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100Mado Interview

We are back on track my friends !

After some time without no blog action we bring you this amazing interview with one of japan´s finest producer and dj

From Japan all the way to Lisbon, Portugal

100MADO

* Who is 100Mado ?
100mado is me.  The product of a single Japanese person.

* When did you first got into music, djing & producing ?


When I was in high school, there was a techno fad in Japan.  In mass media there was this message that truly anyone could make music.

I had always wanted to make my own music but I didn’t have formal music education so this idea was very appealing to me.  At that time I didn’t even possess a single techno record, and I was more into rock and drum’n’bass, so the first piece of music I made was a breakbeat track.

* How did you meet dubstep and what did you like about it ?

To a lot of people, dubstep was a continuation of the UK Garage scene.  I also listened to UK Garage, however, to me dubstep started in 2004.

Digital Mystikz “John Peel Tribute Mix” was an extremely big influence.  As in terms of CD releases, I was blown away by DJ Hatcha’s “Dubstep Allstars Vol.01”, DJ Slimzee’s “Bingo Beats Volume 3”, the compilation “Grime” and Dizzee Rascal’s “Showtime”.  At the time, information on these artists was scarce and they was this mystery around them.  I was also attracted to the “jungle” flavor that I felt the music had.

In any case, to me 2004 had a gigantic impact, it was when the dubstep scene started growing outward from being a small community.

http://blogs.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendId=101748270&blogId=525124780
http://www.discogs.com/DJ-Hatcha-Dubstep-Allstars-Vol01/release/348885
http://www.discogs.com/DJ-Slimzee-Bingo-Beats-Volume-3/release/303021
http://www.discogs.com/Various-Grime/release/264005
http://www.discogs.com/Dizzee-Rascal-Showtime/master/37716

* How’s the dubstep scene in Japan?  Everyone knows Goth Trad, Quarta330 but I know there are a lot of great producers that are really unkown in the rest of the world ?

The word of “dubstep” is slowly spreading among the Japanese.
However, the sound systems in Japan are not properly set up to handle the low frequencies.  There are many that aren’t familiar with very low frequencies and there is a tendency among many to not like the darker elements of dubstep.  Therefore, electro music with dubstep-inspired wobble bass and Scuba-esque techno-inspired dubstep is popular.

Our party Back To Chill has that deep flavor similar to DMZ.  We pride ourselves of our sound system which we have tuned specifically for our night so our patrons tell us “This may be dark but damn this is amazing!”  Back To Chill’s sound system has been received very favorably.

Even though we Japanese have great and well known artists Goth Trad and Quarta330, it is hard to make dubstep a distinct category of music.  To Japanese it is still an imported culture.  The Japanese dubstep scene is a minority still.

In Japan, “club music” isn’t brought up the same way as “manga” for instance.  If DJ’s and producers aren’t popular and recognized outside of the underground they do not get any support from the business world, promoters or writers.  Those who are supporting the scene are still quite few in number.

* Back To Chill is almost a Japanese dubstep trademark, anyone that knows dubstep know Back To Chill nights so tell us more about that night.

It is a dubstep party that started in 2006.  It’s very hardcore.

The music focus is mainly dubstep but there are also other genres played.  All the DJs that perform there make their own tracks.  Those are our own music.  That is a important element of our party.

* I really like Japanese dubstep, because you guys have a very unique sound.  To understand that a little bit better, tell me what influences your music ?

That is a very difficult question.  I don’t really consider my music having anything to do with being “Japanese”.  Goth Trad knows a lot of cool music from around the world, I’m into noise music and jungle, Quarta330 is into Game Boy music, ENA into abstract hip-hop and drum’n’bass.  We are all different in terms of what inspires and influences us.

There is however one thing that is for certain, which is that in Japan there is no connection to the UK Garage scene.  Not like in the UK where UK Garage went to dark garage and then turned into dubstep.  That connection doesn’t exist in Japan.

* I know you recently released a record with our friend from Caracas, Pacheko.  How important are collaborations for you ?

Pacheko is an amazing guy!  I did a split CD release with him so we didn’t actually make any tracks together.

Personally, I am at the stage now where the music that I make reflects my taste in music when I DJ.  This took a lot of effort to acheive.  I want to keep on creating unique sounds so meeting up with and collaborating with an amazing artist like Pacheko is very important to me and hope to do more of such collaborations soon.

*  What do you think about the roll of internet in the dubstep scene in general, and in the Japanese scene in particular?

I want more and more Japanese to learn about dubstep so I have been promoting the music online for a few years.  To be honest, in terms of the Japanese dubstep scene, I don’t know if that has any effect.  We do what we can to promote the music and the internet is an amazing tool and a great medium to do so.

However, in Japan music scenes are particularly dependent upon the music being promoted by famous people.

Japanese people aren’t very good at English and information beyond Japan, such as your blog and other excellent places of information, Japanese people generally don’t read.  So if Japanese bloggers would make up false stories like “Dubstep from Greece has no snare drum” and “Latest grime artists rap strictly about bicycles” there are people that would believe them.  It’s quite laughable but at the same time very serious as people can manipulate others.  I sincerely hope that at some point we will get a source for properly translated information.

I have been running my website since 2005 where I have uploaded my mixes and have gotten to know many people through it.  I first connected with both Pacheko and Goth Trad through the internet and that lead to dubstep parties and releases.  Therefore I think the internet is extremely important.

* Mythical question, Djing or Producing ?

I love doing both.

The mix that you have put up on your blog is one part of my DJing style.
It recreates a DJ set I did in 2008 in Osaka.  I made it to represent what I feel about the city of Osaka.  It is mixed from very different components, the city is very gaudy and raw.  I love that city.

Recently I haven’t been DJing in that kind of style but outside of dubstep I like a variety of different genres.

* What have you been listening 2 lately ?

I like Untold the best!  He is a genius.  BOK BOK and Shortstuff are also very interesting. BD1982’s album I also like very much.

I am always blown away by Goth Trad’s and ENA’s tracks.  Also there is another Japanese artist called DD Black who makes wonderful tracks.  His tracks have been played on Rinse FM.

* Future plans and releases?

On American label “lo-dub I will release a split EP with Pacheko.
http://www.myspace.com/pachekodubz

Other than that I have another project with BD1982 called Makumba Sound and we have plans to release under that name sometime in the future.
http://www.myspace.com/bd1982
http://www.myspace.com/makumbasound

Also, I just uploaded to my site a free mix last April.  It’s main focus is 100bpm slow techno.  I really want dubstep fans to check it out.  It’s like dubstep influence slowed down techno, that’s my latest style. I have been working on this sort of slow techno.
http://100mado.com/mix/100bpm_djmix_2010_april.html

There is best slow style DJ called ZuKaRoHi and parhelion a.k.a JULIA in Japan.
Please check their mix. I respect them!
ZuKaRoHi
http://soundcloud.com/zukarohi/bpm100test
http://www.podomatic.com/profile/zukarohi
parhelion a.k.a JULIA
http://www.parhelion.jp/djmix/100bpm_may2010mix.mp3
http://www.myspace.com/parhelionakajulia

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much love and respect to 100MADO, Back to chill family and Japan


Rui aka VoodooKid

WARFACE FAMILY

SGT POKES dmz INTERVIEW

 

 

 

 

Boys and girls we preset to you the one and only SGT POKES .

The voice of DMZ and a legend among all the dubstep headz

Layback, light your spliff if you have it  and just relax

Take your time and enjoy this interview

 

 Who is Sgt Pokes ?

Sgt pokes is a dubstep mc from south london part of the dmz collective and affiliated to numerous other dubstep labels and squads.

 Tell us a bit about your life story and when did you start beeing interessed in the art of toasting aka MC´ing ?

hahahaha, now that , as they say, is a long story! When i was young i was hearing a lot of different music, it was very strange . My Irish mother would Play loads of reggae ,motown  and soul. My St.Lucian father was banging dire straits and shit. Plus i was hearing the commercial radio- i loved the 80s britpop , plus things like the fatboys and run dmc got  me interested in the mcing angle. Then vocal acts like, stevie v  that had , to my mind,that edgy british club vibe. Groups like the eurythmics made me fall in love with the synthesizer. One night in 1990 a friend showed me this radio frequency (actually , when i think about it, it was coki”s cousin who lived across the street.) where you could hear the police radio transmissions. One day when trying to hear this i found Energy fm, a local pirate radio station playing hardcore- i lost my shit?! i was like wide eyed sayin “what the hell is this shit!!” From there i guess it was all a logical evolution, hardcore forked into jungle and happy i was pure jungle , too young to rave but wily enough to get my hands on the tape packs from the big dances, Roast, Dreamscape, Desire. i was obsessed . from 93/94 i was mcing around friends houses with mala and a little bit later coki- we were all at school together. it never stopped from then really.

 How´s your creative process ?

I dont have a process, i just kinda go with it, anytime i try and create a certain thing i end up mutating it  again and again or just having nothing- if i just accept that i am going to create something , something will come.

 Where do you find inspiration and energy to your powerfull words ?

from the music and the crowd. And sometimes from the gin.

 Having Dubstep such a deep ifluence on jamaican soundsystem culture, how important do you find MC´s in dubstep nights ?

Mcs are important, they can convey the djs vibe to the crowd and the crowds vibe to the dj. Good dj mc partnerships ,Bukem Conrad ,Andy.c GQ , Brockie and Dett that have that real chemistry is unbeatable.thats why `Hatcha and Crazy D works so well- they know each others style inside out so its pure vibe.

 DMZ is probably to all the dubstep headz like Mecca for muslims.  When did you meet coki n mala and decided to started DMZ ?

People need to get this right, Dmz is made up of loefah ,the digital mystikz(mala and coki) and myself. All four of us came together years ago, as i said i was at school with mala and coki and met loefah properly around 95 i think. We were making tapes forever , as a unit, playing parties as a unit- truthfully we’ve been doing dmz in a sense, since then. But we never really “made the decision” to do it , we just did it.

 Well you went to party´s all around the world, favourite places to be and most amazing experiences you ever had as SGT POKES ?

This whole experience  has been incredible, i am truly fulfilling a teenage dream and it is a blessing. i love the B.low party in barcelona , the crew behind it have become good good friends to me and have built the wickedest dubstep party in spain, hands down. Also geneva is like my retreat and i disappear into the hills just outside geneva for a couple of days everyime i play there). I love prague , to be honest i love it all! but i think  the most amazing place ive seen so far has got to be iceland – it was like being on a different planet! we played at a sick party out in lisboa a couple of years ago, playing alongside Buraka, Unfortunately , ive only ever had the fortune of going to portugal once….

 Its really interesseting for me that the dubstep culture as learned so much from Dub and punk culture, it as such a young DIY energy all over the globe, where do you find dubstep in the future ?

Who knows, wherever it goes some people will love it some people will hate it and some wont care either way.

 Did you ever expect dubstep to grow so much ?

yes and no. No because  no new dance music had really broken through to my knowledge but i hoped yes because i knew the music was so good. 

 You have a radio show right ? Tell us a bit more about that,  how´s it going ?

Yeah , i do a show with Boomnoise on subfm., its generally bi-weekly for me unless i have a gig. We wanted to do a show that wasnt a pirate radio show in the typical sense, we wanted to do a show that was a bit more chat and very light hearted , so on the early shows we would get people on the show for live interviews and live mixes , the shows evolved a lot and i feel like we have definitely hit our stride again. If you want to check the archives of our shows or tune into live ones (every other wednesday on subfm 8-10gmt) go to subfm.com and search boomnoise and pokes.

 Plans for your future ?

survival brother.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THANK YOU SGT !

much love n respect ! 

warface crew

 


SGT POKES 

http://www.myspace.com/sgtpokes
http://twitter.com/sarge_pokes

DMZ CREW

RADIO NASTY

CROYDON SKANK

 

 

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RUI aka VOODOOKID

WARFACE FAMILY

NOAH D interview

 

 

Warface present with proud & respect

one of the best producer from the USA dubstep scenne and world widde

2009 was without any doubt he´s year with the realese of Hypnotic Elements EP

and the sick sick tune “Seeeriousss” destroying dancefloors all over the globe.

With no further introductions Boys & Girlz NOAH D ! ! ! 

 

 

 

*  Who are you?

Name: Noah D

I am: some age old

I feel: very connected with music so I do it all the time to feel connected with life

 

*  When did you start producing and how did you meet dubstep?

 

I started producing dnb around 2000 for about a year then put it down for a few years and focused on DJing.  At some point I just felt the need to start making my own music again so I picked it up again around 2004.  I was still DJing more than producing until around 2005 and all my interest was in Drum n Bass, which was really the only electronic dance music that I enjoyed at that time, I had very little background in the electronic scene, went to very few raves growing up and my musical listening background was more in the areas of Hip Hop, Rock, Soul, Reggae, Folk… and other types of mostly live music.  Dubstep came to my attention around 2007 when I started to hear little bits here and there.  A lot of friends around me started to feel it more than I was at that time, I was still more interested and invested in DnB.  Then I started to hear more tunes that really moved me and I began experiment with Dubstep production.  After just a few tunes I really started to enjoy it, I really enjoyed it’s minimalism and focus on the sub as the centerpiece of the tune.  The tunes would flow out of me a lot faster and easier than DnB as well.  Dubstep is a simpler (or maybe just younger) form of music so in a sense it’s “easier” to make.  But it’s still important to realize that it’s never easy to make really GOOD music, no matter what the genre.  

 

*  How did you develop from the didgeridoo to drum and bass to dubstep?

 

  Didgeridoo came near the end of my time with various instruments.  At that time I was working at a music store in San Jose, California (my home town) and I started to get very interested in exotic instruments.  I bought quite a few while working at the store and Didgeridoo just happened to be the one that stuck with me the most.  My main instrument in those days though, was the guitar.  Guitar was the thing that originally connected me on this path.  After I first picked up a guitar in high school (maybe age 18, can’t remember!) I never put it down.  I would even bring it to school, play during breaks from class.  It was always with me when I was lounging around at home in front of the TV and more often than anything I was just sitting around practicing intensely.  After 5 or 6 years of playing on my own and in a local band in San Jose (which Roommate of Babylon System was also in!) I finally started to get a bit burned out on guitar and organic instruments in general.  In 2001 No Thing and Roommate (Babylon System, which didn’t actually exist just yet) invited me to move with them to a small town named Bend in Oregon which is in the Northwestern part of the US.  We lived there together for a year which is when I really started to explore dnb production with a lot of instruction from No Thing who had just taken a corse for it in college.  Needless to say thosedays were experimental and sloppy at best and after about a year I got more into Djing and put down production until 2004.

* Influences on NOAH D ?

Other good music, cool ideas, epic nature, architecture, random adventures, spicy women and even spicier food!

* Lets get technical how do you develop your music, your producing process and how your set up? 

This is one of my least favourite questions 😛 but that’s ok, I certainly understand the desire people have to know this stuff about others.  I’m not very technical.  at the moment I’m coming to you from a 6 year old PowerBook G4 that I can hardly produce on anymore, no hardware, no soundcard, no mouse, a pair of Mackie HR8-24’s for monitors and an Axiom 49 midi controller.  I used to only use Reason but now I rewire into Ableton Live and use both.  Rarely have used plug-ins in the past (even though I had tons of ’em) but I plan to get a new computer soon and will be learning and using some new software instruments and effects.  At this point in time my machine can’t handle more than two plug-ins working at once so my options are very limited in that area.  Limitations can be good sometimes though, they challenge you to explore creative ways to solve problems and I’m sure I’ve benefited from this more than once.  As for writing a tune, sometimes I start with drums, sometimes bassline, sometimes I start by taking pieces of old projects, sometimes I start from scratch, it’s all over the place. 

* Mythical question producing or dj´ing?

 

Producing, only because I can still imagine doing it when I’m old, but I might not want to be out in clubs DJing anymore.  Tough to pick though, I really do like both.

*  Having such a strong and intense sound how do the crowd respond to your live set´s?

 

Well, besides the energy in my tunes, I also have a lot of energy when I play cause I only play tunes that really move me.  My job as the DJ is to move the crowd and they usually respond well! 🙂

* Favourite city´s to play?

Too hard to answer, I’ll probably have a better answer after I’ve travelled around the globe more extensively.  On my recent Hypnotic Elements European tour one of my favorite shows was in Gothenburg, Sweden for the All Out Dubstep guys.  It was definitely one of the best sets of the tour, the crowd was so great, tons and tons of energy and just loving the sounds.

*  Hypnotic elements EP was for me one of the best dubstep releases, how does it feel to see it killing all over the globe ?

It feels good 😉  Seeeriousss really did a number on the scene this year.  I knew when it was finished that it had the potential to be big, but you never know what’s actually going to happen and it’s always a surprise to see something you made effect so many people all over the world.  Seems like tunes just start to catch fire sometimes and their popularity moves beyond the music itself into this crazy power that people can’t turn away from, very interesting to observe when it’s your own work.

* Futures realeses and projects?

The big project on the horizon right now is my debut full length album.  I’m waiting to get a new machine before I start working on it because I can’t be held back at all on this project.  I feel like it’s time for me to step up my game again and I want to come diverse with it this time.  I’m a musician, not a Dubstep producer/dj.  This album will have a lot of stuff in the 140bpm range but it will most likely move from 130-170bpm.  Some of the tunes will be more on the listening tip, some more for the dance floor.  Some tunes will be really short but still with enough length and structure so they can be used for DJing, some tunes will be instrumental, some with vocals.  I’m going to try to have vocals from different backgrounds like Dancehall, Grime, Hip Hop and Soul/RnB, some male, some female.  This project is going to take quite some time so who knows what the final outcome will be but these are the goals for now!

* How do you feel about the global Dubstep Scenne ?

 

It seems to be doing well all over the place, it’s exciting.  It also makes me wonder if it’s going to fizzle out soon, not that I think it’s a “cheap” genre of music, it’s just that the buzz has gotten so intense I wonder if it can last a whole lot longer with out over saturating and in turn, becoming boring to people.  Hopefully producers just keep bringing new ideas to the table and listeners/dancers stay open to hearing new ideas.  I think if nothing else we are seeing it at, or near it’s peak and it will pass just as peaks always do but I don’t think it will die out afterwards, just slow down a little and be less in the eyes of the media. 

 

*  Tell us some of the artists you´ve been listen to?

Mensah, Joker, Giant, Starkey, Kito, Lost, Matt-U, Breakage, Emalkay.

* Finaly when do the portugues massive will be abble to feel your power live?

Hopefully soon!! I’d love to come to Portugal!! Lets make it happen 🙂

MIX 2 LISTEN AND WATCH:

Get Darker TV #35 with Breakage, Noah D & Scientist: (audio/itunes) http://bit.ly/JFDA  (video) http://bit.ly/8foMZK 

 

 

THANKS SO MUCH 
MAD RESPECT 2 NOAH D
RUI
WARFACE FAMILY DUBSTEP LISBON CREW

Spaceape Interview

 

 

 

 

Warface is proud to give this amazing X-mas gift

relax, breath in … breath out, and enjoy this interview with one of the most interesting projects 

for all fans of good music and good poetry we present THE SPACEAPE

enjoy

 

 

* WARFACE:    Who is Spaceape?


 The Spaceape is a project of words, sounds and images. As an entity, The Spaceape is bigger than me and it has its own plans about what it wants to be.

* Tell us about your Work over the passed years and how did you meet dubstep 


The story began on the 10th floor of a tower block in South London. The first incarnation of The Spaceape came in the figure of Daddi Gee. Kode 9 and Daddi Gee first experimented with using vocals over a sparse bass track with little or no beats. This led to our first collaborative release, ‘Sine of the Dub’, a beatless cover of Prince’s classic ‘Sign of the Times’. This was also the first release on Kode9’s Hyperdub label. Nothing was pre-planned. We were just seeing where we could get to and how we could mesh our sonic cultures.

The project was initially intended to be studio based but we were both curious about how we could do this in a live(ish) context. One of the first live shows we did was at the first DMZ in Brixton. Through further 10” releases, live shows and in particular our first album ‘Memories of the Future’, The Spaceape entity entered into some of Dubstep’s off-centered zones. This gave me the opportunity to work with some incredibly talented and focused outta-genre producers. 

* Most of the people know you for working with names like bug, kode 9, martyn, what do you do and did beside that? 


As I mentioned, The Spaceape project is about words, sounds and images and images was my main focus before I started recording. I started with a project called Uncoded, producing a series of videos, photography and articles around the ideas of non-identity, perceptual glitches and conflicts of race and belonging. 

My first collaboration with Kode 9 was on an Uncoded short film entitled ‘Coded Skin’. Kode produced the soundscape for a film that looked at the idea of a non-identity, fusing close-up, repeated glitched images of skin, some human, some animal, some other… 

* Do you feel like the fact that you worked with kode9 or bug helped you to push you forward?


Absolutely. But there are also many other factors. Timing is very important and I think we’d all agree that you have to hit the right notes and the right time. I would also like to think that I have informed their work too.

* How´s your creative process?


Random! The ideas come from everywhere. From music, books, newspapers articles, films, conversations or random incidents. But, for me it’s always been about the first line. If the first line of the story or lyric is strong then I can piece together the rest. I get a lot of ‘first lines’ when I’m cycling around, I think it’s the repetition.

* You have really deep & most of the times very dark words, what influences you’re writing?


I wouldn’t necessarily call the words I write ‘dark’. I can see why people would say this but I think there is a lot of light and shade in what I do. It would be true to say that I find difficult or challenging subjects more interesting to write about. But The Spaceape project has moved on since ‘Memories of the Future’. There is less ‘dread’ in the material I’ve worked on since, more energy, but always written to illicit an anxious ‘glance over your shoulder’.

* Your words are very deep not only of course because your voice tone but also  your message, how important do you think the message is in your music and generaly talking?

 

I think the message in my writing is fairly open ended. I would never preach or say this is the way it is. I say it the way I see it which ultimately is a bit warped.

* In the music and poeatry world what do you think influences you? 

 

When I first went into the studio with Kode 9 to record those early tracks, the spoken word style and delivery I adopted was simply the best way to abstract those tracks. What was informing me was subliminal. I didn’t think, “let me do this in the style of…” But what has become apparent since is that people like LKJ, Michael Smith, Mutabaruka, Prince Fari, Chuck D, Roger Robinson, Last Poets were the ones sending me those messages. 

* What do you think about the state of dubstep ?


next question

* When can we listen to some pure deep spaceape poetry, without instrumentals ?


A couple of months ago I performed solo for the first time. I took some stripped down beats and blasted out some lyrical fury.  I enjoyed it and it’s something I’m definitely going to develop. I think solo I will always want to perform using bass and beats as the backbone to my skeletal lyrics. 

* You dont play in lisbon for a long time, when can we see you and kode9 again? and what did you think of lisbon?


I don’t know … is that an invite?

* What have you been listening to lately?


been listening to a lot of SA-RA, i’ve just discovered William Basinski, so beautiful it hurts. King Midas Sound new album is sublime, loads of old stuff, lots of female led vocals. Too much to mention

* Future projects?


New album with Kode 9 incoming 2010, further live sets, solo shows, new Spaceape website, new Cult of the 13th Hour releases, plus further collaborations. I’m thinking about a book of The Spaceape lyrics/writing. Yeah! As I said, the project is bigger than me..

 

 


 

www.myspace.com/spaceapeuk

www.space-ape.com

www.hyperdub.net

 

thanks spaceape!

warface family

JAZZSTEPPA interview

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so new interview with the live dubstep collective JAZZSTEPPA,

they are pioneers in the use of acoustic instruments to play LIVE DUBSTEP

They have released five releases including Taylor Rain/ Big Swing Sound, which received national radio play on BBC 1.

stay tuned to this amazing project & read this amazing interview 

 

 

* How did you guys get into producing music 

Well, for me it’s the first project I’m producing on a professional level. we R both coming from an instrumental background and played in lot’s of different band for many years. Gal ( Moore ) started to produce when he was 14, and since then we r experiencing ourselves with live instruments recordings and electronic beats.

* How did you know dubstep?

I first got into dubstep through my brother who was downloading it already in 2004 / 5. back then I did not really knew how to call it, I think it was 2-step. when I met Gal in his first visit in Israel ( 2005 ) after he left to London, he told me that there is a new music genre called Dubstep and I should check it. the first tracks we listened to were exactly the same tracks I had on my hard drive ( which I did not know how to name them ;  ) I think it was one of Cokis… or Code9 …. whatever. 

* How did you meet and form JAZZSTEPPA

Well, We’ve  met in School when we were 10 or 11  ( Gal just arrived from London with his Family ) …. we were both writing songs and started a band together, afterwords we had few other bands by the age of 18. we both joined the I.D.F ( the Israeli Army ) and served our beloved country for  3 years! I was a Combat ( Tank Commander ) and Gal was in the Intelligence forces… 

when we finished the army Gal went back to London and got to Berlin. it was 2005. we haven’t meet each other for almost 1 year, and on December 2006 Gal called me and we decided to start a new project in Berlin

this is how we got an old Jazz session cafe ( Acud ) for 14 days we used to record on the day time and play gigs on the nights. we had few musicians and producers working with us. and this is how we created our first 5 tracks ( 1, 2 , 3 , 4  and 5 )  

* Concept of JAZZSTEPA and the name ?

We’re recording live instruments ( Brass and Rhythm section ) and merging them together with electronics ( beats and bass-lines mostly ) I’m a trained jazz musician, trombone player. and Gal is a drummer.

Basically we both r influenced a lot from live music such as:

Eric Dolphy, Frank Zappa, CharliE Mingus, Sly N The Family Stone, Sly and Robbie, Aswad, Igor Stravinsky, mILES and mAny more. 

and from the other hand from up to date PoP ,Indie and dance music like:

Madona, Black eyed Peas, Passion Pitt, Rusko, Prodigy, Photek, Air, Massive Attack. …. 

So basically Jazzsteppas concept is to make a cool mix between all of those   :  )

* Outside music what influences your music? 

We love women, food, traveling, books, good art exhibitions, sleep, black coffee, cigaretts, dogs and cats…. you know the usual stuff… 

* Lets get Technical, how´s your production set up?

– An anAlog delay. 

– Sound card. 

– P.C  ( we got cubase 1, 2, 3 and 4 installed ) 

– Some plug ins, nothing too sirius.

– Mic’s 

– As much instruments as we can get for the time we r working…. 

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* Being a project with such a strong live act, tell us your favourite places to play and why?

1. TLV – This is our hometown

2. BristoL – This is also our hometow

3. London – guess what ;  ) another hometown

4. Berlin –  yeah, another 1…

 These R the only places where we really feel like   ” home ”   the people are cool and open minded, and ready for a new sound… 

* Did you like to play in Lisbon ? what do you think of the city and the massive?

We had a great time in Lisbon, although our show was not full enough… but I think that WAS a problem with the production

I do think that a city who grew a band such as Buraka Som Systema has a bigger “bass scene”…  I do know some good and interesting  DJ’S and producers  like:  A.M.O.R, octapush,  Mr gasparov, and many more…. 

 really liked the City though…. 1 of the most beautiful 4 suRe, cool peopel as well. we do want to come back for sure!!!! we need a good contact though…. know anyboDy  ;  ) 

* New releases and future projects ?

We released two new tracks on Police in Helicopter ( which were sold out in less then a week  ) , we released few songs on our own label. we r releasing Borgore’s ep   ( Guided Relaxation and Go to Bed ) on Vinyl 12″ on JAZZSTEPPA RECORDS… and still working on our upcoming Album ( we can not tell u the name of the label… we have not signed  the  contract yet so it’s a secret )

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Gal Bar-Adon

+49 (0) 30 60 40 28 36
+49 (0) 177 405 98 52

http://jazzsteppa.co.uk
http://myspace.com/jazzsteppa

 

THANKS GAL 

PACHEKO INTERVIEW

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after interviewing CARDOPUSHER here it his… PACHEKO! Another great great producer from the CARACAS CREW! VENEZUELA

Wanna know more about it, simple just read this amazing interview!

 

 

* Hello who are you?

P: My name is Francisco Mejia Szilard, Im 27 years old. I was born and raised in Caracas – Venezuela, but my family is half Venezuelan and half Hungarian.  

 

*  Who is PACHEKO ?

P: Pacheko is me, when u write it with a K. When u write it with a C, as in Pacheco, its a common latin american name. Its also a slang word for “cold weather” or “cool weather” in Venezuela, and a slang word for “being high on weed” in mexico… 

 

*  When did you start producing ?

P: After working with bands, since my teenage days and getting nowhere I got tired of it and I started producing my own music around 2006. I really didnt know much about production at the beginning. So around that time i started working at a music production & sound design studio in Caracas called Pararrayos with Cardopusher, Pocz and other friends and thats how i really learned to produce on my own.

 

*  DUBSTEP ? When did you heard of it ? 

P: The first time I really got into it and felt it was at (what I think was) the first dubstep gig ever in Venezuela. It was Cardopusher playing at a hip hop party in Caracas. Wierd. It was maybe in late 2006 or early 2007 im not sure. He had just finished some singles for the Ruff label and his “down to the wire” album around that time, so it was a breakcore influenced type of dubstep. He also played some of the early dubstep tunes by Rotator (Black Ham), Drop The Lime and maybe Skream and Benga…

I had a blast and really felt the music. I was like, “This is what I want to do…”

 

*  Explain the concept behind your music ?

P: Melodies come out really easy for me, so I guess my music is always very melodic somehow. 

 

* Influences on PACHEKO?

P: Musically I would say all Dub music (roots dub and dubstep) is very important for me. From King Tubby, Lee Perry and Mad Professor to Digital Mystikz and Kode 9. 

Im also touched by the punk way of looking at music of bands like Fugazi and The Clash. 

And another big influence has been IDM. Im particularly excited about IDM nowdays because i feel its kind of coming back but with the influence of heavy bass and with simpler structures and I found that very exciting. 

Outside music I would say my friends and my city are a big influence…

 

* Tell us about your producing process and your set up ?

P: Im currently using a MacBook pro with 4gigs of RAM and a MOTU interface. I use KRK RP8 speakers, and I’ve been using Ableton Live since the beggining and I really love it. Lately I’ve been trying to use the ableton pluggins and vst’s a lot more, like it’s EQ’s, It’s Compressor, the Drum Rack, the delay, etc. They’re great. So im trying to keep it simple. But I’ve also been using other Vst’s like the PSP Vintage Warmer wich I really love.

Lately I’ve been sampling a lot from vynil, and also using the Circle, Massive, Albino and Blue synths with a korg nano-key.

At the studio where I work at there’s a nice Pendulum MDP-1 tube preamp wich I sometimes use for premastering. It gives a bit of a more analog sound to the tunes, but I dont use it in every tune.

I also like checking my mixing in other monitors, either at the studio or at some friend’s house.

 

* Producing or DJ´ing?

BOTH!

 

* VENEZUELA, CARACAS how did it all happen? Tell me all about your growing scenne and how you guys bring it to life!

P: Hmmm… Well, I guess its mostly a thing of friendship. Cardopusher, Pocz & I worked together at the same music production studio called Pararrayos, so being able to share the music and production all the time and everyday helped everyone a lot. And it’s growing now.

 There’s Cardopusher and Emmerson who are now in Barcelona doing killer tunes, and there’s Pocz & Myself here in Caracas doing tunes all the time, working together and organizing events, and there are new producers like Sesped (Cardopusher’s brother) who are constantly trying to improve their sound, and that is great!. 

 A scene without producers aiming for an original sound is boring, So right now its really exciting for me to hear what my friends are doing and what they will do next. We keep pushing ourselves fwd. 

 

* How was it and is for a CARACAS producer to survive in the dubstep and bass world?

P: The only way we’ve found to survive doing music only is to do music jobs too. I work at a studio and do commercial stuff in Sound Design and Music Production and its a job that allows me to keep learning and improving my productions… 

 

* Playing in europe how is it for you? 

P: I had a blast and a surprisingly good response in my first Europe shows and I think it was great because most of the stuff I played is original dubs from me & my friends (Cardo, Pocz and Emmerson), so I guess it worked out nicely because its very different to what most European or American producers or djs would play… 

 

*  Your best night was at ?

P: One of the best nights i’ve had was at the “Open Plan” night in Manchester. It was great, it was a very energetic crowd, and it was amazing for my first non Venezuelan show. Far better than I would’ve ever expected.

And Barcelona with Cardopusher, Mr Gasparov, 23Hz & Numaestro and the whole B.LOW crew was such a great vibe, and great sound… man! I want to play at B.Low again soon!

 

*  Finaly when can Lisbon massive get to see the power of  venezuela´s BASS ?

Hopefully in 2010!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

COOL MIX´s TO DOWNLOAD

“Pacheko – Symbiosis Podcast” (August 2009)
“The_Kryptik_Elementz Guest_Dj_Mix” (Sub.fm, Jan 09)
“Tranquera Mixtape” (Tranquera.org, May 08)

links:

www.myspace.com/pachekodubz

www.twitter.com/pachekodubz

www.facebook.com/pachekodubz

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thanks francisco! we love dubstep caracas crew!

CARDOPUSHER INTERVIEW

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cardopusher @ Sonar 2009 

 

So we just interviewed CARDOPUSHER, the Venezuelan producer based on Barcelona. From breakcore to dubstep he as released is power-full songs in labels like HYPERDUB, TRUE TIGRE or OFFROAD and more.. 

He already played at some of the hotest clubs in Europe and this year SONAR! 

Hope you guys like the interview and keep CARDOPUSHER in your must see live LIST

 

 

* WARFACE :   Who is Cardopusher ?

Is a Venezuelan (born in Caracas) guy who does electronic music. Now based in Barcelona, Spain.

* When did you start producing ?

I started to produce music like 10 years ago, but taking it very seriously since 7 years ago i think.

* How or when did you find dubstep?

t was 2004, I was surfing on the internet and was checking the Rephlex records website and they were gonna release by that time a dubstep compilation called “Grime”. Then I started to check every artist involved and stuff and that´s how I got in. 

* How´s your process of creating music?

I like to listen music everyday because then i feel inspired to write beats. Then i sit down in front of the computer trying to experiment with different production skills learned from other genres and that´s the way the music goes up.

* Tell us about your influences

I like to listen stuff from dub, reggae, electronica, punk, noise or any kind of music i find interesting no matter what genre is. 

* Lets get technical, how`s your set up like?

Pretty basic. Laptop + soundcard + a couple of midi controllers. No hardware for the moments, but would love it inna future.

* Mythical question Dj´ing  or producing?

As i said before i have been producing for like 10 years but have been djing for just 1. I was into breakcore before and i used to play live acts (well still playing just the last few shows) and then i started to basic things on how to dj. In my opinion, both ways are fun.

* Lets talk about your town, dubstep in CARACAS in VENEZUELA?  how did it all happen and came to life?

I started to play dubstep in 2006 when i came back to Caracasafter a breakcore tour i did in Europe on the same year. At the beginning just few friends started to go to the gigs and some of them then became interested in the sound. This is how it started the small scene there

* How was it 2 you as a Caracas producer  to survive in the dubstep and electronic music?

It´s very hard. Nothing interested really is happening there. It´s difficult to get shows there and also not so many clubs where you can do this kind of parties. To book international artists it´s a nightmare because everything it´s hell expensive, no record shops with good music, no serious labels. The thing is like you feel like you´re like trapped. 

* You´re based in Barcelona right? Tell us what that change in you and your music?

Yes, now im based in Barcelona since more than a year and a half. Me and my girlfriend decided to move because the situation in Venezuela is very critical and it´s becoming dangerous everyday. I was feeling paranoid living there so it was the time to do something. We visited Barcelona 2 years ago and decided this was the right place. Im feeling comfortable since i moved and my music changed radically also. I stopped definitely doing breakcore and now im doing more quiet stuff and at the same time i feel very inspired when i want to do music. 

* You play frequently in europe and did sonar recently. How does it feel to own the respect and sucess ? Do you think you appretiate more and enjoy it more for being from CARACAS? 

It´s great to get your work recognized when you put all your effort on it. This year has been incredible, travelling everywhere, can´t complain at all. I think when you´re not from this part of the world you definitely enjoy it more because it´s not what you get used to!  

* Plans for the future and new releases?

there is a couple of 12″ coming out, one on True Tiger and the other one on On The Edge. Also remixes for Migrant, Filastine, Moldy, Kid606 and more. 

* New Producers that you´ve been listen too?

Floating Points, Pacheko, Sesped, Mr. Gasparov, Pocz, Nehuen, FaltyDL, Untold, Octa Push and more.

* Finally tell us about your favorite nights you played ?

Sonar 2009 and Bangface Weekender 2 are on top!

 

Sonar 2009

 

 

thanks !

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Cardopusher
True Tiger Recordings / Ad Noiseam / Offroad Recordings / Hyperdub / + more
www.myspace.com/cardopusher
AIM: cardopusher