Sensai chatted briefly about his music, that signature sound…
… it’s like the soundtrack to a series of hyperactive, hyperinventive movies. Hell there’s even an ep called ‘Hyperspace’ in the works. I asked him if such a visual aspect was part of it.
Sensai: Short movies is something I’d like to do with my music. I like music that tells a good story.
DB: OK. In general when I hear one of your tunes I don’t think ‘Oh, it’s hard-assed D&B/drumstep’ I just know it’s ‘Sensai’. How would you sum up your music?
Sensai: With my music, hard sounds feel like a natural thing to have a lot of the time. I love beats that make you want to dance.
DB: Have you got something of your own that you’d choose as a good example of what you do?
S: Here’s one…
I had lots of fun with the bass.
For me, music is escapism. The purpose is just to have fun, and to bring people together. I feel there’s many things that I need to do through music.
DB: So when do you produce?
S: I like working in the morning and evening when producing. I like to write down basic ideas when I can.
DB: And what influences do you have?
S: I’d say artists and acts like Shy FX and T Power, Reprazent, Grooverider, 4hero, Jonny L, The Prodigy, and 808 State have inspired me a lot. Lots of great DJ’s have inspired me too, people like Fabio, Grooverider, DJ Hype, Nicky Blackmarket and many more.
DB: The below was recently on the last Fabio & Grooverider xmas show, what a killer:
… and of course you have a lot of stuff which fits into the ‘drumstep’ sound, is it something that you’ve wholeheartedly embraced? I feel like you are one of the founders.
S: The sound is something that I’ve been working with a lot.
I’m very excited about the growth of it. I like anything that sounds interesting and has a nice flow, especially when bass is involved.
DB: What’s a Sensai set consist of, what do you draw for?
S: A set generally consists of any new tracks that I really like along with my tracks and a few classics if it’s a longer set. I like to keep it a little varied.
DB: If you had to get out of your place in 2 minutes and could only carry one thing, what would it be?
S: Studio monitors!
DB: What release info you got?
S: There’s a new EP, called ‘Hyperspace’. For 2012, you can expect lots of releases. Also check out Majistrate’s new album. There’s a Majistrate/Sensai track on there called ‘What’s Going On?’.
DB: Ah, that tune is carnage! Thanks so much for the update.