After the success of the FatKidOnFire x MakeItGood x Dubstep Bastards Excursion three weeks ago, I’m proper stoked to be arranging to go back to Gothenburg early next year. Sorry the weekend recap has yet to materialise but don’t worry. I’ve got some truly awesome bits and pieces to write up for you guys at the next available moment. And yeah as I’m going back to Sweden, that does mean there’ll be more Excursions – but more on that later…
One of the stars of the night was one of the original FatKidOnFire x MakeItGood DJs to feature here on the site. Tony Content was known as Drama up until the start of this year, but has rebranded himself and has upped his game considerably. He’s even landed his debut release on our label of the moment Innamind Records and has hooked up with one of the best agents in the business – so it’s safe to say he’s making all the right moves. I caught up with him after the Sweden hangover had gone (and that took a while) to hear what’s changed and why you guys should start following what he’s doing.
We’ve lined up a free download for you lot (which you can grab after the interview), and have a few treats sorted over the next few months. In the mean time, follow Tony on Soundcloud, Twitter and Facebook. It’s going to be worth it, trust me!
[Photo by Alexander Tengner]
Who is Content? I guess Content is the 2nd phase of my life as a DJ. I use to go under the alias Drama, but over the last year that name (as it says) came with a lot. I’d say 2011 saw a need to reshape myself and split from everything I had been pigeon-holed into. Content was born and well the rest is now a pleasant memory.
What got you into mixing and producing dubstep? Mixing? Well I used to load the turntable with records from as young as I can remember; my Dad used to get me to be disc jockey – with Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin getting regular plays. I was fascinated how sound could come from the “black dinner plates” as I use to call them. I’d sit there and watch them for ages.
I was surrounded with music my whole life; when I hit 16 I bought some decks for my birthday and was determined not to just be a bedroom DJ. I was going to be EZ (I swear that man started half the scene’s big names off on the 1’s n 2’s)! I did, and still do, watch my idols with the same interest as when I started. EZ, Slimzee, Tubby, Plastician and more recently Youngsta and J:Kenzo.
Production-wise, I used to play at making grime on FL Studio – back when I played grime… I never really had any great success making a few good loops. I didn’t really get the whole interest in it and I stopped playing around 4 years ago.
It was about November last year, after chatting with Benton at a few nights and feeling that I needed to do something to have more presence in the scene, that I was convinced by him to get on and buy a studio. After 3 months of delaying the process I bought my 1st studio in Jan/ Feb this year.
What software do you use to produce your tracks? What’s your style – big, dark basslines or as filthy as possible? I am currently rolling Logic 9. There is no big secret to the stuff I use; I mean I will tell anyone I use Albino, Massive, Trillian and loads of effect synths. I use a lot of samples in my bits as well – with a strong emphasis on Atmospherics.
I like to make things seem quite clean, which is something a few people have credited me for. But I like a deep and dark sound, with plenty of space.
How long have you producing and DJing? Turntables or CDJs? I have been Producing for 10months. DJing for 10years. Until this year when I bit the bullet and bought CDJ’s I was all about Turntables and Serato.
You’re part of Sweden’s ‘Dubstep Bastards‘ outfit; how did that relationship come about? I had my first ever Swedish gig for what I’d guess you’d call the rival night?! All Out Dubstep alongside Noah D; the first night I warmed up for Noah in Stockholm. On the journey down he told me he wanted time to hang out and have a ‘lil rest in the dance with everyone else and said I was playing after him on the second night. After several hours and trips to the loo, and having just watched Noah smash off the dance with ‘Serious VIP‘ which was like a day old, I was up (no pressure). My twitter going nuts in my pocket from some random guy called @trprdubstep saying he was hyped for my set.
… I did my usual approach of the time, of smash out as many dubs as I could in as little time as possible and the throw in some gems like Plastician’s ‘Cha VIP‘ and DJ Zinc’s ‘138 Trek‘ for some education.
I stepped off the decks, when this big beared guy confronted me smiling as per usual saying “Hi, Im Carl, I’ll be in touch”. Whilst sitting at the airport 2 hours later, I discovered TRPR was Carl and that he wanted me to come over and play the Dubstep Bastards night a few months later. The first time I played, I noticed the passion the guys had for the sound was the same as mine; 3 gigs later and I was a resident… I don’t know what the guys saw in me but Im glad they did!
It’s an amazing group to be part of. The guys are an amazing bunch and, with the way things are, I wouldn’t want to be involved in any other night.
What’s been your best gig and if you could DJ alongside anyone, who would it be? My best gig? Man there honestly have been so many, I have played all over the shop… It would be unfair of me to choose one. However, I have loved every time I have played at Fabric; that place is so sick to play.
I would love to DJ alongside Youngsta. I have got everyone of his podcasts on my external hardrive from like back in ’07. I never miss a show. The guy’s a machine!
Who are your top 5 dubstep producers at the moment; and why? This changes every few months but I guess I am rating:
- J:Kenzo – Everything the guy touches at the moment is sick
- Catacombs – Making some really inspirational stuff! (Our collaboration should be finished this month, you heard it hear first)
- SP:MC – Drums are so on point, he makes such a clean sound. It’s where I angle my percussion and he’s someone who inspires my work
- District – Not only the safest guy I have met in the dubstep scene, but he’s humble with the fact he makes massive beats! I’ve yet to hear a beat I dont like
- Thelem – Not rated enough until recently and now he is coming thru quick!
What does the future hold for dubstep – where do you see the genre going? I don’t concern myself too much with the ongoings of where the scene is going (if you read the forum there is loads of negativity). I am just working on my graft and where I want to go within the scene. Staying positive.
Any forthcoming releases we can look forward to? I have a few things in the pipeline… Innamind’s 002 release features my tracks ‘Forewarned‘ & ‘Oxygen Shadows‘. I have had alot of interest in the Killawatt collab and also my new bit ‘Dartford Nights‘ but im keeping my cards close to my chest.
Besides that, I am going to be giving away a free track every 3 months through FatKidOnFire so keep your eyes peeled for that!
Have you got any advice to upcoming DJs/ Producers? DJs learn your – practice as much as you can and get to know your target audience! Too many DJs show up and play the wrong sound to the crowd. It’s 80% selection, 20% ability.
Production, I’m still learning myself… You never know everything as I am repeatedly told. If you get a new plugin learn it, watch tutorials and try to understand it. Try and work off of a few things rather than 5 million. Also, the best tracks I have seen and made have had the least amount of plugins.
I’ve been listening to the bits I’ve got from Content and have been following the ever increasing list of amazing artists he’s collaborating with and am stoked to see where he’s going. Collabs with Catacombs, Thelem, Mosaix – as well as his own tracks show the huge potential he’s got. The FKOF free download, ‘Eurax’, is a huge “minimal progressive tearout™” tune (as those in the know would call it) that’s guaranteed to get the dancefloor nodding away. Grab the DL, get it on a big rig and hit Tony up if you’re feeling it.
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