Apart from having to stay in, taking antibiotics and put eye drops in my ear this weekend, I’ll be sitting in front of the computer uploading MakeItGood x FatKidOnFire’s 96th mix – as well as publishing the latest (video) interview (that was filmed at Cable a few weeks back). It’s going to fun…
Tonight, I’m not going to be putting eye drops in my ear (I have a feeling the hospital pharmacy gave me the wrong drugs) and I’m more than stoked to be dropping #95 in the MIG x FKOF series. I’m well keen on discovering new producing or mixing talent – and love it even more when it arrives, unprompted in my inbox. Kent’s Konvex did exactly that when he sent me his latest tune a few weeks back. He’s been getting support from Perverse and my boy Sparxy (amongst others) so I knew he’d be a talent worth watching…
Who is Konvex? My name’s Tom McShane, I’m a dubstep producer from Kent, UK and I’ve been producing under the alias Konvex for the last 3 months or so. I’m also a part of the Falkon Records collective along with artists such as Zoobi, KBeatz and Reamz to name but a few.
What got you into mixing and producing dubstep? What’s your style – big, dark basslines or as filthy as possible? Nowadays, I’m all about the dark sounds; subby, deep dubstep. I used to be into filth though, back when I first started exploring the genre and learning to produce. I’d churn out aggressive-style tunes whereas now I feel like I’ve learnt to appreciate the darker, more minimalistic side of dubstep. I think there’s just something that feels a lot less “throwaway” with a darker tune, more intelligent even.
What software do you use to produce your tracks? At the moment, I’m using Reason rewired into Logic. I did use FL Studio but after switching to a Mac, I had to say goodbye. I use the synths inside of Reason because I find it easier to achieve the sounds I’m after with them, though I have started exploring Logic’s native plugins a lot more now. As for hardware, I’ve recently bought some Fostex PM-1 monitors.
Turntables or CDJs? Because of my age, I haven’t had the opportunity to play in any clubs or anything just yet (I’ve still got about six months ahead of me before I can even drink a pint legally!), so all of my experience DJing has been in my bedroom and, on some rare occasions, at house parties in my area. I have to admit I’m more of a CDJ person simply because I haven’t really had the chance to try out wax properly yet (though it is something I plan on investing in as soon as possible).
How long have you producing and DJing? I’ve been producing for about a year now, experimenting with different software and learning how to put together tunes. Originally, I would be playing around with loops and stuff but I found that it wasn’t as personal as I wanted my tunes to be, so I started learning how to do it all myself. I’ve only really been making tunes I’m happy with for the last few months though.
What’s been your best gig and if you could DJ alongside anyone, who would it be? I have yet to play a gig I’m afraid (if you fancy booking me, let me know!) but if I had the opportunity to DJ alongside anyone? It’d probably be someone like Skream, he was the first dubstep producer I started listening to and he’s been a huge inspiration for my music.
Who are your top 5 dubstep producers at the moment; and why? This is a tough one, all of my Falkon Records labelmates are killing it, people like Zoobi, Cauze, Outerdub and Reamz. Also got to mention Dyssomnia, one of the nicest guys I’ve come across while making music and his tunes kill it. Other than that, there’s the big names; people like J:Kenzo (who I only found out the other week lives about ten minutes from me!), Benton and LX:One. All those guys really influence my sound.
I think if I have to choose a top five at the moment, it’d be (in no order);
- Sleeper & District,
- J:Kenzo and
I just can’t help but rinse their tunes, consistently putting out bangers!
What’s the future of dubstep – where do you see the genre going? I think it’s pretty split at the moment, with people like Skrillex being so popular, we’re no doubt due an abundance of new filth producers this year. But I think on the whole, dubstep’s going a bit deeper. Back to its roots.
Any forthcoming releases we can look forward to? No releases scheduled at the moment I’m afraid! Over Christmas, I put out a free tune with Falkon Records called “Empty” and I’ve recently produced a VIP mix of that track which has been getting some big love, namely by people like Perverse, Percept and Innamind Records. I’m absolutely thrilled about it personally, and I can’t wait to put out tunes that get even more support.
I’d love to work with more labels in future, I’m currently building up my repertoire of tracks at the moment so I can have an EP ready before the end of the year so that should be exciting. There’s a load of labels I’d love to release with, Innamind and Bacon Dubs are gonna be taking over this year, watch out!
Have you got any advice to upcoming DJs/ Producers? Just keep at it, starting out is the most frustrating thing in the world but once it all clicks, you’ll be putting out tune after tune after tune! Contact the right people, don’t go sending your filth tunes to Youngsta or your deep tunes to Doctor P. Gotta have the right contacts!
Any shoutouts? Of course! Massive thanks first and foremost to my girlfriend for putting up with me, inspiring me and supporting me through everything. Shoutouts to Zoobi, Cauze, Outerdub, Mershak, Dyssomnia, Percept, Perverse and Malleus.
I also wanna thank DunesDubstep for all the promotion, along with Sparxy and Falkon Records!
Konvex‘ mix definitely doesn’t disappoint, grab the free download and get it on your stereos. A veritable who’s who in upcoming talent, the artists featuring in Konvex’ mix for MakeItGood and FatKidOnFire are definitely worth paying attention to over the next few months!
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- Anex – Drowsy [Dub]
- Cauze & K-Beatz – Nightmares [Dub]
- Gamma & Dyssomnia – The Third Stage [Free]
- Zoobi – LNDNDNGN [Dub]
- Konvex – Eyes Down [Dub]
- Sparxy – Shallow Grave [Dub]
- Konvex – Empty VIP [Dub]
- Cauze – Shadowz [Dub]
- Killawatt & Thelem – Swarf [New Moon Recordings]
- Reamz – Forgotten [Dub]
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