Über-producer Heist has just appeared alongside the Brazilian powerhouse Critycal Dub for a strong new release on Philly Blunt. His tune is ‘90% Rusk’ by title, not by nature. Don’t fret: it will all be explained…
Heist how’s it going? What are you up to right now?
Good thanks. I’ve not long been up, just finishing a mixdown of a brand new Heist & Pleasure track.
I’m enjoying this release on Philly Blunt… it’s a great pairing: you and Brazil’s Critycal Dub, how did this come to be?
Thanks, It’s been well received by a lot of people which I’m very pleased about. The pairing of the tracks was all Bryan G’s idea to be honest.
I have to ask have you played Brazil?
No I haven’t and it is top of my list on places to try and get out to and DJ at this year. Brazilian promoters get in touch with my agent
Tell us about ‘90% Rusk’…
I made the track after a conversation with Bryan G on the way back from a gig in Belgium. He was telling me about how he was getting some tracks together for a Philly Blunt album project and would love to have something from me on there.
The week that followed, I started ‘90% Rusk’ and got it over to him. He signed it straight away.
That title kept me guessing.
The title is a bit of a strange one. It’s about the state of certain meat products on the shopping market shelves these days.
What about the substance of D&B itself? How do you see the state of it right now?
Its a great time for D&B music right now. Lots of wicked music and parties going off worldwide. I even have a monthly party I run myself called Sumo Beatz in my hometown that’s become the longest running D&B night Colchester has ever had.
I think the chart success of people like Sigma and Rudimental has only done even more good things for D&B including the underground scene too.
It’s made even more people aware of the music in general.
You are long established in D&B so are there new techniques creeping in on the production front that you evaluate along with your established knowledge?
I’m an artist that is always learning. I love to teach myself new things. There’s a whole wealth of new technology coming in year in, year out. You just have to take time to take notice and learn it.
Don’t get me wrong: sometimes I have to reflect back to an old-school way of thinking, but that’s the beauty of knowledge – It never leaves you.
What in your studio could you not live without?
I wouldn’t say I couldn’t live without them, but I do love my Virus Ti and Native Instruments Maschine hardware.
What releases can we look forward to from you?
Lots of stuff in the works. New EP on Metalheadz, new EP on Low Down Deep, three or four singles on Sumo Beatz, a remix for Modestep, more new music with DJ Pleasure and a few other interesting collabs.
Heist thanks, any shouts?
Just a big thanks to everyone that supports my music. And big ups to all the Sumo crew!