Saweet the site is back up! Here’s an older release from the one and only Akira Kiteshi. This song is massive. The build up makes me feel like I’m falling into a black hole of low frequencies and then WHAM, the bass hits and it’s pure wobbly bliss. It’s a perfect combination of bleeps, bloops and bwomps; and don’t forget about the spacey vocal samples. This dude knows his shit when it comes to music production, get to know him.
The other night I was wondering when Strange Clouds remixes would start dropping and sure enough this morning Dubsective delivered once again with this sweet “re-lick.” I’m really digging the bass line on this one, nice grimey sound and rhythm but doesn’t over power B.o.B. and Weezy’s verses. Be sure to download this one and check out more Dubsective on soundcloud.
MartyParty (half of PANTyRAiD) just dropped his new Sub ON EP and it’s full of dance floor bangers guaranteed to rattle your sub. This song has a gritty, melodic bass line with perfectly arranged oscillations that make me want to get off of my couch and bounce around. Make sure to purchase the rest of the EP right here, it’s well worth the $2.99! Peace.
A couple weeks ago my buddy showed me the song Mega Bite and I had to hear more songs like it so I looked up Jomekka on soundcloud and sure enough he’s been cranking out tons of sweet tunes, and better yet, giving them away for free. I love the glitchy-dub style that this dude has which gives his productions a sweet bouncy feel, take a listen and hear what I mean. Download these and also check out more freebies on Jomekka’s soundcloud.
More fire from Chicago producer Stratus. This tune has it all; sweet intro and build up, danceable drum beat, cool sample and of course an awesome drop. This one and two others can be found on Stratus’ recently released Pterodactyl EP, and you can grab the rest of the EP for FREE right here! Peace.
Check it out peoples, through the power of the interwebs I recently caught up with London producer/ DJ KSH who was nice enough to answer a few questions and give us some tunes. Read about his take on producing, and music, and grab the freebies!
Also, check out KSH spinning weekly on Obzest.FM every Sunday 8PM – 9PM GMT!
Can you tell us a little about your background? Where did you grow up and where are you based now?
Well, I’m KSH a producer/DJ from London, UK. Currently living in Leicester, where I’m about to go into my final year at university.
How did you get started in DJing and making music?
I used to mess around on Fruity Loops when I was like 12/13 making grime beats here and there up until about 16 when I started college and did an A-Level in Music Tech. I learnt some production skills and a basic understanding of the industry. From then music production became passion and a hobby.
As for DJing, I picked that up about one and a half years ago. It comes with producing dubstep and is a key part of the scene such as it is with dance music. Every producer will have to learn to mix at some point if they intend on performing to a crowd, plus I enjoy it too!
How would you describe the music that you make?
Well, I kinda have two sides to my productions. Some days I feel like making, what I like to describe as, a ‘Subby Wobbler’. These tunes are really bass heavy, with a droning synth – and sometimes with vocals. Other times I feel like making tunes that are more hype! These have a flood of bass with higher pitched synths and a more varied drum pattern. With all my tunes, I always make sure the drums hit hard and that they are ready for play in a club.
When you perform live, what kind of set up do you prefer?
CDJs all the way!!! I’m not against vinyl.. Infact I collect vinyl, but I can’t see myself spinning it for three reasons.
1. I can’t afford Serato or any other DVS system, they are way too expensive for a student such as myself.
2. There’s no way I’m carrying an hour set’s worth of vinyl around with me… That shits heavy!!! Plus buying vinyl is cheap and not all songs get pressed to vinyl.
3. Every club I’ve been to has CDJs.
Did you have any mentors when you were starting out? Who helped you get established?
No mentors really… I had my mate CurtZ who I go university with, give me some feedback on my tunes but other than that no one I knew personally. To gain recognition I made use of the Internet. I created a SoundCloud and YouTube account to promote my music, then I got in contact with the owners of a few YouTube channels who then posted my tracks up… That was really was the beginning, plus Machinima contacted me to use songs in some of their Call of Duty montage videos – which also helped to get my name out there. Couple months later, 2 Much Bass Records came along and signed one of my songs for their ‘Introducing’ EP as well as the chance to remix ‘Speculate’ by Phear Phace. Since then I’ve just been making more and more tunes, which is really important. The more tunes you make the better you get and producing, which means the more likely you are to get your songs signed.
The promoters, producers and DJs I know now I met within the last two/three months, after a whole load of networking, which is also quite important.
But all in all I couldn’t have got to where I am now without the Youtube Channels that pushed my tunes. So big up DubstepUploadz, MistaDubstep, ArtDubz, ParrotSkanking, ODUK, DubNut, Dubloads, DubstepJackson and any other channels that I forgot to mention plus the ones that didn’t ask for permission! It’s all promo at the end of the day!
When did you first feel that you’d finally come to form your own distinctive sound?
Pretty recently actually… within the last 2/3 months. I’ve had a long break from uni and have just been experimenting and came up with my own signature sounding synth. I’ve also been working in a totally new way in the production software I use. You can hear my new style in my TC – Burning Starlight and 50 Carrot – Blueneck remixes.
How do you explain your music to your family members?
They don’t understand it. ‘It’s just noise’ says my mum, lol.
When you sit down to make a track, what’s the first thing you typically do? How long does a track typically take you to make?
I nearly always start with the drums. Layer some drums sounds, EQ them then compress them before I make my drum patterns. Then I move onto the drop. I always leave the intro to last because I like to use the melody for the main part of the song in the intro.
I take quite long to make a track. I can never sit down for a whole day and just make one, I get bored way to easily. It can take a week for me to make a tune if I spend a couple hours a day, any longer than a week I normally forget about it lol. I’ve done that way too many times.
Where do you record?
In my bedroom.
Do you currently have a favorite piece of gear/software?
Logic Pro and NI Massive! Great synth, if you take your time with it.
When you’re not listening to electronic music, what do you listen to?
I don’t really listen to acoustic music much, I’m open to it just not a huge fan. I love all forms of UK Bass music. I grew up in the final days of the garage era and the emergence of grime, which I was really into when I was at school and still am. I really love some of the stuff put out by labels such as Swamp81, Hessle Audio, Tectonic and Butterz to name a few, anything sub bass heavy and I’m all over it.
Are you touring this year?
A few shows here and there in the UK but no plans of a tour. Promoters need to book me first!
If you could collaborate with any other artist, who would it be and why?
To make a hype tune probably Eptic or KLRGRM, I reckon we could make one hell of a club banger. On the subby side of dubstep I would have to say Badklaat, I’m a big fan of that guy he’s got some next kind of flavour in his tunes.. I can’t explain it.
Got any tips for the up-and-coming producers out there?
1. Be unique, make your own sound.
2. 50Hz is where bass is the heaviest!
3. Keep practicing.
How bout an awesome drumstep tune for this Tuesday. Stratus did a great job with this remix and is even giving away a WAV download, what a sweet dude. Be sure to grab this download and check out Stratus on soundcloud for more freebies.
Haven’t had a Widdler tune on here in a while so I figured I put this one up. This tune’s pretty dark and deep, but I love the *Benny Benassi* samples and the overall groove. Listen and download! Also, be on the lookout for a special playlist coming soon >:).
Here’s a new freebie from the Canadian duo that is Zeds Dead, definitely a perfect song to wake up to in the morning. Not too intense and yet still has the signature Z.D. bass line and funky beat, along with some nice vocals, that make for any overall great tune. Be sure to grab the download.
Here’s a tune off of the latest Circus release, Roksonix doin’ it big! You may recognize the vocal sample as Minnesota used the same one for his track Bass Power but I think I’m feeling this one more. Definitely has the Roksonix style that many have come to know and love, take a listen and download. Peace.