Wyatt Noise are from Oxford and have just released the anticipated ‘The Shape of Things To Come‘ ep so we caught up.
DB: First off can I get release info for you guys?
WS: The first release is ‘The Shape of Things to Come’ ep, out now! It features tracks from GDS, Bolo, Smokey, and from myself, Rich Raw. Next up is a single from yours truly. Then something that’s just proper rude from GDS, like the old Bristol sound. Deep and soulful but works on the dancefloor as well.
DB: What tracks would you like to talk us thru?
WS: The first track is something from me. This was started back in 2009. I liked elements of the intro and the drums but not the drop – it just didn’t fit. So I tweaked it. Put this bass in and thumping extra distorted kick in as well at the start of every second bar and hey presto! ‘Filthy Raver’! I’ve road tested it too and it works on the dancefloor, trust me.
The flipside of is a track called ‘Prayers’ by GDS. I’ve known Greg for a few years now and he’s an incredible talent! I’d been hassling him to send some stuff over for the label and when he sent this over I was blown away! It sends shivers down my spine every time I hear it. Simply stunning!
DB: What made you start the label, what styles of D&B inspired you to?
WS: It has been a long-time dream of mine to start a record label.
Over the years I’ve been inspired by labels such as V Recordings, Full Cycle, True Playaz, Ram Records, Virus, Dispatch, Metalheadz, Renegade Hardware, and Bad Taste Recordings. I am and have been inspired by artists on all these labels and from music outside of D&B as well. I love so many styles within drum and bass. I think it’s the only music to have such variety.
DB: Do you do nights? I know Oxford as having a GREAT vibe and attitude, so tell me: what is going on there?
WS: I organised the label launch night back in September in conjunction with Terraforms – shouts to Bolo and Greencode – where Break headlined. That was such a great night and it was really great to say thanks to everyone who’s helped getting the label started. They’ve got Loxy down for the next one on November 17th at the Bullingdon Arms which I’m really looking forward to.
left to right: Greencode, Rich Raw, GDS, Smokey, Bolo, Sandman MC
I would say that if there is a local sound that it is in keeping with the diversity and variety of what’s on offer: there are nights for everyone. Oxford’s longest running D&B night is HQ which caters for the deeper and more soulful side of things – shout to Mike Chemical and Freehand. For jump-up there’s Selecta and of course Freerange running the midweek student sessions properly. There are loads of nights at Carbon club too with its mighty Function 1 rig. There’s always loads of choice in Oxford. That’s one of the things I love about it.
DB: … and how do you see it growing in the ’13?
WS: It can only get stronger. There’s such diversity in the music right now. For me there’s a buzz about it. It’s exciting!
DB: How do you consume music?
WS: Mainly via the tape player in my car! I’ve been listening to loads of old tapes recently.
I check out soundcloud almost daily for new music. It’s such a great way to listen to new tracks. Also the usual websites. And then go into SS20 and have a chat to DJ Lee and buy some vinyl too. Just to keep up with what’s current and what’s sounding fresh.
I’ve not embraced the whole digital thing though: I’ve always enjoyed playing vinyl and still buy it now. I’m sure that at some point I’ll invest in Serato or Traktor or something. I’ve been getting all the the Wyatt Noise stuff cut onto vinyl dubplates so that I can play them! I got four copies of the first EP pressed. I know vinyl is more expensive than digital but if you love a tune it’s so great to actually have a copy.
DB: Name 5 tunes from this year that have killed you, any genre.
Royalston ‘The Bearer’ (Bad Taste Recordings)
Le Jockey ‘Got That Swing’ (download)
ASC & Synkro ‘Sacred Moments’ (Auxiliary)
Klute & Prolix ‘Keep It Simple’ (Commercial Suicide)
Octane & DLR feat. Gusto ‘Gravity’ (Dispatch Recordings)