Over the next few weeks, there’s a pretty impressive backlog of MakeItGood x FatKidOnFire guest mixes and interviews that’ll slowly start seeing the light of day. I do say it a lot, but there’s so much quality content in here that you’ll not want to miss it! Why not subscribe to the FatKidOnFire RSS feed? Alternatively, you can always follow the new content via the Twitter stream and the Facebook page.
Anyway. After the earlier FKOF interview with Greek band The Finger, it’s onto the next one with Croydon’s L.A. Boxers. These two guys have been tearing up many a dancefloor for the past few years, (as it happens, their 2009 remix of Yeah Yeah Yeah’s ‘Heads Will Roll’ was one of my favourite tracks at Uni) and as you’ll discover by listening to their MakeItGood x FatKidOnFire mix, are more than skilled in brilliantly mixing a selection of house, dubstep and garage together. Peep the full interview and mix below – and once you’re done, follow Alex and Rob on Twitter and Facebook.
Who are the L.A. Boxers? Alex Day (DJ) & Rob Webb (Producer) from Croydon.
What got you into mixing and producing dubstep? What’s your style – big, dark basslines or as filthy as possible? Well I (Alex) used to DJ garage back when it was really big in the early 2000s. I was more of a bedroom DJ than anything else, but I used to buy all of my tracks from Big Apple Records, and still have all the vinyl dotted around my house. Rob has always been into more urban music, used to produce hip-hop mix tapes for artists such as D Block, Jadakiss etc.
We were introduced to each other around 5 years ago by a mutual friend, but didn’t start making music together until about 3 years ago. We were both interested in all styles of dance music. Being from Croydon, we were always quite aware of the dubstep sound and its origins. It was a fresh sound and we were really enjoyed it. So we naturally wanted to make some ourselves. We like the bassier end of the sound, but enjoy a bit of tear-out too. Our sets are always a mixture of dubstep, house and garage though.
What software do you use to produce your tracks? We use Logic studio mixed with a bit of Reason. Well, Rob uses this software and I do all the DJing.
Turntables or CDJs? As much as we’d love to still be able to play vinyl out, it’s all about the CDJs. Playing such diverse sets, it’s easier to take a couple 100 CDs than it is the same amount of vinyl.
How long have you producing and DJing? I’ve been DJing since about the age 14/15 (so 11 years ago) – although I did stop for quite a few years. Rob has been producing since about the age of 15 (so 8 years or so).
What’s been your best gig and if you could DJ alongside anyone, who would it be? This was probably our first headline set for a night called Ramadance in Southend. It was at the top of a pub, and they had twice as many people there as should have been in there. The place was rammed, they had got a big sound system in, first headline set, and playing out of town. Great night and we have made lots of friends down in Southend now too.
We’ve actually played with people that would be on that list, the likes of Hatcha, Plastician, Jakes, Zinc etc. But would be great to play with some of our other heroes like Zed Bias & DJ Cut Chemist or current big stars such as Maya Jane Coles, Bodikka, Oneman & Jackmaster. They’re playing the sort of sounds we’re really into at the moment.
Who are your top 5 dubstep producers at the moment; and why?
- Widowmaker – fresh sounds coming from a fresh talent. He’s got a lot of knowledge and ideas and is doing things the right way.
- Benton – we used to be residents at a night with him in Epsom a couple of years back and he has come an amazingly long way in such a short space of time. Everyone knows his name now and he is making some amazing stuff.
- Pistonsbeneath – Really helped to get us into dubstep (through running the now defunct DubKulture in Croydon). Now making his own tracks which are slowly and deservedly gaining recognition.
- Joy O – Making and pushing the more house-y sound which we really like. Everyone has a Joy O track they like, even my friends that don’t really like or follow bass music do!
- Eyela Beret/ Hiloxam – Guy that I have met through dubstepforum. He produces under 2 names at the moment. But he is putting out some really great music; lots of different vibes. Definitely one to keep an eye out for.
What’s the future of dubstep – where do you see the genre going? I think the genre will continue to grow and expand in lots of different directions; as it already is. There will be the more filthier side of things, but the deep side will continue to grow with people like Biome, Killawatt, Tunnidge, Fused Forces and the ones listed above pushing the sound. The Swamp81 sound will continue to grow as well, and thats the kind of vibes that we are going to be pushing.
Any forthcoming releases we can look forward to? We have just finished a remix for a band called Pure Reason Revolution who have been around for nearly 10 years. That will hopefully be feature on a War Child charity album, and we have also done a track with a new singer called Kelly Pepper who seems to be going places. Hopefully we should be getting some Radio 1 plays off the back of that one. Nothing is signed yet, but if it does well then there’s always that possibility.
Have you got any advice to upcoming DJs/ Producers? Our advice would be to never give up. Not everybody makes it big straight away. Keep working hard, keep making contacts & friends in the industry, but at the end of the day just enjoy it!
As I eluded to earlier, the L.A. Boxers guest mix is an awesome selection of big tunes from a mix of bass music genres. Starting with a house vibe and ending near the deeper end of 140bpm that has become synonymous with FatKidOnFire, this mix couldn’t really get any better for dropping on a Saturday. Get involved and, as always, let us know what you think!
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- Rufa – Hungry Lynching (Hutyluty remix)
- Osunlade – Envision (Dixon Version)
- L.A. Boxers ft. Claudia Miles – Forever Night
- Maya Jane Coles – Humming Bird
- De-Real – Owed
- Unknown – Sicko Cell (Squareheads Rehab refix)
- Beverley Knight – Shoulda Woulda Coulda (DND 4 2 da Floor Mix)
- Brim – Hurt You
- Phaeleh – Afterglow (Eyela Beret Bootleg)
- Killawat – Capa
- Reamz – Fear
- Widowmaker – Heihachi
- Pistonsbeneath – Resonate
- Freight – Creeper
- Benton – 20/20
- Eyela Beret – Niribu
- Probert & L.A. Boxers – Crimson Dub
- Clifford – Humble Dub
- Boxmouse – 5:37 Outside The Tube (Phrex remix)
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