Author Colin Steven

ASC In The Studio

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ASC has been a prolific producer in the drum & bass scene for the last ten years but most recently he has been pioneering the genre-bending ‘Autonomic’ sound alongside the likes of dBridge and Instra:mental and last year released his album Nothing Is Certain on Instra:mental’s Nonplus+ imprint to widespread acclaim. His latest project is a sample pack for Loopmasters called Experimental Drum & Bass. We spoke to ASC to find out a bit more about how he works in the studio How do approach starting a new tune? Do you have a standard workflow of building beats/bass first, or…

Misanthrop In The Studio

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Misanthrop is a drum & bass producer based in Stuttgart, Germany. Over the years, he’s released on labels like Subtitles, Renegade Hardware and Full Force but recently he’s been concentrating on his own Neosignal imprint that he runs with Phace. With Misanthrop’s Sidereal / Latitude 12″ imminent, we sat down to find out how he goes about producing music in the studio. How do you approach starting a new tune? Do you have a standard workflow of building beats / bass first, or focus on another part to begin with? I don’t really have a standard approach of how I start…

BarKnowledge at Cafe 1001

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On 25 March 2011, GRAM Agency hosted a night at BarKnowledge @ Cafe 1001, London. DJing on the night were Zero T, Fracture & Neptune, Skeptical, Hayze, Illistrate and MC Fokus. Here’s some video footage from the night…

Lynx Interview

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Lynx has had a remarkable rise to to top of the drum & bass scene since the release of his Carnivale and Disco Dodo singles in 2007. Released on Soul:R and Creative Source respectively, they brought him to the attention of the drum & bass public as a highly skilled, forward-thinking producer capable of making a variety of styles. His album with Kemo in 2009, The Raw Truth, only reinforced this and last year Lynx took things to the next level again by starting his own label Detail Recordings.With Lynx headlining our next event at Fluid on 1 April we…

Aquasky In The Studio

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Aquasky have been around since the mid 90s making everything from drum & bass, breaks, dubstep and lately they’ve been pushing a new sound they’re calling warehouse via their Black Noise alias. They’ve also made a few samples CDs / packs as well in that time and 2011 sees them launch their own sample label with Loopmasters, Monster Sounds. We caught up with them to find out more about it and how they approach making music too… How do approach starting a new tune? Do you have a standard workflow of building beats/bass first, or focus on another part to…

DKay In The Studio

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Austrian producer DKay needs no introduction to drum & bass fans. He’s had big tracks on labels like Soul:R, Bingo, Renegade Hardware and Barcelona, his 2003 release  with Epsilon featuring Stamina MC, even made the UK top 40. He’s currently working on an IllSkillz album with Rawfull and is about to release Shades / Thinner Edge, a collaboration with DJ Intoxicated on A.I.’s Integral label, but he took time out from his busy schedule to explain how he goes about making music… How do you approach starting a new tune? Do you have a standard workflow of building beats/bass first, or…

Silkie In The Studio

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Silkie is a dubstep producer and DJ from West London. His debut LP, City Limits Volume 1, was released in July 2009 on Deep Medi Musik, a label run by Mala of Digital Mystikz. Silkie has been in the studio working on new material but he took five minutes out to explain just how he gets his sound. How do approach starting a new tune? Do you have a standard workflow of building beats / bass first, or focus on another part to begin with? I usually start with the beat if I’m planning to make a track, but some…

Netsky Interview

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As his collaboration with Danny Byrd hits the shops, we speak to Netsky about his journey to the top, work on his second album and non-stop touring. To be honest, it’s kind of a miracle you are reading this interview at all. Boris Daenen, aka Netsky, is a very busy guy. Fresh from winning the Drum & Bass Arena Best Newcomer Producer and Best Album awards back in December, and squeezing in a speedy round of European dates, we had a sneaking suspicion pinning him down for this interview wasn’t going to be an easy task. We weren’t wrong… Small…

Ed Solo In The Studio

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Ed Solo cut his teeth in the world of drum & bass in the 90s, but he’s best known for his collaborations with breakbeat dons like Krafty Kuts and Deekline. He also makes dubstep and if one thing links all the music he produces then it’s heavyweight BASS! With this in mind, he’s made a bass-only sample pack for Loopmasters called Bass Lab Vol. 1. We spoke to Ed to see how he goes about making music, what equipment he uses and to get some production advice… How do approach starting a new tune? I normally have some idea or…

DJ Vadim In The Studio

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The Electric are a new group spearheaded by the renowned beat-taster DJ Vadim alongside Sabira Jade and MC Pugs Atomz. Their debut album Life is Moving is out soon on Vadim and Yarah Bravo’s label Organically Grown Sounds (O.G.S) so we spoke to Vadim to find out how he works in the studio… How do approach starting a new tune? Do you have a standard workflow of building beats/bass first, or focus on another part to begin with? Every song is different and also the way I’m working is forever evolving because of equipment and experience. Sometimes I start from…

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