It’s been a busy few weeks here at FatKidOnFire. We’ve had loads of new brand features, a few exclusive mixes and a whole host of content in the News section. Tonight sees us drop a new interview with an extremely talented dubstep Dj/ producer who lists Distance and Youngsta as fans; a sure sign of imminent success!
Our next MakeItGood x FatKidOnFire interview is with District. We sat down with him on Skype and had a chat. If you haven’t heard of District already, then get to know! Catch District on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Peep the interview and be sure catch District’s amazing set from GetDarker at the end of March below.
How long have you been producing for? I’ve been making beats properly for about a year now. I did a music technology course about 4/5 years ago but I was learning to record bands and I didn’t really know about producing or electronic music. The last year or so has been more serious in terms of trying to make music.
What software do you use at the moment to produce your tracks? What did you start out using? I’ve always used Cubase. When I was at college that was the first piece of software they showed us. They also showed us Reason but I was never really feeling it, as you couldn’t record audio into it. I’ve stuck with Cubase since then, but I don’t think I’ve even got an up-to-date one!
What originally got you interested in producing? I used to play in bands and I just got sick of listening to the same music, so I was always trying to find different stuff to listen too. Early on I got listening to Aphex Twin, and then was really into Squarepusher because he played bass guitar, and thats really how I started listening to electronic music.
Turntables or CDJs? I’d love to be able to Dj vinyl but now it’s a lot easier to use CDJs (I just went out and bought myself a pair)! Before I was just Djing from a laptop but I really didn’t like it. Programs like Ableton I’ve never really got into, and I think that’s because i came from a performing background and pushing buttons just didn’t do it for me!
Have you got any releases in the pipeline? I’m sorting out some stuff at the moment, but it’s all going to be quiet until everything has been ironed out and I’m happy with the sounds that are coming out. I’m not really in a hurry to get tunes out there and am concentrating more on getting my sound right.
What are you listening to at the moment? Any recommendations? I’m trying not to listen to too much dubstep, but I’m really feeling the Kryptic Minds album and have had that on nonstop [if you’ve not got ‘Can’t Sleep‘ you’re seriously missing out. It is AMAZING]! I still listen to quite a bit of drum n bass, especially DLR. Other than that, I also listen to some old metal, such as Converge!
Best set and why? Dj wise, I’ve only done a couple of gigs, so I think it would be hard to say where the best one was! GetDarker however was definitely a highlight though! I think if I did it again I would enjoy it a bit more; not as many nerves!
Do you have any advice to upcoming Djs/Producers? The thing that have helped me is that if you’re working on tunes, try not to get too excited about someone saying “Can you send this over?” or “We want to sign this to our new label”. You should be happy with your production and sounds before you do anything and it should be up to your standard.
District featured on GetDarker a few weeks back alongside Sleeper, Raggs (who also writes for MakeItGood) and Lost & Shiverz. Check out the YouTube video of his set or catch the mp3 via a podcast download here. A massive BIG UP to District for doing this interview, and hopefully we’ll be hearing a lot more from him in the near future!
- Sleeper & District – Dungeon Style
- Sleeper & District – Angry Birds
- Sleeper & District – Untitled
- District – Gutter
- Matt U – Hidden
- Distance – Malice
- Truth – Amnesia
- SP:MC & LX_ONE – Judgement
- Tunnidge – Control
- District – Notes
- DJ MADD – Battle
- District – Haymaker
- Tunnidge – Dark Skies
- District – Radar
- District – 3.5 Grams
If you have any thoughts on what District 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 or Facebook.