The singular Dauntless has effortlessly dropped the Muzzle ep for Commercial Suicide: essential + addictive on the beats front ALONE just to single out one aspect. Highly infectious all over, with an appearance by the deadly Fuj too.
Hey Dauntless what’s happening?
I’ve just wrapped up a whole lot of releases and and new signings so I’m exhausted!However… I’m releasing on some of my dream labels and I don’t want this dream to end! So there is no stopping.
Your sound is great: it’s engineered to be a lot of fun to be played out I would’ve thought? Sounds like would do some damage live, is that the case?
Thank you! Yes they are really fun to mix and they always get the party going. The EP is about adding funk to the dancefloor again as some of the new D&B of late I felt was missing that groove.
I’m really happy with Muzzle because it reminds me of some early Break and he was so influential to me!
So what’s the scene like there then? Does it branch into the suburbs or is it bound to certain spots in the city?
The scene in Sydney is really strong with crews like Haunted Science, Breakneck, Flying Fortress and Collective bringing the heat. Really diverse sounds and there is some great D&B on every weekend… some would say maybe too much!
Sydney is really big, so most of the parties are focussed on the inner city areas because it’s more central.
Take us into ‘EM Pulse’… there’s a filthy Bristol vibe to this due to the beats, I feel… what inspired the tune or did it just come together regardless of inspiration?
Thanks. ‘Pulse’ was the first track to be signed and has actually gone through a few variations over a couple of years but the core of the track has always remained the same. I was inspired by the Matrix when the Nebuchadnezzar ship is being attacked by the tentacle robots. I love the track because the 2nd drop really opens up into some acid mayhem. Ha ha.
I always try and make the 2nd drop different to the first because I think you need to go that next level.
The linkup with Fuj is deadly… less is more here too, in certain respects, it’s very cool. So how did you guys come to work together?
Fuj actually lives 10min walk from me. So we actually linked up through my wife Fez who is brilliant at the old networking! Once we met it was like meeting my long lost brother! His music is amazing as well and works to really compliment my sound.
We are actually forming a really strong group of local producers and we vibe and feed off each other’s success. So we normally work around his house due to studio space and I hope this continues for a long time!
You live and breathe music I hear…
I’m quite lucky I teach music production a for living at the Australian Institute of Music because second to music, teaching is a passion of mine.
However, I still get up every morning with out fail and fire up Ableton, Logic, Cubase and start writing – always. Its a wonderful habit I’ve managed to build up and I don’t want it to stop.
This Muzzle EP was one of the hardest challenges I had to face because I love the label so much and didn’t want to disappoint.
It’s crazy to think that I’m going to have vinyl along side people like Klute/Digital/Spirit/Seba and so forth.
On topic what’s a tune you’d cite as a big inspiration in D&B?
Besides early Break I’d have to say Kemal.
Konflict ‘The Beckoning/Messiah’
Stakka Skynet & Konflict ‘BiosFear’
… anything with Konflict really. The guys were the dons.
The production was sharp and the ideas were second to none.
I do have a heap more like Noisia, Phace, Dom and Roland, Ed Rush & Optical, Bad Company etc.. but Konflict just did it so effortless. The output was unreal as well!
Shout outs to Fez, Fuj, Sach and the International Haunted Science Crew.