May 25, 2013 § Leave a comment
Do you ever go out digging, or do you tend to favour the youtube and discogs approach that quite a few people do now?
I don’t really go digging anymore. I used to do quite a lot when I was into Drum and Bass. I also found a spot for old world music and weird proto-electronica, musique concrete stuff when I was really into sampling. After the earthquakes it kind of made it difficult to get around the city, and it just became too much of a mission. There’s only a couple decent record stores left now. To be honest I’m pretty bad with checking for new music, at least in terms of bass music stuff. I try to stay in my own little bubble in that regard and not pay too much attention to it.
Who was the first producer that made you sit there in disbelief at their creative chops?
The absolute first I guess would be RZA.. the vibe of his early stuff is unmatched, he came out of nowhere with his own sonic palette and changed the game. His stuff is just so dark, lo-fi and heavy. ‘Wu-Tang Clan Aint Nuthin to F’ Wit’ is the wake-up alarm on my phone. I still can’t get my head around those beats.
The first electronic producer would have to be Limewax. I’m pretty sure he’s an alien or a reptile or something. ‘Scars on The Horizon’ LP changed everything for me. It was like if the Spiderdemon from Doom wrote a DnB album.
Its funny you say that about the beats, because quite often I get the same vibe from yourself. Like “how the fuck did he even think of that”, especially with Hydraulics. With regards to you staying in your own bubble, did you ever feel overwhelmed when searching for quality new beats?
I try to surprise people I guess. I don’t like predictable tunes.. Most of the time they aren’t half as weird as I want them to be though! Hydraulics came together really well. Was hyped when we were writing that and Wen is just a badman so that is that. Well not really, underwhelmed if anything. When it comes to just listening I don’t really draw for the bass music stuff to be honest, I’d rather put on an album of something different.. saying that I really enjoyed LV and Cooly G’s LPs recently.
The mix is slightly all over the place. There was no way it was not going to be, to be honest. It’s not really in any specific chronological order. There were definitely certain sounds that I had to get in there though – that hardcore 90s NY hip hop sound, the gritty mid 00s dubstep, a bit of grime, through to the weird indie Coco Rosie sort of stuff and some Sizzla and Burial for good measure.
I did try to keep it to tunes that have actually influenced me (sonically and also vibe-wise) instead of just stuff I enjoy listening to. I put it together in FL studio, there isn’t really any actual mixing, but got the tunes I wanted in there. It’s more of a mixtape if anything.
What would you like to hear more of in the rest of the year?
More new artists releasing on vinyl.. Gantz, Wen, Etch, Rabit etc. And more remixes and collabs!
What would you like to see less of?
Less producers staying in their comfort zones.
Finally, where can we expect Egyptian Avenue to go?
Well my tunes Bodywash and Gun Talk are out on digital on the 24th, I really want to get a 12″ out on EAR before the end of year. Still hoping to get Rabit and Gantz involved at some point. Things will come together!
Thanks for taking the time to do this, any shouts?
For sure, I enjoyed it. Yer, out to all the Keysound, Glacial, Soundman Chronicles and EAR mandem. You know who you are. Big up.
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May 11, 2013 § Leave a comment
Thanet has always been quite creative in its endeavours. We have a long history of literary and painting greats that have called this fair isle home and we now have a new generation coming through. A generation of 20 somethings raised on a musical diet of grime, garage and drum and bass and a bleak outlook on life similar to that of the concrete sarcophagus encasing Arlington House. Over the past two or three years, there has been something important brewing underneath the surface around here. From the humble beginnings of the Skank Nasti Sound System boys down on the beaches in and around Cliftonville, to the latest up and coming events from the Seeerious boys with this, their 2nd Birthday.
The main proponents of this new scene are the ones they call Wen and J-One. Hailing from Broadstairs and Ramsgate respectively, they both share a love for dubstep, grime and garage and took those influences and just fucking ran with them. This isn’t anything different from what producers around the country do over and over again, but when they got to their personal boundaries, they carried on going and never looked back. J-One releasing his debut album on the Urban Scrumping label by Phaeleh a few years back brought a breath of positivity to what was happening around here.
Wen released a four track EP through seminal and highly lauded LDN centric label Keysound Recordings earlier this year to critical acclaim across the globe. He put Thanet on the map in a way that none of us ever thought possible. For those around here that still haven’t taken notice, this is a call to you. Go out and buy his new release on Baitface’s Badimup label.
Baitface and Konvex come from the depths of Sittingbourne. Baitface runs the Badimup label pushing both his own tunes and those of his friends. Konvex has recently signed with seminal Dj Hatcha’s “Hatched music” label, Wheel and Deal Records (N-Type’s label) and Crunch Recordings (Ben Verse’s label) so expect big things to come from these two over the next twelve to eighteen months.
As for the rest of the DJ’s we have Parris representing his label Soundman Chronicles and London based record store BM SoHo with his vinyl and dubplate treats. Wlf brings the upfront house flavours with plenty of bounce, soul and feeling. LKD and K-Loh are the brains behind the operation and you can see them going b2b with Konvex and J-One respectively. Jim Jam and Dave Over come from Sheppey and bring the vinyl only flavours from grime, to garage to dubstep and everything inbetween.
Room 2 will be hosted by Pleasant DNB aka Skank Nasti related crewdem. Expect all styles of DNB to be covered.
Set times are as follows…
8 – 845 – TOBY P
845 – 930 – LKD v KONVEX
930 – 1015 – WLF v ARCANE
1015 -1100 – JIMJAM v OVER
1100 – 1145 – BAITFACE v ARKTRIX
1145 – 1230 – J-ONE v K-LOH
1230 – 115 – WEN
115 – 215 – DUSK + BLACKDOWN
215 – 300 – PARRIS