We’re seemingly on a roll with interviewing the Djs who performed at the first Audio dOughnuts event a while back; with the last makeitgood x FatKidOnFire interview being with one of the Djs who opened the night the next interviewee is one of the headliners from the same billing.
Tomba was ruthless with his selection of horrendously filthy tracks and looked like he was trying to destroy Cable when we saw him play. Unbeknownst to us, he cut his teeth in his native Tel Aviv in a metal band with the man that “ruined dubstep” (the one and only Borgore) so he’s well and truly gorestep (a term coined by them both to describe their mix of thrash metal and dubstep) royalty. Peep the interview below and a short vid from Tomba dropping a 16bit remix of a Borgore track (you can’t really get dirtier than that) at the Audio dOughnuts night.
How long have you been producing music? I actually started producing on Alphamale Primates (AmP) with Borgore about 2.5 years ago, but lets say I wasn’t the technical part of the duo at the time (Asaf was on the buttons). I really started producing just over 18 months ago, as Tomba.
What got you into producing dubstep? Well, I played in a deathmetal band (Shabira) but didn’t like going to “alternative” parties (and there weren’t many good shows at the time). Around 5 years ago, I went to dubstep parties that were just starting out in Tel Aviv and fell involve with the genre. Borgore and I formed AmP as a beatbox group (I was the beatboxer and Asaf the MC), which eventually evolved to a production duo.
What software do you use to produce your tracks? I use Cubase. Fighting my way to Ableton and Logic now, but Cubase remains my main software base.
Turntables or CDJs? Turntables, but to be honest I am going to change to CDJs. The amount of problems I have with turntables is just FKOFing up my life! For example, I had to play with only one turntable on NYE in Minneapolis for my WHOLE set. Luckily you can switch decks on Serato. Club owners just don’t care about their turntables anymore, and that’s a shame.
Best set you’ve played has been? I’ll have to say my EP release party in the Barzilay Club (R.I.P) in Tel Aviv. Nothing like my home crowd packing up the club I grew up in, skanking their asses off! We also had Inspector Dubplate and Funtcase on the evening who both just KILLED it – if you ask them I bet they would say it was one of their sickest nights too.
Best producer/ Dj you’ve played a set with? Crissy Criss is technically the best dubstep Dj I’ve played on the same bill with, no doubt.
Bare Noize are my favorite producers who I’ve played alongside though, and they had a SICK set.
Do you think you will stick to producing dubstep, or do you think you will mix it up and start producing other genres? Well I think dubstep is a way broader definition than it used to be 5 years ago. You can do ANYTHING with dubstep now so I’ve got my hands pretty full. I do have plans about adding more genres to my arsenal, in the not too far future.
Do you think dubstep will stay continue as one genre or do you think it’ll fragment as it seems to have started doing – with the “evolution” of brostep and drumstep etc starting to gain support? Ok, i still have no idea what brostep is?! [For those of you in a similar position, peep the short explanation DanceFever5000 wrote] But as I said dubstep nowadays is a very broad definition, people don’t have to call it dubstep… They could call it brostep, gorestep, fartstep, dubtard or whatever – it doesn’t really matter, as long as it’s good and makes the floor fall apart.
What music are you listening to at the moment? Any recommendations? Actually listening to some country these past few days. I’ve been thinking about making a crossover tune (between country, metal and dubstep) for some time now. I’ll see how it goes (copycating Metallica just in the electronic music genre I guess).
I still listen to a lot to death metal; one of my all times favourite bands is ‘Death‘ (Chuck Schuldiner was a geinus), with one of the best metal albums of all times in my eyes: ‘The Sound of Preseverence‘.
Any new releases we can look forward to? I have the ‘JAWS EP‘ coming on Dubline Audio this month alongside ‘Inglorious Bastards‘ and my remix of “5 point something something Technique” by Devnik (I always forget the full name haha). I’ve also got the EP on BUYGORE which will include Brace for Impact, Seven (ft. Sharon), The Goblin (ft. Shay), Carousel and… one more (but you’ll have to wait for that)!
Any advice to upcoming producers/ Djs? Just do your thing all the way!
We’ve got a short clip of Tomba dropping 16bit’s remix of Borgore’s track ‘Foes‘. If you want to find out more about Tomba, catch him on Myspace for a selection of his tracks or try his new Bandpage on Facebook. You can also catch Tomba on Twitter if that’s your game.