How long have you been writing your own music?
I've been sat in a dark room staring at a computer for about six years now.
How many genres have you experimented with (ie did you start with drum and bass/punk before discovering dubstep)?
I started off making 200bpm broken beat IDM, I wanted to be Aphex Twin,
but I also made (rubbish) jungle and drum and bass. I really liked
mental constantly evolving rhythms. At Uni I got in to building plugins
that constantly vary drum beats, but keep it musical. You can get mad
patterns that go on forever. It all got a bit complicated, introverted,
nerdy and eventually hurts your brain, plus you can't get down to that
in da club. Then dubstep came along. I'm always playing with new things
though, pianos and sound fx at the moment, but I'm also producing an
acoustic guitar and violin singer songwriter meets dubstep thing. Its
all good fun.
Who are the artists that have inspired your music in the early days/ who inspires you today?
Aphex Twin, Autechre and Boards Of Canada were big inspirations, but
also Radiohead, Flying Lotus and Four Tet. My brothers introduced me to
a lot of odd music at a pretty early age. My brother is a DJ and used
to send me drum and bass mix tapes that gradually got harder and harder
There's a night in Bristol called Laptop Battle run by the 1 Man Army
Label. Basically musicians compete against each other in two-minute
battles making some insane breakage noise and the winner goes though to
the next round. Computer music gone nuts, awesome. Now it's artists
like Skream, Rusko, N-Type, Coki, Plastician, MRK1 and The Bug etc, but
I'm always listening and I get inspired by everything. I don't just
listen to dubstep.
What is it about dubstep?
It just stripped everything down to what it needed to be. The slower
pace and minimal drums leaves all this room for enormous noises. Snares
and bass, that's all it needs. Benga had it right when he said it's
'now music'. Its not future music it's right here right now. Drum and
bass had got a bit weak, garage was over and IDM was no fun. Dubstep
just put the fun and the chest rattling bass back into dance music.
You're based in London now. What clubs/DJs are really doing something special there?
FWD>> is the place to be on a Sunday night. You find yourself
standing next to Flying Lotus or talking to Skream. It's got pretty big
now, used to just be about three of us in a completely dark room. Sound
system is huge. There are loads of other little places as well as all
the super raves at Matter, Scala etc.
What equipment do you use to make the remixes?
I've got a MacBook, some half decent monitors and a few boxes with
knobs on. Nothing that special, I'm totally a bedroom producer. I only
have a few plugins, I got rid of the rest. I think its much better to
understand two soft-synths inside out than to have 300 cracked plugins
your mate gave you and you don't know how to use. Also its all about a
balance; there's no point having £2000 speakers if you're listening to
them in a bad room.
You've got a great Master Shortie remix that we've played on the show a
few times. What makes a good track to remix/ how do you choose
I got to know the MS management quite well and I did the "Bringing it
back" remix for them from ADHD. They liked it so much they got me to
remix the whole album: "ADHDubstep"! Its awesome, should be dropping
soon. I think complex tracks are good to remix for dubstep anyway,
because you can strip it down and just give it a totally new vibe.
It's all about the vibe. Skream probably did the La Roux remix in a
couple of hours, its full of mistakes, but that tune's got a serious
vibe. You never really know how its gonna turn out until you start. I
did a remix of a sweet pretty mellow acoustic track by Aviv Geffen
called It's Alright, and turned it in to this monster. Somehow it just
works. The moment you start playing with the track, you know if its
gonna be a killer. And it's nice if they pay you too.
What's in the mix this week?
Blood, Sweat and Tears.
Finally, are there any links for any peers making music that we should listen to?
For the next three days you can listen to the mix online at
or head to Axxon's myspace at myspace.com/axxondubstep