Charlie Fracture

The Questions: Fracture

The Questions is back, and this week’s answeree (that may not be a word, but we’re going with it) is the UK’s Fracture, a drum and bass producer who also records and performs as one half of Fracture and Neptune; the duo are currently (16th of September – 31st of October 2011) touring their Retrospective: A Decade of Fracture and Neptune set. We’re starting to notice a pattern when it comes to working with dads – former The Questions respondent Santos named his as his most fun person to work with too – maybe you should give it a go! Anyway, without further ado let’s get to it!

Name: Fracture (Charlie Fieber)

The name of the first song I was really proud of was called:  Oh wow, what a question! Um, I wrote a few that no one has heard, right back at the beginning that I’m still proud of. Very naive, but I love that in music. In terms of the released stuff it’s probably a Fracture & Neptune track called Deadlands

Most fun person I’ve ever worked with: I think I would have to say my Dad, Martin Fieber. He is a slide guitarist and we (Fracture & Neptune) have worked with him on two tracks, Customtone and Ventura. The experience of translating our ideas for a drum and bass track onto an instrument famous for 1950s/60s blues music was quite testing. The result was totally worth it.

“I think ‘to work quickly’ is definitely the best advice”

Best musical advice I’ve ever been given: Wow, another great question. I think ‘to work quickly’ is definitely the best advice. Try not to drag projects out longer than a couple of days.

A piece of gear I couldn’t live without: Sadly, my computer. As it is the hub and brain of the studio.

A piece of gear I wish I could live without:  My computer! I would love to go back to using just an MPC or sampler with sequencer built in.

My studio environment in three words: Bass, Tea and Vibes.

A song I wish I’d written: UFO by Photek.

If I could do it all again, I’d: Have written UFO

Fracture: Site / Twitter / Facebook

Fracture’s latest Loopmasters pack, a selection of Drum and Bass presets for Rob Papen’s Albino synth, is out now! Check out this iTunes only bonus track from Fracture and Neptune’s Retrospect LP too, taken from their SoundCloud:

 
Fracture – Detached – Retrospect LP iTunes only bonus track by Fracture And Neptune

Santos

The Questions: Santos

Santos’s style has both evolved and refined since his 2000 breakthrough Camels, with three solo albums, a heap of aliases and a seemingly insatiable desire to keep moving. His latest album, If You Have Meat You Want Fish, out next week (check the album minimix below!), has a refreshing techy feel, with progressive and percussive overtones… we asked him The Questions, and here are the answers.

Name: Santos.

The name of the first song i was really proud of was called: “Camels”- It was a radical music innovation.

Most fun person i’ve ever worked with: My dad, he’s 60 years old and we talk about Villalobos, Prodigy, Giorgio, Moroder, Lemon Jelly etc.

I couldn’t live without: “Spectrum Analyser”

Best musical advice i’ve ever been given: In 1992: “Use control change parameter 74 for filter cut off midi automation!!”

A piece of gear i couldn’t live without: Spectrum analyzer.

A piece of gear i wish i could live without:  Cables :)

My studio environment in three words: Hybrid analog-digital enterprise!!!

A song i wish i’d written:  Carl Graig pres Paper Clip People:  Throw.

If i could do it all again, i’d: Exactly the same.

Santos: Site / Twitter / Facebook

Santos has a new sample pack from Loopmasters too – you can get those tech house sounds yourself with Private Tech House Collection now…

SANTOS IF YOU HAVE MEAT YOU WANT FISH ALBUM MINIMX by santos-italy

London Elektricity

The Questions: London Elektricity

Another round of The Questions, and this week we’ve got Hospital Records’ own London Elektricity, whose LP Yikes! and its accompanying remixes LP is making waves in the drum and bass scene and beyond.

Name: London Elektricity

The name of the first song I was really proud of was called: Stories, by my first band Izit

Most fun person I’ve ever worked with: Liane Carroll

Best musical advice I’ve ever been given: I’m still waiting for it

A piece of gear I couldn’t live without: My wurlitzer ep200

A piece of gear I wish I could live without: My stomach

My studio environment in three words: Bedroom #4

A song I wish I’d written: Fair Warning by Todd Rundgren

If I could do it all again, I’d: Not have sellotaped my hair to my neck before going to bed when I was 15 so I looked liked David Cassidy on the bus to school the next morning.

London Electrikity: Site / Twitter / Facebook

London Elektricity has a Loopmasters sample pack out now, filled with drum and bass inspiration – and here’s a single taken from his current LP Yikes!

John 00 Fleming

The Questions: John 00 Fleming

This week’s installment of The Questions sees John 00 Fleming, a trance legend, cutting his teeth on our little selection. JOOF has over 20 years experience in the business, but is only just releasing his first self produced LP Nine Lives. A DJ first, producer second, Fleming’s sound is serious, progressive, and dance floor oriented – listen to the JOOF Editions Volume 1 mixtape below to get a better idea of the John 00 Fleming sound…

Name: John 00 Fleming

Most fun person I’ve ever worked with: The Digital Blonde. I never want him to grow up

Best musical advice I’ve ever been given: Twiddle these knobs to make the sound you want.

A piece of gear I couldn’t live without: Dynaudio BMA6s monitors they are my honest ears

A piece of gear I wish I could live without: Dynaudio BMA6s, they are just too honest.

My studio environment in three words: Where’d the day go.

A song I wish I’d written: Trifonic ‘ Parks on fire’

If I could do it all again, I’d: Used ear plugs more…. dam tinnitus:(

John 00 Fleming: Site / Twitter / Facebook

 
Global Trance Grooves celebrates it’s landmark 100th Edition! John 00 Fleming 2-Hour mix by john00fleming

Berkson and What!

The Questions: Berkson and What!

This week we’ve got two for one on The Questions, as Dan Berkson and James What, collaboratively Berkson and What! (what else?!) square up to the task. Releasing music both individually and separately, they flit between soulful deep house and a percussive, understated techno bounce that could see their music being played at various times during a night depending on the context of what they’re rubbing shoulders with – and their new Loopmasters sample pack might help you achieve the same thing – take a look. Here goes…

The name of the first song I was really proud of was called: Dan: “Easy” – Gourmet Recordings .

James: The Dig – Poker Flat.

“it’s not what you play but what you don’t play” – Berkson

Most fun person I’ve ever worked with: Dan: Robert Owens.

James: Robert Owens.

Best musical advice I’ve ever been given: Dan: It’s not what you play but what you don’t play…

James: Drop the kick on the 3.

A piece of gear I couldn’t live without:Dan and James: Roland Space Echo.

A piece of gear I wish I could live without: Dan and James: Roland Space Echo (one of them is always broken so we have three between us)

My studio environment in three words: Dan: Big Green Disco.

James: Big Yellow Storage.

A song I wish I’d written: Dan: “In Time” Sly Stone.

James: A Day in the Life – The Beatles.

If I could do it all again, I’d: Dan: skip this last question.

James: Ask for the dressing on the side.

Berkson and What!: Site / Facebook 

Check out a preview of It Feels Wrong, the forthcoming single from James What…

Panther God

The Questions: Panther God

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Panther God is a DJ, producer and head of Oh Drat favourite label Circuitree Records. His style is healthily multi faceted, with the foundations of hip hop and dubstep layered with UK garage and lo-fi, and his latest release Touch and Feel, featured below, experiments with four on the floor techno and rave sound. We were itching to find out his answers to The Questions…

“I don’t know why anyone even bothers with the analog vs. digital discussion”

Name: Panther God

The name of the first song I was really proud of was called: “I Broke My Neck In Africa”  It’s a tune I wrote five years ago, all in one sitting, using the MPC and some vinyl samples.  It took about 8 hours and when I finished it, I literally collapsed onto the floor as a result of exhaustion.  It’s a tune I can still listen to, one that probably makes no sense from a music theory perspective, but is pleasing nonetheless.

Most fun person I’ve ever worked with:  Maybe Charlie Astro.  He’s the type of guy who can write a sketch for a new tune while you’re in the bathroom, giving one the sense that even collaborating with him is a just a matter of social exercise rather than necessary artistic practice for him.  Also Kent Hernandez aka Kentsoundz, who is a fantastic producer and lyrical coach.  He can pull vocalists up to their own next level with ease.  That’s a fun thing to witness.

Best musical advice I’ve ever been given:  “Work on projects, rather than just separate songs.” Mr. Len of Company Flow told me this at a show.  It makes a lot of sense although I have trouble thinking that way.

A piece of gear I couldn’t live without:  My Juno 106.  The older I get the more I love it.  I really am not a fan of digital or software synths.  If the knobs aren’t tactile, most of the time I’m not having fun.  Plus, analog gear does sound better…It’s not hard to prove.  I’ve got a VST Juno ensemble in Reaktor that sounds nowhere near as “good” as my real one.  I don’t know why anyone even bothers with the analog vs. digital discussion.  It’s baffling.

A piece of gear I wish I could live without:  Ableton Live.  I use it for everything these days and actually hate how CPU is always an issue with it.  I can’t even finish most tracks I start on it because mixing becomes impossible with all the audio dropouts and stuttering.  If and when it becomes 64 bit I’m hoping it’ll run smoother.  In the meantime I’m thinking of doing most of the processing outside of Live, running layers through hardware amps, compressors, filters, delays, etc.  It’s not cheap to do so, but probably worth the effort time and money involved.

My studio environment in three words:  Evolving, lean, impossible!

A song I wish I’d written: Any Burial tune, most Four tet tunes.

If I could do it all again, I’d:  Have kept my mpc, nord, and Boss SP 505, and focused way more on learning music theory that production.  After all production is secondary to the ideas in a track, not the other way around.

Panther God: Site / Twitter / Facebook

Dub FX

The Questions: Dub FX

Dub FX is a hugely successful artist who has made a career from turning his vocal chords into a veritable orchestra. The subject of a recent Native Instruments artist feature (check the video below!) and a recent Loopmasters sample pack (which we reviewed here), we couldn’t think of a better person to kick off our new regular Q&A series The Questions

My studio environment in three words: Rather, be, surfing

Name: Dub FX

The name of the first song I was really proud of was called: I haven’t written it yet..

Most fun person I’ve ever worked with: I have fun with everyone but the flower fairy is the best for me to work with..

Best musical advice I’ve ever been given: Their is no such thing as a mistake! [boom boom! -Ed]

A piece of gear I couldn’t live without: My [Boss] GT-10B

A piece of gear I wish I could live without: Power supplies

My studio environment in three words: Rather, be, surfing

A song I wish I’d written: Ennio Morricone’s Good Bad and the Ugly theme

If I could do it all again, I’d: Do something completely different

Dub FX: Site / Twitter / Facebook

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