We’re back with a bang with our latest MakeItGood x FatKidOnFire feature. After featuring the Perverse boys, our first ever interview with a production duo from New Zealand, we’re back there 10 days later interviewing a producer who featured heavily in Perverse’s guest mix…
When we first discovered Perverse, we also found a few other producers pushing the dungeon sound that we’ve grown to love so much. None of this Skrillex-like “insert filthy dubstep comment here” noise; dubstep how it grew up sounding in the underground clubs in London way back when. The good stuff that introduced some of us to the genre, back on Caspa and Rusko’s FabriceLive.37.
So when we came across Ghost Note, who quoted the same love for that dubstep compilation, you can imagine our excitement. And when Jacob offered us up a guest mix it almost got too much! We got him down for a chat, to find out what his influences are and what’s in store in the coming months. Find Ghost Note on Soundcloud and Facebook and grab the DL link after the interview below…
Who is Ghost Note? Ghost Note is the name I produce the music I love under, it’s kind of a bonus that some other people enjoy it as well.
What got you into mixing and producing dubstep? One of the things that really got me into dubstep is the way producers would use space in their tunes, almost putting emphasis on what isn’t there… It’s something you don’t find in most electronic music. The earlier dubstep had such a focus on rhythm, atmosphere and emotion that just seemed to fit in with my tastes perfectly.
I think when I stopped enjoying the music I had to play as a DJ (when things started getting all heavy and wobbly) it really motivated me to bring back those vibes via my own music.
What’s your style – big, dark basslines or as filthy as possible? I’m focused on deep bass, organic atmospheres and scattered drums with a raw dark garage influence. I do my best to avoid crystal clear over-compressed production, it makes for loud and crisp tunes but it takes away so much of the natural ambience that adds to the atmosphere of the track.
When it comes to more dancefloor-orientated tracks I prefer to focus on rhythm and bassweight rather than ear-abusing wobbles and growls.
What software do you use to produce your tracks? Mostly FL Studio 9, I’ve used Ableton and Logic in the past but I find I work best with FL.
Turntables or CDJs? Turntables when I can, although it’s pretty difficult having to cut acetates of my own tunes in New Zealand and I don’t like to play Serato, I’m not a fan of having a laptop anywhere near me while mixing.
How long have you been producing and DJing? I’ve been DJing for around 4 years now, I started playing around with production about 2 years ago but have only really made it my focus for the last 6 months or so.
What’s been your best gig and if you could DJ alongside anyone, who would it be? Really enjoyed opening for Distance last year, he’s definitely one of my favourite producers and the gig was plain mental.
More than anything, I’m looking forward to doing some gigs over summer with Perverse and Tallan. They’re both pushing the deep dubstep sound coming out of New Zealand right now!
Who are your top 5 dubstep producers at the moment; and why?
- Author – I kind of get two for one here, Jack Sparrow and Ruckspin are two of my favourite producers and their collaborative album is going to be my release of the year.
- Kryptic Minds – Huge influence on my own sound. By the looks of some of their recent mixes, they’re sitting on a lot of fresh tunes so I’m hoping for another album soon.
- Kode9 – He wrote a book on sonic warfare, how could his music not be amazing?
- Formless – One of my favourite up-and-coming names and every tune I’ve heard has been quality, looking forward to seeing where this guy is going!
- Perverse – Hit the studio with these guys earlier in the week, absolutely prolific producers… They’ve been dropping quality tunes every few days since they started. They’re starting to get some serious DJ support and I think everyone should keep an ear out for them doing some huge things in the future [hear hear, we agree]!
What’s the future of dubstep – where do you see the genre going? I see a lot of dubstep-influenced sound being popular for the next few years, I see a lot of established producers mixing the dubstep vibe and ethic with other genres. Future bass, garage and 2-step vibes are constantly evolving, I’ve heard some incredible music down around 95bpm happening recently too! For dubstep as we know it, I’m seeing deep meditative vibes along the lines of 2006-2007 era dubstep coming back in a big way with far more advanced and innovative production. Dungeon sound!
Any forthcoming releases we can look forward to? In the last week I’ve dropped a 7 track E.P “Phantom Frequencies” [go cop from Juno!] along with a few free giveaways on my Soundcloud and Facebook page. Future releases are in the works already too, so keep an eye on Facebook for updates!
Have you got any advice to upcoming DJs/ Producers? Make the music you love because you love it, your music should be a reflection of who you are.
I think too many people are trying to emulate other artists rather than do something unique and innovative, so really focus on forging your own sound.
I think the most important thing is to practice… Lots! Critique your own work and don’t be afraid to challenge yourself to improve aspects of your production.
So we’ve had a hugely insightful interview from Jacob and now we’re getting to the really good bit. Ghost Note’s mix is 45 minutes of pure bassweight and features some pretty serious dubs. Check the free download (as always) and hit us up if you’re feeling it. We know we are!
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- Doctor P – Big Boss (Ghost Note’s Bro City Boss Dog Bootleg)
- Tallan – Lure
- Ghost Note – Nine Nights
- Perverse – Aurorae
- Ghost Note – Akira
- Ghost Note – Disappear
- Perverse – Keras
- Ghost Note – Unknown
- Ghost Note – Seclude
- Perverse x Ghost Note – Untitled
- Ghost Note – Dynamic
- Ghost Note – Havana
- Ghost Note – Weight o’ Eight
- Ghost Note – Akira (Rinsey Jones remix)
- Mala – Forgive
- Burial – Night Bus (Clueless remix)
If you have any thoughts on what Ghost Note has had to say, or anything else you’ve seen – maybe you’ve got someone to recommend to FKOF or seen something you think we’d like? Get in touch via email, Twitter, Facebook or the FKOF TakesQuestions page.