As I said in tonight’s earlier MakeItGood x FatKidOnFire interview with Dutty Girl, I’ve been pretty slack updating the blog over the past week. But luckily, for those of you waiting for new content will be enjoying the two new features that are launching tonight.
For those of you that follow the FKOF SoundCloud account, you’ll have hopefully already heard the superb hour long mix from South London’s Legend4ry. For those of you who don’t, well don’t worry as it’s embedded below and is available as ever as a free download! I started talking to Chris on Facebook after the feature with Trashbat way back in October. I listened to a few of his tunes and was so impressed with what I heard that I offered him a feature spot – and here we are…
Who is Legend4ry? Legend4ry is Chris Gallienne, a 21 year old from Woolwich in South London; who wanted to pursue a career in Fine Art but discovered a passion for music after failing Fine Art. I started getting into dubstep around the age of 14/ 15 (’04/ ’05) which surpassed my passion for art when I was around 18.
The name is a relection of how the music made me feel when I first got into dubstep; whilst in my teens I was heavily into rock music, but as I grew older I found electronic music to be unlike anything else. Dubstep was the first dance music genre I could properly be involved in as I feel it’s my generation’s answer to house and jungle.
What got you into mixing and producing dubstep? What’s your style – big, dark basslines or as filthy as possible? When I was around 9 or 10, my family were really into garage and I have always been around a pair of decks. The more I got into dubstep and started getting my own money – which I could spend on what I felt like – I just started collecting vinyl. My best mate T4X bought some decks around ’06 and we’ve just not stopped DJing since! We love the whole vinyl culture thing and it’s links with dubstep.
My style is deep subbass music which is percussion driven; it’s what I mix, make and push – I haven’t really cottoned onto the whole “dungeon sound” – it’s really not my cuppa, it feels like a step backwards.
What software do you use to produce your tracks? I use FL10 with a couple of must-have plugins such as;
- Synth1 (freeware)
- The Glue (Payware by Cytomic)
- Sylenth1 (Payware by LenndarDigital).
I’m not a huge Native Instruments fan (their GUIs dont’ sit well with me) but I do own Reaktor.
Turntables or CDJs? Turntables are what I love and prefer to play on.
But I do play CDJs out live due to the unreliability of venues’ decks. Oh, and the price of dubplates are steep! But if I know the decks are on point I WILL bring wax!
How long have you producing and DJing? Producing has to be around 6-7 years now, DJing for about 4-5.
What’s been your best gig and if you could DJ alongside anyone, who would it be? My best gig was probably at a little venue in Reading called Bar Iguana – there was only about 50 people but it had a massive system (for the size of the club) and had a nice crowd! The recent gig I had at Hidden for Audio dOugnuts’ 1st birthday is probably joint first.
Alongside would have to be Ramadanman; he’s god.
Who are your top 5 producers at the moment; and why?
- Bandicoot/ Majora – I have such a production-crush on Majora; his music is marvellous. It’s well produced, weighty and carries the right vibe.
- DubbelShot – I call him the boy wonder; I’ve never known someone so young to make some deep, emotive and beautiful music.
- Ramadanman – Never made anything I dislike.
- Addisongroove – I’m a sucker for the 808s and his percussion work.
- FSTZ – One of the guys I looked up to when I was getting into the whole social networking behind dubstep; he’s making some very interesting music these days – ‘Fresh Gizzards‘ is THE tune.
What’s the future of dubstep – where do you see the genre going? I don’t like talking about the future of Dubstep but I will say this…
When I make music these days – The BPM never stays arounds 140bpm and the stuff I play out is usually more than a year old bar a few tunes. I can’t find very exciting things anymore although if Kahn keeps making tunes like his Box Clever release, I will be a very happy man!
I would love for that whole Dubtechno and perc’ driven stuff to come back (the whole Tempa AllStars 6 sound) into full swing, that’s when I felt most excited!
Any forthcoming releases we can look forward to? I have the ‘New Directions‘ EP coming out on Dubstrict, a fantastic Kent-based label (which makes it a pretty local label to me). Other than that everything, else is just in the talking stage but that’s the only contract I’ve signed in recent months!
Have you got any advice to upcoming DJs/ Producers? Move the BPM up and down – it makes your music more interesting! Even if you don’t know how a genre sounds or how to produce it, give it a go anyways! Some of my most loved tracks are made with naivety!
— Chris (@Legend4ry) January 13, 2012
As Chris said in one of his tweets after I uploaded it to SondCloud, his hour long mix traverses multiple genres and has at least a few tunes in it to please everyone. I’ve had it on constant repeat since he sent it over (more than a) few weeks back – if you end up feeling it to remember to get at Legend4ry and tell him!
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- Culoe De Song – Webaba [Innervisions]
- Batu – Raw Eyes – [dub]
- Legend4ry – Foolio [dub]
- Legend4ry – Broless (Less Bro) [dub]
- HxDB – BUMPTHAT [Kursed]
- Tayo – March Of The Soundbwoyz (TRG remix) [Cool And Deadly]
- Pearson Sound – Blanked [Hessle Audio]
- Quest – Stand [Deep Medi]
- Shackleton – Blood On My Hands [Skull Disco]
- Pearson Sound – PLSN [Hessle Audio]
- Legend4ry – The Lovely Bones [dub]
- Hatcha Vs Kromestar – Ragz [Eight:FX]
- Cyrus – Night After [Origin Audio]
- Cyrus – Grotbags [Southside Dubstars]
- Legend4ry – Hidden Danger (Trim Bootleg) [Instrumental on Mindstep]
- Legend4ry – Stoner Movement (Motivational Vocal Mix) [dub]
- Legend4ry – Wandering [Forthcoming Dubstrict Records]
- Legend4ry – Detramental [Forthcoming Dubstrict Records]
If you have any thoughts on what Legend4ry 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.