Why do you think so many people go from rock music to electronic music?
I really think it goes both ways. I think there comes a stage in people’s lives when you just have to open yourself up to all kinds of music. The earlier you do it the better. It’s almost always been 50/50 for me. Good electronic gigs are (generally) much more fun than rock gigs. You don’t have to stare at a band like you’ve never seen one before. You just enjoy the music with your friends and have a dance. It’s a lot more therapeutic than your average rock gig.
You recently just got back from living in Canada for a while. How does the music scene over there compare to Europe?
Yeah I was in Vancouver. I met a lot of really nice people there but I wouldn’t consider it to have an amazing scene. They love all that pitched up vocally dubstep/drum and bass and skrillexy stuff. Then again, you have your small group of heads into their good shit. Max Ulis and HXDB are good producer/dj’s there. Overall though – I had a very productive year of writing new music, but I couldn’t picture myself fitting in anywhere into that particular scene.
What producers are influencing you at the moment?
It’s very hard these days… Unless you want to compromise and put on shit music. I’ve learned a huge amount. It has pretty much been my life for the past five years. Sometimes you have to make tough decisions, and it’s impossible to please everyone. I’m both amazed and proud that we’ve been able to keep it afloat for five years now, especially considering the fact that the country is broke. These days we just concentrate on breaking even with low door prices. If we make a profit, we invest it straight back in to the next event, or pay off previous outstanding debts! Essentially – more people need to support good club nights, even if it just means plugging them on their social networks. Everything is a help to struggling promoters, venues and labels these days.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?
“Write with no one looking over your shoulder. Don’t try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say.” – Barbara Kingsolver
“A song without emotion is like a motion way too long” – (I just made that up) – k to the blake – 2011
What are your plans for the future?
I’ve had a bit of a gap year in 2011, so i’m hoping I can make a bit of an impact in 2012 with my own new productions and the release of our band Private Underground Residence’s debut album. I’m pretty excited about both.
What advice would you give to young producers starting out making tunes or setting up nights?
Always keep a good head on your shoulders. Just because your friends think your music is great doesn’t mean you’re there. Accept criticism with appreciation when it comes; sometimes it’s tough to hear, but without good constructive criticism along the way i’d be lost. Keep hunting for inspiration; whether it means traveling or reading books. Try not to get yourself too caught up in a loop!
As for nights – look for niches, rent good soundsystems, have a good graphic designer to help create an image or (I hate this word) ‘brand’. Don’t get too competitive – try to help maintain a good community buzz. We all want to put Ireland on the map, but it’s going to take teamwork.
Few words about the remix:”Death Grips are the rawest thing i’ve heard in a couple of years and Ex-Military was my favourite album of 2011. They’re one of those groups you either love or you don’t. The original of this track is very minimal. I wanted to bring its energy towards the dancefloor and make a bit of a stomper out of it. I’ve had a lot of fun doing it, and i’m sure my neighbours enjoyed the bass line vibrating their couches”.Download the remix here: