Qualmsound - MakeItGood x FatKidOnFire #76


MakeItGood x FatKidOnFire #76

The quality of the music featured here on FatKidOnFire has always been stellar. That also goes for the music that’s ended up in the MakeItGood x FKOF series – Vandera‘s mix for our 75th feature and the latest set of free downloads are good examples of what I’m on about. It’s pretty damn awesome to see the quality continue, but it’s also awesome to see the frequency of this content start to increase.

Today’s first interviewee (there’s another which will drop tonight) continues this strong trend. I first heard about Manchester’s Qualmsound from Blynk (side note; want to recommend me your music/ a producer you know? Get in touch), who’s guaranteed to get me looking at any links he passes on. I was seriously impressed with Lee’s bits so offered him a guest spot here on FKOF. Find Qualmsound online, on Soundcloud, Twitter and Facebook. Grab the free download below and let me know if you think I made the right call!

Who is Qualm Sound? Real name Lee Miley (Age 20), Qualmsound is a Manchester-based music producer.

What got you into mixing and producing dubstep? What’s your style – big,
dark basslines or as filthy as possible?
Originally I came from a grime background; I used to produce a lot of grime and mix a little with school mates who also DJed. After a while of doing that, it became an ambition of mine to have my music noticed and released, but by the time I came to the realisation I felt that grime had faded.

It just seemed to be the natural progression to move over to dubstep. I began trying to write the ‘filthy as possible’ tracks but it just didn’t seem to fit my style, I always preferred something with meaning and melody. Around this time I discovered a much deeper side to the genre, now I’m trying to explore this without sticking to the ‘rules’ of any set genre.

What software do you use to produce your tracks? At the moment I’m using Propellerhead Reason 5 but I’m feeling like this is holding me back a little. For this reason, I’m saving for my first iMac so I can move over to Logic. The ability to use plugins and the simplicity of the DAW is sucking me in.

How long have you producing and DJing? I started messing around with FL Studio when I was around 14 so that makes it 6 years ago. I only really started to take it seriously around 3 years ago though and it’s only this year that Qualmsound began. It’s a much more recent thing that I’ve started DJing, I have dabbled in the past but I’m cracking on and getting my head into the turntables now.

Turntables or CDJs? For me both have the bonuses and drawbacks but you simply can’t beat the feel of using vinyl. But it just doesn’t seem practical to be lugging around a box – especially when you can fit thousands of tracks into a small CD wallet.

What’s been your best gig and if you could DJ alongside anyone, who would
it be?
At this moment I haven’t played out anywhere but I’m hoping to start very soon. There isn’t really anyone I aspire to DJ alongside really. For me I just want to be able to play out and have people hear my tracks with the buzz of doing a live set.

Who are your top 5 dubstep producers at the moment; and why? It’s really difficult to pick only five but;

  1. Synkro – Everything this guy does just seems to make sense. He has a massive influence on my music
  2. Arkist – Loving the way Arkist pushes boundaries
  3. Author – A recent discovery of mine; I’m really feeling their LP
  4. Biome – Biome is killing it at the minute. He is really going to push on this year, you could even say he already has done
  5. Jon Hopkins – Another recent discovery of mine, wouldn’t really say he makes dubstep though but he isn’t locked into any set genres.

Some other notable producer for me: Indigo, Blynk, Modepth, Paleman, Essay, ASA, Sorrow and James Blake.

What’s the future of dubstep – where do you see the genre going? This is such a difficult question to even begin to answer! I can definitely see a change in more recent
times, people seem to be rediscovering the roots of the genre and exploring them in new ways. In my opinion, there has been a big step away from the full-on filth that was growing. I really like the whole new “future garage” scene. I’ve also noticed another side of dubstep slowly branching into a more commercial style for the masses.

Any forthcoming releases we can look forward to? At the moment, there’s nothing to announce but I’m working on some new material that I’m hoping will take some label’s fancy. I recently had my first Digital release on Soulstep Records’ ‘Genesis EP’. It features two of my tracks and also has a remix on there from Blynk. Check my free download ‘Listen EP’ – that features 11 tracks. Hopefully there will be plenty more to come!

Have you got any advice to upcoming DJs/ Producers? Nothing too in depth just some simple advice… Keep at what you’re doing and don’t be afraid to explore past the boundaries.

I thoroughly recommend jumping on this one. Lee’s 32 minute mix features a great selection of producers/ tracks and a nice amount of dubs. Can’t really argue with that! Hit Qualmsound up on Twitter if you’re feeling it.


Track list:

  1. Qualmsound – Recapitulation [dub]
  2. Synkro – She Said [Pushing Red]
  3. Biome – Space [Black Box]
  4. Arkist – Appleseed [dub]
  5. Qualmsound – Breath [Soulstep]
  6. Synkro – Tribe [Box Clever]
  7. Kahn – Azalea [Box Clever]
  8. Zadeh – Red to Blue (Qualmsound remix) [dub]
  9. Commodo – Uprising [Deep Medi]
  10. Qualmsound – Ethereal [Soulstep]
  11. Arkist – Fill My Coffee [Apple Pips]
  12. Xxxy – Constant [Mindset]
  13. Modepth – Body of Light [dub]
  14. Synkro – Look At Yourself [Mindset]
  15. Qualmsound – To You [free release]

If you have any thoughts on Qualmsound‘s mix, or want to recommend a new artist you’ve discovered or just want a chat about something you’ve seen on FatKidOnFire, leave a comment below or get in touch via email, Twitter, Facebook or the FKOF TakesQuestions page.