Tracklist: 1.MJ Cole - Galactic (demo) 2.Joe - Claptrap 3.Foamo - Sherlock 4.Blawan - Getting Me Down 5.CRST ft Jessy Allen - What I Want (Zed Bias Mix) 6.Machines don't Care - Beat Dun Drop (Stanton Warriors mix) 7.Zinc - Juicy Fruit 8.Yasmin - Light Up The World (MJ Cole Dubb Remix) 9.MJ Cole feat Wiley - From the Drop (Accapella) 10.MJ Cole - Roka Beat (demo) 11.SBTRKT - Wildfire (Objekt Remix) 12.Wretch 32 - Don't Go (MJ Cole Remix) 13.Baobinga - Make It Drop 14.MJ Cole - Galibier (Demo)
1.Hi Whistla !!! thanks for taking some time to answer these questions : ) Firstly, How did you start DJing and producing music?
Hi Whistla !!! 感謝你抽時間回答這些問題 ：)首先可以分享一下你是怎樣開始製作音樂和成為DJ嗎?
I started producing kind of as an extension to playing in various bands back in 92 as I got more and more into dance music and moved away from guitar based music. I was building tracks for about 5 years before I got a set of decks and started djing in 97, beginning on London pirate Addiction FM (which I later went on to help run and set the foundation for running Sub FM) and then moving onto playing in raves like Dreamscape, Raindance, World Dance etc.. and the rest is history :)
I had become disenchanted with the way Dubstep scene was progressing in 2008 and had already started making Future Garage tracks and putting them out on my label at the time, Ox Rider Records. It was from this period that I realised there were a number of other people doing similar changes in there productions and I thought to myself "there's all this amazing music out there that isn't getting released" and so I started L2S at the beginning of 2009.
3.Such as me , a music lover of late 90s to early 2000s "UK Garage/2-Step" music, feel so exciting to hear all the tunes of "Future Garage", they are really brand new sounds and guiding the bright future of Garage music. Beside all the brilliant releases from L2S, media (DJ Mag,Mixmag…etc) describe some tunes from producers such as SBTRKT, MJ Cole, Falty DL, Mount Kimbie, Disclosure, even Rusko(the tune "Hold On") are "Future Garage". So what's the true meaning of "Future Garage" in your point of view？ Is it a music genre ? a music movement? or…?
I get asked this all the time, you wouldnt believe how much! Future Garage is a movement not a genre, FG is just a starting point not the end destination. It’s a collection of DJs and Producers who wouldn’t fit comfortably in the UKG oeuvre or the Dubstep one. They are somewhere inbetween, and Future Garage is that collection of DJs and Producers. Who knows where it will lead? That is the whole point of Future Garage, to take the best of Garage and inject it with fresh ideas and production techniques to take it into the future! Previously, Garage had become tainted by its past, Future Garage has given it a new fresh chance to develop into the scene it was always supposed to, with the ability now to evolve new strains much like how House and DnB have multiple sub-genres, so too is Garage starting to.
這個問題我每次都會被問，次數甚至多到你不會信的那麼多！Future Garage是一種音樂趨勢(Movement)而不是一種音樂風格(Genre)，FG只是一個起點而不是終點。這是一些DJ和製作人不能恰當歸納在UK Garage和Dubstep音樂範圍內的集合體。這些作品都是在兩者的中間地帶，所以Future Garage就是這樣一個DJ和製作人的集合。誰知道它會發展到哪個地步呢? 這就是Future Garage的概念，帶來最好的Garage音樂，注入新穎元素和引入新的製作技術去把Garage音樂帶進未來！Garage音樂在過去一段時間變得衰落，而Future Garage就帶給它一個新的機會去發展成一個原本就應有的音樂場景，就像House和Drum n Bass這些音樂般有那麼多種多樣的分支類別，Garage音樂就應該這樣地從新出發。
4.As a producer/DJ ,Which atrists influence your music mostly?
This is one of the questions I could list hundreds of artists for haha. Some of my original inspirations are; Satin Storm, 4 Hero, Larry Heard, Todd Edwards, DJ Ratty, Aphex Twin, Pete Namlook, Chris Mac, Steve Gurley... I'll stop there for now haha. Currently I get inspiration from all over the place, pop songs, sounds I hear just going around town, standing in a club not knowing the track at all and just getting the vibe from it, literally everywhere! Some current heads Im really feeling are; Submerse, ENiGMA Dubz & Para.
哈哈這是一個我可以列出幾百個音樂人出來的問題。某些啟發我的音樂人包括Satin Storm, 4 Hero, Larry Heard, Todd Edwards, DJ Ratty, Aphex Twin, Pete Namlook, Chris Mac, Steve Gurley等…我要停止啦。現階段我會從任何地方獲得啟發，不論流行曲，圍繞在城市內的各種聲音，又或在舞廳內不知甚麼名字的一首作品引領我進入氛圍之中，確實是任何地方也會有所啟發 ! 而一些我最近聽得很有感覺的音樂人就有:Submerse, ENiGMA Dubz & Para。
Whistla - Black N Blue
5. In many cities of Asia, the music scenes of Garage, Bass, Dubstep are still developing. Do you have any suggestions for the musicians to push things forward?
Just keep believing in what you do! Never stop pushing yourself to do better and to do more!
6.Some music lovers in Asia notice the term "Bass Music" . It seem to be a term about some kind of music so hot in recently years. Do you thing "Future Garage" is under the umbrella of "Bass Music" ? Or is it no connection between both of them? 某些亞洲的音樂愛好者正留意一個音樂名詞"Bass Music"。這似是一個名詞用來形容某些近年相當熱門的音樂。你是否認為"Future Garage"可歸納於"Bass Music"範圍內?又或者兩者之間其實沒有關連?
Oh it definitely is, Bass Music is a term I dislike personally as it's SO broad and open, what bpm is it? what kind of vibe is it? deep? tearout? etc... But yes Future Garage definitely sits within the Bass Music spectrum, even tho we also use lots of vocals and melodies, there is always plenty of bass!
7.Do you( and L2S )have any exciting plans in 2012?
Oh yes! I have an album forthcoming at the start of May which I'm really excited about, and will be touring the full length of the UK to promote it including touching down in Glasgow and Swansea both for the first time! L2S has heaps of releases for 2012 that Im sure are gonna turn some heads, we have a Monz full length LP, new music from Ollie Macfarlane, DYP, DLVRY, Fused Forces & M2J, JLR and literally LOADS more!
8.Maybe someone is full of curiosity and wants to knock at the door of the world of "Future Garage" after reading this interview. So, do you have any recommend to all the beginners (Websites, Releases, Artists, Tunes, etc) ?
Anyone interested in Future Garage needs to visit www.FutureGarageForum.com and join the facebook page www.Facebook.com/FutureGarage Also make sure to check out www.L2SRecordings.com ;) The forum has a great selection of threads detailing peoples favourite tracks, artists, mixes, djs etc.. called "Round Up"'s which all newcomers should check. I'd also say tune into my radio show every Tuesday 8-10pm UK Time on Sub.FM where I play the freshest Future Garage around. Also check my personal site www.Whistla.com
1. Thanks for taking some time to answer these questions. Firstly, how did you start producing music and DJing?
感謝你抽時間回答這些問題 ：) 首先可以分享一下你是怎樣開始製作音樂和成為DJ嗎?
Music has been at the center of my life since I was a child. I always had music playing no matter what I was doing. As I got older I started collecting records from all of my favorite artists. I guess I began djing as a youth at various house parties. I always felt a desire to control the music and expose my friends to whatever sounds I was discovering at the time. It's always been something that I've enjoyed and continue to enjoy. As far as production goes, I first started producing music using a variety of vintage synthesizers, drum machines and samplers. Regrettably, I eventually sold all the hardware in favor of a very basic software based studio setup. I began writing and arranging music for a few different bands as an adolescent, but gravitated toward working solo around 2000. I started producing drum n bass and for about 3 years that's all that I worked on. Eventually I started transitioning to UK Garage, and around 2005 switched all my attention to Grime. Since then, my productions have been revolving around Grime and Bass Music. My "sound" is always changing, but I feel like it's all still cohesive. That's most likely because of my limited and stripped down studio equipment.
從孩童開始，音樂已經是我生活的中心。不論我做甚麼的時候總會聽著音樂。而當我長大後，我開始收集所有我喜歡的音樂人的唱片。我想我開始成為DJ是在一些House音樂的派對內，我經常有一種去"操控"音樂的欲望，以及想讓朋友知道我最近發現了甚麼好的音樂。事實上由當時到現在，這都是我十分享受的事。製作音樂方面，起初我是用多種不同型號的舊式Synthesizers,鼓機和Samplers開始製作。其實有些遺憾我最後也賣掉了這些器材，目的就是為買入一些基本的錄音室軟件設備。之後我開始為某幾隊樂隊嘗試作曲和編曲，然後在2000年左右展開個人發展。最初的三年內，我全情投入製作Drum n Bass音樂，其後我開始轉入UK Garage的音樂世界內。直到2005年左右，我鐘情於Grime音樂，然後至今我就一直圍繞住Grmie和Bass Music路線發展。當然我的作品都經常吸納不同元素而有所變化，但整體來說也是圍繞住一個大方向去發展。當然器材設備方面的因素亦會有一定影響。
2.Which artists influence your music mostly?
That has always been a tough question for me to answer. There is so much music over the course of so many years that has influenced me. I would say that the artists that are currently having the most influence over my own production would be Warrior One, Shy FX, Nguzunguzu, and all the early Metalheadz camp (Digital, Lemon D, Ed Rush, Rufige Kru, Dillinja, etc.). I definitely always look back to early Metalheadz releases for inspiration. That music is timeless to me.
3. What's the story about the beginning of Trenchant?
Trenchant Recordings was initially started as the avenue to release my own productions. The first release, J Courage feat. Shizzle - "Too Deep" was a Grime track that had done well on dubplate and digital promo, so I felt it was the right time and the right track to launch the label. Running a label was something that I had always wanted to do. I don't think it's necessarily something I thought I'd follow through or carry on with, but either way, here I am about 4 and a half years and 22 releases later and I'm still doing it.
4. Although we can check the website(http://www.trenchantrecordings.com)and the Soundcloud, Facebook, Myspace, Twitter pages of Trenchant, would you mind to tell us more about Trenchant Recordings and Trenchant Dubs?
Trenchant Recordings is the sub-label that focuses more on the vocal side of our music. It is home to the more commercial side of our catalog. Our next single on this label will be DanCa feat. Cherie Harris - "Because Of You". This is a track that has an emotional vocal performed by the massively talented Cherie Harris. It's a track that's a bit difficult to categorize, but I would say that it falls somewhere between dubstep, pop music, and electro. We are extremely thrilled and privileged to be putting this amazing single out. The release is going to include an incredible 140 BPM Juke remix from Chicago based producer/dj and member of the esteemed Ghetto Division, DJ Rampage (Nightshifters, Brick Bandits, T&A Records). Release details will be available soon.
Trenchant Dubs, on the other hand, is home to our most cutting edge experimental Bass Music. This division of the label is focused on a variety of both up-and-coming and established producers. From early Dubstep releases from Chas10 to the more atmospheric and deep sounds of TKR and Radian, to the current Global Bass sounds of Iamseife, Trenchant Dubs remains committed to exposing music of a more eclectic nature. Many people are now familiar with the incredibly unique sounds of Milan, Italy's, Aquadrop. Aquadrop has been our longest standing artist. He has consistently delivered some of the most innovative music we have released. His most recent release "Deeper" is an epic track, not to be missed. Our next forthcoming single comes from Milan, Italy and features a loved-up groove from Iamseife, appropriately titled "Power Of Soul." It is about to go out on promo, and will feature a heavy remix from forward thinking American Bass/Juke producer, Wheez-ie (Well Rounded, Embassy, Grizzly). Release details also forthcoming on this single. Watch out!
相對來說Trenchant Dubs就是我們廠牌的另一個分支，會集中出版一些跨界別偏向實驗性的Bass Music音樂類型。當中包括有新晉的和已成名的製作人參與其中。包括Chas10的早期Dubsep風格出品，TKR和Radian的深邃氛圍聲音，Iamseife近期的Global Bass風格作品。Trenchant Dubs堅定地保持一種折衷的音樂路線。而最近有很多人開始留意來自意大利米蘭的Aquadrop，他的作品有相當獨特的個人風格，而且亦是與我們合作時間最長的藝人。在我們的發行中，很多擁有創新風格的作品都是由他製作。最近期的"Deeper"絕對是一首壯麗的作品，絕不可錯過。我們下一張出版，是同樣來自意大利米蘭的Iamseife製作的一首迷人作品"Power Of Soul"。工作進度方面即將會進入宣傳階段，而當中亦會收錄一個重量級的Remix版本，來自美國的前衛Bass/Juke音樂製作人Wheez-ie(Well Rounded, Embassy, Grizzly)，進一步的資料很快會公佈，值得大家留意！
5. What's your top 5 tunes of all time?
This is a question that is also nearly impossible for me to answer. Here are 5 tunes that have had a major impact on me throughout the years. 1. Nasty Habits - "Shadow Boxing" 2. Bad Company - "The Nine" 3. Jammer - "Destruction V.I.P." 4. Various Production - "Hater" 5. Burial - "Ghost Hardware"
對我來說這個都是相當難以回答的問題。有5首作品多年來一直對我有很大的衝擊： 1. Nasty Habits - "Shadow Boxing" 2. Bad Company - "The Nine" 3. Jammer - "Destruction V.I.P." 4. Various Production - "Hater" 5. Burial - "Ghost Hardware"
6. In many cities of Asia, the music scenes of Grime, Bass, Garage and Dubstep are still developing, do you have any suggestions for the musicians to push things forward?
Great question. In my opinion, the most important thing for the musicians involved in the scene would be to understand where the music came from, and how it has evolved. There has been such an incredible amount of groundbreaking music being created by innovative producers in the last 15-20 years. This is where you'll find the roots of how the music was shaped into what it is today. I feel that in order to truly understand UK based music such as Garage or Grime you can't just listen to the current trends. You really have to dig into the past to the birth of these genres to understand where they evolved from and why they were necessary in the progression of UK music.
7. Do you and Trenchant have any exciting plans in 2012?
Actually, there is a lot of things that will be happening this year. First of all, I'm currently working on new project with Italian vocalist and Aquadrop collaborator, Vanelitne. She is responsible for the vocals on some of my favorite tracks we've released. I'm really looking forward to finally working with her on some of my own productions. I'm confident that this will be some of my best material yet. Also, we will soon be revealing the final sub-label under the Trenchant banner. Trenchant Noir will be the third and final division of the label. It will be home to some of the deepest and darkest electronic music available. There are a lot of things happening and all of them point to the forward progression of the label. We're very excited to follow through with our biggest and best music to date. 2012 is looking to be a great year for the label.