DB: You have two tracks on the new ‘Drum and Bass on Demand’ album (out Nov 26) ‘Element’ and ‘Need You’. Are they two of your best tracks?
E: Definitely two of my strongest tunes at the moment. With ‘Need You’ I created the basis of that tune about two years ago. It was one of those projects that was left saved on the computer until I came back to it and finished it in one session. Recently, I played it out in Reading and it got a great crowd reception, so I was chuffed when Carlos asked for it for Demand a couple of weeks later. ‘Element’ has a liquid tip, with quite a deep and dark feel to it and I’m really proud of the outcome. I feel that tune is very representative of my overall sound.
DB: Apart from these, what is another notable tune of yours you could discuss?
E: ‘Viscera’ is a 12 of mine on Lifestyle Recordings. I like it because it was probably a turning point in my production, and it went on to get DJ support from S.P.Y and Survival. It epitomises a shift to a heavier sound, which I have since been working on with tunes such as ‘Shutter’, forthcoming Blu Mar Ten Music, and ‘Cargo Dub’, forthcoming Rooted Recordings.
DB: What does your arsenal of tunes consist of, I mean do you have a enough you could fill a set with?
E: With my own music, I’ve got a good back catalogue of my own unsigned Dubs which I like to test when I play out, so my sets often include tunes that people have not yet heard. I like to mix it up and play a variety of liquid and darker, heavier stuff which currently I have with my own music.
In my bag currently, I’ve got a few tracks from people such as Chromatic, a few Cursa Dubs, Aldo, Mortem, Clarity, Overlook, Hyroglifics. There are a lot of great unsigned tracks out there and I like to support them. Also some Quarantine, DNAudio, Subtitles tunes and I always make sure there’s a few classics to spin. At the moment I love playing out Capone ‘Friday’, High Contrast and Calibre ‘Mr Majestik’. Guaranteed to get people grooving!
DB: Do you feel you are of a similar mindset with the artists on the comp, such as Eastcolours, Minor Rain and so forth?
E: The whole album has a definitive sound which I relate to in my own production. I have been working on a collab with Cursa recently which we’ve just finished. Soul Intent is a great producer who is also from Nottingham and his music is always top notch. The LP flows really well from start to finish with a strong level of production throughout, making it great to listen to as a whole, or mixing the tunes out in sets. It’s a privilege to share my music on a great sounding LP, especially with all the artists involved. Carlos has done a great job!
DB: What made you start producing D&B?
E: I was producing Triphop, Hiphop and messing around with music technology when I was about 14. Not long after, my brother started to mix drum and bass and introduced me to artists like High Contrast, Logistics and Calibre. I really got into the groove, tempo and rhythms of the genre and this motivated me to challenge myself by working beats together on Cubase. Later on, I started listening to heavier producers like Dillinja, Noisia, Calyx and Teebee and Break. These inspired me to produce darker tracks and I would say they are my main influences today. Also, at 18 going to my first D&B club night at ‘Detonate’ in Nottingham got me hooked!
DB: Back to sets, if someone forcibly said ‘no D&B, nothing that could be even remotely classed as dubstep or hip hop’ what would you play? For one hour. Maybe name 5 tunes.
E: Ha ha, I hope this situation never occurs!? I’d definitely spin:
The Band ‘Don’t Do it’
Neil Young ‘Heart of Gold’
Queens of the Stone Age ‘Hanging Tree’
Radiohead ‘Everything in its Right Place’
Terry Callier ‘You’re Gonna Miss Your Candyman’
Finally shouts to Carlos Lehmann, Rebecca Hewitt, Nick Warrener, Matt Hess, James Busby, Leon Bailey and Joe Rossitter