There are just two features left before we reach the big #100 in the MakeItGood x FatKidOnFire series. The 98th feature is with Birmingham’s Laney – who first caught my attention last November when he sent me a few tracks. Laney doesn’t stick with one sub/genre and his productions (and mixes, as you’ll discover later) are an amazing journey across the current bass music soundscape…
Who is Laney? Laney AKA Phil Lane is an artist/ producer from South Birmingham, West Midlands.
What got you into mixing and producing bass music? How would you describe your production style? Jungle, DnB, and hip-hop all inspired me to start producing music – but before that bands like Death From Above 1979 & Lightning Bolt got me into soundsystem bass.
My production style is all over the place; from Arp & 808 infused beats to funky/ garage rollers & grime to dancehall & reggae.
What software do you use to produce your tracks? Mainly Logic and Reason. Sometimes Cubase.
Turntables or CDJs? CDJs.
How long have you producing and DJing? Producing around 5 years DJing about 3.
What’s been your best gig and if you could DJ alongside anyone, who would it be? Most memorable gig has got to be playing after Youngsta at night called Dubmatic a couple of years back; it was going off! If I could spin with anyone, it’s got to be Sir David Rodigan.
Who are your top 5 producers at the moment; and why?
What’s the future of dubstep – where do you see the genre going? I think there’s a big emergence of sound taking place currently. Funky, grime and techno are evolving and merging with the genre and the boomer bass sound of the US is definitely spreading over here – it’s a major cross-breed.
Also look out for a releases on Subfreq, Stunn & Shock and remixes on Lu10 & Dank N Dirty later this year.
Have you got any advice to upcoming DJs/ Producers? Produce whenever where ever.
Any shootouts? Shouts to Jayohkay, Toni Morreti, Bravo, Sans, P0gman, Made, Sines, Artifact, Sarah, Juvaman, Esstee & Stuart, Deesee, Sashwat, & everyone involved with le lieu!
Laney’s somewhat succinct interview is accompanied by the following 40 odd minutes of pure audio greatness. His mix for MakeItGood and FatKidOnFire is bright, bubbly and plain damn awesome – and features a great selection of subgenres of bass music from a variety of producers. As always, grab the free download and hit Laney up on Facebook if you’re feeling it!
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- Sully – Let You Go
- Dubbel Dutch – Darq
- Jook 10 – The Beginning
- Blawan – Getting Me Down
- Guido & Baobinga – Bumba
- Bok Bok – Hyperpass
- Lucid – Run’s The World
- Redlight- Zariah
- Girl Unit vs Kingdon ft. Ciena – Ride
- Addison Groove – This Is It
- Obey Unit – Fuck That Wobble
- DJ SX – 9.37am
- Kid Kalifah – Taylor Gang
- Laney – Bu Na Na
- Silencer – Treble
- Laney ft. Bravo – Futureshock
- C.R.S.T – Keep Holding On (Calski remx)
- Killawatt- Sidewinder (Ipman remix)
- Laney – Old George
- Sans – Heiress
- Optik – Orange Lights
- Tennis Rodman – Purple?
If you have any thoughts on what Laney has 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, Facebook or the FKOF TakesQuestions page.