Here at FatKidOnFire, we’ve been kind of spoilt for mixtapes and interviews with some of the finest dubstep talent the UK has to offer over the past few months. This is no bad thing and the next makeitgood x FKOF feature and mixtape continues this run of fine form! We are dead proud to welcome one of grime and dubstep pioneers Macabre Unit‘s founders Demon to FKOF HQ for an interview and another superb mixtape. Catch Demon on Myspace and Facebook and be sure to support him if you like the interview/ mixtape!
How long have you been producing music for? I’ve been producing for 11 years.
What got you into producing dubstep? At the time when dubstep was just coming about I was still making grime. I remember Mala giving my boy 9er a t.p of a DMZ track back in 2003 when we went on 1xtra. I dropped it amongst all of my grime, it was a massive track but I’ll be damned if I can remember the name of it! That was my first encounter with dubstep.
The more I got into production the more I started experimenting with stuff. Once I had started to learn how to manipulate sounds, that’s when all my DnB influences started to come through (DnB was where it all started for me). It was then I realised that the material I was making was too dark and hard to be classed as grime so the only natural move was to start catagorising my stuff as dubstep. It took me a while to get my head into it -I’m a very stubborn producer, and I don’t really pay attention to what other producers are doing around me; but soon I had to, just to get a idea of what was going on.
I feel now I’ve found my sound and I’m just getting on with it. The dubstep scene has the same charachteristics as the DnB scene in that there are so many sub-genres to it which allow the artists to just create whatever they feel without trying to sound a certain way; no limitations.
Turntables or CDJs? Turntables are by far the best tool, but in this day and age it just isn’t practical or cost effective for me to cut dubs. My sets consist of 80% of my own material along with other dubs I get from my team around me (the likes of 9er, Fused Forces, Define, Versa, N-dread, Rowl, Inkarv, Occult Science, Caski), so CDs are the only way for me to keep my bag fresh.
Best set you’ve played has been? There’s been a few, but I’d say the best by far is probably ‘Stink Like Sock’ at the Junction, Cambridge, run by my boy T_!, absolutly massive nights!
Best producer/ Dj you’ve played a set with? Best DJ I’ve played alongside has to be Youngsta, although my boy T_! is pretty damn tight too. As for producers, none other than Distance, his beats are ridiculous.
Any new releases we can look forward to? I’ve got two releases dropping on my own imprint ‘6fbs’ in December, they’ll be exclusive to icuaudio. Also I’m re-releasing all of the old Macabre Unit grime material, re-mastered and they’ll be on sale on icuaudio and rinse bleep in December as well. I then have a EP dropping on Bastarded Recordings out in the USA. This three track EP will be dropping in February 2011, and out at the moment is “The Night Before EP” on Filthy Digital Recordings; that’s on sale at every big download store right now!
Do you think you will stick to producing dubstep, or do you think you will mix it up? You only have to check the previews on my Soundcloud to see I mix-it-up all the time; dubstep, grime, DnB, hip-hop… Whatever floats my boat. I could never stick to one thing, it would simply do my nut in! All of the genres I mess with have influence on each other.
What music are you listening to at the moment? I listen to all kinds of stuff, whatever’s on the radio to whatever’s in the car. I find listening to commercial crap really refreshing in a weird way, kind of makes me more in tune to what I’m doing and gives me influences from all angles.
Any recommendations? My first recommendation, without doubt, is UB40, legends… along with some Prodigy – just to appreciate the engineering skills of Liam Howlett, and last, but not least, for complete in-your-face tearout, Queens of the Stone Age. Random selection I know, but that’s me, and I have to be majorly honest – I don’t really listen to much dubstep, apart from my own production and what my team around me does.
What software do you use to produce your tracks? I use Cubase, always have done since my analogue days. Along with that I use VSTI’s and shed loads of audio.
Any advice to upcoming producers/ Djs? Be original, don’t be scared to try diffrent things with your production. Let the fans love you, let the haters hate you. Just keep your head down and enjoy the music you’re making. The main motto for me in the music game is ‘if you put the work in, you get results’.
Demon’s mix is certified beaut. Combining his talent for producing bangers from multiple genres and his awesome Dj skills, this is another of our favourite FKOF mixtapes. Get it on the stereo, get the lights off and get your dub fingers out.
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