makeitgood x FatKidOnFire’s 4th interview is with Movements; a dubstep production duo from Lincoln consisting of Mike K. and Mike C. – so each question has two answers! These guy are wicked, be sure to catch them on Soundcloud and Twitter. Movements are making moves and their stuff is sick. Peep the taster below…
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How old were you when you first started producing dubstep? Mike K: I was learning about dubstep since I was about 16/17 I think, but didn’t make my first track until I was 18.
Mike C: I pretty much started learning to produce via Mike about 7 or 8 months ago. I’d have a few ideas and be able to suggest sounds, directions and ideas but had to learn how to create them by watching Mike.
Had you had experience producing other genres of music before you started making dubstep? Or did you get straight into it? MK: I’ve been producing music in a number of different urban genres before dubstep since I was 16; mostly grime and hip hop and even a bit of funky. I still do from time to time.
MC: Only in the sense that I played bass guitar for 7-ish years, otherwise no.
What software do you use to make your tracks? MK: FLstudio 8 and a VSTi library that’s always building and changing – some people are gonna laugh when they read this but anyone in music should be aware it’s not what you use or even how you use it to a certain point, it’s just what works best for you. If you can make a track sound exactly how you want it in FL then why use something else. Saying that, I can use Logic and I love it for mix downs but at the moment FL works just fine for us. But I can see us upgrading soon.
Turntables or CDJs? MK: Mike’s probably the man to ask on this as he comes from more of a Djing background than me. Personally I’d love to own a set of turntables and be able to see my entire record collection in the flesh. But realistically (and financially more importantly) the whole digital set up is so much more convenient.
MC: I’d absolutely love to be able to afford 1210’s and a huge record collection but the sheer amount I spend on Beatport alone sort of says to me that I’d be homeless by the time I got every track that I wanted on vinyl. Things like Serato and Traktor have never appealed to me as such so CDJs offer the best compromise for me in terms of price and practicality. Love to go vinyl though.
What’s the dubstep scene like in Lincoln? Large? MK: It’s hard to tell based on the size of the city itself. There’s definitely a demand for dubstep in the city, and I’d love to see that demand met with a few more dedicated club nights. I’d say its quickly growing but has a way to go before it can compete other cities outside of London.
MC: It seems to be a small crowd that listen to dubstep in Lincoln and an even smaller one that actually reach the nights. There’s a couple of great nights – Undertone and Flexout – that are pushing DnB and dubstep in a good way but whether it will thrive or stay treading water is yet to be seen. I hope it thrives, all the promoters work hard and purely for the love of it.
What artists you are listening to at the moment, or any recommendations? MK: From dubstep: Mensah, Skream, and Digital Mystikz. We’ve been writing some really nice atmospheric tunes recently too so there’s a bit of Burial circulating in my iTunes. Also I’m listening to a lot of Numan, he’s definitely one to watch. He makes dubstep that sounds like it came from the future and he’s only 18! From elsewhere; Drake.
MC: Burial’s been top of my playlists since he first came out and I’ll fully agree with Mike on the other four too. I’ve also been playing a LOT of Headhunter, Kavsrave, italtek and Ramadanman. Jakes’ most recent release (Time Ends) is great too. From elsewhere… hugely into MF Doom at the moment, as well as Nas and the XX.
Any advice to those who are starting out producing/Djing from your own experiences? MK: NETWORK NETWORK NETWORK! It’s the quickest way for you to get heard by the people who matter. Plus you’ll get some honest criticism, which is the only way you’ll get any better.
MC: Practice and don’t give up, I still remember when everything looked completely alien to me. Most of it still does.
Any new tracks in the pipeline we can look forward to hearing? MK: We’ve just finished a our second remix for Riz MC which is for his next single, “Get on It”, the follow up to “Hundreds + Thousands” – which we also remixed.
MC: We’ve always got new stuff of our own on the go because I’m pretty sure our attention spans are terrible, it’s just a matter of when we’ll get them nailed! Oh and we’ve also done a remix for a very talented Dj that I’m not sure if we’re allowed to discuss… But listen out.
Seen any live dusbtep recently? Tell us about it… MK: To be honest I haven’t been out much since I got back to London which has really pissed me off. I really want to see Magnetic Man live since I’ve seen a handful of poor Djs doing appearances in Lincoln and couldn’t wait to get back home. A lot of my friends aren’t into dubstep here which doesn’t help either. I might start going to raves on my own now…
MC: It has been too long since Lincoln has had someone who’s music I really enjoy Djing there, but that’ll change come September with any luck.
How did you get into producing dubstep? MK: For me it was after I went to see Pendulum play in Brixton. There was a Dj on just before them playing a dubstep set. And the energy and vibe in the crowd was just beserk. I was making hip-hop and grime back then and was a lot of the time reliant on MC’s wanting to vocal my tracks for them to get noticed by anyone. So I starting practicing making dubstep. When I got to Lincoln Mike got in touch with me asking for one of my tracks he’d heard on a blog to put in a set he was doing.
MC: Yeah from that we moved naturally into producing. I started Djing because when I heard dubstep for the first time I was completely taken by the weight and the energy. After that it was just like how playing an instrument was a must-do when listening to guitar music, I just had to be involved.
If you enjoyed the Movements boys atmospheric track “I Can’t Take It” be sure to listen to “Spacedust” – you can tell they dig Burial; proper deep track. Turn those subs up!
Read the original post here; make sure to catch Movements Music on Soundcloud and Twitter. Expect to see many more makeitgood x FatKidOnFire interviews dropping over the next few weeks (there are three more coming this afternoon alone)!