Ahead of our next installment to the Codecast series brought to you this time round by the mighty Foreign Concept, we thought it high time we gave you a little insight into the goings on with one of Code Apparel ‘s main soldiers.
We caught up with the man like Foreign Concept for a little chat about forthcoming releases, life as one of drum and bass’s most sought after producers and generally just to talk about all things D&B.
Easy Matt, first things first, Growing up what were you say were your biggest influences musically?
Well growing up in a world before youtube , I pretty much listened to anything I could get my hands on. Most of it was my Dad’s record collection. I couldn’t even begin to tell you what most of it was called, but I do remember hearing Nina Simone’s ” Plain Gold Ring ” for the first time and just being blown away. I don’t know how much of it is nostalgia, but for me its the only perfect record I have ever heard. I actually sampled it in one of my first ever tunes , though in hindsight I should have left it well alone.
Drum and Bass seems to be in a really healthy place right now with a massive amount of output of big releases week in week out. Who would you say were your favourite producers out there at the moment?
Yeah i’d definitely agree that its in a good place at the moment. At the moment the producer’s that I’m really into are guys like Enei, Xtrah, Vicious Circle, Chroma, Jubei, Skeptical , Sabre/Stray/Halogenix, Emperor, Pessimist, Amoss, Mute&Mako / Villem, the Shogun guys, the list is endless, which i guess ties into it being healthy at the mo!
What would you say is your biggest achievement to date?
Probably leaving my job when i was 22 to try and make a living from music. I had been doing it for 5 years and was building a decent career I guess, but I just chanced it one day and quit. Its gone really well since then, so just that split decision on a cold Monday morning feels to me that it was my biggest achievement in life to date.
Musically it was either getting the first bit of vinyl through with my name on it, or playing at Fabric for the first time. Everything since then has been a bonus.
In terms of DJ’ing, are there any venues/countries you have really enjoyed playing over the past 12 months?
In the UK the critical and shogun nights have all been amazing , in particular at Fabric and Cable. Detonate in Nottingham is always buzzing, and also Abstractions in Bristol which I’ve played at twice in the last year have been wicked. Its a very intimate club, and the crowd are really clued up on new tunes. It gets pretty rowdy in there!
After your co-lab with Bringa, ‘Cemetry’ on the latest ‘Way of the Warrior EP’, can we expect to hear any more beats forthcoming on the mighty Shogun imprint?
Well I’ve signed a deal with Critical so the majority of my music will be released on there, but after having a couple of releases with Shogun last year, I’ve got to know them well so would certainly like to doing something for them again in the future.
What can we expect to see from you in the coming months, anymore co-labs in the pipeline and can we expect to see an album on the horizon?
My next release is a collab with Xtrah called Harsh Reality, which is coming out on Critical’s Sequence 2 EP.
I’ve also made something for Riya’s project which will be out sometime soon.
Then there’s a few remixes as well in the pipeline aswell my EP for Critical later in the year.
There will be an album at some point but it wont be any time soon!
Do you like collaborating with other artists or do you prefer to just get on and do your own thing?
Both. I really enjoy making tunes with other people as you can vibe off each other and there’s a lot more quality control.
People bring different things to the table so you can gain a lot from the experience.
Saying that though, I do equally enjoy monging out at home alone making tunes at 3 in the morning.
Some of your biggest releases have come out on Kasra’s Critical imprint which has gone from strength to strength over the past few years, creatively, what’s it like working for the label?
Perfect. I really couldnt have found a better label to work with to be honest. Kasra is ultra professional on the business side of things, and also gives some solid advice and helps me out a lot so its a great feeling to be involved with them.
What new and upcoming producers should we be keeping an eye on in 2012?
Emperor is the one for me at the moment. He’s 18 , lives in a dinky town in Yorkshire somewhere, hadn’t touched a turntable before a couple of months ago, so he basically dosnt tick any of the traditional dnb producer boxes. But he makes some bad boy tunes , so I reckon he will be massive.
Chroma , who collectively are new , I think will have a big year, they’ve got loads of great music that’s due out soon.
Other than drum and bass, what other types of music are you feeling at the moment?
A lot of electronica stuff , Techno, lots of hip hop, weird ambient stuff , soul, jazz, anything really.The first half of the mix I’ve done is a bit of a snippet into the kind of music I’m into at the moment I guess.
As a member of Code, what are your thoughts on being part of the team and the clothing line itself?
It’s wicked. Its a great clothing range and being backed by some talented producers/promoters/djs so I was buzzed to be asked to be involved. Anyone reading this – go check out the website!
Any shout outs you would like to mention?
I always forget people when it comes to shout outs, so I’ll just shout out my house mate Rob as he has just made me a banging paella.
A massive thanks Matt for taking the time to speak with us!