It was a busy day yesterday. We ventured out to the pure and utter madness that was the Johnny Cupcakes bash on Fouberts Place, then scooted up to 54 Tavistock Place to meet the very lovely Michael De Feo and then went and got extremely messy last night at Audio dOughnuts’ latest bash. And when we say things got messy for the makeitgood x FatKidOnFire crew we mean it. We ventured down to the Rhythm Factory in East to see the AD crew, and unsurprisingly things went mental. Lara from makeitgood and I took some pictures which you can see on the makeitgood Facebook page. Expect a full recap of yesterday’s business once the hangover dissipates…
Anyway, continuing this run of busy form, we’re pleased to drop the next makeitgood x FatKidOnFire feature for you guys. This next one is with live dubstep band Coda. We’re also feeling pretty lucky as they’ve given us one track from their EP “The Breach” which will be released on the 4th of April! Coda are also hosting a night to celebrate the launch of their EP at one of our favourite South London venues; Brixton Jamm with Rod Azlan and others sharing the lineup. Find the event page on Facebook here. Details on the flyer, interview and free track below!
What are each of your roles within Coda? Our lineup consists of five members; myself (Martin) on a laptop running Ableton Live which triggers all the main sequences and samples which can be affected and manipulated live, Sebastian on the trombone, Stacey on guitar and vocals, Kerry on drums rigged with MIDI triggers, and Noj on another computer which controls the effects on the trombone and triggers additional samples, dub sirens, and percussion.
When was ‘Coda’ formed? We got together in November 2009. We all met whilst studying at the Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford. All of us were studying different courses – music production, guitar, and drums – so our skill set is spread over a variety of disciplines.
Were you all individually writing and producing music before joining forces? We all have been creating music in some form or other since we were teenagers. I’ve been producing music and playing in bands since I was 14, and have recently ventured into live sound engineering. Kerry, Seb & Stacey play in several other bands and Noj has had several successful drum & bass releases alongside his brother Subterra under the name ‘Dekko’.
Best set you guys have played has been…? That’s a tough one! There have been a few gigs that have really stood out recently. We performed at the ACM’s graduation awards at Indigo in the O2. (You can see some decent clips on Youtube), That was really quite special. It’s great to perform at a venue where the sound and lighting guys are really professional and know what they’re doing, and everything gets done quickly and smoothly. Other than that, We played at Sub89 in Reading with Flux Pavilion and Nicky Blackmarket.
We regularly play a club night in London called ALAN, those shows are always fun, dark, dingy and full of energy – really enjoyable shows.
Any new releases we can look forward to? We just finished work our debut EP entitled ‘The Breach’, which we’ll be releasing ourselves through our website on 4th April. It’s a kind of representative cross-section of our live show, so hopefully people will get a taste of what we offer. Keep your ears to the ground regarding a launch party around that time as well.
Do you think you will stick to producing dubstep, or do you think you will mix it up? I think we’d probably like to keep the core of the band dubstep, but we’ve discussed throwing in a drum & bass or breakbeat tune or two. I saw Jazzsteppa perform at Glade Festival two or three years ago and they chucked in a jungle tune mid-way through their set and it absolutely tore the roof off, so I’m definitely very keen to explore a little, but not too far. As long as the focus remains firmly planted in the domain of bass music.
What music are you all listening to at the moment? Any recommendations? We all come from quite varied backgrounds musically, so I could literally be here all day reeling off recommendations! But some stuff that I think all the band have been feeling a lot recently is stuff like Martyn, Joy Orbison, Synkro, Scuba and Breakage, alongside other producers on labels like Hotflush, Tectonic and Ranking Records who I think are really pushing the boat out at the moment in the dubstep scene. In terms of bands, acts like Gentleman’s Dub Club and Jazzsteppa have both been a massive inspiration to us and have set the bar really high in terms of stage performance. I’ve also been massively feeling the Autonomic podcasts, as well as a lot of drum & bass producers like Alix Perez, Icicle, Break and Survival.
Any advice to upcoming dj/producers/live acts..? Without wanting to sound horribly clichéd, I firmly hold the view that if you really believe in what you’re doing, and act with conviction and determination, you can make anything happen. It takes an inordinate amount of work to get anywhere in the music industry, so just try to keep yourself motivated and have faith that you’ll get there in the end! Other than that, just practice, practice, practice, and hold yourself to high standards.
Coda were kind enough to let us give ‘Get Up’ away for free for you guys – hit the free download below and let us know what you think! Be sure to grab their EP ‘The Breach’ when it’s released on 4th April.