It’s been a fairly busy week for makeitgood x FatKidOnFire features this week. With two from sensational MCs yesterday, today we jump back into the mixtape pool with a sensational mix with one of our favourite new Dj/ producers. It’s also been hosted by makeitgood x FKOF’s first MC! We’ve been keeping tabs on Bedford’s Caski for a while and when we caught up with Jamie Rodigan (who runs Headlock Records – one of Caski’s labels) we were stoked to get talking to Caski himself. The rest is history so without further ado, here’s his interview and exclusive mix.
What got you into producing dubstep? I was a garage guy growing up, those skanky drum patterns and the fat subs you’d get… I have to admit I always liked a bit of the cheesy garage too, the vocals and them sweet riffs always worked so well (for me anyway). Shortly after I’d really got into the garage stuff, grime kind of emerged and I got well into that (was the first genre of music I started making). I remember having tape players at school and loads of us rinsing Sidewinder sets, Slimzee, Roll Deep, N.a.s.t.y Crew, Macabre Unit etc. From grime I was actually quite reluctant to change or venture out with music (keeping in mind I’m stubborn as it is at times) but I remember thinking nothing will be as bassy or ravey or as energetic as grime was.
So I’m in college doing work in the studio one day and one of the guys who Djs comes in (Bigup Chris – Subtactix) and shows me Loefah’s remix of ‘Jah War ft. Flow Dan’ by The Bug. I go crazy (Flow Dan being an MC I’d been listening to for years at this point) and start researching. I found out about DMZ and that got me really interested but when I heard Digital Mystikz’ ‘Haunted / Anti War Dub‘ the music won me over instantly. I’d never heard anything like them! There was just so much going on with this music, it was so fresh and it wasn’t confined by rules and formulas, it was the perfect time to start taking my music into a new direction… I’ve never looked back.
What software do you use to produce your tracks? It depends where I am I guess, when I work in a studio its usually Logic or Pro Tools, when at home I use Acid Pro to sample whatever it is that I sample but for general beat making I use Reason. I’ve just always loved the fact that Reasons layout is that of a Hardware Rack. Im a big fan of hardware for music production (although I own none yet) the bits I’ve used in the past just give the whole beat making process a much better feel. Sounds silly I know but if feels like you’re “earning” the sounds you’re making.
Turntables or CDJs? Turntables – I’m rocking 1200’s which are very special to me as after however many years of listening to his music, El-B (founder of Ghost Recordings) was kind enough to let me pick up a pair from him in the summer just gone. I won’t say I’ll never use CDJs but for right now it’s the wheels of steel for me.
Do you think you will stick to producing dubstep, or do you think you will mix it up and start producing other genres? I never really like to limit myself, I’m also quite indecisive with what I like and dislike. If a track catches me at the right time in the right mood I’ll love it, if not I won’t give it the time of day. The same goes for music genres, sometimes I do get urges to make a bit of this and that, but the majority is dubstep for me. Who’s to say what the future will bring though, I wouldn’t say no to doing some sort of RnB, hip-hop, electro or even house stuff in the future. We’ll see how things go!
Do you think dubstep will 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 starting to gain support? I mean, its weird… You’ve got the Deep Medi guys, the DMZ sound, the Tectonic guys, Loefah and his new style, the “Future Garage” lot and all the other more harder stuff. So yeah, I agree with you in saying it kind of has started to go off in different directions. It’s not necessarily even a bad thing, I think rave promoters should definitely start booking more selective Djs in regards to the sound they play though. Now, I know most people will disagree with me on this but I personally, from my raving years, know that I like to go to a rave and listen to what I want to listen to (hence choosing that particular rave to go to). Not going to a rave and listening to 10 different Djs playing 10 different styles of music – 9 of which I may not like. Mixing it up is cool but only to a certain extent (again its probably just me being picky)!
Caski – Lunatic (Dead) – Forthcoming on the Ghost Recordings Album entitled “Ghost Chaser” (no current release date but the album sampler is floating around).
Caski – “Fire” / “Me & You” Forthcoming Headlock Recordings – March.
There’s more but I don’t want to give away too much all in one go…
Any advice to upcoming Producers/ Djs? I’ve got a long way to go myself; but just try and be original, keep your music fresh and learn to adapt to different techniques and ideas. Above all else just love what you’re doing!
Hope everyone enjoys the mix – Caski.
Caski was kind enough to drop us a 20 minute minimix of his tracks, with a few dubs in there for good measure. We were even more stoked to learn that Cessman has hosted the mix for us and imagine how psyched we were when Caski told us he’d throw in 9 free tracks in an exclusive download for us! Get the tracks here -> Caski x FKOF free tracks <- and peep the amazing mix below.
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