Delta Heavy interview
Delta Heavy have been storming the place with the blistering Overkill, a tune just as gnarly as the old thrash band of the same name.
DB: First things first how’s it been since last we spoke?
DH: Up and down! After the release of ‘Space Time’ we spent a lot of time finding our sound which meant retreating deep into the studio but the year has definitely improved for us as it has progressed…
DB: Your music implies: big sweaty places with people really going for it. Is that true?
DH: Yes, absolutely. The music we have written this year has been very club-orientated. If one of our tracks drops and people aren’t going nuts to it probably means we go back to the drawing board.
DB: Talking about the DJ world and the world on the dancefloor, do you go out to places much yourselves?
DH: Well, in terms of Djing we’ve played all over the UK this year, in Belgium (lots!), France, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Portugal, Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic and North America. You can see why we may lack the time or energy to be actual ‘punters’ much anymore!
DB: You’re busy. Was Overkill written with this sort of very L.I.V.E world in mind?
DH: Overkill was inspired by Skrillex’s tunes which we are massive fans of. We wanted to re-interpret his style but at drum and bass tempo and give it our own twist. It’s definitely a track aimed at the clubs, it’s pretty over the top, and any irony in the title of the track was very much intentional.
DB: ha ha! Love it. Love how the local rock scene’s sort of adopted Skrillex in absence of much new stuff of their own too. Probably vaguely look at him as a sort of ‘new Prodigy’ or something…
DH: ‘Hold Me’ started off with the vocal sample which we were trying to make work at 174bpm. Which proved to be way too fast so we slowed it down to 140. The track snowballed from there really. We wanted the track to have a real sense of progression between different sounds and moods which is why it has worked so well with the video we had made for it, which was directed & animated by Kristofer Ström & Erik Buchholtz and produced by Tamsin Glasson for Colonel Blimp & Blinkink.
DB: Good names. I like those names. & I love that sample, it’s crazy. I want to hear it so fucking loud. What sort of stuff do you draw, live? What sort of artists are going to fit your bill?
DH: A Delta Heavy set would almost certainly features the likes of Culture Shock, Feed Me, Knife Party, 16bit, Skrillex, Nero, Sub Focus, Noisia & Phace, Dillon Francis, Wilkinson… that sort of thing.
DB: What names are hurting you?
DH: Stuff like KOAN Sound, Alvin Risk and xKore.
DB: Finally – and this ties into the first q – is D&B still operating on the same levels of global carnage as ever? I mean there’s no let up with this music is there. Full stop. Why should there be? The demand is mental. Discuss.
DH: D&B is still as popular as ever in the UK, and seems to be massively in demand across Europe especially in the likes of Belgium and France. On a more global scale it’s the explosion of ‘Bass music’ as an umbrella term comprising of dubstep, D&B, some electro and the 110bpm stuff.
We feel that boundaries between genres are becoming more and more blurred, which is really exciting since people seem to be a lot more open to you exploring a range of styles and tempos.