Been some time since the last full feature, so it was only right that Bacon Dubs bossman Sparxy steps in and delivers the goods.. As well as a stellar dubplate special mix to mark #002 in the new podcast series, we got some words off him too…
D - Easy Sparxy, how’s things?
SP - Can’t complain man! All good!
D - For those that don’t know already – who is Sparxy?
SP - Sparxy is simply some twat from Portsmouth who likes to make loud noises.
D - How did you get into producing/DJing? And how long have you been doing it?
SP - I got into DJing a long time ago when I was around 15 years old. I used to listen to a lot of house and garage back then, it was at a time when garage was gaining in popularity. But it was Drum n Bass that really got me into music. When I looked old enough I started blagging my way into raves, I remember seeing DJs like Mampi Swift, Shy FX, Bad Company. They were sick. It wasn’t long till I got my first pair of belt drive Gemini turntables and started buying vinyl. I dabbled in producing DnB for quite a while before taking a break. A few years later dubstep came about and that’s what got me back on the buttons.
D - I’m personally a big fan of the label and have been for some time now, but for those of us who don’t know - tell us a bit more about your Bacon Dubs imprint – how did it all come about? What was the original idea behind it? Where did the name come from?
SP - I started the label at a time when I was confident in my sound but struggled to find any labels out there matching it. I sent out a lot of demos with mixed feedback, but it was a mate who encouraged me to put stuff out myself. When I sat down and actually thought about what I wanted to do, I decided I wanted to find like minded guys to join me. I set about scouring the internet, soundcloud etc. for fresh talent. It took a while but I found guys like Reamz, Skriptah, Hiloxam and ID and then felt we had enough solid material to start putting stuff out. It was all about working with like minded guys who I really got on with. As we picked up momentum we started receiving quite a few demos. Guys like DubApes, Deafblind and Format all caught my ear and after chatting with all of them for some time added them to the roster. We’re a bit of a family, we joke a lot - there’s a decent amount of banter, but we all have a passion for music and that’s what unites us. I’m proud to call everyone on the label a mate and I think that’s why it’s worked so well. We definitely all have a distinct sound of our own but all cross over to a certain extent.
The name is rather absurd to be honest. Bacon has been a bit of a theme on the internet for some time, but way before that, throughout my entire life all of my friends have known me as a great lover of bacon. When it came to naming my label it felt natural to relate it to bacon in some way and thus, Bacon Dubs was born! I think the fact the name is fairly ridiculous means once you’ve heard of us, you don’t forget!
D - Your ‘GravitationEP’ is a big one I must say, and I’m sure a lot of other people will agree with me on that, but how did the concept for it come about? When did you start writing tunes for it?
SP - To be honest I never sat down and thought “let’s write an EP”. I made all the tunes individually but in a fairly short space of time. When I decided it was about time I put some more stuff out, I sifted through my bits and thought about what would make a good concept for an EP. I think there is a common theme with these tunes but each one stands on its own 2 feet as well.
D - Hate to make you choose, but if you had to – which Bacon Dubs release is your most favourite, and if there is a certain one amongst all large releases on the label, why?
SP - Pffffffffff, tough question. I can honestly say i’m proud of everything we’ve put out. When you compare our early stuff I think you can clearly hear how far we’ve come in 2 years, but that demonstrates progression and that’s always a good thing.
If you held me at gunpoint I would probably tell you that Reamz’ “Fear EP” is a personal favourite of mine. It was certainly a breakthrough release for us.
D - What does the future hold for Bacon Dubs and yourself? Any new and exciting projects/releases you can share with us?
SP - Bacon Dubs’ momentum is strong right now. We have a raft of forthcoming material in 2013 from DubApes, Genetix and Reamz as well as our first ever event in May next year. We also have a brand spanking new website that will reflect us better as a label. Personally, I’m just looking to keep pushing my sound and progress. ‘Antidote' is confirmed as seeing a release on a fairly well known label. Other than that, I’ve been making a range of stuff recently, from really, really deep bits to tearout stompers and even a 130bpm bit but i’m keeping it all under wraps for now - soon come.
D - Always a popular question, but where do you see the future of dubstep going? Do you think the 130 sounds will take over? Or maybe even a new bass music sub-genre completely?
SP - It’s been an interesting history so far in dubstep. I honestly don’t know where it’s going, but one thing I do know is that it’s not going to disappear. There are a lot of new guys on the scene right now and how they progress and flourish their sounds will influence the how the scene moves forwards. It only takes one piece of incredible innovation from a single person to set the scene on fire.
130bpm is house really and it will always remain house, it’s a different genre and whilst there’s always going to be crossover, I can’t see how it will ever fully merge with dubstep. But it’s always good for producers to flex their muscles in other tempos and genres and we’ve already started to see a lot of techno-influenced stuff coming through from the likes of Baitface, FNC and Killawatt.
D - It’s been a big year for outstanding releases, but what are your top 5 and why?
SP - Another tough question! I am also quite biased! These are in no particular order…
-DubApes – ‘WeAre MonkeysEP' (an outstanding debut release from the boys)
-Biome (take your pick, the man has been killing it all year)
-Sleeper & District (again tough to pick a single release, all of their stuff is insane)
-Reamz – ‘FearEP' (simply because it was massive for Bacon Dubs)
-Truth – ‘LondonBabylon' (absolutely love this tune / release)
D - So many new amazing producers taking to the sound and the scene recently, but who would you say your top 3 are and why?
SP - Again there are way too many to go into great detail. But 3 newbies that have sent me sick tunes recently and potentially ones to keep an eye on…
-D-Operation Drop – these guys started sending me stuff the other week. It’s SICK!
-4Flexx – this guy makes some really varied stuff, but the deeper bits he’s sent are on point for me
-Mesck – this guy is a f*cking badman. I don’t think he’s that new to the scene, but I’ve only known about him for a few weeks and DAMN! The tunes! They are ridiculous!
(*D - second that last one)
D - Finally, what’s your most precious/favourite record you own?
SP - Gotta be “The Nine” by Bad Company. It’s where it all started for me and if it wasn’t for that tune, I probably wouldn’t be writing this interview right now.
Sparxy brings the pressure with a Bacon Dubs Special for the second instalment of the new podcast series, and what a mix it is.. Out to Matt on this - if you haven’t already, check his new EP out today on his Bacon imprint - http://www.junodownload.com/products/sparxy-gravitation-ep/2081808-02/ - and keep an eye out for the interview which will be up very soon as well..
South London based duo 1Nine8Two bring a weighty tracklist for their 30m mix - keep your ears peeled - we’ll be hearing much more from them in the near future, trust me.. Watch out for the interview that’ll be coming very soon as well..