As it turns out, I got the chance to touch base with the dubstep surgeon himself, Doctor P, as he was making the finishing touches to the Shady Bunch EP out now on Circus Records. Chock full of guaranteed bangers like Cookie Monsta’s ‘LMFA…NO’, Funtcase’s ‘Ghosts’ and Roksonix’s ‘Ready To Rumble’, this latest EP definitely bangs with main floor sound. Often credited with adding a little fun to the more invasive sound that bass music took in recent times, Shaun Brockhurst has been busy over at the cirque so we handled swiftly and got up to speed with P and the camp.
How goes it P? What’s the latest and greatest these days for you?
I am just finishing my next EP at the moment. It’s all coming together quite well, I think.
What were some of your most memorable moments coming up as a new producer/DJ?
It’s difficult to pick out specific things that happened along the way; it was all pretty mad and exciting!
Who are your biggest musical influences in and outside of EDM?
Obviously Pendulum/Knife Party have been influential over the last few years, but I’m also influenced by pretty much everyone else in the scene to some degree. Outside of bass music I listen to a lot of stuff from the 60s & 70s, as I like the fact that back then the production came second to the track itself.
Circus Records is the brainchild of you, Simon Swan, Earl Falconer, and Flux Pavilion (another well known name in thebass scene). How did you and Flux link up for the first time?
Flux and I grew up in the same town, and his big brother was actually in my class when I was about 6. We randomly met when we were teenagers and we were both into producing music, so we became friends. Getting into dubstep and starting a label together was actually a bit of an accident.
What are some up and coming artists out of the Circus camp?
We have just signed a new guy called Mizuki. It’s difficult to describe his sound, but he is all about switching up the tempos and styles; he doesn’t make too much dancefloordubstep.
What are your favorite toys in the studio right now?
I have recently been trying to teach myself about compression. It’s something I’ve never really bothered with too much, so I’ve been playing around a lot with vintage modelled compressors like the ones just released by native instruments.
When playing live, what setup do you prefer?
I have played around with all the usual setups (Ableton, Traktor, etc), but I find that CDJs work the best for me, as there is no messing around with laptops.
What was your very first performance in front of a crowd like?
I don’t really remember it to be honest, as I have played music in bands since I was younger, so the progression to performing as a DJ was quite natural.
Your ATL show looks like it’s gonna go large. What plans do you have for some more US shows? LA Perhaps?
We actually did our first ever full Circus showcase in LA earlier this year. Hopefully we’ll be doing another one there soon, and more across the states later in 2013.
If Santa agreed to give you one Christmas gift this year, what would you ask for?
A nice studio… my home studio is pretty basic; I just haven’t had time to properly sort it out!
We’re gonna give you a few words. Give us in one or a few words, the first thing that comes to mind…
PLUR: does that mean peace love unity respect? Four abstract concepts which I find agreeable.
Trap: a chick with a dick
Los Angeles: good weather
UK: bad weather
Any shout outs?
My son just turned one year old a few days ago… shout outs to William (hopefully he’ll read this in about 20 years)
Thank you P! We know everyone is going to be excited about this release and we look forward to seeing you guys in the states with the rest of the Circus crew real soon.
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