This is the next instalment from the interview and mixtape series we’ve been running with Lara and makeitgood. We’ve been long fans of this next duo to feature here at FatKidOnFire – they were even mentioned way back in March when FKOF started! Dropfellas are two guys from Italy bringing their taste for all things bass to our capital city and we’re stoked to have them feature on the site and even more psyched to release their exclusive mix! Catch the Dropfellas guys on Facebook and peep their tracks on Myspace (deadspace).
What made you start producing dubstep? We come from different experiences with a common base – hip-hop music. We started to produce beats in the mid ’90s, inspired by the essential sound of drums, bass and samples. Ten years later we found ourselves in London, both looking for new inspiration on our individual musical direction and we found it together in this dark beat-broken bass-driven music. It has been like being teenagers again, studying the productions, digging in the crates, going to gigs to listen to the new records and Djs…
How old were you both when you first realised you wanted to do it? Oooold! Hahah, late 20s.
Best set you’ve played so far has been? Why? The best set so far has been Outlook Festival last September in the dungeon. Fantastic location, totally positive vibes and we played out our new tunes for the first time to test it and it seemed the crowd enjoyed it, same for us!
Turntables or CDJs? Serato with Turntables.
What music are you listening to at the moment? New Darkstar album, Nina Simone Live at Vine St., Joy Division, J Cole, Gangstarr, lots of Reggae and Detroit Techno.
What’s the deal with this year’s Dark Side of London, same sick nights out as last year? Any clues on who you want to book to Dj? At the moment DSOL is on stand by because we are focused on producing beats and we spend all the time we have available in the studio. We’re planning to organize a one big night in 2011 and we’d like to book Fused Forces, Wobble Squad Crew, Seven, and Adam F playing a dubstep set (but he doesn’t know yet!).
Who’s the best artist you’ve played alongside? The mighty Dj Hatcha in Bologna (Italy), also Crissy Criss at the DSOL Birthday Bash smashed everything, switching from dubstep to D’n’B to hip-hop to Reggae, proper.
Do you think you will stick to producing dubstep, or will you try and mix it up? We are looking for a recognizable Dropfellas Sound which starts from dubstep and could expand anywhere, we like to be free to mix our past music experiences with it, from hip-hop to electronic, to make something different, new and personal.
Any EP’s or albums we can look forward to hearing? We just sent to master our debut EP “Like it” which is due to release on NoMad Records on November the 25th on Beatport , it contains four beats from us, plus an explosive remix from Nhertz (an Italian new talent, watch out)!
Any advice to upcoming producers/Dj’s and new talent? Get good speakers, study how to work out the basslines and be yourself.
We’re now stoked to release the makeitgood x FKOF x Dropfellas mix. This is as big as we knew it would be! Get the speakers turned up and get the bass dialed up to 11. This mix is large!
If you have any thoughts on what the Dropfellas has had to say, or thoughts on their exclusive mix for makeitgood x FatKidOnFire – or you have thoughts on anything else you’ve read let us know either via the comments section below or through one of the other forms of contact (email, Twitter and Facebook).