So I had my week off, and didn’t touch a computer (well, I did – but I didn’t do any work) for a week. You’ll be pleased to read that FatKidOnFire is back up and running, with a whole host of new/ awesome content and of course that all important next MakeItGood x FKOF event this Friday. The line up is one reason not to sleep on the ‘This is Dubstep 2012’ album launch – but seeing as it’s Benton‘s birthday that night and it’s my birthday party there’s definitely no reason to miss out.
Before Friday, there are a few new MIG x FKOF features to publish, one or two free downloads and maybe an extra special FatKidOnFire artist feature. It’s going to be somewhat of an awesome week (made even better by the fact that I’m off to Gothenburg on Saturday morning to see the Bastards). First off, there’s reason to celebrate reaching another first for the MIG x FKOF series. Skinz is the first artist to feature, hailing from the depths of Serbia. I found his bits on SoundCloud pretty damn awesome – so got chatting on Twitter and Facebook and here we are.
His mix for MakeItGood and FatKidOnFire is an astounding selection of deep and dark dubs and releases, well worth the free download (after the interview as always)!
Who is Skinz? Skinz is Aleksa Smiljkovi?, a 16 year old dubstep DJ/ Producer from Serbia.
What got you into mixing and producing dubstep? What’s your style – big, dark basslines or as filthy as possible? Well, I heard Youngsta on Rinse.fm and thought “WOW! I want to know how to do that”! I was impressed so I started to buy releases from Chestplate Records and Osiris Music. I have all of the Kryptic Minds releases. I then started to practice mixing and day by day I got better. I then decided to try producing my own music – I’m not so good at it as at mixing – but I’m getting better. With regards to my style, I prefer deep, dark and minimal dubstep (artists like Biome, Kryptic Minds, J:Kenzo etc).
What software do you use to produce your tracks? At first, I was using FL Studio but then moved to Reason and Ableton. Right now I’m using both of them.
Turntables or CDJs? I prefer turntables but it’s really hard to find vinyl in Serbia so I’m using CDJs.
How long have you producing and DJing? I’ve been producing music for about 2 years now, and mixing around 2 and half.
What’s been your best gig and if you could DJ alongside anyone, who would it be? I’ve only had a few gigs so far and I think the best was in my town at a local festival that happens once a year. If I had a chance to DJ alongside anyone it would definitely be Youngsta ’cause he always has a lot of new stuff and he’s great at what he’s doing.
Who are your top 5 dubstep producers at the moment; and why?
- Kryptic Minds,
- Jack Sparrow and
… Because they have that deep sound that I like.
What’s the future of dubstep – where do you see the genre going? I really don’t know. People now mix dubstep with metal, electrohouse and a lot of other genres; I really don’t think that’s good for dubstep. It was much better when it was underground music.
Any forthcoming releases we can look forward to? Unfortunately no, I’m still looking for record labels [labels, get in touch]!
Have you got any advice to upcoming DJs/ Producers? Just keep practicing and if you love what you are doing, you’ll make it.
Any shoutouts? No one special!
My jaw dropped when I first listened to Aleksa’s mix – it features some of the best tracks around and has been destroying my subs in the 10 days I’ve had it. I’d recommend checking his SoundCloud out for some of his original tracks, he may only have been producing a while but they’re damn good. Well worth a listen! Grab the free download and let Aleksa know if you’re feeling it!
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- Anex – Counter It
- DJ Madd – New Reallity
- Jack Sparrow – Dune
- Kryptic Minds – Wasteland
- Skream – Abstruse
- V.I.V.E.K. – Soundman
- Eskmo and The Antiserum – Monstahs
- De Niro, Y, Estel Luz – Gold (Jack Sparrow remix)
- Icicle & Distance – Exale
- Biome – Propaganda
- Nanobyte – The Wrong Path
- DJ Madd – The Life You Chose
- J:Kenzo – Ruff House
- J:Kenzo – The Roteks
If you have any thoughts on what Skinz 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.