Here at FatKidOnFire, we’re always on the lookout for new talent. Whether that be musicians, artists, streetwear brands or simply cool people. Sometimes it’s the small things like starting a new job that lead to the link – which is the case with this next interviewee. We were introduced to Bristol’s Titus Twelve by his sister (who, as it happens is an extremely talented artist – check her work), and after hitting his Myspace and downloading his free album we got him down for a makeitgood x FatKidOnFire feature and exclusive mix.
How long have you been producing music? I started messing about on the Playstation 1’s “Music 2000” game, which got me hooked on making music about 10 years ago! Turntables and tape decks followed soon after, then in 2004 I went to college followed by Uni to learn proper digital production.
What got you into producing dub? Like so many others I got massively distracted by dubstep in the early 2000s (I’ve got Mosca and Unknown Souljah to thank for a lot of the introductions) and started mixing my previous crate-digging hip-hop habits with skank friendly, bass heavy production. It wasn’t until I moved to Bath, then Bristol, that I properly discovered the might of reggae/ dub sound-systems and was fully inspired.
What software do you use to produce your tracks? I use Logic to put all my stuff together, I try to put as much external recording into my music; so samples, instruments and “found sounds” are a big part of the process.
Turntables or CDJs? Best set you’ve played has been? Turntables all the way, I never got into CDJs. Recently I’ve started using Torq to play a few MP3s so I can mix with vinyl but play my own tunes and save some money! My best set was probably New Years Eve just gone, at a house party, wearing a string Vest and a waistcoat. I love the informal, intimate vibe at house parties. It was one of the first times I’d played a set using my own tunes so it was great fun.
Do you think you will stick to producing dub, or do you think you will mix it up and start producing other genres? Before dub I was making a lot of instrumental hip-hop and it’s variations, so I’ve always got a few bits along those lines going on. I’m currently putting a hip-hop EP together for Planet Terror Records. Check my Myspace for a few of my few hip-hop beats.
Who’s your favorite producer at the moment and why? In terms of dub, I think Mungo’s Hi-Fi are definitely up there, their production ticks a lot of boxes for me for new, heavy-weight dub and reggae. But for music in general then it’s Amon Tobin. A true beatsmith and master of sound control; his style is unique, unpredictable and the live shows are epic. I think it’s the fact he makes beats that are as heavy and as surgically crafted as it gets without sounding up his own arse, and doesn’t stick to any scene dictated formula. I’ve just pre-ordered his new album so I’m looking forward to that.
Any new releases we can look forward to? There’ll be a hip-hop EP sometime soon on Planet Terror and there’s always some more dub in the workshop! I’m hoping to work more with vocalists this year so watch this space. I’m also hoping to start up a podcast in the not so distant future, which will be a mix of music and sounds from all sorts of sources.
Any advice to upcoming Producers/ Djs? Listen to as much radio in the middle of the night as possible (it’s full of inspiring gems), get involved with web-based labels (a free and powerful way to promote your stuff and do some networking) and record as much of your own sounds as possible (everyone has got synths).
Pete’s mix is an awesome 36 minutes of chilled, summer time dub – it’s almost time to light the BBQ, crack open a cold one and get this on the stereo to celebrate the return of the sun. However, knowing the British weather we’ll get this playing through the speakers and it’ll start snowing. Send on summer!
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- Titus Twelve – Zion Blood
- Jahdan Blakkamoore – The General (Ticklah remix)
- Liquid Stranger – Full Metal Jacket (175PF reload)
- Titus Twelve – Step Forward
- Commodo – Querky
- Don Carlos – Favourite Cup (Juju & DJG remix)
- Mungo’s Hi-Fi ft. YT – Scream
- Nas & Damien Marley – Land of Promise
- Jahmiga – Whiskey Bar
- Roots Manuva Vs Wrongtom – Jah Warriors
- Magnetic Man – The Bug
- Mantra – No Sleep Dub (Titus Twelve remix)
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