Posts tagged ‘dubstep’

October 15, 2014

UKF Celebrate Their Fifth Anniversary [MTV Feature]

As UKF celebrate 5 years in the game, we look back at their rise to success and talk to the artists involved…

UKF are set to have a huge birthday bash tonight (Friday Oct 10), celebrating five years since the birth of the brand, and what an amazing five years it has been! The Wrap Up talk to some of the artists performing on the night to see what UKF means to them and the EDM scene in general.

TC and Brookes Brothers discuss their thoughts on electronic music culture, with TC telling me: “It’s really different in every country in the world. In the UK, the crowd seems really educated, even the underground stuff. It’s like for some reason people in the UK really know the tracks. A lot of other places have that too, but the UK seems to just have that on lock, especially in D&B.”

The Brookes Brothers comment on its changes. “It’s changed beyond recognition from when we were growing up but its as strong as it ever has been. There’s so much going on it’s ridiculous!”

With the charts set on fire with artists such as Chase & Status, WilkinsonDuke DumontDisclosure and more, Brookes Brothers praise these artists: “Disclosure sparked a lot of the interest in ‘deep house’ in the UK when they first started getting attention two or so years ago – they pretty much spawned a whole new scene”.

TC explains the growth of EDM: “There’s so much content. There’s also loads of access to software now that there’s so much exciting talent coming through. It’s a really exciting and creative time. Sometimes in the past I feel the scene has got a little bit stagnant, but right now there’s a freedom to be creative… it’s wicked.”

Brookes Brothers agree with TC, also discussing what they think the main factors are behind the growth. “The digital generation who grew up with the sounds of computer bleeps and video games are more open to electronic music than previous generations. The bigger radio stations and labels have been pushing it harder and harder over the last five years or so which has had that snowball effect and the perception of it in the mainstream has changed massively.”

This growth helps the genres of EDM such D&B, Dubstep and House, but 10 years ago you wouldn’t have seen it so often in the charts. But with pop tracks taking influence from the genres, it’s presence in mainstream music has been solidified.

Brookes Brothers agree. “Things come and go but House music has had its place in the charts and clubs for years in one form or the other – its the most accessible form of dance music and such a great template for pop records as well. Its good to see it back in the charts. People have a naturally huge appetite for that four to the floor beat at 120bpm.”

It’s evident through this discussion with TC and the Brookes Brothers that there has been an uplifting change in the electronic music world over the past five years and how much it has expanded. Not a day goes by on Facebook anymore when I don’t see a video of a people shuffling, which I would never have seen a few years ago.

UKF have definitely played a major part in this and TC says its to do with “Luke who runs the channel – he’s really into his music and I respect that.”

They have hit a such a wide fanbase through what they do, catering to many people through their events, channel, downloads and more, with Brookes Brothers saying “It definitely helped the music reach a new audience and grow globally, also it brought in a new younger audience who can’t get into clubs just yet.”

A big congratulations to the team and as UKF stated themselves, “Bring on the next five years!”


Published on MTV The Wrap Up on Friday 10th October –  http://www.mtv.co.uk/the-wrap-up/blog/ukf-celebrate-their-fifth-anniversary#spdPwGVCY4dq1Hiy.99

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May 22, 2013

Skream Shares Two New Free Tracks On Digital Soundboy Website [News]

Skream and Digital Soundboy shares Mood To Funk and Diam; two heavyweight tracks available to download for free exclusively through the brand new Digital Soundboy website and Digital Soundboy Soundcloud.

Mood To Funk revisits the kind of hypnotic and melodic-driven basslines that confirmed Skream as one of the most innovative producers on the scene. With Diam, Radio 1’s Skream delivers a track sure to cause dancefloor carnage with its high-octane synth attack.

With Mood To Funk and Diam as rare opportunities to grab free music from one of the UK scene pioneers, make sure you visit Digital Soundboy’s website for these two un-missable free downloads. You can also grab WAVs of the tracks from the brand new website in exchange for just your email address.

Download Skream – Mood To Funk and Diam 

March 6, 2013

Friction & Skream – Kingpin (Ft. Scrufizzer, P Money & Riko Dan) [Music Video]

Croydon’s legendary producer Skream hooks up with Brighton’s award winning producer Friction who are joined by a stellar line up of MC’s Scrufizzer, P Money and Riko Dan. This tune is just a pure banger.

October 1, 2012

Dillon Francis [Interview]

Dillon is a young DJ/producer from Los Angeles’, known for being one of the biggest names in Moombahton who has quickly risen to reputable heights in the electronic music world. He is supported and singed to Diplo’s Mad Decent label, and worked with and released an EP on Skrillex’s OWSLA label. Known for his world class remixes as well as his own releases such as ‘Westside’ and ‘Take Me High’ that have been supported by world renowned producer/DJ’s including Sinden and Rusko, it is safe to say will be hearing more from Dillon in the very near future. You can catch him live as he embarks on his debut UK and European headline tour.

 You seem like an interesting character. How would you describe yourself in a few sentences?

I’m just a guy that makes music and likes to make jokes, that’s it! I’m not a complex human being, but I really do love cats.

How did you get into DJ/producing electronic music?

The first time I ever heard Bloody Beetroots’ ‘Ill to Destroy’ while I was in my friend’s Jeep Cherokee is when I realized I wanted to DJ and produce electronic music. I fell in love with the song and with dance music and knew I wanted to be a part of it.

Are you still into graffiti?

I like looking at it, but I don’t do it anymore.

How would you describe your music to us in the UK?

My music is very bubbly, bouncy and it makes you very happy.

What do all these terms actually mean, Moombahton and Luvstep?

Moombahton is bubbly, bouncy music, and has great Major Lazer tropical vibes. Luvstep is very lovey, happy dubstep. It sounds like you’re going to go on a date, and this it the type of music you would actually be able to play for a girl and have the girl enjoy it instead of thinking it was robot music. It’s very happy.

Your music got heard quite quickly. What do you think it is that makes you different from other producers?

The thing that makes me different from other producers is that I don’t put my pants on like every other producer in the morning!

 What was Diplo’s reaction when he heard your track ‘Masterblaster’, and how did he support you from there onwards?

My old manager sent it to Diplo and then he let me know that Diplo really liked it. After that I reached out to Diplo on twitter and that’s when he told me to go by the studio to hang out.

Your signed to Skrillex’s label and worked with him on your EP? What have you learnt from him?

I’ve learned a lot from Skrillex.  He is a genius when it comes to sound engineering and it’s pretty insane how things naturally come to him and how great he is with music.

You recently remixed Flux Pavillion’s ‘Daydreamer’ featuring Example, what drew you to this record?

Flux is one of my really good friends and he asked me to remix it. I said yes because 1) it’s flux and 2) because it’s a great song! Example is a good friend of mine as well, so doing the remix was a no-brainer.

What is the electro/dubstep scene like in the US, particularly Los Angeles where you’re from?

The electro/dubstep scene in the US is very good and is always evolving.

Where’s your favourite country to play out to apart from the US? Which country really appreciates your sound?

UK and Norway are both my favorite countries so far and I feel like they both really appreciate my sound as well.

Which UK producers are you rating right now?

UK producers I’m into right now are Netsky, Doctor P & Calvin Harris.

What does the future hold for Dillon Francis?

I am working on a bunch of different singles that will be coming out on different labels like Mad Decent, OWSLA and Calvin Harris’ Fly Eye label.

 

May 25, 2012

True Tiger – Money & Yats (feat. Maxsta)

MistaJam premiered the new track from the True Tiger collective yesterday Money & Yats a collaboration with Maxsta.