D*Minds: We Are Bad

D*Minds: We Are Bad

Who doesn’t love a good baddie? From Dirty Den to Jimmy Cagney, the more despicable and devious they are, the more they stay with us… Partly to remind us just how filthy humans can be. And maybe, just maybe, a little tonic for our dark sides.

We caught up with Al Vickery, one half of D*Minds, to find out his favourite baddies. But first, we talk about the single which gave us this bad guy idea in the first place: the storming vocal cut I Am Bad.

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“It’s slightly different to what people expect of us,” Al grins. “We’re usually known for the harder stuff. This one has got a full vocal, it’s a bit more musical. We just wanted to take things to a slightly different place.”

Al tells us the MO for D*Minds right now is not to make expectations. As suggested by their output last year which saw them release on labels as far flung as Critical and Hospital, there’s some wildstyles at play in the D-Style camp. And it’s only just the beginning…

“We’ve got a lot of things in the pipeline,” he says. “There’s a D*Minds track coming soon. I can’t say too much but it’s going to be multi genre hopefully some people will like it and a few D&B heads may hate it but that’s the way it is. We’ve got a whole other project coming too. It’s very different. There’s punk in there, there’s ska, there’s rock. You’ll either love that or hate that too!”

Just like baddies, then. What you will love is a recent set taken from UKF vs Rampage in Antwerp last month… Scroll down for the full 30 minute bass workout.

Bryan Cranston – Walter White

“From the series Breaking Bad. You’ve got to watch this! Walter White is the main guy. If you haven’t seen it, he’s diagnosed with cancer and basically starts making really strong crystal meth to make sure his family are good for money. He’s a great baddie because you’re never too sure if he’s truly, truly bad. You’re never sure if he’s bad or not. Is he for real? Did he actually do that? Really, you need to watch this!”

Heath Ledger – Joker

“This is the best rendition of the Joker by a long, long way. Ledger played it really well, the previous ones are more comical, caricatures but his version is properly real! A very scary baddie… The acting took it there. Incredibly well played.”

Al Pacino – Tony Montana

“Why? Because! He’s the ultimate baddie. What else can you say?”

Enough baddies, let’s have some bass….

Drum&BassArena Editor: Dave Jenkins has documented beats for over 15 years working with the likes of UKF, Mixmag, DJ Mag, iDJ, Bandcamp, Resident Advisor, Radio 1 Xtra and many more.
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