It’s been a while since the last DDDD mix special of the series, and after hearing London based Chubba's forthcoming release on long-time favourite Odea Records, I thought it was about right I got him on the guest spot - so here it is!! 30min long - switching it up a little..
Two features on here in a week must be a new record - I’m always slow at getting round to the interview section, but I hope this makes up for it.. Owner/founder of rising internet radio station Dusk FM ‘Ostra' provided us with the third installment of the DDDDcast series, and if you caught the mix you’ll know it was a big one - here’s the words to accompany…
D - Easy Fin, how’s yourself today?
O - Yeah, all good mate thanks.
D - First off, for those who aren’t sure – what’s your name and where do you come from?
O - I’m Finlay Reid aka ‘Ostra’ and I come from Surrey but currently based in Birmingham.
D - What got you into DJing in the first place? When did you start?
O - I started DJing when I was about 16. Back then a few mates of mine had just started messing around on a controller and I joined in. About a year later I had saved up for a second hand pair of 1210’s and just went from there.
D - How would you best describe your mixing style? What kind of music do you prefer to play out – strictly the deep 140 sounds? Or do you like to mix it up? (No pun intended haha)
O - Hmm, my mixing style varies depending on what I’m feeling that day and other important factors like the crowd. I do prefer playing out the deep 140 sound and most the time it’s what I play, but I do have a small collection of drum & bass and some darker house, which I’ve been slowly expanding.
D - Very topical question, but which do you prefer when playing out – CD or vinyl? What’s been your most memorable gig?
O - I prefer playing out on CD’s, its simpler, with vinyl there always seems to be a problem, most of the decks at clubs are worse for wear. I prefer playing on vinyl at home, there is something about it! Sometimes I’ll bring a few records to a gig. As for my most memorable set - this is quite hard to choose, they all have left me with good memories, but I think either my first gig which was the 2012 Outlook launch party in Birmingham, it was the first time I had played out on such a big system in a warehouse. Or the Rainbow warehouse showcase, they had a stage on the street, all my mates from home came up and the vibe was incredible. Both events were Seedy Sonics, these guys put on great nights and I owe a lot to them.
D - So you own the new internet radio station Dusk FM (which you’ve kindly allowed me to have a show on as well – cheers for that mate ;)), but how did that all come about?
O - Yeah, no worries man, good to have you on board. I think it was the end of summer when the idea started forming. The thought at first was to give DJs, producers and promoters a platform in Birmingham to go on air and to be a foothold for underground music. That still is the ethos of Dusk. So I asked a few people if they wanted to play and went ahead and secured the domain name and hosting. From there it was a sort of ‘learn as we go’ process. It’s all worked out so far.
D - The deep, minimal dubstep sound is ever expanding, but who would you say your top 3 producers to watch in 2013 are and why?
- Mesck – He makes sick tunes! If you haven’t heard it already check out his recent release and you’ll understand why.
- Format – Yeah again the bits I’ve heard are solid; interested to hear what comes this year.
- Deafblind – Again, the bits I’ve heard are sick. I’m sure we’ll see some cool collabs and nice tunes this year.
D - What are your top 5 most favourite tracks of the last year? And your top 5 most favourite to play out?
O - A lot of these cross over so I’ll only mention 5. There are so many other good tracks to play out as well.
- Proxima – ‘Lie Detection’ (This tune goes off)
- Biome – ‘Shaman’ (Everything he is putting out is good though)
- J:Kenzo – ‘Indaverz’ (Remember first hearing this at cable, again, a lot of what he puts out is great)
- LX One – ‘Losing Control’ (Really liked this release)
- Kryptic Minds – ‘Rule of Language’ (This one’s sick)
D - What does the future hold for Ostra and Dusk FM? Any exciting new projects/shows/gigs you got coming up?
O - Yeah I think so, Dusk FM is taking over room 2 at the next Origins night, 1st February. The line up is huge in both rooms, if you’re in the area you should come down. Paradub needs a mention here too; with MJ Cole booked for the next night on February 8th.
Looking to the future, I hope to see Dusk FM grow. A continuation of the t-shirt series we just launched working with more artists. Perhaps in the future, we will start up our own night. It would be a small and intimate sort of night if we did, but yeah stay tuned for more info on that.
Finally big up to all the Dusk FM family and those that have supported us over this short space of time.
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..