I caught up with Ethic and spoke about the new ep What Ya Call Me on Dub Police. It’s out April 21.
DB: It’s a strong look, this ep! Big range and sounds like it’s been roadtested…
E: I wanted to showcase a broad range of sound for my debut EP so I’m glad thats the feeling that comes across in the music. So much inspiration comes from watching other DJs live and indeed performing myself too. It’s great to see crowds react to different elements going on in the tracks.
DB: It feels like it would be awesome to play live, a lot of fun…
E: Of course! When you put a lot of time and effort into your production, its an incredible feeling to see a crowd go nuts to your music. It makes you think Yeah, this was all so worth it, just for that alone.
DB: Why the title ‘What Ya Call Me’?
E: Well, you have two 4/4 stompers, one more melodic traditional Dubstep track and another with an old UK Garage vibe to it. I don’t like to stick to one sound or style so it felt right to name the EP ‘What Ya Call Me’ because it’s asking the listener what do you call this sound. I leave it up to you to decide…
DB: What other material have you in the vaults? Is it ‘traditional’ dubstep in style or new fusions? I feel the whole scene is awesomely fractured and unpredictable right now! I call it ‘unstable’ ha ha… in a totally great way, like it’s going to explode.
E: Completely agree, there’s so much diversity in the scene right now and thats great, but at the same time the more traditional Dubstep is making a big comeback too. I’ve always preferred to try and bend the sound, fuse other styles into my production as I find that really exciting. So I’m really just mixing it all up and seeing what comes out at the end!
DB: So can you tell us about what got you into Dubstep/beats?
E: I was focused on House and D&B in the early stages of production, and honestly didn’t know much about Dubstep until around 2007 when I went to a music academy, the same academy that The Others and Subscape were at too so it was here where I began to find out about the growing Dubstep scene. I was really lucky to be around these guys, they took the time to open my eyes and ears to this new scene and I soon realised this was something I really wanted to be a part of. But at the time I knew my production skills were no where near the level they should be to get involved with a label like Dub Police. So it’s been a few years of learning, sending tracks and then sending some more and now here we are! I couldn’t be happier to be a part of the Dub Police family.
DB: What places do you reach for live music… as a fan or DJ?
E: I’m pretty much always out in London! My favourite club in London is probably Fabric, simply because you can go there every weekend and hear something different. There’s so much variety in the line ups there so that’s really cool. Vauxhall is great area too for good line ups and clubs. The Lightbox, Fire, Area are all good clubs for Dubstep, D&B or even Oldskool rave and House music.
DB: Can you tell us what releases you have planned?
E: I’m already writing tracks for a second EP on Dub Police and am currently finalising a Stenchman remix on Antics records which I hope to have out soon. But I’m not thinking too much about other labels. Dub Police is where I always wanted to be!