed out dubstep variety, to the smile as wide as the equator style two step and UK garage.
Name – Joseph Burns
Age – 24
Location – Long Island, New York
Years Producing – A little over 2 years
Years Mixing – a little over 1 year
Hey man, how are things over the pond at the minute?
Things in the states are going good, it’s starting to get warm out finally!
You recently returned from a spot of travelling, where did you end up? Any little gems you’d like to share in terms of record shops, venues and the like?
I moved to Barcelona for 2 months with a friend of mine to “get away from everything” in a sense. Most of my time there was spent working on music and reading books. I also got up with producers like Alien Pimp, Volatil, and Ikkaku and attended some really fun parties. If you’re in Barcelona you have to check out the B.LOW party that happens at Club Razzmatazz and the DubKraft Deeper Sessions at Niu. I was lucky enough to play at Niu and had an awesome time. The bass music scene is still growing in Barcelona so it was cool to experience that during the time I was living there.
As a producer I’ve been following for a while, why do you choose the sounds you do? It seems like melody is a strong feature, was this from a background in other forms of music or did it just feel natural to take that route?
I definitely agree that melody plays a big part in my sound. To me it just feels natural. It might have something to do with the fact that before getting into producing tunes I had been playing guitar since I was 16 and the stuff I used to write was very melodic. A lot of times I have to tone it down though in my songs. Before mixing down a song I go back and listen to it several times and I usually get rid of quite a lot of melodic parts – have to make room for the sub!
With the tunes you chose for your mix, was there any conscious choice behind them in terms of fitting the mix or are they all just tunes from yourself and producers you’re into at the moment?
A bit of both. I wanted to do a mix that consisted of tunes around 130-135 bpm since I usually do mixes at 140 and I’m also a big supporter and fan of the Future Garage scene as well and a lot of the artists included in the mix fall into that style. Many of the featured producers inspire me when it comes to my own music as well so I wanted to give them the promotion they deserve.
What plans do you have for the next twelve months? Are there releases forthcoming?
Lots of stuff coming up in the next year… A split EP with ACROPLEX just came out this week on BIGGERDUBZ, I’ve got a bunch of releases forthcoming on Gradient Audio – which is definitely a label to look out for, they have been releasing some really great music lately and will continue to do so. I’ve got a single that will be out on Haunted Audio some time soon, and keep a look out for remixes and collaborations as well. I’m also planning a US West Coast tour for this winter and will be playing around the North East US too.
Anyone you’d like to thank and/or big up?
I’d just like to say thanks to anyone who has supported and believed in what I’m doing – it means the world to me!
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