We caught up with this exciting talent to chat about his momentous release Every Time/Overdose.
Are you happy with reception to the single since Monday?
Yes, I’m very happy with the reception my single has had. I’ve had a lot of great comments from people on both songs.
What are your favourite things that you did with Every Time and Overdose?
They were both produced in very different ways. I really wanted to show my musical edge though Every Time. Moonwalker and Samurai were ‘in your face dance floor tunes’ so I really wanted to write something that had a lot of impact on the dance floor, that my mum liked and that worked well on your iPod earphones.
Overdose for me was an experiment with a lot of different sounds and samples that I wanted to get into one tune. I really enjoyed trying to create an image with the song. Layering police sirens and erotic samples with an eastern lead sound and a guitar bought a few different dynamics to the tune. I guess I wrote it with the screw face ravers in mind.
You’ve said recently that you wrote Every Time for the ladies and Overdose for the blokes, how different is the dancefloor reaction? Is the drop during Every Time a lot easier on the eye?
I’ve seen a few blokes accosting girls in the break down of Every Time, it’s definitely more of a hands in the air (or on the ass) tune. The reaction to the drop on Overdose is more of a pushing and shoving, maybe an elbow in the nose reaction.
What direction is your next release going to take?
It’s definitely got the dance floor impact with something for both the average man and woman.
The hours you’re putting in must be pretty stupid right now, what’s the best way to relax after a hard day slaving in the studio?
Well first of all, to maintain the delicateness of my hands, I will usually go and get a hand massage. Then I might head down to the pub with Cyantific and talk about the days politics. Some times I find a great way to wind down is to go home, put some Marvin Gaye on, stare out of my bedroom window at the planes coming into land at Heathrow, probably see a pigeon crap on my car, then try and shoot it with my BB Gun. It doesn’t hurt it, just teaches it a lesson. If it’s not too late I’ll try and go out on my BMX and probably end up injuring myself. If it’s late then I’ll do some sit ups, squats, bicep curls and then watch the Family Guy double bill on BBC 3, then an episode of Made In Chelsea and get jealous that I’m not in it. Then finally I’ll go to sleep.
What kind of people do you think make the best producers?
You’re fast becoming known for your extensive use of porn samples in your work, what would you say this adds to your music?
I think it makes the music that little bit more human. Any voices make it easier to connect to. I just chose erotic samples because……….I don’t really know it just happened and now I think it’s become part of my sound.
What’s your favourite sample that you’ve ever recorded yourself excepting blenders and hoovers?
I’ve recorded a lot of stuff over the years so I can’t really answer that one. If I get a vocalist in I always ask them for an erotic sample before they leave. May as well get your moneys worth.
As well as adult film your love of household appliances is also well-documented, what equipment would you save from your studio if it was on fire/under threat from missile attack?
My panda, my blender and my hard drive.
Who is the best person you’ve met as a result of becoming a drum & bass poster boy?
What were your favourite Ram tunes before you got involved with them?
Body Rock, Time Warp, Valley Of The Shadows (“Im in this long dark tunnel”, definitely an erotic sample), Follow The Light, Hurt You, Avon Calling.
What’s your 5 year plan?
Write some albums and travel the world whilst still playing vinyl in 5 years time.