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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.









much love n respect ! 

warface 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




* 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..








thanks spaceape!

warface family

JAZZSTEPPA interview


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…. 


* 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 )

Gal Bar-Adon

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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?



* 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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



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






thanks francisco! we love dubstep caracas crew!



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 !


True Tiger Recordings / Ad Noiseam / Offroad Recordings / Hyperdub / + more
AIM: cardopusher

MR.GASPAROV interview




PRIMEIRA ENTREVISTA WARFACE, é com agrado e orgulho que apresentamos a entrevista a Pedro Avillez Mendes AKA  MR.GASPAROV  directamente de BARCELONA.

Um dos pioneiros da arte da bass music e do dubstep em lisboa, usa equipamentos como graphic tables, middi controllers entre outros e que juntos criaram o som unico de GASPAROV.

nesta entrevista passeamos calmamente por temas como a “cena” lisboeta e dubstep, o reconhecimento internacional, Lisboa, Barcelona, Influencias.. enfim acreditem vale a pena ler ah e surpresa surpresa

o querido MR.GASPAROV teve a bondade de nos auxiliar um MIX para o massivo portugues e todos os camones curiosos!

fiquem atentos!

* WARFACE:  Quando começaste a produzir ?
MR.GASPAROV:  Comecei a produzir em 1998 com um programa muito farsola chamado Making Waves! Era bué básico mas foi muito bom para ganhar as primeiras noções de manipulação de samples, separação de som por pistas, etc… Mas produção mesmo à séria só para aí em 2001, com o Fruity Loops e as primeiras malhas de Drum n’ Bass.

* Quando conheceste dubstep?

A primeira vez que ouvi dubstep foi em 2005 no Black Swan em Bristol. Fui lá para ouvir um amigo que era DJ de dancehall e a seguir a ele tocavam Vex’d, Atki2 e Pinch. Fiquei maluco com aquele som… Já estava farto do Drum n’ Bass da altura e o breakcore/harcore jungle era bom, mas demasiado pesado.

* MR.GASPAROV – Explicanos o nome e o conceito de intelegent bass music 
Mr. Gasparov é uma evolução do meu nome de DJ e produtor de Drum n’ Bass (e também a minha alcunha desde puto) que é Gaspa. Quando comecei a produzir sons mais na onda do IDM, e cenas mais freaks em geral, achei que devia adoptar uma nova identidade, e surgiu este nome. Inteligent Bass Music não é um conceito em si… foi uma descrição feita pelo Jon da Steak House Records que eu depois usei na minha biografia. A verdade é que não gosto muito de usar o termo inteligent… Acho um bocado pretensioso e a minha música não é mais inteligente que a dos outros (em muitos casos, bem pelo contrário)!

* Lets get technical, como é o teu set up para produzir

Uso um  PC com Cubase 5, Reason 4, Reaktor, e vários plugins. Quanto a hardware tenho um Nord Modular G2, um controlador midi básico, e um controlador midi touchscreen que fiz há uns anos como projecto final para a universidade. As cenas que uso mais sao o Reaktor, que me permite fazer os meus próprios plugins para processamento de beats, samples e vozes em tempo real, e o controlador midi touchscreen que uso para controlar estes instrumentos virtuais.

* Pergunta mitica DJing ou Produçao?

Na minha opinião são duas facetas de um artista completo. Um DJ que não produza tem muita dificuldade em progredir passado um certo nível de reconhecimento, e sobretudo em atingir um mercado internacional. Um produtor que não faça DJ set, ou que pelo menos não tenha um live, tem dificuldade em capitalizar nas suas produções, já que a venda directa de música electrónica alternativa abrange um público muito limitado e enfrenta sérias dificuldades, pelo menos até se redefinir de acordo com os novos padrões do mundo digital.

* Movimento tugastep e o completo desconhecimento do dubstep em lisboa e portgual a nao tanto tempo, como ves as coisas desde barcelona ? a evoluçao duma “cena” lisboeta?  
 (eu começei a ouvir dubstep em 2006 e lembro me da frustraçao que foi para mim ninguem conhecer e nao haverem festas.. nada. Para ti que produzes devia ser estranho nao? )

O Movimento Tugastep foi uma espécie de acontecimento freak nesse verao de 2007 e surgiu de uma ideia minha e da força de vontade do pessoal envolvido – Mushug dos Octa Push, Xu e Roka da Unidade Sonora e Iberian Records, Yari dos Deestant Rockers e a Sofia e o Joel das festa do Movimento no Kubik. Foi um esforço colectivo e deu mesmo muito gozo concretizá-lo. A ideia era precisamente enfrentar o desconhecimento da cena lisboeta da forma mais frontal possível, tipo “tão aqui três produtores de dubstep, portugueses, a fazer cenas muito boas, vejam lá se ouvem isto!”. Acho que existem condiçoes para construir uma cena sólida  de dubstep e bass music em Lisboa, como em qualquer sítio, desde que haja vontade dos intervenientes de fazer as coisas bem feitas. Nao nos podemos esquecer que o dubstep é, como quase toda a música electrónica, entretenimento, e por isso temos que dar razoes fortes às pessoas para irem às nossas festas, divertirem-se e querer voltar. A receita para mim é simples: qualidade. Se nao for bem feito, mais vale estar quieto…

*Influencias musicais e nao musicais em MR GASPAROV

As influências sao muitas e variadas… em casa oiço sobretudo soul, funk, afrobeat e hip-hop. Mas oiço muita coisa mesmo, acho que é importante ir buscar ideias a tudo quanto é sítio, porque a maior parte delas já foram inventadas por alguém. 

*Ida para barcelona e a o teu percurso a partir dai? 
Vim para Barcelona estudar em 2007 e por sorte tinha aqui dois amigos que conheci em Bristol e já se tinham começado a mover na cena do dubstep. A verdade é que até o princípio de 2009 nao se passava quase nada aqui. As festas eram poucas e inconsistentes: ou muito pequenas, ou enormes – em festivais como sonar, redbull music academy ou la mercé. Mas foi uma altura boa para conhecer pessoal com ideias parecidas e arrancar com projectos novos e potentes. O programa na sub.fm (chorizo show, sextas, 22-24h) foi uma plataforma donde surgiu o grupo das noites B·LOW e muito boas relaçoes com o pessoal da Disboot (grande editora/promotora catala), Hybrid, Dubkraft, etc. Agora pode-se dizer que existe um cena em Barcelona, embora ainda seja demasiado cedo para saber se é auto-suficiente ou nao.

*Projectos futuros e RELEASES?  

O que resta deste ano vai ser relativamente calminho, com um ou dois releases até ao fim do ano, um na senseless e outro muito, muito atrasado na dubkraft. Tenho começado várias colaboraçoes mas infelizmente tenho muito pouco tempo para produzir, espero que o próximo ano seja mais productivo…

*Como é sentir a evoluçao e o reconhecimento por exemplo de entrar numa STEPPAS DELIGH da souljazz foi um passo de gigante para lisboa e pessoalmente para ti?

Pessoalmente é muito importante e gratificante, sobretudo no primeiro release à séria, mas sei que nao me posso deixar dormir. As coisas neste nicho da música electrónica mudam muito rápido e é dificil manter a originalidade. Acho que para Lisboa também é muito significativo, visto que também entram octa push e buraka, e ao mesmo tempo dá que pensar. Prova que há muita qualidade em Portugal, muita gente a fazer e tocar muito boa música, e que agora fazem falta promotores sérios e dedicados que queiram capitalizar nesse potencial bruto! É bom ter promotores emocionalmente próximos da música que promovem, mas que ao mesmo tempo se possam distanciar e perceber como atrair o público e construir um cena, sem egos nem absolutismos.

* Por ultimo artistas que te tenham tado a surpreender 
Últimamente tenho sido surpreendido positivamente por muita gente! Primeiro o contingente venezuelano do dubstep com gente como cardopusher, pacheko & pocz ou emmerson. Sao produtores muito bons e com ideias sempre originais. Depois destaco gente como Untold, Brackles, Shortstuff, Scratcha DVA, Ramadanman, que na minha opiniao, lideram neste momento a faceta mais original do dubstep.



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Pocz & Pacheko – Zarbak (Mr Gasparov Remix) – Forthcoming Senseless 
L-Vis 1990 – Hide – Dress 2 Sweat 
Cardopusher – Carne Sentada – Shockout 
Buraka Som Sistema – Kurum – Enchufada 
Octa Push – Ai Nadia – Steak House Records 
Pocz & Pacheko – Zarbak – Forthcoming Senseless 
A Made Up Sound – Closer – AMS 
Randomer – Scapegoat – MedSchool 
C156 – 1,2,3 Oink – Forthcoming Disboot 
Cauto & Das Nevez – Népia – Dub 
Stagga – Face Get Splat – Rag & Bone 
J Rogers – Meditation point (Eskmo Remix) – Blipswitch Digital 
Shortstuff – Progression – Formant Records 
Mr Gasparov – 1975 – Steak House Records 
Bok Bok – Ripe Banana – Dress 2 Sweat 
Dark Knight – Gotham City – It’s Funky 
Untold – Sweat – Hotflush 
Mr Gasparov – Ruffneck (Afrodelic Edit) – Dub 
Fulgeance – Revenge of The Nerd – All City

Mr. Gasparov // Pedro Avillez Mendes