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Spectrasoul Interview

30/08/13

This September Shogun Audio have rustled up another huge lineup to shake a little more rubble off some of Southwark’s infamous railway arches.  This time it’s the Sidings warehouse that’s going to get a bass fueled cleaning, as some of Shogun Audio’s stars head there to smash out in an extended 2 hour set special.  Constantly pushing the boundaries in their approach to production, yet simultaneously junglist to the core Spectrasoul have established themselves as one of the top new breeds within bass music.  Refusing to compromise on quality this duo are second to none, and have only released on the most respected drum n bass labels.  Their ability to shorten the gap between the darker sounds and more liquid influenced beats, give them a dynamic hold on the dancefloor.

Catch them alongside talisman Friction, Icicle, special guest Mefjus, Technimatic and all the usual suspects on the mic.  Hit play on the mix below and check out what the guys said.

Hello sirs! Great to be speaking to you. This remix ep has been a total blast of fresh air and Bridge has smashed it with ‘Memento’. What did you guys want to put out there with this ep? It would be a hell of an intro to D&B for someone just starting out.
Thanks! Glad you like it. We wanted to put together a really special anniversary package of ‘Delay No More’, and we were keen to include remixes from some of our peers. Hearing other people’s interpretations of our music is something we always struggle with, but we luckily had a great selection and variety of people on hand to contribute to the EP, with many differing styles included.

What is a track you would select at random on here that would be fun to discuss… How it came about for example?
One of our favorites from the EP is James Zabiela’s remix of ‘ The Curb’. We recently did a remix of Pedestrian’s ‘Hoyle Road’ for James’ label, Born Electric, and so we had started chatting a lot over the socials. James has, to our surprise, been a big supporter of our music, and especially ‘Delay No More’, so we wanted to take the opportunity to bring him on board with this EP.  He did such a great job, and the remix has been really well received. He doesn’t produce a hell of a lot of music, so it’s a real honour for him to be involved in the project.

Has it rekindled interest in the mighty ‘Delay No More’ album? … and would you say the ‘album’ is still as important a format? People have been now writing it off for what, years?
If the EP has rekindled interest in the LP then that’s fantastic. We had such great support last year when the album was released, and it feels great to bring it back to the fore with some first class remixes. Through the process of writing and releasing an LP, you realise that it is still the most important music format. As a single is a snapshot of where an artist is at that moment, an album is a journey through differing styles, and a dynamic tour of through different influences and ideas. It’s as important as ever.

 

D&B in general is once again kicking down the doors… possibly in a way never seen in all its ‘peaks’. Maybe it’s because the world is now more ‘instant’ due to digital and is hearing collabs on radio (think Disclosure for example)… So, the world is sort of waking up to a reality that for us in D&B has been commonplace for years. Discuss?
Let’s not beat around the bush here, Drum and Bass never went anywhere. In the time that many genres have been and gone, Drum and Bass has remained. Journalists write it off all the time, but they seem to forget that Drum and Bass nights are the ones which pack out the biggest clubs in London, and UK wide. Rudimental, Chase and Status, Sub Focus and DJ Fresh are testament to its popularity. While they push for the mainstream, the underground continues to endure. The more exposure that the genre receives in the mainstream, the more people discover the underground scene. Drum and bass is the genre that all other genres love to hate, and that is part of the reason why it endures. It’s that punk ethic.

 

Got to have some good road stories… spill please. Any continent, any time zone: one D&B and one insane lifestyle!
Loads, but they’re probably not suitable for the public domain!!

 

I am asking here about LWE and the Sidings look… I feel that this leads on from the vibe & tradition of Cable (I was a regular at Cable for Swerve, Shogun, Headz and others) is that right? Can you tell us what to expect?
We’ve not been to Sidings before, but warehouse parties, in general, are the perfect platform for Drum and Bass music. Cable was always good because it had that underground feel about it; something that the warehouses in London do too. Generally, warehouses are empty and so a lot of effort goes into the production and sound system. This means that they can be tailored to the genre. LWE always seem to provide great sound 😉

 

What are you guys currently drawing in the sets? Any new rediscoveries from the crates?
For the sidings show specifically, we will be digging deep. 2 Hour sets always lend themselves to more of a journey, and we have already started digging out some forgotten classics. Think old school Soul:R, Signature, Metalheadz….

We’ve also been hoarding a big batch of brand new SpectraSoul music, all of which will be gracing the speakers at sidings on the 28th September. We’re really excited about it. No one has heard it apart from Friction.

 

What are some great memories you’ve got from the personal Spectrasoul files? I can still vividly hear you on Fabio’s show.
Having a release on Metalheadz was a big milestone for us. We had a big list of boxes to tick in our career and that was at the top of the list.

When we signed with Shogun, that was another great moment for us. Releasing ‘Delay No More’ last year was very special.

 

 

… and can you give me 3 moments of D&B from any era that you love?
(We’re hoping you mean tracks here!)

Calibre – Hypnotise: A massive favourite of ours, and the blueprint for musical drum and bass. Classic

Roni Size – The Reprazent project: The 2 LP’s that Roni and the gang did in the late 90’s and early 2000’s were seminal for us. I (Jack) remember coming home from school and hearing my dad playing ‘New Forms’ on the CD player in the kitchen. I was hooked.

Adam F – Colours. A seminal moment in early D&B that had a massive influence on us both.

 

Where are spots (apart from Brighton, London and Bristol) that you love playing D&B? I only rule them out as are traditional hotspots.
New Zealand is always amazing. They seem to have endless enthusiasm for the genre… (and when we tour there, we get to hang with great people, eat great food and to see great scenery!)

Poland, Austria and Belgium all deserve a mention too – Reliably good shows!

Finally, Outlook festival. Unfortunately we’re not out there this year, but it’s a great place to test new music and soak up some rays in the process!

 

Got any studio things happening you can let us know about? Release details?
We have been working solidly since the release of our LP last year. Expect a new single on Shogun in early/ mid October and more music to follow on from that. We’ve also just signed off a remix for Amy Steele which is out in early October too. You can check it on UKF 😉

Interview by Damian B