A Chat With Digital About His New Release On Dispatch, His Influences & Taking A Break From DnB
Posted by Adam on 26th April 2015
Hi Steve, How’s tricks? How’s 2015 been for you so far?
Very well thanks. I’m producing, djing and travelling and I love it. Most of my family are happy and sane plus my chosen family (or friends) are fantastic. Big up Mum + Browny, my siblings Angela, Debbie and Adrian. Big up YT, Nomine, Lynda, Kiat+Cherry, Tom and Becky, Storm, Sahra, Spirit and Sue, Horrific James, Flava, Mark French, Response, Clive Ingredients, Ryan Ill Figz, Flapjack and Pam, Jock+Nic, Neil ‘Horizons Music’ Monteiro, Damien Scott and Drumsound & Bassline Smith for your love and support.
IT’S NEVER TOO EARLY FOR BIG UPS!
You had a very quiet few years after 2010 (in DnB anyway) – what caused you to step back from the scene and what spurred on your subsequent return?
A number of things. A 6 month break turned into 2 or 3 years because I met someone on my travels ;-)
After doing the same thing for over 15 years I took a break because I needed to break the mundane cycle I felt I was in. Dnb was all about the minimal style at the time but Outrage and I were banging the breaks out so I suppose I was a bit ‘wtf’ with the response from the Red Letter LP as we put our hearts into it!
Digital – A Message (Buy)
You’ve burst back onto the scene with a bang with nonstop releases since 2014, had you been sitting on tunes for a while or have you been banging them out in quick succession?
I’m always sitting on tracks however, I produced loads of tracks between Jan – October 2014. Those tracks saw me through 2014 and they’ll take me right up to June this year. From May I’m going to slow my output down because I have several projects to work on….
Your latest release on Dispatch is just about to drop and it’s sounding great. All 3 tracks are very different from each other; is this something you do consciously?
I do nothing in the studio consciously. The only thing I ask myself at the end of a track is, ‘Is it good enough?’ I enjoy building a track from no idea and that’s why my tracks are not full of the same presets.
Tell us a bit about each track, do you have a favourite out of the 3?
My favourite is ‘Red Alert’ because I love the eerie atmosphere and the dub steppa feeling you get from the bass and breaks. ‘A Message’ is a filthy number written and produced by some unknown alien beings. ‘Maintain’ was brought over from Germany by Mad Vibes Tony on one of our many trips back and forth to each other’s houses. It was already 70% done so it just needed a bassline, arranging and some breakbeat love. I think we nailed it because it flows beautifully and it reminds me of the days of soulful Moving Shadow tracks.
Digital – Red Alert (Buy)
The style of your music varies a lot. What, outside of Drum & Bass, influences you and are there any tracks in particular which have changed the way you approach or look at your own production?
Not a lot changes for me because musically I’m stuck in a 70’s Dub, 80’s Reggae, Hip Hop and 90’s electronic music time warp. Music doesn’t really change the way I look at my production but music I love makes me feel good and puts me in a good mood for production.
Moving back to Drum & Bass what’s your top 3 tracks that you’re playing out at the minute?
Spirit – Life Goes On (Blu Mar Ten Music)
Digital – Rejection – CATCH A FIRE EP (Function Records)
Response – Dopamine (Ingredients Music)
Finally, is there anything else you want to tell us about?
Look out for
The Wolf EP – Digital + Spirit – Metalheadz
Dub Mammoth EP – Digital – Lion Charge Recordings
Catch A Fire EP – Digital – Function Recordings
Saturday May 2nd Worm, Rotterdam
Wednesday May 6th Soul In Motion, London
Friday May 8th The Forum, London (25 years of the Dons FABIO+GROOVERIDER!)
Saturday 16th May, Aarau, Switzerland (SASHA JUR RECORDS 40 BIRTHDAY)
Friday May 29th – COHESION – Sankeys, Manchester DIGITAL+SPIRIT
Trier, Germany, TEMPO90 – 30th May
Check me out here.
Digital, Audio Habitat & Mad Vibes – Maintain (Buy)