There’s always ways of finding new firsts here at FatKidOnFire HQ. As things continue to progress (such as the arrival of the FatKidOnFire tees, a sticker reprint due to high demand and the purchasing of specialist hosting services for the new FatKidOnFire website), I’m finding it more difficult to keep on top of a continuous stream of posts – mainly because I’m all over the place working and meeting new people.
As you know, I’ve long championed teh dutty dubsteps. Running weekly, bi-monthly and monthly mixtapes the next step is obviously combining FatKidOnFire style interviews with dubstep Djs/ producers and seeing where that goes. For this, I’m more than pleased to announced a collaborative project with the very talented Lara from makeitgood. I found Lara through our shared love of all things filthy and bassy and have been keeping on tabs on her fantastic blog (well worth checking out purely for the amount of sick free downloads she gives away).
Continuing the love for the Djs that Columbus, OH has to offer (the FatKidOnFire extended family is currently composed of at least 4) and seeing as he took the time to write an interview with FatKidOnFire; the first makeitgood x FatKidOnFire collab interview is with Dj/ producer sKewn…
[l-r: sKewn, 12th Planet and Rusko on the decks]
Find out more after the jump
What age did first start djing/producing? 20yrs old
How did you get into it? I was always deep into the local hip-hop scene and wrote graffiti since I was 12. Many of my close friends were into at least one of the 4 modes of hip-hop expression (MC, Breaker, Graff, or Dj) so I have always been around Djs. The real switch for me came when I enrolled into art college. Anyone caught doing graff would be expelled. Since I worked too hard to get there, I decided to explore another creative outlet and took up Djing. This all happened at a time when I was starting to branch out musically and listen to more Jungle music.
What software do you use to produce your tracks? Are you a Logic fan? I use ACID Pro and have been since day one as a producer. I also use Fruity Loops, but only as a soft synth. My finished work has all been done in ACID, although I recently started toying with Abelton.
Because of technology, loads of Djs have been switching from turntables to CDJs and computer software. What do you use when you’re playing a set? Vinyl ONLY!!! I have been playing records since I started and that’s how I intend to stay. (We are a dying breed).
What artists are you listening to at the moment? This list could go on for days… No Kidding! I pride myself on listening to brand new music every day. I’m a huge audiophile!!! Some of my favourites at the moment are Eprom, Mesak, Lazer Sword, Ramadanman, and Gold Panda.
As this is a dubstep blog, if you had to chose a favourite track what would it be? Oh man, that’s a tough one! I don’t think I have just one fave! The last dubstep tune on my turntable was Lazer Sword – “Shot In The Nite”.
Do you think dubstep has changed since it’s gotten more popular and “more mainstream”? It has definitely changed and continues to do so. I see Dubstep influencing the mainstream sound more than I see the mainstream influencing Dubstep. I do not think that popularity has done much to hurt the creative dynamic of Dubstep. Some people like the mainstream, others don’t. I believe that there are enough talented producers in both schools of thought to keep Dubstep alive and well, and keep fans happy for years to come.
Is the underground/ dubstep/ grime scene big in the US? It has grown tremendously since I started spinning it around town about 3 years ago. I can only speak for my local scene though. I remember back then people would look at me like I was crazy for playing it. Now it seems like everyone is playing it.
How did you get into listening to dubstep? Started seeing more and more of it at online record shops like Warpmart(Bleep) and Boomkat. That got me to start buying it. But I would credit Rob Booth of Electronic Explorations for really giving me a good look at the genre as a whole.
How long did you work on the Bristol mix? The Bristol Mix was a freestyle mix I made to show my friend (Dj Push) from Tennessee what I was listening to at the time. He came to my house and those are the tunes I grabbed. I played that mix a few times to get it just right before playing it at Bristol Bar in town and recording it. The Bristol Mix was recorded in 2009.
Skewn – Bristol Mix [right click “Save As” to download]
- Mark Pritchard ft. Om’Mas Kieth – Wind It Up (Freaks mix)
- Reso – Spooky
- Brackles – Sutorita Faita
- Crissy Criss – Up & Down
- Reso – If You Can’t Beat Em
- Truth – Revelation
- Georgia’s Horse – As It Stops Raining (Various Production mix)
- Gemmy – BT Tower
- M.I.A. – Boyz (Tactic mix)
- Benga – One Million
- Loefah – Disko Rekah
- Bar9 – Shaolin Style (Nero remix)
- Caspa – Louder
- Caspa – Louder VIP
- Jamie Vexd – Radiant Industry
- Search & Destroy – Candy Floss (Loefah remix)
- Tes La Rok – Ritual Murdah
- Akira Kiteshi – Pinball
- Raffertie – Wobble Horror!
- Bar9 – Murda Sound (Riskotheque remix)
- Various Production ft. Cat Power – The World Is Gone
- Breakage – Together