Eye Spy: Doctor P and The Shady Bunch EP Interview

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…

Christmas: expensive

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. 

Grab The Shady Bunch EP now from Circus Records NOW!

BONUS Download: (courtesy Warner Music)

Doctor P feat Jenna G – Neon Mizuki remix

 

Fish Wobble Wednesday: SOLOMAN

Saul was born and raised in Stoke-on-Trent England where he still resides.  At 20 years old he’s already played at multiple venues including his U.S. debut in Los Angeles, California at the Fonda Theater.  Fine tuning his production skills is where he excels and are proven with his releases on STYX and forthcoming on Prime Audio, BassClash, and Dubstar.  Soloman is new to the world wide exposure but is already making lasting impressions with many labels, fans, and events.

Enough chatter from me, lets get to know the guy in this exclusive interview!

How did it all begin? What moment, event, track, person, etc. validated your want and/or need to be a Dubstep producer?
I started off as a graphic designer, it didn’t get me anywhere, and at the time all my friends were DJing. I felt kinda left out watching them mix at studio, so I purchased my 1st set of decks and practiced every day at home until I was confident enough to mix outside of my house. Producing just happened to be the next step for me.

Where did your DJ/Producer name come from?
This one is a pretty boring story compared to other artist, but people used to think my real name was Soloman. I just called myself Soloman as a joke and it stuck.

How do you describe your signature sound?
Grimey.

What producers and labels are you currently feeling?
Badklaat, Kinzy, Trampa, Disonata, and Bukez Finezt. Labels is a tricky one, I personally think labels have lost quality control with their releases, but Wheel & Deal seem to be doing a good job.

What is the last track you heard that amazed you?
The last track that generally amazed me is probably Trampa – Jurassic (YOU AINT READY!!).

You just played your debut U.S gig. What was your most memorable moment on your visit?
I can’t narrow it down to one thing, the whole 7 day experience was amazing. The people, the food, the weather, the music… everything! Probably one of the highlights would have to be my rooftop set at Fonda, I never expected to get such good feedback, the crowd loved it!

Any future tours in the works?
I’ll be back to the U.S. mid 2013 for a full tour!

Any collaborations with other artist in the works?
Trampa collab is finito, Subfiltronik collab finito, a collab with a very special producer who goes under an alias (more info to follow), and a collaboration with some vocalists such as S15 & Slick Don!

When not producing and DJing, what is your favorite pass time?
If i’m not DJ’ing or producing I’m either eating, sleeping, or at work, so my favorite has to be eating! LOL.

What is your current production set up? (Hardware, software, favorite Plug-ins, VST’s, etc..)
I have a 27’ iMac with a Mackie sound card and 1 Mackie MR5 (These never get used LOL!) and a 15’ Macbook pro, Sennheiser HD25’s, and AKG K240 headphones.

What was the first track you produced? What was the best track you’ve produced? What is the last track you produced?
The 1st track I produced was called ‘The Rasta’ It was pretty terrible (so yeah lets move onto the next question haha). I personally think the best track I have produced is my remix I made for El-B! and the last track I produced is called Doomsday!

What advice can you give to new producers trying to create a distinct sound to establish themselves as a unique producer?
Practice, practice, practice and practice! Keep at it, don’t let anyone put you down. You can only get better with every tune you make, it’s just down to how patient you are. If you want something bad enough you’ll get it! So basically just keep at it, it may take you 2 years or it may take you 10, which ever way it will be worth it (I’m talking like i’ve made it lol, i’m still a rookie).

Big up Soloman! I can speak from personal experience, that rooftop set was amazing, one for the books.  You know this wouldn’t be a Fish Wobble Wednesday post without some goodies!  I’m excited to share tunes that showcase Soloman’s versatility and unique sound. Enjoy!

Soloman – Medieval

Soloman – Animal

Soloman – Crunkin

Soloman – Run For Cover Vs. Crunkin

Soloman – Secrets

BadKlaat – Poultry Geist (Soloman VIP)

50 Carrot – JUMP! (Soloman VIP)

You can also pick up his 4,000 Facebook Fan EP!

 

 

Filth Friday: GETTER

Hailing from San Jose, CA, Tanner Petulla aka Getter has been taking the Dubstep scene by storm with his filthy signature sound.  As a junior in high school, Getter was already flying to major cities across the US headlining medium sized events. Now at the age of 19, Getter has hit almost every major city in concert sized venues on Datsik’s Firepower Records Tour with some of the biggest names in the in the industry.  We are very proud to feature Getter for our very first Filth Friday.

Here is the exclusive Bwomp Beats interview:

So how did it all begin?
I went to a festival in 2009 with some friends and instantly fell in love with dubstep, thus leading me to produce it.

Where did the name Getter come from?
I honestly just thought it sounded cool and mean so I went with it.

What gave you that initial push?
Nothing really. I didn’t have any hooks ups or anything. I think it was just my signature sound that caught people’s attention.

Did the Djing or production come 1st?
Djing came first. I bought a shitty controller and learned to beat match, then later purchased Reason 4.

You were on the Firepower Tour with Datsik, What was your most memorable moment on tour?
I couldn’t pick one specific moment. It was all crazy. Paint balling with the crew was definitely in the top 3 though.

How do you feel about people moshing to your sets?

Aw man I love it! I’m a huge death metal fan and used to mosh at shows, so when I see the crowd start a pit to my tunes, I get PUMPED!

What city is your favorite to play in, and why?
I love playing in LA. The vibe there is great. I’ve played there so many times I feel like it’s the home to one of my biggest fan bases.

You just played in Canada on the Firepower Records Tour. Do you plan on playing in any other countries in the near future?
I plan on going to Australia and Argentina VERY soon.

Who is your favorite up and coming dubstep producer at the moment?
12 Gauge and Barron. Their sound design is ridiculous. They can go with any style and just slay it.

Out of all the tunes you have produced, which one “never fails to get the crowd going live?”
Probably my tune “Deadly,” and my remix of 12 Gauge’s “Clutch.”

What’s you favorite tune of all time?

Awwww man that’s a tough one. The Kill The Noise remix of Diplodocus is AMAZING. Also, Bounce by Snarebox, one of the most unique tunes I’ve heard in 2012.

When all the partying is over how do you like to chill out?

I just kick it at home and work on tunes, or go chill with my homies, nothing crazy.

How does it feel to have 20,000+ fans on facebook?

It’s definitely a huge step for me. I feel like when you have over a certain amount of LEGIT (not bought) fans on Facebook, you turn more heads. It’s also cool because I went from 10K to 20K in less than a year… SUPER stoked on that.

Can you give any advice to the up-and-coming dubstep producers out there?

You can have the dopest synths on earth, but if your drums are shit, no one will care. Work on drums along with sound design, and never copy someone. You will always be second best if you copy another producer.

DOWNLOAD: GETTER’S FREE 20k FANS EP

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Forthcoming on Firepower Records:

DJ Hazmat

DJ Hazmat Explodes

Let me be frank: I usually despise mash-ups. I normally would rather listen to the actual songs. With DJ Hazmat, however, this is not the case. Out of Burlington, VT, Matt Weston is an up-and-coming DJ that is killing it with creative mmixes that capture the energy and tremendousness of everyone’s favorite songs in the best possible way. Energetic combinations, like Jay-Z and Flux Pavilion/ Eminem and Gramatik, are combined in a keenly simplistic manner. He can get a party going anywhere and makes the kind of mashups you can easily recognize and sing a long to. He has been very productive lately, putting out a lot of of songs on his soundcloud. Also available there are higher quality versions of the songs for anyone who wants to really blast them. Make sure to see what he has to say on twitter - he’s a funny guy as well as a great DJ!
 
I also I caught up with Mr. Weston last week to see what he had to say about being a DJ:

Dastardly: How’d you start djing? What was the beginning like for you?

DJ Hazmat: It’s kind of funny, I didn’t even listen to electronic music before college, or mainstream hip hop, or anything I play now, I was a dispatch bro, bro. But DJing was always something I was interested in but never really had the facilities to try. I got my first piece of equipment, a numark mixdeck in like november of my freshman year and taught myself on the free trial of virtual dj until actually manning up…and stealing it from the internet. I did my first legit gig in January at a fraternity party where my laptop was promptly murdered halfway through by a beer. Even with that, it was still incredible to control a party like I did, so I started taking it more seriously, upgraded my equipment and music library and have been trying to take it as far as I can since. its crazy to look back and see myself doing a party with just a laptop and a dance library of like 100 songs, probably 40 of which were deadmau5, I was nervous as f*ck too, can’t even remember how many requests I had to shoot down, but minus the whole laptop dying, it was amazing and I knew I wanted to do this for a while.

Dastardly: Why mashups? They are often really tricky to make well and it takes a creative guy to see which songs would fit well together. How’d you get into it?

DJ Hazmat:  I chose mashups to kind of bridge the gap between house and mainstream music. You can only listen to instrumental electronic music for so long before your head pops, but if it has a well known song or songs in it, it definitely gets and keeps peoples attention for a longer time. That’s ultimately what I’m trying to do at any performance, make sure the audience is interested so regardless if I’m playing my stuff or someone else’s, it’s always nice to expand the target audience to people who were like me and didn’t really listen to electronic music, and mashups do a great job of that. But also, I mean what drunk girl doesn’t want to hear LMFAO dubbed over…well over anything really? Yeah they can be tricky, but it’s also that much more rewarding when I put a song up and get someone telling me something like “they sound so good together, I would have never thought of that!” or something along those lines. It’s kind of cool to try and merge two or more things that originally were never thought to be similar and see the product work out. (i.e. midnight rizzo, can’t imagine HOV was thinking about flux pavillion when he wrote izzo.


Dastardly: What are your top 3 most played songs on your iTunes?

DJ HazmatHmm currently, 1. Sweet Disposition (Axwell and Dirty South Remix) 2. Levels (Skrillex Remix) 3. Kick Out the Epic Motherfucker by Dada Life. but with all the new music I try to find, that list changes all the time.

Dastardly: What are we gonna see out of DJ Hazmat in the future?

DJ Hazmat: Alot! lots of talk about gigs in several locations, both east and west coast. I’m getting into actual electronic production so in addition to mashups there will some DJ Hazmat originals coming out in the near future. Things are looking good, but I’m not one to try and Jinx em’ so we’ll see. Hopefully everything works out because this is something i could see myself doing for a long long time.

DJ Hazmat – Never Take Me Alive (Emenim vs. Gramatik)

DJ Hazmat – Midnight Rizzo (Example and Flux Pavillion vs. Jay-Z)

Exclusive Interview: VibeSquaD – Orphan Alien Pt. 1

Warning: This is nuts.

The Denver/Boulder/Ft. Collins triangle of Colorado is home to some of the most colossal and breathtaking mountains in the land. It is also home to one of the most interesting guys I have heard in a long time: Aaron Holstein of VibeSquaD. Holstein’s music isn’t what you typically expect from electronic music. While bringing in the throbbing bass from dubstep, he tosses in some ticking, some whirring, and some meandering synths over a layer of organic percussion to end up with…well, whatever it is he ends up with. With the momentum perpetually shifting in his songs, there is no drop or sequence that defines his tunes — instead, each song has a theme that it returns to again and again with fresh takes on familiar melodies.

Orphan Alien Part 1 is no different – seven songs deep, all of them absolutely nuts. So good, in fact, that I decided to take a few minutes to catch up with Holstein. It took a few tries to get a hold of him, because he was was busy working on his music in his home studio. No wonder his music sounds so good. Don’t forget to grab a free download of his track “Shine” after the jump!

 

Dastardly: So I’m loving the name VibeSquaD. Where did it come from?

Holstein: I’ve been in bands for 20 years or so, just always playing music. Originally I was playing in a band called Squadzilla, which ended up becoming Zilla after a while. I was left with the ‘Squad’ part when I was back from touring and when I was making music by myself, so I ended up using it in this project.
 
Dastardly: That’s a much better story than I expected. If you’ve been in bands for so long, do you have like an electronic music hero that you look to or that influenced you a lot?

Holstein: There’s lot’s that I appreciate about music and musicians. Early on, I really liked Tipper and Bill Bless, but that was 10 years ago. There’s lot’s of music in my iPod and I love all of it, so I’d say not really one guy but a lot of people and things that they’ve done that I appreciate.
 
Dastardly: That’s sweet. You’ve been influenced for a lot of years. How has that influenced your current direction? What is your current musical direction?

Holstein: I just did it as a little kid – I was frustrated finding kids to work with and depend on to further my goals. Just like guys were so unreliable and we had different ideas so I wanted music by myself. It was just more satisfying than with other people. I better got my point across and was in total control. Like I had writer’s block, for the first time in a long time, this winter and this spring I exploded. I did that because of myself. Because of that, the future is untold – I’m always evolving and changing.
 
Dastardly: That segue’s in perfectly. What have you been up to recently, if not just working on Orphan Alien?

Holstein: Lot’s of travel. I have lot’s of like shows on weekends and stuff and I play a lot of shows on the road. I make music 9-5 every day and spend the rest of the time with my family. You know, hanging out with the kids and stuff. Whenever I’m not traveling I spend time with them as much as possible.
 
Dastardly: As a college kid, that’s what it’s all about. Trust me. But, concerning the EP, I’m not really sure even what Genre to classify it as. I’m not big on pigeonholing songs into ultra-specific genre’s but your sound is just unlike anything I’ve ever heard before. Tell me about it on like a cerebral level.

Holstein:
It’s all about stretching out of my comfort zone. In terms of Genre’s, I feel like they’ve become anti-genre almost. Like most music fans have an eclectic taste and have lots of different songs on their iPod. I don’t want to stay in a boring genre or define myself in one way. I did vocals a lot in this album, all me by the way, and I even messed around with a drum and bass song with some vocals and that slow, chunky sound. I want everyone to feel the breadth and width and how deep they are with melodies. I also played around a lot with synths to get the whispiness of them. This one was really and evolution of where I’m at. I’m planning on releasing Pt II on 11/11/11 – which brings like the unity of the sound.
 
Dastardly: 11/11/11?! That’s so sweet. That’s a really cool date.

Holstein: Well actually I released an album on 10/10/10 last year and one on 9/9/09 the year before that. It’s a cool thing for me, working with an imposed deadline. I just know I’ll get it done by then. Plus it’s a cool sequence of dates.
 
Dastardly: That’s really sweet and I never noticed that before. Now, totally unrelated, I’ve never seen you live, but I have looked it up on the internet and done a little research and your shows are out of control. What gives them so much energy and power?

Holstein:
I have a whole bunch of love and respect for playing in front of people and for the music. Being the guy who plays it at shows is really awesome. Playing with that perfect level of bass is a true honor for me. It gives me the chills to see people dancing and having fun and knowing that I’m the one doing that for them. I get off on it as much as they do. I love it.
 
Dastardly: When you’re not playing in shows, what do you do in your free time?

Holstein: I’m into photography, I snowboard in the winter, and I travel a lot – but I like to make it an adventure. I just have lots of opportunities when I tour, because I’m pretty much alone when I’m on tour. Just like finding a cool place to sit down and read. When I’m home I’m totally beat – I don’t really go out or have much of a nightlife when I’m at home. I chill out with my family because I’m all over my place for my job, so I get some good time with them too.
 
Dastardly: What is the highlight of your musical career? Is there a moment or a show that just tops them all?

Holstein: As I get older there are more and more special moments that shed light on it. I’ve been fortunate with lucky gigs where I played longer or got to play in front of a lot of people or something. Physically it’s hard to say – I don’t want to let down the small show, where the big show might not have been the best show. I love small shows with a lot of energy and awesome crowds, but the big ones are great too. I learn each time. So there’s not just one moment. I played at sunrise at Wakarusa  and it was so cool. Literally thousands of people smiling in the sun. It’s all about making people happy though.
 
Dastardly: What’s your top played song on iTunes?

Holstein: I always get obsessed with a band or an album and listen to it for like three weeks then move on. Like one time I only listened to Frank Zappa, all of his albums, until it drove people crazy. I love a lot of stuff though, and have a lot of it on constant rotation. I love a good album.
 
Dastardly: So are you an album guy and not really for the ‘hit single’?

Holstein: Well I’m all for music ADD and going all over the place and listening to whatever you want, but it’s just cool when it’s a whole production. Like one song is good, but a whole album of them with 10 on it is even better.
 
Dastardly: Last Question: What’s your touring schedule like? I’m out east up here in Burlington, VT, so are you ever going to make it out here? I’d love to see you live.

Holstein: I’ve been dying to get out east! I went to Hampshire College about 20 years ago and so I was up in Burlington a lot to see Phish. All my formative music was out east and so I’d love play there. I just signed with new management so they’ll be able to get me shows out there, because I don’t have much of a fan base out east. Expect to see me out there maybe in the winter or early spring.

 

VibeSquaD – Shine

Grab the rest of his The Orphan Alien EP on Vibesquad’s bandcamp. Just name your price!

The Number 23

MJ - Da Best

So the other day, I was making some Ramen. Then I realized that 23 is awesome. The Number 23 has attached itself to some of the very greatest people that have ever walked this earth: MJ, Jim Carrey, and now a mighty man – a dubstepper named 23. After having his Chromeo Remix on repeat for the past 3 weeks (literally), I decided to get in touch with the guy for a quick, rapidfire Q&A sesh and some Madlib shananagans. Please support 23 on Beatport – his debut EP is up there as well as his Arkasia remix – pay him money for the service he is doing your ears (which you should). Make sure to check out his soundcloud, where he sporadically releases some really sick sounds.

Rapidfire Q&A Sesh

Dastardly: What’s the best part about being an electronic music maker?

23: Getting to play my music out and see people reacting and dancing to it.

Dastardly: Why do you do it? What keeps you going?

23: Music is just something I keep coming back to. It’s rewarding to make and often challenging or even puzzling. I’ve been a long time puzzle solver.

Dastardly: What can we expect out of 23 in the future?

23: Exploration, experimentation.  Live instrumentation. Misinterpretation.

Dastardly: What are your top couple songs on iTunes? What are you listening to lately?

23: Been listening to a lot of Porcupine Tree lately.  Also been on a kick for Streetlight Manifesto and NOFX.   This stuff changes weekly though.

And the 23 madlib…

(23) was (calculating) one fine saturday evening until he stopped to get some (infinity) at the local (Frank Zappa’s bathroom). As (23) went inside, they noticed that the (goat) was looking kind of (smarmy). Confused, he looked (toothlessly) around until he saw a sign that read “No (5 tons of flax), No Service”. Feeling (embarrassment) he left the (Frank Zappa’s bathroom) and (f***ed) off into the night.