As promised, the last post on FatKidOnFire tonight features a sensational guest mix from the main man behind the awesome dubstep blog 45hertzofbass (which is well worth checking out if you have a bit of spare time).
Arktrix has been on my radar since I discovered 45hz – and I definitely started paying attention when I heard that the superb new label Innamind Recordings had signed him up. Oh, and he’s on bassweight collective Sub Lab‘s books as well so it’s safe to say he’s making moves in all the right directions. Check Arktrix on Twitter, Soundcloud and Facebook to keep up to date with his news and peep the interview below. Grab the free download on his guest mix – it’s been destroying my subs all afternoon!
Who is Arktrix? A bunch of cut up words I thought sounded good when I was a little bit drunk to be honest. Nothing more than that really.
How long have you been producing for, and how did you get into it? I got into it via the internet and a few friends locally who occasionally hit London for nights out. I’ve made music on and off for four years, but have only really started taking it seriously in regards to sound design over the past eighteen months. I’d produced some ambient stuff and some 90’s style hip-hop before that, but it was shockingly bad!
What software do you use to produce your music? FL Studio and Ableton.
Turntables or CDJs? Turntables. Though I’m starting to learn how to use CDJs for if I start playing out a bit more regularly.
If you could play alongside any DJ, who would it be, and why? The million dollar question that I don’t really have an answer for. There are too many artists I’d want to open for!
You’re also part of the Sub Lab collective, tell us a little about that… Just keep your eyes open, thats all I’m saying. SLAB002 will be coming soon.
Who are your top 5 dubstep producers at the moment; and why?
- Kryptic Minds: Their d&b and dubstep is always impeccably produced and their mixes are always brilliant. Quality control is also through the roof.
- J-One: A local guy thats helped me a lot. His beats are all over the place genre-wise, but he’s got a signature sound and it’s properly nice. Phaeleh was kind enough to put his debut album out for him, so I think that says enough!
- W3n: Another local who I’ve been friends with for a while. He puts out some dark minimal tunes of all genres. One to keep an eye on for sure [I agree, W3n’s definitely one to watch – top notch production!]
- Mosaix: Skillful mixer with blends for days. He’s got a proper flowing selection whilst also being able to smash the dancefloor stuff.
- J:Kenzo: He has always made quality tunes. Melodic, tearout, spacious, whatever – he does it all well and they all smash the dancefloor.
Have you got any advice to upcoming DJs/ Producers? Find some like minded heads that you can bounce ideas around with and ask for advice. If it weren’t for J-One and W3N giving me pointers here and there, I think my beats would be a lot worse than they are now.
With his impeccable taste in the deep and dark dubstep sounds that feature on 45hz, it’s no surprise that Arktrix’s guest mix is stupidly good. Coming in at around 34 minutes, the mix features a collection of some of the best up-and-coming (and established) producers in dubstep today. Grab the free download and let us (and Arktrix) know if you’re feeling it!
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- Arktrix & J-One – Capture
- J:Kenzo & Mosaix – Alone In The Darkness
- Perverse – Mutiny
- Arktrix – Shifty (VIP)
- Sleeper – The 2nd Step
- Arktrix – Creeper
- Perverse – Resistance
- Reamz – Fear
- Sleeper & District – Dungeon Style
- Thelem – Waiting Hour
- District – Gutter
- Wen – Lo Fidelity (Refix)
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