Not to keep spinning the same scratched record, but all of us at FatKidOnFire HQ are very keen on flying the flag for all the underground brands out there. That concept also applies to the artists featured in the makeitgood x FKOF features we’ve been running. This next feature is with a guy who has only recently started making music. Zone (AKA Theo Johnson) produces dubstep and drum and bass, and considering he’s only just got into it he’s most definitely going to be one to watch…
Find out more after the jump
How long have you been producing music? Just under a year now, except that it’s been very on and off seeing as I’ve been a busy little bee at school. Now I have loads of time though so am spending a lot of it on the keyboard!
What got you into production? Do you produce just electronic music or do your talents also lie elsewhere? Well I remember a mate showing me one of his friend’s videos of him doing some dubstep mixing and I thought sh!t me, I want to do that kind of stuff. I didn’t have any Dj equipment so found out how people actually make electronic music and then taught myself from there. I wasn’t into music until I discovered electronic music – I remember when I was 12 everyone was into crap rock bands and I thought there was something wrong with me, but it turns out I was just a dubhead at heart. I find electronic music encompasses so many different styles and I love it all, so I think for now I’ll stick to electronic music until I get bored, which probably means never.
What software do you use to produce your tracks? I use Logic but I’m really interested in Ableton – when I can afford a new computer I’ll probably get it because I’ve heard a lot of good things about it. I just find the synths in Logic are a bit weak and boring.
How long, on average, does it take you to make a track? It really depends, “Killer Beast” took me a bit longer than a day after I had sorted out the sample, whereas I’d been working on “Ascension” for weeks before I finally got the finishing touches on it. Since I make different genres, sometimes I can be in a dubstep mood and just focus on that for weeks and neglect any other tracks, or sometimes I’m in a liquid mood. It all depends.
Which dubstep/ DnB artists are you feeling at the moment? Any particular standout tracks? Really into Benga, Flux Pavillion, Datsik, Joker and Magnetic Man at the mo, and on the DnB side it’s all the usual liquid artists: Netsky, B-Complex, Logistics, and god damn Mistabishi is a musical genius. All Hospital Records as you can see!
Are there any producers/ Djs who inspire you? If so, why? Well Mistabishi is very inspiring with his use of samples, “Printer Jam“ is such a wicked tune and I love that most of it was sampled, he’s very inventive. London Elektricity is very inspiring just because I’ve always listened to the Hospital podcasts and he’s such a positive dude, and plays good tunes. He’s a real legend. Benga is also a huge influence because his music was the first dubstep I’d ever heard, and since most other artists have dwindled away since then, Benga has really adapted and lasted, some would call it going mainstream, but I think that’s stupid, all it is is that he’s playing music that more people enjoy, and that’s a good thing! “Katy On A Mission“ is a perfect example of it, when you compare it to his old stuff from “Diary of an Afro Warrior”.
Are you looking to start Djing or will you stick to just producing? I reeeeaaalllllyyy want to Dj also but can’t currently afford any equipment, but that’s where my upcoming EP comes in hopefully (I wouldn’t mind getting a half decent computer also, one where I can tell whether the bass is my music or my computer’s fan)! I could always get a FKOFing job, but… meh.
Best dubstep set you’ve seen live? Benga at Creamfields 2010 was MASSIVE! I had such a good time.
Are there any tracks you want to recommend to all the dubheads out there? It’s hard not to mention the obvious ones. I love “Digital Controller” by Flux Pavillion – when it gets into it it’s FKOFing epic. I think theres a lot of dubheads who just listen to whatever’s dirrrttyyyy and get on with their bass faces, but there’s a lot of stuff like Burial who people don’t pay enough attention to. “Unite” is a wicked tune. 2562’s “Love in Outer Space“ is also a tuuuuuune! Crispy’s remix of Rihanna’s “Rude Boy” is ‘dirtier than a sh!t dispensing sex toy inserted into? a dude’s private parts’ [apologies for the edit
but we need to keep it all clean(ish)!]. Sorry for being so original. Datsik’s “Gizmo” is saaaaafe! I want to go on but I’ll stop myself now.
What can you look forward to from Zone in the future, anything in the pipeline? Well I’m waiting for a release date for an EP which I just finished, which is pretty exciting stuff. I’d like to go back to some old stuff and re-do them, tracks that I like which I’d produced before I even knew how to master. “Melodrone” was actually the first track I’d ever mastered properly. The track I’m producing at the moment is a dubstep remix of ‘Release the Pressure’ by Leftfield, can’t wait until it’s finished. I’m looking forward to trying new stuff like Electro House, BUT, I promise I will always be making Liquid and dubstep tunes no matter what.
Something a little different than the normal filth we peddle at FKOF HQ. It’s a Sunday so we thought it’d be nice to have something a big more lowkey. Plug in the stereo and chill with this awesome DnB track!
Be sure to catch Zone on Soundcloud and Facebook. Expect to see many more makeitgood x FatKidOnFire interviews dropping over the next few weeks (another one with an exclusive minimix to come at some point in the next week or so)!
Catch the original makeitgood post here and if you’re feeling what Lara’s doing (she’s making big waves in the right circles) hit her up on Facebook and Twitter, not forgetting makeitgood itself – she’ll appreciate the props!