Jestah - MakeItGood x FatKidOnFire #23


MakeItGood x FatKidOnFire #23

We’re all about celebrating home grown talent here at FatKidOnFire. This applies to clothing brands or Djs or producers. The next makeitgood x FKOF feature and exclusive mix is from a young Dj who’s got some mad decent skills spinning vinyl (as his mix shows) and who is starting to cut his teeth in the production game. Given time, Bristol’s Jestah will be a force to be reckoned with. You heard it here first…

How long have you been producing music? I’ve dabbled in production for about a year. Haven’t really taken it any further as I have had to think about Uni. I would like to get into it more when I know I’ve sorted my degree out. I have made a couple tracks and a remix but they need a lot of work. I’d like to think im still a fan of the dubstep scene, I haven’t really taken myself to the next level yet. But who knows what the future holds!

What got you into mixing and dubstep? Well at first I was a massive house guy, I raided house blogs all the time and used Virtual DJ to knock up some ear candy whilst on the move.

However, as I got older I wanted to go to all these nights that we see taking place now. My first night out was Bedlam at the 02 Academy. It was quite different from the under 18 nappy nights I use to go to as I was still 16 and I was surrounded by people much older than me! But I felt at ease and it was good. The music was a mixture so it wasn’t just a ‘dubstep’ night but the first proper dubstep set I saw was from Joker.

It was a good set, I didnt know any of the tracks but I was always intrigued as to what sort of genre that set was all about. I raided some Youtube channels, mixes and Get Darker podcasts ’til I was satisfied that dubstep was the way forward for me.

About 7 months ago I took the next level and started mixing. Yes, I did use virtual DJ for a long time. But it got me into the cues and timings which is always the bare basics for any DJ. I had a few gigs which made me realise that I needed to step my game up in terms of mixing. I always brushed it off as I always relied on that little sync button.

One night, this one night changed everything! I went to Subloaded at Motion in Bristol. It’s a night run by Pinch, the line up was Mala, Coki, Loefah and Pinch. To be honest, everything I could of wanted to hear dubstep wise in one night was concluded in 4 hours. After seeing them all play, meeting Coki, it made me realise I needed to step my game up and learn to mix properly so I bought some CDJs and turntables. Since then I’ve been building my dubstep collection and learning to beat match properly. I’ll never turn back, probably the most comfortable decision I’ve ever made.

I would say that dubstep is all over the place at the moment, it’s very disappointing that many artists across this scene are very underrated and are overturned by commercial sell outs. But many people have their views on dubstep and the subsection genres, all I know is that ‘Meditate to bass-weight’ is the answer.

What software do you use to produce your tracks? Fruityloops and Logic – although I need to learn how to use them properly.

Turntables or CDJs? Both.

Best set(s) you’ve played has been? Instinct, Main Stage Boom FestivaL, Loop Radio Show. I’m looking forward to playing at Fieldview Festival 2011 too!

Best producer/ Dj you’ve played a set with?  I’ve been on the lineup of some great people, top bills have beenNero, Sigma, S.P.Y, Stenchman, Sukh Knight, P Money and more.

I’ve also played with some close friends that are good up and coming Djs/artists like Jay Drop and Ault. Make sure you check them out – they’re going to be big one day!

Do you think you will stick to producing dubstep, or do you think you will mix it up and start producing other genres? What do you think of the new “Drumstep” genre that’s starting to appear? I would love to dabble in everything, I may find out where my creative side is and where my producing skills actually lay. However, I would most definitely try and stick to producing dubstep as it’s a passion.

I‘m not really on the ‘Drumstep’ bandwagon I must admit, it’s too loud and the over complicated noises make it about as good as all the ‘brostep’ stuff that’s emerging.

Any new releases we can look forward to? Nothing soon, I might be sorting stuff out with ICU Audio. Check them out, very good indeed!


And don’t forget to follow me on Soundcloud and add me on Facebook if you get a chance!

Cam managed to spin us this mix before his turntables broke but we reckon this is a pretty FKOFing awesome introduction to his mixing style. 100% all wax and full of bangers. We like it and we hope you do too. Slam the volume up and let us know what you think!


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