It’s hard to believe how far the deep and dark side of dubstep has come since I started FatKidOnFire almost two years ago. Back then, there weren’t too many blogs pushing the sound I was leaning towards with FKOF – but these days there a significant number you should be paying attention to.
With the ever-increasing coverage, comes a higher chance for new artists to get heard. Lara at MakeItGood and I are trying to do our bit to support the upandcomers, and we’ll gladly continue to do so with the feature series. As we slowly make our way to the big 100 (with 58 of the features coming in 2011), it looks like the series is here to stay. Thanks, in part, to the amazing number of talented producers – but importantly thanks to you lot as well. Keep supporting and we’ll keep finding the new talent!
MIG x FKOF #92 is with Nottingham’s Gutcha – an artist I’ve been following for a while. I’ve been pushing what’s become known as the ‘dungeon sound’ recently, but Arion‘s music is a refreshing blend of dark basslines, space and a more uptempo energy that’s sometimes lacking in the dungeon tracks. He hit me up a couple of weeks back offering up a pretty special free download with an interview and so here we are…
Who is Gutcha? Arion Oates, from Nottingham, aged 20. There’s no real meaning behind the name Gutcha, it just sounded like the music I wanted to make in a word.
What got you into mixing and producing dubstep? What’s your style – big, dark basslines or as filthy as possible? I’ve always been into recording music –ever since my early teens. I used to record my guitar plugged straight into the computer’s mic input onto Audacity. At college, my interest in computer music was taking over my life and thats where I found a passion for dubstep; it was the first genre of dance music which I could connect with.
My style combines dark basslines and heavy percussion with a slightly hypnotic edge to the sound in general. I’m really keen on space and ambience but I also like a lot of energy in music. I wouldn’t categorise my music under the ‘dungeon sound’ but it’s not far off! You will hopefully see what I mean with the exclusive free track attached to this interview [find it below]!
What software do you use to produce your tracks? Logic Pro 9 and reason 4, as well as the odd zoot. Sugary drinks are also good.
Turntables or CDJs? Turntables-ish, I’m a big vinyl fan but I use traktor scratch.
How long have you producing and DJing? I’ve been producing dubstep for about 4-5 years now, but it has only been in the last year and a bit where i have truly found ‘my sound’ and started getting my name out there. DJing has been in the last year, but I will always see myself more as a producer than a DJ.
What’s been your best gig and if you could DJ alongside anyone, who would it be? I’ve enjoyed every gig no matter the venue size. I would love to DJ along side N-Type, he’s a badman on the decks!
Who are your top 5 dubstep producers at the moment; and why?
- Akkord – Who? What? Where? Those 3 tracks on the soundcloud are just amazing. Want to hear more!
- Distance has been delivering brilliant tunes recently.
- J:kenzo, quite an obvious one. Every tune he brings out is fire.
- Compa, he’s got his own sounds and its darkness on a next level.
- Sbtrkt, I really enjoy the production and song writing qualities.
What’s the future of dubstep – where do you see the genre going? It’s interesting, in quite a few cases dubstep has become a dirty word to people, what with all the commercial success from some artists who have no influence from the original dubstep sound. I don’t like it when you see people label their dubstep music as ‘bass music’. It’s soulless but sadly it seems more and more people associate dubstep with the big american dance producers, rather than a dark smokey night at FWD>>. Of course commercialisation happens to every genre of music. In the future, I would like to see what new genres dubstep will start e.g. how Dubstep came from UK Garage..
Any forthcoming releases we can look forward to? I’ve just had ‘Gutcha & Sunyata‘ released earlier this month on Phucked Recordings. 13th February will be my 2nd EP; ‘Dark Visions/ Sativa Indica‘ out on Dubstrict Records. This release will be the first release in the new series from Dubstrict. The label has only started off but all ready making a name for itself with the sounds of Legend4ry, Porta, Coffi and Trashbat to come. I’ve also got a track that’s part of the first Keep Deep EP, got a great selection of producers on that and that’s about it for now.
I am, however, working on my next EP. Two tracks are almost done, with another two to go. Keep ’em peeled!
Have you got any advice to upcoming DJs/ Producers? The best advice I can give is to do your own thing. Find your own individual sound.
Any shoutouts? Shout out to the Nottingham crew, my greb friends in Sadistic Defilement, Anex, Congi, Fable and the Dubstrict family as well!
Sampling one of the world’s coolest granddads, Sir David Rodigan, Gutcha’s ‘Kingston’ is empty space, tribal beats and a seriously big bassline. This is one of my favourite FKOF free downloads. Grab the free .WAV to find out why!
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