Kako je bilo večeras tvoj?
Moje show, to je ludi čovjek, Došao sam sat vremena prije nego što sam set i Ed Rush & Optički je ušao prije mene, za popunjavanje MindVortex što je lijepo iznenađenje za gužve.
I to je samo amazing, ovo volim kod Češka, kao da vole svoju drum and bass znaš. Imaš Festival sada, a imamo Ram Records preuzeti pozornici, i imaš Virus pozornici, tako da je sve drum and bass.
Znaš šta mislim, to je samo super, za mene, biti uključeni u sceni i dođi ovamo, i baš svi samo da čujem drum and bass, ništa drugo nego drum and bass.
I to je super, to je nevjerovatan doživljaj. To je wicked, to je osvježavajuće.
Uvijek sam znao da je Češka bila biti zli. Jedini klub sam igrao na je Roxy (www.roxy.cz) i to je masivan, je rasprodat, i to je vjerojatno o više od godinu dana. Kad sam imao samo nekoliko melodija out, a reakcija ovdje je amazing.
Zapravo sam došao ovdje prije tri ili četiri godine, na momačko veče, i najboljeg čovjeka od momka koji je ženi bilo Cyantific, on je dobio žuti karton da festival Hospitality noći. Nisam čak ni potpisao da Ram do tada, bilo je tako dobro, to je bila samo jedna od onih noći kada svi je pio. Mi smo stranka prilično teško.
Dakle, to je bio prvi put, i sjećam se govori kao promoter, naručiti mi sljedeće godine, naručiti mi sljedeće godine. Dakle, prije par godina su me rezervirati. I ja došao ovdje i da moj prvi iskustvo koje je strava.
I onda ove godine želite, Za sortiranje od bude blizu headlinings, to je samo amazing, to je samo veliki čovjek, to je velika stvar.
Znate li koliko je zemalja si bio u, Ja mislim samo kao DJ?
Ne, pa mislim da u ovoj godini, Ja sam vjerojatno uradio cijeli svijet. Mislim, nisam igrao u Aziji, što je negdje stvarno želim igrati.
Ne, pa imam protok kroz tu. Očigledno, promoter velike klupske scene u Dubaiju je ovdje večeras, pa me pitali je interesantno. Tako da nisam uradio Azija, Nisam radio Dubai, Nisam uradio Africi, ali, Radio sam Ameriku, Radio sam cijelu Ameriku u ovoj godini, Igrao sam se Zapadna obala prošle godine.
To je samo fantastična prilika, znaš šta mislim da, Radio sam na EXIT festivalu (Srbija), Radim Pukkelpop (Belgija), Radim Outlook festivalu (Hrvatska), mnogo festivala u Engleskoj. Mislim da je to samo izuzetnu priliku li znali.
Bio sam vrtlar. Tako da znate što mislim da prije nego što sam to učinio, Bio sam vrtlar, Nekada sam zaraditi 45 gaziti dnevno. Voleo sam je. And I used to do some of tunes after my work. I used to go home, 5 o’clock, start my computer up and start making tunes.
And so now to be able to travel the world and DJ in front of different crowds, see the different reactions to different tunes, and actually you get an interpretation of like what sort of music do America like, what sort of Drum and bass they like.
Češka, and like France, where you guys are from, Europe is the central hub for Drum and Bass, that’s what I find. The UK predominantly obviously, it’s from there but Europe, like your legislation, your governments legislation allows bigger party.
You know like tonight, you’re firing fireworks off the main stage, raining fire down onto the crowd. If that was in the UK, you know the fire department would shut that down, but because it’s in Czech Republic, it’s allowed and actually it was just amazing do you know what I mean, and the opening scene was amazing, and spectacular.
And that’s the thing with Europe you know, everyone is a little bit more chilled out, they wanna come out and have a good time, the police don’t bother you too much, like in the UK that’s very predominant, and in the US it is an amazing scene like everywhere around Europe.
So I heard Hearbeat tonight, which was just released, how did the crowd respond and is it an appetizer for a LP coming out really soon?
The thing with Heartbeat is like, it’s technically half time Drum and Bass. You know I’ve been putting out Drum and Bass records for three years now, and you know, it’s just one of those records that I wrote a while ago, and I didn’t mean to write it to put out, I wrote it to give to someone else to sort of sing on.
But then everyone was like why don’t you put it out yourself, znate, something different. You know I don’t wanna be confined to Drum and Bass through my whole career, because you know after a while, you just wanna explore things.
So I’ve put it out and I made sure that we had remixes to support it, because for me, it’s half time, so you know, Calyx and Teebe I love those guys, they smashed the remix, MindVortex aswell. It is like a more commercial record, I mean I’ve always loved P. Money and I wanted to work with him, and that’s been a personal thing that I wanted to do.
You know I’ve never been dictated to by a label or my fans, I put out what I wanna put out. At the end of the day, obviously if it’s shit, then no one’s gonna put it out. But if they like it, znate, I’ll put it out.
My next record before the album is gonna be a Drum and Bass record, and my album is like 70 percent Drum and Bass anyway, do you know what I mean, so well 80 percent Drum and Bass, so for me, to listen to an album, you have to have your breaks in the album. You have to have your moments where it slows down, it’s something a bit different.
That’s really what I did with Heartbeat, znate, I’ve put out Drum and Bass records after Drum and Bass records, I wanna show people that I can make this sort of stuff. Then I’m gonna come back with another Drum and Bass record, I wanna keep making Drum and Bass, I mean that’s what I love, that’s what I DJ out tonight, that’s what I travel the world trying to educate people to do, you know what I mean.
You go some places, and they’re like what is Drum and Bass? You know I do these festivals, because I’m seen now as a more commercial act, it actually gives me the opportunity. Where some people might say, oh yeah you know you’re making this commercial music. Well my point of view is actually, what I’m doing is I’m introducing people.
When I go and play out, I might play Heartbeat, and that’s not Drum and Bass. By mixing it with the remix, then it’s like OK what’s this? It’s Drum and Bass, and then I mix it in with another hour worth of Drum and Bass and people are like OK, I like Drum and Bass. That’s how I got introduced to it.
You’re taking part in something so that like Drum and Bass does not just remain a subculture, right?
Yes I think people have done it before like Chase and Status, Subfocus, DJ Fresh, you know what I mean. But it is about educating people, and it’s like the more people that love your music, the better the shows. And it’s better for the music on a whole.
Within Drum and Bass, there’s so many underground labels. Well not even underground labels, like Critical, like Virus, they’re taking over the stages, they’ve got their own stage tonight. You’ve got like Shogun, znate, even Ram, they can put out more commercial stuff, but they can put out hard music, and it’s just getting more people involved in it and it’s only a good thing, you know what I mean.
There’s no such thing as keeping something really small and just tight, because at the end of the day, people grow out of it. And you need to bring new people in, you need to introduce new people into music and that’s what I’m trying to do. And then my sets are predominantly Drum and Bass, so that’s my idea you know, and that’s what I live by basically.
Some people will wanna know how it is that you produce, make collabs, work, is it over the internet, together in the studio. How was this new LP Lazers Not Included made?
Personally, the thing with production is that it’s something that happens over time, and I always find that you need to develop an air. So my air developped over about, I mean I started making tunes when I was 14, and I got signed to Ram when I was 21 so that was seven years of sort of developing my production.
I generally produce my tunes on my own, and I just feature artists like vocalist, so I make a tune and then I’ll be like right, I love this vocalist, let’s go in the studio, let’s record some vocals for that track.
I’ve worked with a guy called Brad, who’s part of the Nextmen (thenextmen.com), they’re like a hiphop group and he’s musically amazing, do you know what I mean, so I’ve worked with him on like two tracks on my album. And it’s like it brings that different sort of musical heads, for me you need to take inspiration from other people to make an album really diverse, which is what I wanted to do.
As a producer, you need to get comfortable, you don’t need to spend loads of money on these ridiculous buggings, I saw some people spend loads of money on these buggins, because at the end of the day, you need to learn how to use the buggings before you start using them.
I use Logic, I use really basic Logic buggings, but I use Massive, I use Razor, and I use Predator, and I use EXS24, it’s a sampler. That’s pretty much what I do, and I think that’s al you need to do, znate, it’s getting your levels right.
My beats are all samples, so I sample breakbeats, classic, you know like, ‘think’ break, obviously the Amen break, by the Winstons brothers (http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00hc8sf). It’s all samples really, and that’s fundamentally what Drum and Bass came from, samples.
I remember seeing you in Paris with Stamina MC, and he was not just doing the MC, he was singing, and it was awesome. Are you coming back to France?
Well you know what, I have to say this for the French people. Jungle Juice, Arnaud and Olivier, they’ve got me my first international booking, I remember it clearly. Charly from the Dirtyphonics, he told them, they were like we need to book someone, someone cheap, someone who’s new. So I remember getting my first booking 150 pounds and it was in 2010, and I remember getting on this Eurostar and I was like wow, I’m going to France, I’m gonna play to a bunch of people who don’t speak my language as well as I do.
And since then, those guys have been, I love them, they are the nicest people and they throw really good parties. I mean Cabaret Sauvage, I played there a couple of times, to je samo amazing. But it’s the fact that it’s a circus tent, and I’ve got love for those guys and I love France. I’ve done a few good shows there, I’ve played for other promoters but Arnaud and Olivier, they’re like really close friends of mine, and they throw great parties, probably the best times of my career in DJ have been with those guys.
Wilkinson will be at LET IT ROLL Open Air 2014