It’s been almost two weeks since the 143rd mix from the MakeItGood x FatKidOnFire series went up – so it’s about damn time the feature followed suit!
Matt and Rich, aka Genetix, have led a fairly unconventional production life. Their first dubstep track, ‘Squid Attack‘ was picked up by Funtcase, the Circus Records lot and eventually Nero – receiving Radio 1 airtime and millions of plays online in the process. Since then, the Genetix guys have wracked up almost 20,000 fans on Facebook and over 10,000 followers on SoundCloud and have been picked up by a variety of huge tearout labels.
How’s it going guys, you both well? We’re fine thanks, can’t complain!
For those that don’t know you, who and what is Genetix? Genetix is the collaborative efforts of two people producing dubstep, Matt Sharp & Rich Dawson.
You’ve had a fairly unconventional journey into the deep and dark sound. How did you move from tunes like Squid Attack into the sounds you’re releasing with Artikal Music? We’ve always been into dubstep (since the beginnings when it was all pretty much deep). But at that time we were producing jump up DnB so when we decided to try our hand at dubstep the natural progression was to make the tearout kind of stuff.
Around a year ago though we started listening to a lot of J:Kenzo’s Daily Dose shows and Youngsta sets from Rinse FM. We just became hooked on the deeper minimal sound!
How did you guys meet? When did you decide you wanted to produce dubstep – and were you producing individually before you started making Genetix tunes? We met through a mutual friend around 8 years ago and found we had similar interests like music and mixing etc. We stayed good friends and went to college to learn production. We’ve always produced together right from the start but always dabbled in our own solo productions as well.
We find we get the best results working together though, like the saying goes two heads are better than one. We decided to try dubstep around 3 years ago now. Even though our main love at the time was DnB, after many years of producing it and stacking up a lot of releases on some decent labels we found that we just couldn’t find our big break in the scene. Our good mate Funtcase had had similar issues with DnB and had recently switched to dubstep as well and was smashing it, so I guess that influenced us a lot.
How do you go about building your tunes? What’s your production setup like? Usually drums first as you’d imagine, then get a good sub groove running with the drums, then we’d probably find a sample or synth to set the mood of the track and then move on to making some bass sounds.
Our production set up is pretty simple, we use a dual core PC, 4 gig ram etc, Tapco s’8 monitors (which were becoming increasingly pissed off with!), a Yamaha mixing desk, Novation midi keyboard and a Emu soundcard. Nothing fancy to be honest although we’d love to upgrade our studio, but as you know it can be very expensive.
You’re affiliated with some of the best labels in dubstep (in all its various forms), and have had support from some of the biggest DJs across the scene. How did it all come about? What caused the change from tearout to the more minimal sounds? Well we haven’t actually changed from tearout, we just produce both. We really enjoy producing both genres and will continue to do so.
Our first dubstep track ‘Squid Attack’ was picked up straight away by Funtcase and all the Circus crew and from there it went to being played by Nero on Radio 1, so we made a good name for ourselves early on. If you have a big hit like that it really helps because the really big producers that want to play your tracks will always be like “Oh it’s those guys who made that squid attack tune, we’ll give they’re new stuff a listen”. Whereas if you’re unknown it can be difficult to get the bigger guys to take notice.
Another standard question you’re probably bored to death of. Do you prefer turntables or CDJs for playing out? Does it matter? CDJs as cutting dubplates costs a fortune and the majority of our sets is unreleased music. We wouldn’t be able to play a Genetix set on a set of turntables.
How long have you been playing out? If you could pick any of your recent bookings, what would be your favourite – and why? All in all about 6 years playing out regulary, favourite booking recently has to be UKF in Bulgaria. Wicked club and sound system, really good responsive crowd as well.
Have you always produced dubstep? Ever tried your hand at anything else? Do you think producers need to make more than one genre of music these days? Where do you see the dubstep ‘sound’ moving to over the next year or so? We’ve always dabbled with dubstep but it’s only been full time the last few years. We used to make some hip-hop years ago and have also tried a bit of techno. We think it helps to try other genres because it broadens your horizons. We listen to all sorts of other music in the car and at home so why not have a go at making it?
It’s hard to predict where dubstep will go to be honest, the deeper stuff doesn’t really need to change that much because that’s the original dubstep sound and it’s thriving in the underground. The more mainstream stuff seems to be changing all the time with sub-genres popping up all over the place. There’s only so long before people get bored of the high pitch laser sounds and screaming mid range bass that are dominating right now, we find it becomes stale quite quickly (because it all sounds the same).
Other than the releases discussed earlier, have you got any tunes forthcoming we should be looking out for? Anything physical? We have a 3 part thing coming on Biscuit Factory – the first of which is coming very soon, that’s all vinyl as well. We have another release on circus coming in the next few months, we’re in talks with some more deeper labels about releases as well and there’s also our own label (Big Tuna) that’s launching soon and will be showcasing our more tearout stuff.
In terms of advice, what are your top points for new producers and DJs looking to get heard or signed? Try and be different. Have your own sound. There are so many producers these days it’s hard to stand out from the crowd unless you’re individual and fresh. If you go for something a bit different you’re more likely to get noticed. Skream and Benga seem to support a lot of up and comers on their radio show as well so they’re good to hit up.
Tell us about your MIG x FKOF mix… It’s a mix of a lot of our own stuff, some dubs that people kindly send to us and some of our favourite releases of late.
Any shoutouts? Everyone over at Circus and Maximum Boost agency. J:Kenzo, Youngsta, N-Type and Walsh for supporting us. As well as all the other producers that have been supporting us (too many to mention)!
3 producers we should be following are…? Funtcase aka Haze for his deeper stuff, Audio Sleaze and Buchan.
Best dubstep track ever produced is…? Sorry but that just seems impossible to answer! Too many classics.
Best label in dubstep is…?
Circus or Tempa.
We’re stoked to launch MIG x FKOF’s 2013 with ultimate crossover artists Genetix – as Matt and Rich raid their dub collection to kick the year off with as many huge tunes (which turns out to be 51) as they can fit into two hours. Enjoy!
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1. Genetix – Limbs [dub]
2. Distance – Blue Meanie [Tectonic]
3. Ben Verse – Tiger Foot [Crunch]
4. LX One – Losing Control [Wheel & Deal]
5. Genetix – Mohair [Bacon Dubs dub]
6. Format ft. Fix – Outsiders [dub]
7. Sparxy & Mannix – The Guardian [dub]
8. Genetix – Crow Sector [dub]
9. Truth ft. Datsik – No Chance [Smog]
10. Standard Procedure – Babylon Shall Fall [dub]
11. Genetix – The Doctor [dub]
12. Subreachers & 11th Hour – Immortal [dub]
13. Sleeper & District – The Risk [dub]
14. Genetix – Installation [Artikal Music]
15. Baitface – Focus Mode (Deafblind remix) [dub]
16. Southbound Hangers – Vague [dub]
17. Genetix – Powers [Biscuit Factory dub]
18. Sparxy – Oxygen [dub]
19. Kahn – Dread [Deep Medi]
20. Genetix – Decoding [Artikal Music]
21. LX One – On My Own [Wheel & Deal]
22. District – Below VIP [dub]
23. Genetix – Prototype [Bacon Dubs dub]
24. Biak & Baitface – Cellula [Badimup free]
25. Subreachers – Dark Souls [dub]
26. Genetix – Mindrise [Biscuit Factory dub]
27. Konvex – Atheist [dub]
28. Standard Procedure & Jamakabi – Concrete Jungle [dub]
29. Genetix – Bandicoot [Biscuit Factory dub]
30. Razor Rekta – Tugboat [dub]
31. Ben Verse ft. LX One, Youngsta & Darrison – Different Way [Crunch]
32. Genetix – 24/7 Re Flex [Biscuit Factory dub]
33. Baitface – Trackers [dub]
34. Format – Warpath [dub]
35. Genetix – Africa B.C [dub]
36. Kryptic Minds – The Divide [Osiris]
37. Sleeper – Shelter [Chestplate]
38. Genetix – Natural State [Artikal Music]
39. Perverse – Mizrahi [dub]
40. Deafblind & Baitface – Penta [dub]
41. Genetix – Destroyer [dub]
42. Youngsta – Destruction [Tempa]
43. John B & Jillian Ann – Love Again (LX One remix) [Beta]
44. Genetix – Skyliner [Biscuit Factory dub]
45. Subreachers – Hrvatska [dub]
46. Standard Procedure – Shadows [dub]
47. Genetix ft. Skydro – Goin’ In [Biscuit Factory dub]
48. Sparxy & Dubfreq – Convulsion [dub]
49. Genetix – Killzone [Biscuit Factory dub]
50. Ohmtrix – Waste Some Time [dub]
51. Genetix – Sequence VIP [Biscuit Factory dub]