Symptom ‘Unhinged’ interview
Symptom is half of Savage Rehab and is about to drop The Unhinged ep on Crash Course!
DB: Hi, good to speak again. This ep, sir, is a monster, where did this come from?
S: Thanks man, I’m glad you like it. Savage Rehab have always been about the full spectrum vibe and I really wanted to nail it home. We have a lot of styles out there but there was no real dirty tech. I have multiple tunes on the boil at any one time and I try to make them as varied as I can – from really nice stuff to the absolutely horrible stuff. I sent a couple of bits to Callide and he kindly suggested an ep for his Crash Course label. Naturally, I snapped his hand off at the wrist. Big up Callide for the chance to get some filth out there finally.
It’s definitely not timid music. It’s in your face and a challenge to produce. I love all the styles of D&B/Jungle and to me, from a production point of view, there is nothing better than flipping the script and doing something different.
DB: What goes into your mental blender then?
S: 95% of the time, I listen to is Jungle & D&B. Don’t judge me: I just love it. It’s pretty safe to say that anyone who’s released any seminal Jungle/Drum and Bass in the last 20 years are all responsible for my inspiration. Techniques have only got better and the bar has been pushed so high. It’s inspirational that you can make a career on the strength of your music.
DB: So as a solo thing are you doing more like this or just had to get it out of your system? A one-off.
S: There is certainly going to be more. This is just the tip of the Tech mountain. Quite frankly its long overdue! That said, there is a load more Jungle, Dancefloor and Liquid on the burn so watch this space!
DB: What’s a tune you’d talk us through from your past?
S: OK, ‘Walk The Bass’, our first track out on V.
It was a Saturday and I was having a party round mine. Garp and I were quickly fiddling with a track in the studio and my girlfriend, Leila walked in said “Right, what you can do in 10 minutes?” Challenge thrown down we threw in 4 bars of beats and asked Leila what she wanted the bass to go like? She gave us the inspiration for the main hook. We chose a double bass type bass sound, patterned it in. Done! Then we said “Give us another 10 minutes and we can give it some personality”. With that, we put in the intro sounds, the Ron Burgundy samples and the build up and had the start of the track. A couple of months went by and we opened the track. We were both totally shocked when the second drop came after 32 bars. We’d forgotten we’d done more on it! When the trumpet came in and bassline went scatty, we were bouncing off the walls. Proper vibes on that track and that’s so often the best way with music. It was all done in four hours. When things are fresh they keep their vibe in your mind better than the stuff you toil over for ages.
DB: You – as part of Savage Rehab – are down to play an ‘old skool’ night in Birmingham I note in August… are these jungle things fun?
S: FUN? STANDARD! No matter what the gig, it’s always just great to get out and play. Every type of night has its merits. For Jungle it’s the whole nostalgia of the Amen breaks and the old skool vibe. Lots of people don’t remember when Jungle first emerged or where it’s from and yet so many of those tunes have stood the test of time. It’s great to see the sound spreading down the generations and its exactly the same look on their faces as it was back in the day. I’ve not played in Birmingham yet but im really looking forward to it – big up to Tim Ryan on that.
I also know there is a night in Leeds called Jungle Jam. They represent the sh*t out of it and the parties are ALWAYS hench.