It’s been a quiet week here on FatKidOnFire, in part due to me flying to Brussels for a day of meetings on Tuesday and spending Thursday afternoon in meetings in Reading. But, over the next week or two there’s a stack of new MakeItGood x FKOF mixes, hopefully a new brand feature (or two) and maybe a competition (to round off a pretty awesome year).
2011 has been a fantastic year for the MakeItGood x FKOF series. Just looking through the archive of artists Lara and I have featured over the past 12 months is testament to just how big the deep/ dark(/ real) side of dubstep has got (although to be fair, with Skrillex’s 5 Grammy nominations you could argue that that side of ‘dubstep’ is doing pretty well too). There’s still a few weeks left for us to feature some interesting talent and tonight’s interviewee is just that.
Sydney’s Thierry D emailed me back at the start of November with a mix he’d done to celebrate Halloween (which is well worth a listen). I listened to the bits he sent over and offered up a spot in the MIG x FKOF series. So here goes! Give his interview a read and listen to his damn decent mix – find him on Facebook if you’re feeling it.
Who is Thierry D? Hey! I’m Thierry and when I’m not producing beats I work full time and am in my second year as an apprentice Chef. One of the hard things about my job is having to work weekends and missing all the good gigs! When not at work or producing beats, I also enjoy playing/ watching football and basketball.
What got you into mixing and producing dubstep? What’s your style – big, dark basslines or as filthy as possible? I used to listen to a lot of early breakbeat around 2003 – 2005, the heavier weigh stuff like Plump Dj’s, Krafty Kuts, Ed Solo etc. I first heard of dubstep around 2009 via a local underground radio show and instantly knew it was for me! I love the dark, deep and atmospheric style of dubstep but like it with some reggae influence. I don’t really mind the filthy stuff but much prefer the deeper sounds. After first hearing the deep dubstep sounds in mid 2009 I started mucking around with it in my DAW and started producing my own sounds…
What software do you use to produce your tracks? I like to used Garage Band and I’ve also got an old Novation K Station that I bought off a mate – which is great for bassline and synth work!
How long have you producing and DJing? Turntables or CDJs? I started DJing in 2008 after getting a pair of 1200 technics. I got into producing when I got my MacBook in early 2009 as making tracks on it is much easier, as is mixing MP3s. I decided to get some CDJs to get me started – so I could mix my own tunes. I’m finding so many great 320 releases online at the moment so am really enjoying mixing on CDJs! A lot of the tunes I like these days are only available as MP3s but I much prefer mixing on vinyl so might jump on Serato in the near future.
What’s been your best gig and if you could DJ alongside anyone, who would it be? The best gigs I’ve played were the LikeHardbass warehouse parties around western Sydney. Really looking forward to the next one as they have 3 arenas! Definitely would love to play alongside Magnetic Man; recently saw them play a gig in Sydney. Their set was so perfect – everything was just amazing!
Who are your top 5 dubstep producers at the moment; and why? This question is way too hard! There are so many great producers out there! My top 5 are:
- Truth – Their sounds are so deep and atmospheric!
- Magnetic Man – Great producers also knows how to rock a party
- Chewie – This dude makes great atmospheric, heavy and deep vibes
- Fuzz2k – Makes great deep tunes and also heard him some make nice heavy tunes
- Kryptic Minds – I always enjoy listening to their music.
What’s the future of dubstep – where do you see the genre going? I think dubstep has a big future. I see it like a bit like trance – the genre has expanded over the years to form progressive, psy-trance, hard trance etc etc.
For dubstep, it’s starting to evolve to deep, filth, melodic filth, reggae vibes, hip-hop and R&B vibes. I think dubstep music will be pretty big for a long time to come…
Any forthcoming releases we can look forward to? Yes i have a few upcoming releases:
- My most recent release dropped on a deep dubstep compilation album from Phantom Hertz Recordings in the middle of November and is available from all major digital retailers
- I also have 3 tunes getting a release on Dark Vibe Productions and then have 2 tunes releasing next year on What A DoDo Records.
Have you got any advice to upcoming DJs/ Producers? Advice for the up-and-comers; just practise heaps and focus on your goals. Just have fun with it – that’s what it’s all about; just having fun.
I’ve hit the upload limit on the FKOF Soundcloud account (and can’t afford to upgrade it until after Christmas) so it’s up on our Mixcloud account. If you want to grab the download, contact us using the details below. Hit Thierry D up if you’re feeling his awesome MakeItGood x FKOF mix!
If you have any thoughts on Thierry D‘s mix or interview, 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.