With the rise of mainstream ‘brostep‘ over the last few years, I’ve been stoked to follow the resurgence of the more original ‘traditional’ dubstep sounds – as you can probably tell by the artists featuring here on FatKidOnFire.
The next artist to step up to the MakeItGood x FKOF plate is on a similar tip, supporting the older sounds from the original dubstep dons in both his mixes and production. Biak may be pretty new to the scene, but his tunes are empty space, tribal beats and massive basslines; just how I like ’em. He hit me up at the end of last year so I grabbed him for a feature. Check his interview and grab the mix, I reckon we’ll be hearing more of him over 2012…
Who is Biak? I’m 18 from near Oxford in England, studying music technology at college in Witney.
What got you into mixing and producing dubstep? What’s your style – big, dark basslines or as filthy as possible? I guess it was college really, I was into DJing before I started and I knew about people like Burial, Kode9 and stuff. I was big on grime but I was more into tech house and minimal techno.
My mate at college Bradley (Reamz) was a bit more clued up than me and I just got more and more into it and found new artists. He got me into vinyl DJing (over mp3) and I’ve got a lot of respect for that. My style is still influenced by that minimal techno sound in a way but I’m all about tribal percussion and the deeper bass lines. I’m still a lot more into the older sounds like Matty G, Loefah, Shackleton, Pinch etc – more than the kind of dungeon sound going around at the moment so I think that comes through in my sound.
What software do you use to produce your tracks? When I started college I somehow managed to blag getting a Mac so I’m using Logic Pro 9 at the moment. The synths I tend to use are Massive, Omnisphere, FM8, Logic synths and I’ve used some other random plug in bits I’ve found lying around the internet but I’d like to get some more really.
Turntables or CDJs? Turntables all day. I’ve had one experience of CDJ’s with my mate Slikma who is a Uk hardcore dj and i swear those things were from the stoneage.
How long have you producing and DJing? I’ve been doing bits of DJing at parties and stuff since about 14 but nothing proper really. Started producing properly and DJing about a year ago.
What’s been your best gig and if you could DJ alongside anyone, who would it be? Probably the other week with my mate Criag just ’cause it was hilarious and we got seriously wonky; it’s all about having a laugh. I’d have to say Shackleton, Pinch, Oneman, Cooly G, Pevrelist, Quest, Mala, Commodo would be a dope line up to play with.
Who are your top 5 dubstep producers at the moment; and why?
- Shackleton – The man’s percussion work in second to none and i just love his music, I could listen to it all day.
- Commodo – I love how he’s kind of mixing the new sounds going around at the moment with more intense drum patterns, the way he works samples into songs is tight.
- The Bug – Always has and always will be one of my favourites. Pure weight.
- Pinch – I get a lot of inspiration from listening to Pinch, he’s just one of those producers where I’ll respect everything he does because it’s always his sound.
- Vex’d – My mate tweeted the other day that one day he wishes he can make something as good as Vex’d and I think that pretty much sums it up. His tunes are so interesting to just listen to and his production is spot on every time.
What’s the future of dubstep – where do you see the genre going? The bros will move on and all of this stuff that’s coming out in the charts will die off, it’s just a bandwagon they are on. It happened to drum and bass a few years ago and it’s just one of those stages where people want something to latch on to.
I think some of the proper bros that just enjoy the music will maybe move into listening to the dungeon scene thats around at the moment and that will grow. I feel like a lot of the guys that were in it from the start are maybe moving on a bit from the sound and respect to where they are going.
Any forthcoming releases we can look forward to? My first E.P. will be out on Dubporn Records in 2012. I’ve got a lot of excitement for that and they are cool girls who own the label so large ups for that; go check it out! I’m also going to release a tune on a label that’s just started called Absent Minded Records (big ups to them), I just need to sort that one out.
At the moment, I want to focus on getting a good collection of dubs and building up a bit of a name for myself. People are way too keen to give out dubs now and I want to hold onto the culture of not giving my tunes to anyone.
Have you got any advice to upcoming DJs/ Producers? Find a sound you like and do what you want with it. There’s no real movements around at the moment so don’t worry about being the next Kryptic Minds – just do what you think sounds good really. Way too many people at the moment trying to get the same sound as someone else.
16 tracks, 7 dubs and a selection of rising stars for the next 12 months all feature in Biak’s mix for MakeItGood and FatKidOnFire. Grab the free download and follow Rory on SoundCloud if you’re digging it. I am!
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- Biak – Becoming [dub]
- Formless – BioRhythm [dub]
- Tallan – Recall [dub]
- Biak – Tighten Warfare [dub]
- Reamz – Fear [dub]
- Sparxy – Exile [dub]
- Scalade – Slow Burner [dub]
- Pinch – Blow Out The Candle [free]
- Sigha – Expansions [Hot Flush]
- Myrkur & TMSV – Icarus [free]
- LV & Untold – Beacon [Hemlock]
- Pinch & Shackleton – Burning Blood [Honest Jons]
- Loefah – Life Dub [DMZ]
- Pinch – Joyride [Tectonic]
- Anatomist – Bad Blood [Dirt Famous EP]
- King Midas Sound – Earth A Killya [Hyperdub]
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