2011 seemed to bring about a bit of change here at FatKidOnFire – moving away from the original fashion-focused content and fully embracing the deeper end of the dubstep sounds.
Having just upgraded the FKOF SoundCloud account, there’s no more shuffling around from SoundCloud to Mixcloud (and there’s now 24 more hours of upload time to play with). And seeing as it seems 2012 is going to be no different to 2011 in terms of the (mix-based) content I’ll be featuring here on FatKidOnFire, it’s good to get the blog kicked off with the first MakeItGood x FKOF interview and guest mix of the year…
Ghent’s ARtroniks has been gaining a lot of support over the past year or so, from some of my favourite producers. I’ve been following his tunes and when we got chatting on SoundCloud and Arne offered to send me a mix I jumped at the opportunity. You can follow ARtroniks on Twitter, Facebook, Myspace, YouTube and Mixcloud. Grab the free download and give him a shout if you enjoy it!
Who is ARtroniks? I am Arne De Meyer, 19 years old, and ARtroniks is my electronic music project. I make everything from ambient to house, techno and dubstep.
What software do you use to produce your tracks? I mainly use Ableton Live. But I occasionally use some hardware synths, like the Roland Juno 60 or SH-32.
What got you into mixing and producing dubstep? What’s your style – big, dark basslines or as filthy as possible? Dubstep has something mysterious and you can merge a lot of different styles of electronic music into the one genre.
I like the deep and dark basslines that shatter your chest. I prefer the deeper side of dubstep but I sometimes can appreciate some of the “filthier” stuff.
How long have you producing and DJing? Turntables or CDJs? I’ve been producing for over 5 years now. I only started DJing a few years later. I learned to mix with a MIDI controller but later I switched to timecode vinyl. Now I use CDJs and occasionally also turntables for vinyl.
What’s the dubstep scene in Belgium like? The scene in Belgium has grown a lot the past few years. There are a lot of parties that cover the whole spectrum of dubstep. So I think the scene is varied and healthy.
What’s been your best gig and if you could DJ alongside anyone, who would it be? My best gig was “Tacticz Vs Dub Up” in Kortrijk. Had loads of fun there. I also play regularly at Rotation, a clubnight in Ghent, always good vibes!
If I could DJ alongside anyone, I would choose for Richie Hawtin because he is a big inspiration for me.
Who are your top 5 dubstep producers at the moment; and why?
- J:Kenzo: His productions are always spot on. I love the minimalism and space in his tunes
- Kromestar: He brings versatile sounds and styles, he’s been my favourite dubstep producer for a long time now
- Coki: Coki always tears down the place. His tunes are mental and have that “raw” feeling
- Perverse: Pure darkness and top notch productions. Watch out for these boys!
- DJ Madd: loving the warm productions of DJ Madd
What does the future hold for dubstep – where do you see the genre going? I see dubstep going in different directions, but it’s already doing that. Genres are always evolving and there allways will be new sounds. I’ve noticed there is an increased interest for the deeper & “original” side of dubstep, and a lot of producers are taking it to the next level.
Any forthcoming releases we can look forward to? Currently there are no release plans, but 2012 should bring some!
Have you got any advice to upcoming DJs/ Producers? Keep doing your own thing and don’t be afraid to think outside the box!
Any shoutouts? Shouts to Blynk, Brownz, Digid, Disonata, Dubgrow, Formless, Gaz, Ghost Note, Kasket, Mate, Perverse, Pheral, P Mero, Sander Boone, Tallan, TyrOnn, Underground Conspiracy, Vyron, Zoobi and everyone who supports me and my music!
Arne’s mix for MakeItGood and FatKidOnFire is a superb selection of old talent and new tracks from producers you’ll be hearing a lot more of over the next few months. As always, grab the free download below and happy new year! Thank you all for your continuing support and here’s to another fantastic year – which it will be if February is anything to go by!
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- ARtroniks – Boundless
- ARtroniks – Kerzq Attack
- Blynk – Semiotic
- Disonata – Evoke (ARtroniks Remix)
- Formless – Hidden Realm
- Pheral – Hatchway
- ARtroniks – Torment
- Pheral – Untitled
- Zoobi – Dodging A Bullet
- Perverse – Charade
- J:Kenzo – Therapy
- Kromestar – Atlantis
- Headhunter – Projector
- Fable – Outworld
- Tallan – Parted
- Skream – Memories Of 3rd Base
- ARtroniks – Temperature Drop
- Digid – Power Restored
- ARtroniks – Dubsteak
- ARtroniks – Your Touch
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