This next dubstep Dj was one of the first Djs I saw spin live after discovering dubstep for the first time (big shout out to the Dropfellas fam for arranging that night!) and it’s slightly surreal to have Drama drop an exclusive makeitgood x FatKidOnFire feature and mixtape. Catch Drama on Myspace and peep his Twitter account for all the latest updates and get the feature/ mix after the jump.
How long have you been producing music? I’ve been producing on and off since my grime days on my shabby home studio (and I mean SHABBY)! I’ve not had a designated hub for production but it’s coming together now and should hopefully be 100% going by Feb 2011.
What got you into producing dubstep? To be straight up and honest I think it was a combination of Benton and not really being able to find the sound I want out there.
What software do you use to produce your tracks? Logic 9 man. It’s industry standard it seems.
Turntables or CDJs? Turntables with Serato… I’m not a purist like a lot of the dubstep scene’s big names who refuse to embrace the technology and play dubplates. However, I can see that in the coming months CDJs are going to take over for me. I am playing at more and more clubs where the 1210’s are just falling apart and Serato doesnt really like a beaten up 1210.
Best set you’ve played has been? There have been so many great sets, for so many nights… But I’d have to say supporting Noah D on the Swedish legs of his European tour with the All Out Dubstep boys in Stockholm and Gothenburg.
Stockholm was a messy night. I was nervous as FKOF to be playing as a support act on a big flyer, for a HUGE night in Stockholm… So I did the dutch courage thing, got pissed to calm the nerves, then played a safe set of tracks I felt comfortable would warm the crowd for Noah to step up after and smash it down…
That worked a treat. But then after the whole 7hr marathon drive to Gothenburg and chatting to the guys, with all the banter that was involved, I was so relaxed and at ease knowing I fitted in, so to speak, that when Noah said he wanted to go up first and let me close the night I was hyped! I played one of the best sets for ages. Huge crowd reaction and as standard I don’t do pull ups so when I do it has to be something special and I’m sure I did 2 or 3. ‘Nuff said really haha!
Best producer/ Dj you?ve played a set with? I played b2b with Tubby (from Newham Generals) at Springnine fest in 2009 – that was sick and he has plans to get me up on Rinse FM soon (NUDGE NUDGE Tubby).
As well as that, I’d say the last b2b set I did in Sweden at Dubstep Bastard with the local boy wonder TrickyKid we turned it into a Suprise Soundclash for 30mins just dropping huge tunes and having it up in booth – A LOT of fun!
Do you think you will stick to producing dubstep, or do you think you will mix it up and start producing other genres? I think at heart I’ll stick to dubstep but who can do that forever? I am loving the Croydon House sound thats coming through of late and also the Autonomic sound so I’m sure I’ll have a stab at that!
What music are you listening to at the moment? Any recommendations? Youngsta’s RinseFM podcast… Each and every week! I have them going back to the dawn of time (I’d recommend that podcast to anyone who likes their dubstep well mixed, sub driven and deep).
Besides that, I’m constantly trawling the internet: soundcloud and myspace for fresh blood. Away from the dubstep I like to mix it up Hendrix, Lamb, Portishead, Jungle, grime and UKG – the 1999 era of the sound when Groove Chronicles, Zed Bias and Wookie where killing it!
Any new releases we can look forward to? As yet there is nothing planned, I am working on building up a bit of a catalogue of tunes by myself as well as along side Benton. But there might be a free EP in the pipeline with EgoThieves by Benton and I if we get a few bits we feel to give away…
Any advice to upcoming producers/ Djs? Producer-wise I have 3 things to say:
- Know the sound you want to make!
- Be Patient as you wont just write a club banger to start
- Don’t be afraid to ask people for help (you never know it all!)
Dj-wise practice practice practice… Don’t get into it for ‘Money’ get into it for love of it. Look for nights to showcase your sound, promote yourself at the early stages. NO one will come looking for a bedroom Dj to play a sell-out crowd.
So you’ve had big advice from Drama and you’re now getting an even bigger mixtape. This mix is stupidly good – Drama’s done himself (and us) immensely proud! Big shout out to Tony and if you’re feeling the words or the music be sure to hit up FatKidOnFire Party #2 next weekend to see the man himself in action.
If you have any thoughts on what Drama has had to say, or thoughts on his exclusive mix for makeitgood x FatKidOnFire – or you have thoughts on anything else you’ve read let us know either via the comments section below or through one of the other forms of contact (email, Twitter and Facebook).
PS – our boy Sai just dropped this awesome dubstep track – what do you guys think? It’s not mastered so get your sub turned up to get that essential bassface-inducing effect.