Trashbat - MakeItGood x FatKidOnFire #68


MakeItGood x FatKidOnFire #68

After hitting 1,000 fans on Facebook yesterday, we promised to drop two new MakeItGood x FatKidOnFire features as a thank you for everyone who’s been supporting FKOF. And, although we do keep banging on about it, your support really does mean a lot. Thank you for everyone who reads the blogposts, listens to the music and interacts with the content on the social networks. It’s hugely appreciated!

Anyway, after releasing the Black Acre Records interview and guest mix last night, we’re back to the sub-orientated end of dubstep tonight with a feature on an extremely talented producer from Kent. Trashbat‘s been on the FKOF radar for some time now – having released a few impressive tunes and collaborated with some of the artists we’re keen on. We recently caught up with Callum for a chat – which you can catch up on below. Be sure not to miss his awesome mix after the interview!

Who is Trashbat? Trashbat is an alias I (Callum Grant) use to make music under. I took it from a TV show called Nathan Barley (written by Chris Morris & Charlie Brooker).

What got you into mixing and producing dubstep? What’s your style – big, dark basslines or as filthy as possible? Well, instinctively I’d say deep & dark, I’m not really into what people call “brostep” – but saying that I do like a good bit of “filth” or “wobble” or whatever you want to call it. Just as long as its tasteful! I like people like Badklaat, Requake, all the H.E.N.C.H crew; as long as I can roll one up and vibe to it im not fussed.

As for what got me into dubstep, I used to mix and produce DnB when I was younger, then I heard ‘Midnight Request Line‘ and ‘Night‘. At the time, I’d never really heard dubstep so it was new and exciting; then I stumbled across The Widdler and have been hooked ever since!

What software do you use to produce your tracks? Reason 5 mostly, but I use FL9 to cut things up and make things with VSTs like hooks and pads.

Turntables or CDJs? 3 CDJs preferably, but put anything in front of me and I’ll happily have a mix.

How long have you producing and DJing? I started when I was 14, I’m 22 now – so 8 years!

What’s been your best gig and if you could DJ alongside anyone, who would it be? I haven’t done a lot of sets in the last year to be honest. For no particular reason I guess, but the dubstep scene in my immediate area (Barnhehurst/ Bexleyheath in case you’re wondering) is pretty dry. I had one a few months back in Maidstone at the Source Bar with Samurax, Jakey Shake & Decimator (aka The Filth Effect on Youtube) and, apart from a load of my boys not being let in because they were wearing joggers (hahaha!), it was a big night; nice crowd & good vibes.

And if I could DJ alongside anyone? Youngsta & Toast at FWD.

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

  1. Distance – probably my favourite of all time, his tracks are so consistant and as soon as it starts you can instantly tell it’s him (in a good way obviously), he’s just got such a refined sound
  2. Icicle – same as above really, just love the refined unique sound he’s got
  3. Kryptic Minds – do I need to explain why?!
  4. Eyela Beret – watch out for this guy, his tracks just simply have weight, and he’s got a few decent cheeky bootlegs as well!
  5. Duckem – really nice sub-oriented tracks, perfect smoking music in my opinion.

What’s the future of dubstep – where do you see the genre going? Hmmm, the future of dubstep? Well, I think we’ll see more and more of the genre enter the ‘mainstream’ sort of stage, which can be good and bad. Well, not bad, more annoying maybe? I think we’re not too far off seeing people like Rihanna, Lady Gaga etc [Britney, anyone?] trying their hand at ‘dubstep’ tracks.

I think we’ll see more of these live dubstep ‘bands’ but it doesn’t really bother me, it’s not like I have to listen to it! On the other hand, I think things like J:Kenzo on Radio 1 is wicked!
It’s good to see the more sub-oriented sound getting more exposure and, hey, if it means one day I’ll get to hear a bit of Kryptic Minds or some Digital Mystikz in the morning on the way to work then I say let it happen.

Either way, I think it’ll only grow in fanbase, until something new comes along then it’ll slowly die down, retaining only it’s more hardcore fans; a bit like garage.

Any forthcoming releases we can look forward to? I’ve been chatting to a few people but can’t give away anything just yet, but I’ve just released the ‘Old Manor Way EP‘ that came out last month on Dubstrict Records, who incidentally have free album with 2 of my tracks on out on the 31st of October!

Have you got any advice to upcoming DJs/ Producers? Erm, well seeing as I’m an upcoming producer I can’t really give any ‘advice’ as it were, so I’ll just say make what you want to make, don’t alter your sound for anyone! Integrity is the most important thing – the second you compromise your art for sake of sales/ popularity, then (in my opinion at least) you lose all artistic merit (without trying to sound too high and mighty)!

If you’ve not caught Callum’s fantastic mix on the FKOF Soundcloud yet, listen to it below. By just looking at the track list you can tell it’s going to be a big one (and, of course, it doesn’t disappoint). Grab the free DL and hit up the Trashbat FB page if you enjoy it!


If you have any thoughts on what Trashbat 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.