Tallan - MakeItGood x FatKidOnFire #64


MakeItGood x FatKidOnFire #64

We’ve been shouting about this recent run of form with our MakeItGood x FatKidOnFire feature series – and although we keep saying it; it’s just going to get better. The next four mixes and interviews are from some of our favourite producers and feature some of the most impressive talent on the deeper end of the dubstep scene. To say we’re excited is an understatement…

We’ve been championing the (controversially called) “dungeon sound” from the South Pacific for a while now – we’ve featured Perverse (they got a rewind from Youngsta on his Rinse FM show this week!) and Ghost Note (who’s been going from strength to strength with his recent tunes) and have a whole host of other producers who are yet to feature (but, don’t worry, they will). Tonight sees us sitting down with Wellington’s Tallan.

After the Perverse boys introduced us to most of the NZ/ Australian dubstep guys, we got chatting to Tallan – and after hearing his tunes we knew he needed to feature on FKOF and MakeItGood. His mix is testament to the extreme talent pushing the traditional, deep and meditative sounds coming out of Oceania at the moment. Hit the interview and grab the mix (check out that list of dubs!) below and be sure to follow Tallan on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Who is Tallan? Tallan started about a year ago now. It originally started out as a side project but it ended up consuming most of my time and now it is my focus. Tallan tunes tend to lean towards a lot of bassweight and stripped-down melodies. Less is more but it’s a fine line and I’m trying to balance on it.

What got you into mixing and producing dubstep? What’s your style – big, dark basslines or as filthy as possible? I started mixing 2005ish. Loads of drum and bass. Picked up some direct drives in 2006 and ended up staying up late spinning tunes with the lads every night for a long time. I moved from my home town Wellington to Auckland in 2008 and started getting into production. I was a bit of a diehard DnB fanatic so picked up on dubstep as a bit of a latecomer. I got properley into it around the same time I moved to Auckland after seeing Skream and Benga outdoors at Phat ’08 in Inangahua, the biggest bass party Aotearoa had to offer. From then on there were a sh!tload of 138 bits coming out of the studio.

What software do you use to produce your tracks? I use Logic 8. I am a bit pre-historic and still use a Power PC G5. It’s a bit of a struggle not being able to keep up with the Intel world but FKOF your Kontakt 6 or whatever you lot are banging on about haha!

I use a bunch of VST/plug ins but a few to mention are Albino and Massive of course, Circle, Logics ES2 and Sculpture, NI’s FM8 is great as well as pretty much all their products are. Camel Audio doesn’t go far wrong (in moderation though). Loving the Shaack Transient Shaper right now for percussion. Got a bunch of compressors, reverbs etc etc.

Turntables or CDJs? I’ve played on decks for most of the time I have been DJing. Making the move to CDJs was a sad day for the vinyl collection, as I prefer them to Serato! I find that having a computer in front of you is a bit off-putting. I have dragged crates and vinyl bags far enough to not care anymore. Sell out? Maybe if  I got sent some all of the great dubs on acetate I would change my mind but I don’t see that happening!

I will always prefer the feeling of tunes moving underneath my fingers though no doubt. I think the only people who argue between the two have either just started got their first decks or have a bone to pick. Everybody knows that vinyl loves you back and a CD doesn’t. CDJs look stupid and 1200s look good. Damn good.

How long have you producing and DJing? DJing over 6 years and producing for nearly 4 years.

What’s been your best gig and if you could DJ alongside anyone, who would it be? Best gig was Calibre. Can’t remember which year it was. 2006 I think. Grooverider and Alix Perez have been highlights. Dubstep tip would be Mala, Kode 9, N-Type as the most memorable. Organikismness played a dope set at Zen in Auckland one night to about 25 people and I was lapping it up. Honestly, if I could DJ alongside with anybody it would just be with the Wellington crew b2b all night. That is what it is all about to me.

Who are your top 5 dubstep producers at the moment; and why?

  1. Kode 9 – Just more creative than most and really organic.
  2. Mala – Because its Mala and it’s all choice as bro.
  3. Perverse – Scary sh!t coming out of their studio right now [amen!]. Watch out. Bass.
  4. Burial – One of the only dubstep/ garage producers my kids will hear and relate to. Timeless.
  5. Peverelist – ‘Roll With The Punches‘ is an  all time favourite.

This is just the top 5 that sprung to mind. Can’t not mention The Bug, Kryptic Minds, Sleeper, District, Distance, DJ Madd and Cyrus will give you and idea of the tip.

What’s the future of dubstep – where do you see the genre going? I think that it spawned off so dramatically that it left the essence of dubstep pure. I see the future of dubstep going the same way as drum and bass. Lots of sub-genres and eventually it will all be crazily over produced and then there will be something new that some will move on to and some will stay. It’s all music at the end of the day. Some things change, some remain the same.

Any forthcoming releases we can look forward to? Yep there are a few bits here and there. But shout out to Charlie at Optimus Gryme Recordings, Austerity and my good mates Mutated Sounds who release the not so deeper side of Tallan.

Have you got any advice to upcoming DJs/ Producers? My advice is to just stick at it. Make the tunes you want to make. Always encourage each other and it doesn’t matter if anybody knows who the FKOF you are. Take your time. Send me some sweet tunes!

Any shoutouts? Big shout out to the whole Aotearoa crew – Perverse, Ghost Note, Optimus, Organikismness, AK DnB Fu massive, Upbeats, Fis, Medictune, Jackal and Cheshire, Cronik Re and his West crew, P-Vans, Truth, Echo Company, Sick Cycle all of the Welly peeps, big up all the promoters and DJs that are in it for the love of it.

Shout out to Compa, NoMan, Formless, Foster, Ioqe, Boot, Sook, Droid Sector, Adub, Disonata, RDG, Digid and a bunch more I have left out.

We’ve been sitting on this mix for about a week, and (yeah, we do say this a lot, but the quality of our recent mixes have been off the record) it’s one of our favourites. 55 minutes of superb tunes, stacks of dubs and a track list to turn even a Skrillex fan onto real dubstep. Sit back, light up and enjoy the weight…


Track list:

  1. Tallan – Thunder [dub]
  2. Lefty – Illusions [dub]
  3. Tallan – Gas Planet [dub]
  4. Perverse – Shaitan [dub]
  5. Ghost Note – Akira [dub]
  6. Medictune – Give You Anything
  7. Organikismness – Inertia Part II
  8. Tallan – Curse On You [dub]
  9. Droid Sector – Universe Zero
  10. Optimus Gryme – Immortal
  11. Ghost Note – Dancing Solo [dub]
  12. Tallan – Power House [Dubsilo Free]
  13. Boot – Methods of Control [dub]
  14. d-Queue – Alien Surveillance
  15. Tallan – Collector
  16. Arkotypes – Impulse [dub]
  17. Tallan – Pelican
  18. Optimus Gryme – Annhilation Of The Ego
  19. Perverse – Gibberish [dub]
  20. Ghost Note – Dynamic [dub]
  21. Tallan – Sever [dub]
  22. Tallan – Skanka VIP [dub]
  23. Peverelist – Roll With the Punches

If you have any thoughts on what Tallan 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.