So it seems that Just Host have (sort of) pulled their finger out and fixed the hardware issues that effectively brought the FatKidOnFire website down yesterday (although there are still occasional periods of downtime). There’s a few posts on their way (probably tomorrow) – but whether you’ll be able to read them/ I’ll be able to publish them is another matter. Fingers crossed anyhow!
With the site going down and my day job keeping me on my toes, there’s a few MakeItGood x FKOF features backed up. Yesterday saw #109 go live with a wicked 128-140bpm vinyl-only mix from Fent Plates label boss man Seizure – and today sees us sit down with Bacon Dubs‘ Reamz…
[Photo by Rewire Oxford]
Who is Reamz?
I am an 18 year old producer from Oxfordshire, UK.
What got you into mixing and producing dubstep? What’s your style – big, dark basslines or as filthy as possible? I started out using software to record my old band; not really having any idea what I was doing (just messing around trying to make it sound good). I eventually discovered dubstep through a friend so decided to branch out a little and try to produce some. At this time I was using FL Studio with no idea what anything did – I didn’t even know EQ and compression existed! Luckily my friend who introduced me to the music was a producer as well and he helped me out a lot. I produce 140 bass music in whatever style I’m feeling most at the time.
What software do you use to produce your tracks? I started on FL but now use Logic Pro 8.
Turntables or CDJs? Will always be mainly vinyl for me. There is an amazing feeling about owning a record and playing it. CDs just don’t compare. However, it’s nice being able to play out unreleased music without spending 40 quid getting each track cut. The mix I recorded [for MakeItGood x FatKidOnFire] was completely CD though as I wanted to showcase the music rather than the mixing.
How long have you producing and DJing? Probably been producing about a year and a half/ 2 years now. Been DJing for little over a year.
What’s been your best gig and if you could DJ alongside anyone,
who would it be? The best gig I have ever been to was the most recent GetDarker night at Cable. The RC1 soundsystem they had was unreal and the whole room was vibes all night. No topless, traffic cone-wearing, neon painted c**t getting in my way.
Best gig I have played would have to be Ukraine a month or so back. The vibes in that club were awesome. People really seemed to be feeling the music.
If I could DJ alongside anyone it would probably be either Youngsta (purely to watch him mix) or Biome (to hear all his dubs). Would have to be on a boat party at Outlook as well.
Who are your top 5 dubstep producers at the moment; and why?
- Biome – This man is killing everything. Haven’t heard a single tune of his that I don’t like
- Truth – The amount of tunes these boys churn out is insane!
- Perverse – Really fresh new take on the sound and they’re really nice guys (Churrrr)
- Kryptic Minds – Will always be in my top 5
- Cauze – Seriously, watch out for this boy.
So many great guys to choose from. The amount of talent around at the moment is
What’s the future of dubstep – where do you see the genre going? I think the scene is actually in a really good place at the moment. As I said, there are so many new artists emerging who are all really pushing the true sound of dubstep. I don’t think dubstep will ever be represented properly on a commercial scale but I don’t see that as a bad thing. Nothing will beat a room of 10 heads vibing to the music.
Any forthcoming releases we can look forward to? Nothing announced for now. But my new E.P ‘Fear‘ has only just come out so go cop that if your feeling it.
Have you got any advice to upcoming DJs/ Producers? The most important thing I would say is be completely honest with yourself about your tracks. If you don’t like how it sounds don’t send it out. Doing so will just give yourself a bad name. But once you are happy with them, send them to everyone. You never know who might like it and what connections they might have.
Any shoutouts? I would just like to say a big shoutout to the following artists: Sparxy, Skriptah, Hiloxam and everyone else from the Bacon Dubs Crew. Perverse, Compa, Widowmaker, Content, Collision, Formless, Scalade, Occult, Percept, DRTY, Cyntel and everyone that has helped and supported me in anyway. Big up to all!
Reamz’ mix for MakeItGood and FatKidOnFire features a solid selection of dubs from the some of the best up and comers producing the deep and dark sounds. Hit Brad up on Twitter or SoundCloud to let him know if you’re feeling the mix!
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- Facta – Surface Tension
- Reamz – Fear VIP
- Pheral – Untitled
- Reamz – Engage
- Skriptah – Dark Animal
- Alias – Boggart (Reamz remix)
- Gantz – Cave Dance
- DJ Madd – The Life You Chose
- Reamz – Dimension
- Kbeatz & Cauze – Nightmares
- Reamz – Dusk (Widowmaker remix)
- Sparxy – Full Throttle (Reamz remix)
- Tallan – East
- Reamz – Colony
If you have any thoughts on what Reamz has had to say, or anything else you’ve seen – maybe you’ve got someone to recommend to FKOF or seen something you think we’d like? Get in touch via email, Twitter, Facebook or the FKOF TakesQuestions page.