Ulterior Motive interview, Oct

Those in the know will be well-aware of Ulterior Motive and their snakey, sinewy, rolling sound, something part 90s Virus-infused future funk, something completely upfront altogether. It’s basically something that is known to completely take hold and smash a venue apart, easy. The duo have some strong releases due and have just completed some key London dates as well as a certain key festival abroad…

Damian Bennett: How was Sun & Bass?

Ulterior Motive: Sun & Bass was special for us this year because we got to play at Ambra Night – one of the best clubs we’ve ever been to. Because of the reaction ‘Featherweight’ got last year, we decided to write a VIP specially, managing to finish it just in time and Ambra Night was the place we wanted to drop it first. Every year we’ve been there, we’ve always come back from Sun & Bass full of inspiration, not just from the music but also from the people there.

DB: Wicked. Tell me about when you guys got together as a team: what sort of stuff did you have in common, musically?

UM: We first met through mutual friends due to a house share back in 2001. Our similar music taste soon became apparent in and out of D&B, so we decided to write something together in the studio. That worked out really well and we became good friends, spending all our time writing beats together and DJing as Ulterior Motive. In 2003 we moved away from each other for a couple of years until meeting back up in 2005/6. Over those two years we pushed our individual styles in different directions and because of that, a new sound developed when we returned to the studio together which eventually matured into the Ulterior Motive sound.

DB: There’s some incredibly cool, rolling d&b around right now from the 
likes of S.P.Y., Jubei and of course you guys… is this your favourite 
style of d&b?

UM: There’s always been cool rolling drum & bass around and it always been one of our favorite styles, both to produce and play out with. We’ve been drawing for S.P.Y. and Jubei rollers for some time, as well technical and upfront stuff from Noisia and Phace but also like to mix it up with breakier bits from Fracture and FD etc.

DB: What sort of spots do you enjoy playing the most?

UM: We both love playing in any venue to be honest, big or small, as long as the sound system’s good. Def looking forward to the ‘Critical Christmas’ night @Fabric.

DB: BIG! Do you co-produce? You have a big 
warm sound: are you cutting-edge on the new technology or old skool 
analogue? Or a bit of both?

UM: We both co-produce 4-5 days a week in-between gigs and the day jobs. The studio set up is good mix of old and new. That has a big influence on our sound.
At the heart of the studio is a Mac Pro running Logic and AUD plugins – running along side it is an E MU sampler into an analogue desk, Z1 synth, Virus ti, Sherman Filterbank and all sorts of other studio toys.

DB: Do you test your tunes when you play out, see which ones work or NEED more work?

UM: Always.

DB: Name some collaborations you’ve done. Why did you collaborate?

UM: We’ve done tunes with Sabre, Zero T, Jubei, FD, Alix Perez, and working on something with Rockwell at the moment, The colabs come around through a mutual respect of each others music. It’s always good to work with people whose music you like, share studio techniques and see how each other work.

DB: What’s coming up for UM release-wise?

UM: Just dropped is our new single ‘Breach’ with Zero T on Subtitles UK and out now on promo is ‘Tevatron/Snoretooth’ with Jubei, on Metalheadz.

We’re really proud to have a track on the new Enforcers EP called ‘Frozen Sky’ as Reinforced is a label we’ve always had a lot of respect for. And we’ve also got another tune coming on Metalheadz called ‘All That We Are’ with FD on the Genesis 2 EP.

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