It’s not often we get properly amazed with how far dubstep can reach – but when we stumbled across this next makeitgood x FatKidOnFire interviewee on Soundcloud we were stoked to see bassweight is well and truly flourishing in Kuala Lumpur. Dubstep’s got to Malaysia and has dedicated club nights and Djs supporting the scene. Amazing stuff.
We started to talking to Reza after he hit us up on Souncloud (give his track ‘Stagga Riddim‘ a play, total sickness). He’s part of a collective of dubstep Djs/ producers in KL called BudCulture who run club nights across the city. We got chatting and were psyched when Reza said he’d be down for a makeitgood x FKOF feature. Peep the interview and exclusive mix below – find Reza on Soundcloud, Facebook and Twitter. Big up all the Malaysian crew!
How long have you been producing music? I always have a big interest in music. Got myself a hip-hop group back in 2000 but it didn’t last long. Thanks to my wife, she got me listening to Goldie’s ‘Inner City Life‘ and since then I’ve been straight up into the electronic music stuff! I started messing around with Playstation 1’s music production game (can’t recall the name of the game). Did a few drum n bass tracks. I only got active with production in early 2010 after me and my mates decided to form BudCulture; a Malaysian-based dubstep collective consisting of me, Tubby, MH, Mac & Salim. I don’t really have a proper education in digital music making but I’m blessed enough to have friends who knows lots about it.
What got you into producing dubstep? I’ve been a huge supporter of drum n bass & grime music. In fact before I started as a dubstep Dj/ producer, I was a drum n bass MC. I only got into dubstep in 2006 when my friend Radzy gave me a listen to The Bug’s ‘Poison Dart‘ and I got totally hooked with the sound. So I started messing around with some Djing software. Started mixing, playing numerous gigs and at the same time studying the sound. I’m inspired by the sounds of Mala, Coki, Loefah, Tunnidge, Distance, Jakes, Skream etc.. They got me hooked into dubstep production.
What software do you use to produce your tracks? I use Presonus Studio One to produce. With huge help from Native Instruments’ Massive, Battery & Albino3.
Turntables or CDJs? Best set you’ve played has been? I must say turntables. Always had a big interest in turntables. It’s all because of the “rewind” thing going on in dubstep & drum n bass music. My best set was probably BudCulture’s 1st Birthday party in 2010. Played almost all of my favorite tunes and the crowd was a next hype.
Do you think you will stick to producing dubstep, or do you think you will mix it up and start producing other genres? Currently I’m producing dubstep and grime. Although I have huge interest in drum n bass/ trip-hop/hip-hop, I think I’m gonna stick with dubstep and grime because they are more my sound.
Best producer/ Dj you’ve played with has been? Why? What music are you listening to at the moment – any recommendations? Locally, the best producer/Djs I’ve played with are Soundwize, Anowl & Tubby. These people have been a great inspiration for me in dubstep music. Soundwize is pretty much my guru. Anowl is the one who got me started in bass music. Tubby is my partner-in-crime for BudCulture and dubstep in general!
I got no specific artist that I’m listening to now. Always got my iTunes jammed packed with podcasts. But, I recommend stuff by Shiverz, Caski & Enme. These producers got some mental stuff in their crates!
Any new releases we can look forward to? I’ll be releasing one of my tracks under the BassPunks label soon. Right now I’m in the midst of finishing a few tracks and hopefully there’ll be BudCulture EP release this year.
Any advice to upcoming Producers/ Djs? Get inspired with the sounds you hearoutside. Those sounds can be that x-factor you need for your production. Get involved in music projects like remix, mixtapes etc. Promote your sound as much as you can and create music as much as you can. Do some networking. Who knows where it’ll lead!
Reza’s mix is 40 minutes of pure bassweighted dubstep. It’s been on repeat since he sent it over the other day and has been putting our subs through their paces. Get your stereo on this and turn the volume up, this mix needs to be heard loud!
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- Jakes – Time Ends
- Benny Page – Rank
- Headhunter – Experience
- Kutz & Silkie – Car Park
- Dr. Blue and The Time Travellers – Dr. Who Dub (Skreamix)
- Reza – Run Di Attack (Dubplate)
- Moza – Nemesis (The Widdler remix)
- Stinkahbell – Unfinished Business
- Kutz – Hypno
- Widelows – Sci-Fi
- Kutz – Wined
- 12th Planet & Antiserum – Snack Attack
- Dj Zinc – Killa Sound (Skream remix)
- Breakage – Fighting Fire (Original)
- Soundwize – Dreadnought (Dubplate)
- Reza – Stagga Riddim (Dubplate)
- Caski – Antenna
- Caski – Crackpipe Bass
If you have any thoughts on what Reza has had to say, or thoughts on his exclusive mix for makeitgood x FatKidOnFire – maybe you’ve got someone to recommend to FKOF or seen something you think we’d like. Fire us a comment via the comments section below or get in touch through email, Twitter or Facebook.