As the backlog of MakeItGood x FatKidOnFire features slowly start to clear, we’re fast approaching the ideal frequency for posting new mixes and interviews. Once #137 (the feature following the one below) goes live, we’ll be uploading new mixes and interviews once a week – usually on a Monday or Tuesday. Oh, and we’ve started producing custom artwork for each of the features (a huge thank you, as always, to Chris) – so future MIG x FKOF features will start looking a bit more coherent(/ nicer).
MIG x FKOF #136 sees us sit down and talk to Bristol’s Boofy, who’s been on my radar for a while now. I was introduced to Boofy by Vulcan Audio co-founder Medik, who was singing Boofy’s praises and suggested I check his tunes. I did and was blown away…
Boofy, how goes?
Yes Wil, not too bad mucker, how bist?
All good thanks man! For the unaware, who is Boofy? Boofy is a producer who sits in his production cave and doesn’t get enough sun in his life. I come from Bristol, and it sounds very biased but I think it’s one of the greatest cities to share sounds and make connects.
How would you describe your sound? I can rarely describe my sound but I think I can accurately say it’s heavily 140-based. It’s developed quite a bit in the last year especially. Last year my sound was more wonky-based dubstep and now I think I try to focus more on the percussion and melody of the sound. How I see it is, if you like sub bass heavy music, I’ll give it a go.
How did you get into dubstep in the first place? When did you decide you wanted to produce as well as listen? I’ve always wanted to be a music producer. Ever since I can remember. When I was younger I used to listen to tonnes of Dr. Dre and G-funk as well as older Marvin Gaye along with a lot of soul music – on this cassette Walkman I begged for off of my parents because my older brother had one. When I was a todd’ I used to say I wanted be a “musicianer”. I used to play trumpet and piano and whatnot too. It’s the only thing I’ve ever wanted to do.
And dubstep? I can remember actually getting into and using the term ‘dubstep’ in 2009 but I used to listen to it quite a bit before that. I used to think it was just grime but slower pace if you know what I mean, for example, I used to listen to a lot of Joker’s earlier stuff before he blew up, he was hot in Bristol before the ‘Kapsize EP‘ in ‘07. He had mixtapes with his old crew KHK. And the ‘Skream!‘ album I used to be hooked to that in ’06.
How do you go about building your tunes? What’s your production setup like? My set up consists of 2x Adam A7X, iMac 27” 2009 with another screen to spread out my projects, Reason 6.5, Focusrite soundcard, 1 standard MIDI keyboard, se2200a II microphone and a Shure SM57. And on the other side of my room, I have normal Hi-Fi speakers plugged into a 5-channel mixer with 2x technics 1210 mk2 & MacBook Pro with SL3.
There’s no real structured way I go about building my tunes. Most of the time I try to come up with a chord to work on and to develop on. And after that, if I’ve got that chord down, I get a sub-bass around it and see how it sounds as I’d want it to sound as heavy as possible. But then I could be just messing around the house with my microphone hitting sh!t like wooden or metal spoons, African drums, recording the rain, etc. etc.
You’ve had a pretty good run with recent releases, putting out on one of my new favourite labels (shouts and love to Biak, Medik and the rest of the Vulcan Audio crew!) and a few others. How have you found getting your beats signed, has it been a relatively easy process? Yeah no doubt, man. I was so happy with VLCN003 and it’s probably been the highlight of my year so far. I’ve had an EP on Soulstep Records too this year but I don’t think it picked up as much attention as the ‘Momentum EP’ did. I wasn’t too sure about it at first because the tunes weren’t my most up to date and the promo was pretty much me being on Instagram and Facebook, but it’s done me proud. Shout out to my boy Gutcha as well for being involved.
Getting tunes signed has been a lot easier this year than it was last year. I could’ve killed for a release last year, but I’ve always thought if I was good enough people will find me through good work. That’s why I gave out the ‘BooFree files‘ [password: loveandting] in 2011 just to start a fresh on a new sound and try to sculpture some sort of base for the New Year. The aim of 2012 was to get an EP out, minimum. But I’ve had two, as well as the Scriptures release on Vulcan. So it’s been a really good year for me.
Another standard question you’re probably bored to death of. Do you prefer turntables or CDJs for playing out? Does it matter? Personally, I love vinyl, but it’s personal. I just love the movement of vinyl and the process of making records is magical, especially its authentic crackle from being wheeled. But I don’t hate CDs, it’s what is relevant for the individual person.
In all honesty I know some DJs who have switched to CDs because it’s just convenient to carry round a pouch instead of record cases which weigh a tonne. Stop being anal and let people play. Plus vinyl kills my wallet so I understand!
How long have you been playing out? If you could pick any of your recent bookings, what would be your favourite – and why? In all honesty, I have really slacked on the playing out thing. I can’t remember the last time I did play out. I think it might’ve been last year? But that’s when I was using a really budget MIDI controller and it was just so long to set up.
One of the last times I played out a girl threw alcohol all over it, and it broke. At the time I was livid, but she probably done me a massive favour. I’m getting back on it for next year though once I get my music sitting where I want it to be and I’m comfortable with it.
With everyone seemingly moving away from strictly focusing on 140bpm dubstep, how do you think the genre will evolve over the coming months/ years? Where do you see your sounds progressing to? I think it’s great everyone’s trying to move or expand onto other genres. Still keeping the dubstep feel, I can see the scene moving more into more garage & house territory again for some reason, I don’t know why.
As for me, I don’t really know? I mean I make a lot of stuff, but only put out stuff I’m really confident with. I suppose I don’t know what my sounds are going to be like, I just know I want to progress and be in a better place than I am this year for sure.
Other than the recent releases discussed earlier and one or two special tunes in the pipeline, have you got any tunes forthcoming we should be looking out for? Anything physical? Forthcoming – I’ve just signed my ‘Wheel of Dharma (Dharmachakra)’ to Gradient Audio for a various artist release. I don’t know when yet but will keep everyone posted on my Facebook page once I get more details. I’m also in talks with quite a few labels at the moment so I’ve got to really work now for next year. I want to keep on board with the Vulcan team as well.
Physical is the next step. If I get a vinyl release I will be sure I’m heading in the direction I want to be. But yeah, that’s the aim for next year to secure a 12”, so hopefully I can do it.
In terms of advice, what are your top points for new producers and DJs looking to get heard or signed? Just keep doing what you’re doing. Look for honest criticisms. Experiment. Give the people you look towards a reason to listen. Keep it fresh. Don’t focus on getting tunes signed; focus on developing your sound.
Tell us about your MIG x FKOF mix… Dodgy. I hadn’t mixed in ages and I was using one headphone at the time, but I only have myself to blame. Overall though, the mix was full of most of my favourite producers. It kind of describes what direction I want to push myself in.
The first tune was mine, because I thought that’s where I’m at right now, so it would be good to start there. There’s a balance of percussive brilliance, bass heavy music & persy’s throughout.
Any shoutouts? Definite shout outs to Biak & Medik for giving me the opportunity to do work with a label I’ve fell in love with. Calski, Sparkerboi, Thieves, Kahlil Dubz, Hanns, Gutcha, Jafu, Muttley, Lemz & Pea Whitey, Superisk, Kahn & anybody I have missed out that has pushed my tunes and have supported me it means the world to me.
3 producers we should be following are…?
- Peaman. He’ll sit dormant for a while, abuse sissy emotional commenters and verbally violate spammers on his SoundCloud, but his attention to detail and production is outstanding. He doesn’t upload much but the last time he did, if I can remember it was like 4 or 5 tunes all at the same time, which blew me away. If you get a chance listen to ‘Icarus‘.
- Calski. He’s always supported me and we’re very good friends. Not a biased opinion because he’s my friend, but because the reason I started talking to him was because his percussion and melodic music amazed me. A lot of upcoming producers could learn a thing or two from his music.
- Thieves. I really don’t think this guy can see how much of a good producer he is. He’s told me a few times that I’m killing it but taking this guy’s sounds into account is was like “are you kidding me?!” As well as support, this guy can produce some gems. I just think most the time he doesn’t know it! He said he wanted to collab a few months back, which I may hold him to and take up the offer. As I stated before, I think this sound is what more people are going to move towards in the near future.
Best label in dubstep is…?
You’re killing me! Only one!? Tectonic or Punch Drunk. Leave it at that!
I enjoyed interviewing Boofy. And, as much as he might be a little unhappy with it, I love Boofy’s mix for MIG x FKOF as well. It’s not dodgy at all man! 18 tunes, 44 minutes and an awesome selection of dubs, releases and forthcoming bits. Hit the free download and head over to the Facebook page to show Boofy your support.
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1. Boofy – Dharmachakra [Gradient Audio dub]
2. Congi – Somnium [Deep Heads]
3. Biak & Baitface – Cellula [dub]
4. Calski – Someone’s Missing (Kaiju re-edit) [Calski xmas freebie]
5. Jack Sparrow – Way Out West [Cloqworq Recordings]
6. DJ Madd – Lightsaber (Sith mix) [DJ Madd free download]
7. Catacombs – Mantis [Tribe 12]
8. LX ONE – Give It Up [Wheel & Deal]
9. Hex – No Mercy [dub]
10. Phaeleh & DJ Madd – Ritual [Black Box]
11. Jafu – Desperate Falcons [dub]
12. Submatiks – Proxima Centauri [dub]
13. Icicle ft. Proxima – Breathing Again [Shogun Audio]
14. DJ Madd – The Life You Chose [Black Box]
15. Author – Revolutions [Tectonic]
16. Breakage – Late Night [Naked Lunch]
17. Icicle – Need A Job [Shogun Audio]
18. Superisk – Find A Way (Kahn JA refix) [dub]