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High Contrast In The Studio

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High Contrast is one of the leading lights of modern dance music culture. His brand of “gay disco drum and bass”, as he has called it, liberated the genre from the clutches of the copycat badboy producers who sought to make it as macho and dark as possible at the start of 2000. Over the course of three albums, True Colours, High Society and Tough Guys Don’t Dance, he spread his wings. Graduating from “hot two-bar loops” as the basis for his tracks to much more complex, mature and musical arrangements. Whilst his varied and textured LPs have shown how…

DJ Distance In The Studio

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Future Loops have just released Distance Dubstep, a sample pack created by acknowledged dubstep producer, DJ and Chestplate label founder Distance. Get Distance’s essential studio tips and tricks right here… Please introduce yourself… I’m Distance I’m a dubstep producer and DJ. I’ve always had a great interest in music and how it’s made. After becoming a fan of UK  Garage and Drum and Bass I decided to give producing a go and here I am. How do you approach a tune? Drums first? Melody? It is different every time but mostly I start by laying down a rough drum loop.…

Makoto In The Studio

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Tokyo’s Makoto has been Japan’s chief drum & bass ambassador for well over ten years. He’s had 12″ and album releases on many of the scene’s top labels like Good Looking, Hospital and Innerground but these days you’ll find the bulk of his work on his own HE:Digital imprint. His latest release is the Release The Bird EP with vocalist Deeizm, we spoke to Makoto to find out more about his approach to making music… How do you approach a tune? Drums first? Melody? Melody or chords always come first. I used to try to start with the bassline or…

Matrix Interview

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Matrix says remixing is different to creating original music. “You’ve got boundaries. In a way, it’s easier. The hardest thing I find about making music is when you sit down to a complete blank canvas. When you’re doing a remix you always have starting points, you’ve got some building blocks. Then you’ve got to figure out how to put them together into a track.” He says it’s important to pay tribute to the original tune while putting a new spin on it. “I don’t really like remixes that don’t bear any resemblance to the original because I think it’s a bit pointless,”…

Zero T Guest Mix

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Zero T started out back in 1998 as a fresh-faced youngster at Dublin’s now legendary Bassbin night. In late ’99, just as his vinyl debut was dropping on the Bassbin imprint, 4hero signed some tracks that he and Beta 2 had made for Reinforced. By 2001 releases were coming thick and fast on labels like Subtitles, Commercial Suicide, Function, Signature and Advanced and he was collaborating with producers such as Calibre, Alix Perez, Icicle, Bailey and vocalists like MC Conrad, Riya and Steo. Zero T moved to London in 2007 and released his debut album, Cheap Shots, on Total Science’s…

Basher Guest Mix

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When it comes to drum & bass labels there are none much bigger than the mighty RAM Records… and from a production perspective accolades certainly don’t come much higher than a personal invite to produce exclusively for the label from the head of Ram itself, Andy C. Basher is one of the industry’s new breeds; a huge figure both in person and musically, rapidly building his status amongst some of the most technically advanced producers to hit the scene in recent years. It only takes a quick listen to the recent outings on Frequency, Biometrix and Vigilante and his remix…

Sub Focus Interview

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Ladies and Gentlemen, the wait is over. The self-titled debut album release from d&b’s hottest property Sub Focus is finally upon us. As he unleashes one of the most keenly anticipated records of the past couple of years, Knowledge took the opportunity to visit him at his brand new studio… “I’m just really getting stuck into working in the new studio,” says a relaxed looking Nick Douwma, aka Sub Focus, as he settles down into a comfy looking chair in his plush new surroundings. “It’s nice to be in a new set up, I’m going to be concentrating on a…

Syncopix In The Studio

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Coming straight out of Hamburg in Germany, Syncopix is one of the most interesting and innovative drum & bass producers around. He’s put together Hospital Records’ Drum & Bass Vol. 3 sample pack for Loopmasters, so we tracked him down to find out more about how he goes about making music in the studio… When did you start producing music? I’ve been DJing since 1996. There was a point in 1998 when I decided to have a go at production, I had my first PC ready to make some beats on it. I had been playing drums and other music…

Spectrasoul Interview

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Spectrasoul, aka Dave Kennet and Jack Stevens, are a duo that need no introduction to any discerning d&b head. With releases on the some of the most respected labels within the scene, combined with residencies at some of the most prestigious clubs, Spectrasoul have now firmly stamped their mark on the drum & bass map. With an ever impressive and rapidly increasing back catalogue, Spectrasoul continue to produce some of the most melodic and widely received drum & bass around and with some of the most stand-out tunes of the last few years, combined with the backing of virtually all…

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