We had a quiet one here at FatKidOnFire last week – which also culminated in rather a busy weekend! Fortunately for us (and you guys!), we’re slightly less manic this week which means we’ve got the time to be posting some new isht.
As it happens, we’ve got another MakeItGood x FKOF feature for your enjoyment this evening. Continuing our current theme of pushing the deeper subweight of the dubstep genre, we’re stoked to be able to bring you an interview and guest mix from one of London’s hottest young talents. Kbeatz first contacted us way back in November last year with a few bits & over the past 12 months, we’ve just sat back and watched his production and mixing talent grow. Find Karl on Soundcloud, Facebook and Twitter and grab the DL link for his awesome mix after the interview…
Who is Kbeatz? Kbeatz is an 18 year old producer/ DJ from North London, who loves the deep and darker side of dubstep and making random scary noises in his productions.
What got you into mixing and producing dubstep? What’s your style – big, dark basslines or as filthy as possible? Before I got into dubstep, I was a massive grime fan. I remember watching a F*ck Radio video on YouTube. I was in love with the grime instrumentals and wanted to see if I could make something similar to that. I started off producing grime, made some contacts, and was then invited to a birthday set where I was introduced to decks – I knew I had to mix from then on. Since then, I was mixing and producing grime until – I think it was in 2005/2006 – some people started showing me dubstep from artists like Skream, Hatcha and Horsepower. Since then, I’ve been in love with dubstep and been working with those sounds both mixing- and production-wise.
What software do you use to produce your tracks? I’ve always produced used Fruityloops; working from FL1 up to FL10.
Turntables or CDJs? CDJs for me, I would love to mix with vinyl but the price of buying vinyl these days is too expensive. Also, not every dub gets cut which isn’t great – so I’ve been mixing on CDJs since I started.
How long have you producing and DJing? I have been producing grime properly for 6/7 years (since 2004/2005) and mixing since 2005 (so about 6 years). I started producing and mixing dubstep about 5 years ago.
What’s been your best gig and if you could DJ alongside anyone, who would it be? My best gig was this mini music festival in Dublin last year. There were around 250/ 300 people and every track I dropped got so much love and asked for reload. It was so hot and packed out in this venue but was pure vibes around and everyone was loving it!
Who are your top 5 dubstep producers at the moment; and why?
- Kryptic Minds – Every track they make is immense and has their own unique sound. Their drums are so tight! They are the kings of the deep/ darker side of dubstep.
- Cyrus – his tracks are amazingly produced, the sub bass this guy comes up with are something else and has been at the top since day one.
- Distance – his unique sound gets me every time, I think its his baselines that just get me addicted to his tracks.
- Compa – Upcoming producer from up north. He’s made some of the year’s best tracks so far and the work rate this guy puts in is unbelievable! The stuff he is coming out with is just unbelievable.
- Coki – different to all other producers; his unique sound and crazily good tracks get me on a mad hype every time I listen to them.
What’s the future of dubstep – where do you see the genre going? The future of dubstep is hard to call, the deep and darker side is getting a lot bigger again. I reckon there will be stages where a certain part of the genre gets big or a certain artist takes over for a while; but I can never really see dubstep dying like other genres. I reckon there will always be a strong love from loads of people all over the world.
Any forthcoming releases we can look forward to? I have a few tracks coming up for release soon. ‘To Rare to Die’ [which features along with ‘Disctric 67′ in Kbeatz’ mix] and a track TBA will be released under DubNut at the end of October. ‘Finest Hour‘ and my remix of Royal T’s ‘Orangeade’ will be released under Southstars in the next few weeks as a free download. My biggest release this year will be ‘District 67’ (along with the remix which has been confirmed by a label). Dates will be announced soon when they confirm the other bits that will be involved, but these should be out around December.
Have you got any advice to upcoming DJs/ Producers? If you’re an upcoming Producer/ DJ make your own sounds – that’s what stands out. Put the work rate in as that pays off. And listen to criticism; criticism will help you to either better your production/ mixing skills and you could learn a thing or two from (constructive) criticism! But don’t get put down by criticism. Have a huge love and passion for what you make and hopefully one day you can make it to where you want be.
We’ve been consistently impressed with Kbeatz’ production skills along with his talent behind the decks. Check the half hour mix below and see if you agree! Great to see some love for the Perverse guys as well!
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- Kbeatz – District 67 (forthcoming TBA Special Release)
- Benton – Take Me Away (free dub)
- Perverse & Olie Bassweight – Shaded (forthcoming Bassweight)
- Reamz – A journey (dub)
- Pressa – Snakes (INNER PATHS / SLAB-000)
- Perverse – Mizrahi (forthcoming Requiem)
- Kbeatz – To Rare to Die (forthcoming DubNut)
- Perverse – Genocide (dub)
- Young D – Chinese Whispers (dub)
- Kbeatz – District 67 (Reamz remix) (forthcoming TBA Special Release)
- Perverse – Cerberus (Kbeatz remix) (dub)
- Perverse – Neorotic (dub)
If you have any thoughts on what Kbeatz 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.