It’s been a mad (and long) week of meetings, emails and lots more that you guys will hear about when the time comes. I also was privileged enough to be invited to talk at a conference this week – so it’s definitely been all systems go.
And to make matters worse (for you guys/ better for me), I’m off on a week-long holiday as of tomorrow. The first time in a good few years where I’ll be taking some proper time off.
So today I’ve been uploading mixes, EPs and FKOF free downloads like mad over on the FKOF SoundCloud account; I’ve just posted Korrupt’s latest Interview+Review and now it’s time for the latest MakeItGood x FKOF feature with possibly one of the finest percussive dubstep producers around. It’s safe to say with a 55m mix and a FKOF free download, Gantz is definitely making his mark…
Who is Gantz? Gantz is a 23 year old lifelong music student, who started his education at an early age playing the electric bass and who then gradually evolved into electronic music production.
What got you into mixing and producing dubstep? How would you describe your production style? My friend Can brought me into the world of dubstep; he showed me everything and helped it grow on me in a healthy way. We basically were playing dubstep to non-interested audiences in local reggae clubs (but didn’t really care because that’s what we wanted to do). We then started producing music together (as we were both studying music production and music theory at the same university), but we seperated doing our own stuff eventually. I would describe my music as sub-oriented electronic non-dance music.
How do you go about building your tunes – do you have a process? What software do you use? I usually create a mimic, beatwise or soundwise, and go along from there. It takes time for me to get to know the tune itself, recognise what it needs and help it find its way. I use Logic Pro 9, a couple of monitors and coffee.
Turntables or CDJs for when you play out? Both make sounds, I don’t really care that much. I mostly play vinyl but use CDs when I play my own tunes and dubs.
What’s been your best gig and if you could DJ alongside anyone, who would it be? I played at a DMZ night, that was profound. I would really like to play with VIVEK!
You’re involved in A&R for Innamind; who are the top 5 dubstep producers we should know about; and why? What labels you’re feeling at the moment? I am currently feeling Nanobyte, Kaiju, Ipman, Endian and El Mahdy Jr – these are guys that produce real music in my opinion. Label-wise, I am feeling Black Box, Deep Medi, Non Plus, Exit Records, Burial Mix to name a few.
What’s the future of dubstep – where do you see the genre going? Where do you see it fitting in within the ‘bass music’ spectrum? The genre is immune to any negativity because the up-and-coming producers are giving their all to not become famous but to produce the next original tune. We are improving as a whole and it will only get better.
Have you got any advice to upcoming DJs/ Producers looking to get their music heard or signed? I want to quote someone here:
“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.”
— Ira Glass
Tell us about your mix for MakeItGood x FKOF… The mix is just good tunes lined up to get you in a mood and have a deep experience. Appreciate the moment and forget about other stuff! Spare 50 mins, trust me, you will only feel better.
Any shoutouts? Golem, Collision, Kaiju, Ipman, Micheal Pheral, Lurka, Commodo, Diccon, Stiver, Anex, Demon, Jeremy, Perverse, Nanobyte, Camu, Quantum Soul, Flatliners, J Robinson, Joe Nice, Beezy and Amit.
They’re all amazingly kind people. Love you all.
3 people (dead or alive) you’d go for a drink with? Burial, Richard Feynmann, VIVEK.
Thank you FKOF!
Now Gantz has gone all out with his contribution to the MakeItGood x FKOF series. Not only is there a stupendously good 55m mix, he’s also thrown in a FKOF free download as well. A proper madness! You can download both below – and be sure to follow Emir on SoundCloud, Twitter and Facebook to keep up to date with his new tunes…
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1. Nanobyte – Lost Time [forthcoming Innamind]
2. Killawatt & Thelem – Kaba [forthcoming Black Box]
3. VIVEK – Kismet [Deep Medi]
4. Kaiju – Centipede Style [dub]
5. Lurka – Blondez [dub]
6. Nanobyte – Kalyke [forthcoming Innamind]
7. Mala – 10 Dread Commandements [DMZ]
8. Gantz – WIntershine Music [dub]
9. Gantz – Enso [dub]
10. Gantz & J Robinson – Misread [dub]
11. Gantz – Cave Dance [Innamind Recordings]
12. Gantz & Beezy – First Born [dub]
13. Kaiju – Double Dragon [dub]
14. Biome – The Raven [Osiris]
15. LAS – Rispekta [dub]
16. Congi – Cult (Gantz remix) [dub]
17. Autechre – See on See [Warp Records]
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Korrupt’s review of Gantz’ ‘Ethics’:
“Dark sinister vibes coming in right away, crisp hi-hat giving the intro some flow towards the drop. Loving the way that a low-pass filter is used on the drum pattern, along with the sudden silence.
“The drop is horrific, the kick pounds and contains a very low layer to give it an extra boost. If you listened closely, the low-pass filter was also set on that same pad in the intro. Suddenly it changes to an out of tune pad that makes you wander through the dark side of your mind. Really impressed with the percussion and the low-end, as always with Gantz’ material, nice panning on the high elements of the track.
“The bongos are not completely centered, which gives it a weird twist. That little growl present sounds on point. Check the vox cut at different places being thrown randomly in the mix as well. The break is great, keeps you focused – I can’t get enough of those pads!
“The second drop is just madness, as I predicted crazy growl development coming in. Wordless progression in the track on all levels, another highly meditative tribal track by tribal king Gantz, definitely showing what we can expect from him in the future!”
If you have any thoughts on what Gantz 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.