It’s been ten days since the last MakeItGood x FatKidOnFire feature, mainly thanks to me falling apart at the seams. But, as I said in the earlier brand interview with yellowdog, everything is slowly starting to get back up to speed here on FKOF.
I first started talking to Chippenham’s JayDrop about a year ago – or rather he messaged me on SoundCloud after I started following me and offered up a mix/ interview. Things ended up not quite going to plan, but when Jay messaged me again a few weeks back we got the ball rolling again. To switch things up a bit, the JayDrop mix isn’t straight deep and dark – or even dubstep at all. Jay went old school garage for his MIG x FKOF mix, and it is awesome…
Who is JayDrop? Jaydrop is… Not sure how to answer that! JayDrop is also Lesley Iver, a name which I will soon be putting tracks out under….. I’m 20, from Chippenham and study at Access to Music in Bristol.
What got you into mixing and producing music? I wouldn’t really say I have much of a style, depends on where I get my booking to play! Sometimes it will be at a DnB night so I’ll play the more aggressive and noisy tracks because the crowd will generally appreciate that more. But then if its a totally different crowd then I’ll play a pretty varied set; house, dubstep, grime, garage etc. I try to fit it all into one set, I find playing one genre gets a bit boring for an hour or more.
What software do you use to produce your tracks? I started out on Reason just over a year ago and I’m slowly transferring everything over to Logic. I’ve only finished one track in Logic – which I’ll put on my SoundCloud!
Turntables or CDJs? I used to be all vinyl but in the past few months Drop Records in Bath closed down and it has made vinyl less accessible. It’s not quite the same ordering it off Chemical Records. Occasionally, I’ll pop into Idle Hands in Bristol, which is a wicked shop and label, it’s just out of my way. Recently I have started to buy more house/ disco Vinyl such as Behling and Simpson, George Fitzgerald and Julien Sandre… But yeah mostly CDJS now because then I can play tracks that I get sent which are not out yet.
How long have you producing and Djing? I have been DJing for about 3 years now. I started to play at Instinct Drum and Bass in Chippenham which is a local night run by my good friend Aaron Viveash. It’s really the only dance music night in Chippenham and has been going strong almost 4 years now! Theres an endless list of acts which I have played along side there such as; Danny Byrd, Koan Sound, Hazard, N-Type, Nero, Nicky Blackmarket, Andy C. – as well as the residents Deviant, Dubbz, Verdikt, Woodze, Philzi etc.
I have been producing for just over a year, so still learning a lot each time I open up Logic or Reason, so it can only get better… Hopefully!
Who are your top 5 producers at the moment; and why?
- Headhunter – He’s been putting a lot of stuff out under Addison Grove which I love, but his recent release ‘Clone‘ is already a favourite of 2012
- Indigo – One of those producers who seems to do no wrong, whatever style he goes for. ‘Connections‘ is probably my favourite track, very versatile producer.
- Troy Gunner – A very good friend of mine, recently had a 12” release on Mindset Records. Some of his older stuff is wicked, but I’m getting sent stuff on a weekly basis at the moment and they’re all great pieces of music. ‘Head in Hands‘ by him is possible one of my all time favourites to just listen to to and think what the FKOF? How did you even think to make this?!
- Dub Phizix – Massive amount of hype around the track ‘Marka‘, which is a wicked track, but for me it’s all about the B side of ‘Rags‘. Great original tracks. An older track ‘The Editor‘ is one of my favourite DnB tracks, worth a check.
- Kowton – Techno/ house/ garage – Fits all of these well for kowton, great producer and very good at creating weird and strange atmosphere.
What’s the future of dubstep – where do you see the genre going? The future of dubstep? Well, it’s already split up into about 397 sub genres and there are new artists appearing every day. I don’t think there is much left to happen which hasn’t already. You’ve got the “post-dubstep” people who were there from the beginning i.e. Loefah, Pinch and Peverelist (who are on totally different vibe within their sets and tracks now). It’s only going to get more popular which doesn’t really bother me as much as others who complain about it not sounding like “real dubstep”. Thats just the evolution of a sound and other peoples interpretations, stop crying.
Any forthcoming releases we can look forward to? I have a digital release on WURK Records, which is a new label starting in Bristol. I will have 2 tracks on that, ‘Change‘ and ‘Combat‘. There are talks of a 12” on WURK with my alias Lesley Iver with remixes from Sly One, Ooko and others…
Also in talks with Kinzy to have some tracks on his label Fully Blown Records, alongside some very credible names, so watch this space!
Have you got any advice to upcoming DJs/ Producers? Don’t be scared to send your tracks out to people for feedback, you’ll almost never get slated for that and it’s great for helpful tips. Have confidence in your own work, take on board other people’s views and use them wisely.
Any shoutouts? WURK Records and everyone involved. Instinct DnB crew, Iron Cloud Clothing, everyone at Access To Music in Bristol and everyone else who has helped me to get to this stage in music!
As promised, JayDrop’s 35 minute, 15 track mix steers clear of dubstep and sticks to proper garage bangers – tunes I’ve not heard in a good long while! It’s a bit different from the tunes/ mixes you normally get here on FatKidOnFire but I’m loving it. Hit Jay up on Twitter if you are too!
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- Nu Birth – Anytime (Gant mix)
- Rosie Gaines- Closer Than Close (Tuff Jams Unda Vybe mix)
- Fabulous Baker Boys – Oh Boy (Ramsey & Fen mix)
- Body Groove ft. Nana – Architects
- Sneaker Pimps – Spin Spin Sugar (Armand’s Dark Garage mix)
- Mosca – Bax
- Double 99 – Rip Groove (Vocal Mix With Topcat)
- Somore ft. Damon Trueitt – I Refuse (What You Want) (Industry Standard mix)
- DJ Bigga G – Mind, Body & Soul (4×4 mix)
- Artful Dodger & Romina Johnson – Movin’ Too Fast (Bump & Flex Vocal mix)
- FUN (Future Underground Nation) – The Way 2000 (Hi-Times Dub)
- Groove Chronicles – Stone Cold
- El-B – Cruiser
- Zed Bias – Neighbourhood (El-B remix)
- JayDrop – Combat
If you have any thoughts on JayDrop‘s mix, 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.