It’s been a long time coming (the backlog between SoundCloud uploads and posting MakeItGood x FKOF features seems to be about a month at the moment), but I’m getting my head around clearing it all and getting things equalised again. Apologies to the artists who’re waiting for features to be posted (or emails to be responded to) – I’m working on it!
Tonight’s MIG x FKOF feature is with two new(ish) dubstep producers from Chicago, who’ve been releasing some damn fine podcasts that caught my ear a month or so back. I got in touch with the Uzumaki guys to discuss everything from getting started in electronic music, brostep’s future and the best dubstep track ever made…
Who is and what is Uzumaki? Literally translated from Japanese as spiral, Uzumaki is a musical endeavour into our obsession with the darker side of the dubstep underground. We are two guys from Chicago who truly love to play deep and dark, melodic dubstep. Our favourite elements include eerie sound effects, distorted samples, pounding drums and earth rumbling sub-basslines.
What got you into mixing and producing dubstep? How would you describe your production style? For the both of us, our love of going to intimate underground parties really started it all. Before dubstep came along, and even before the dark UK garage scene evolved, we were both heavy into various styles of electronic music including (but not limited to) techno, house, downtempo, ambient, drum & bass, jungle, experimental, IDM and hardcore.
Our production style could be described as melodic, dark and tribal. We love acid bass, haunting melodies, lots of bongo and other percussion, along with heavy dark bells tolls.
How long have you both been producing and DJing? Matt, aka Transparency, has been mixing for four years now and recently started dabbling in production. For myself, I have been making beats and messing about with audio workstations for 6 or 7 years now. I only recently became serious about production and mixing a little over a year ago. Oh, and my main alias is spaceBass.
How do you go about building your tunes? Is there a process behind each one? What software do you use? First thing we generally do is develop a theme. The theme is usually focused on one element we wish to incorporate into a track, whether it be a sound or sample. We then begin programming the drum machines; lots and lots of drums.
Turntables or CDJs for when you play out? Turntables for the win! To be honest there is nothing like laying down wax. Although we have an extensive vinyl collection, we also use Traktor and work with a Numark midi controller. This allows us to add effects and also play a wider range of tracks, often times not available on vinyl.
What’s been your best gig and if you could DJ alongside anyone, who would it be? We have only recently been playing out. However, we are playing a set at the end of the month alongside one of our long time favorites, Adam X.
Who are your top 5 dubstep producers at the moment; and why? Any labels you’re feeling? If you ask this question every 3 months it would definitely vary, but at the moment Matt is really digging artists such as Seven, Killawatt and Biome. I find myself really into Zomby, Pinch, and J:Kenzo these days. Together we both have always enjoyed Kryptic Minds and also the DJ Distance. Big up to all the aforementioned.
A few of the many labels we are feeling right now include but again not limited to Osiris Music UK, Blackbox, Macabre Unit Digital, Chestplate, Mindstep, Artikal and Area.
What’s the future of dubstep – where do you see the genre going? What’s your take on the ‘brostep’ side of things? The future of dubstep is here. We both see dubstep continuing to blend more and more into different fashions of music and culture, some for the good and some for the very bad.
As for the ‘brostep’ side of things, most of the production is shoddy, of poor quality and a monotonous bore. Not to mention the mainstream American Dubstep scene is a damn joke.
Any forthcoming releases we can look forward to? Our track Dead Woods is nearly finished. A rough cut was used in one of our recent podcasts, spiral005. We have been in the studio a lot mastering and putting out mixes left and right for our Spiral Dubs series. We also have a few other tracks completed and several in the works.
Have you got any advice to upcoming DJs/ producers looking to get their music heard or signed? While new to the game ourselves, we are always looking for advice. For other upcoming DJs/ producers it is simple really. Put forth your best effort every time and with everything you are doing. Take chances and don’t hold back. Remember, Rome was not built in a day and neither will your tracks be. Spend time building your production or mix and listen to the shit over and over again and on as many different sound systems as possible. Always choose quality over quantity.
Also, keep your best tracks for yourself and focus on sending them to the right individuals. Sending your tracks to anybody and everybody may not yield the results you are looking for. Above all, create and play music that comes from within you and represents who you are.
Any shoutouts? Shout out to FatKidOnFire for hosting our mix in the podcast series. Shouts out to every artist we admire and have laid down a track from, and shouts to anyone and everyone willing to listen to our mixes and production. Last, but certainly not least, shouts going out to the Robert V. Wish you were here continuing on this crazy journey.
3 people (dead or alive) you’d go for a beer with (and why)? Foremost, Jim Morrison. Mainly for his love of poetry, proficiancy with words, and brilliant outlook on life. Second would have to be Albert Einstein, because honestly there would be nothing more profound than talking with the father of modern physics. Finally, our mate Rob. Nothing would be more phenomenal than having one last round together.
How does Creative Commons sharing effect the music industry? We are both firm believers in keeping most forms of art free and open; particularly because art is something that can be enjoyed by all. Creative Commons licensing allows for the sharing of inspirational ideas and can really help to build communities.
The Uzumaki boys have gone all out with their mix for MakeItGood x FatKidOnFire. This one’s for the heads that know; a decent (to say the least) selection of dubs and releases from some of the best producers in the genre. One to download and one to rinse. Go like their Facebook page if you enjoy it!
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- Uzumaki – Akuma Intro
- Kaiju – Belcanto [Osiris Music UK]
- Fable – Inside Master [dub]
- Browns – They Don’t Sleep (Requake remix) [Subway]
- DJ Madd – The Life You Chose [Blackbox]
- Thelem – Waiting Hour [Loft Party]
- Killawatt ft. Thelem – Swarf [New Moon]
- Amit – Stay With Me [Exit]
- Icicle – Together In The Dust [Shogun Audio]
- Thief – Block [The !Muzak Collective]
- Proxima – Grunge [Tempa]
- Killawatt – 71 [Wheel & Deal]
- Perverse – Submerge [Artikal]
- Razor Rekta – Aztec [Chestplate]
- Commodo – Surveillance [Deep Medi Musik]
- TMSV & June Miller – Lost Cause [Blackbox]
- Photek vs Pinch – Acid Reign [Photek Productions]
- Daega Sound – Land In Motion [dub]
- DCult – Woken [Triangulum]
- Data – Knives From Heaven [Blackbox]
- Dark Tantrums – Storm [Deep Medi Musik]
- Dr Cryptic – My Technique [Chip Butty]
- June Miller – Shizgara [54Music]
- Razor Rekta – Loko Motiv [Chestplate]
- Gutcha – Sativa Indica [Dubstrict UK]
- Truth – All Alone [Tuba]
- Biome – Persepolis [Macabre Unit Digital]
If you have any thoughts on what the Uzumaki guys have 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.