Every so often, a dub or two end up in my inbox. Nine times out of ten, I love what I hear and a bit of dialogue starts with whoever’s sent the bits over to me – and occasionally, the artist in question ends up here featuring in a MakeItGood x FatKidOnFire.
That’s exactly what happened when Slaven sent me a couple of tracks back in October. I was pretty impressed with what I heard and we got talking. Luckily for me, and you guys, he’s been kind enough to give away two free tracks to accompany his MIG x FKOF interview – and keep an eye on his SoundCloud account as there are a free downloads on there too…
Who is Slaven? Slaven is actually my name, a friend of mine thought it’d be cool to use as a producer alias so I gave it a try and it just sort of stuck.
What got you into mixing and producing dubstep? What’s your style – big, dark basslines or as filthy as possible? I started out listening to Pendulum, the Prodigy and artists like Deadmau5, a while later one of my friends showed me the UKF podcasts. I downloaded almost all of them and got more and more into the dubstep/ drum and bass scene, listening to artists like Datsik and Flux Pavillion.
I thought I’d give it a go so I downloaded the Fruity Loops demo and started trying to make filthy dubstep tracks with bit of help from some YouTube tutorials. After that I found out about GetDarker and realised that the darker, deeper vibes were what dubstep’s really about, so now mainly I produce sub-heavy dark tracks; although I’m a fan of all sorts of music and I experiment with almost every genre. Mixing just came from a love of the genre really.
What software do you use to produce your tracks? At the moment I’m using Reason 4.
Turntables or CDJs? CDJs. I’ve never actually had the opportunity to use turntables, which is a shame. I’d definitely like to give them a go.
How long have you producing and DJing? I’d say I’ve been producing seriously for about a year now, maybe just under. Before then it was mainly just messing around on the Fruity Loops demo, trying to make sounds.
What’s been your best gig and if you could DJ alongside anyone, who would it be? It’s a tough choice really, there are loads of people i’d love to gig alongside but it would probably have to be either Youngsta or Biome. I think that’s about as close as I can narrow it down!
Who are your top 5 dubstep producers at the moment; and why?
- Top is probably Biome, as he’s been a pretty big influence in a number of my tracks and he’s just got the heavy, dark tracks down perfectly,
- After that, Noisia – they’re just amazing producer’s really,
- Koan Sound – because they managed to produce a totally original sound I’ve never heard before, and not much has come close,
- 16 Bit – I saw a set of theirs once at Stink Like Sock and it was just insane, as is their music,
- And then it has to be Burial – his sounds are also really dark and he’s influenced my production quite a lot.
What’s the future of dubstep – where do you see the genre going? It’s hard to say really because people seem to be coming up with a new twist on the genre every day, but for me the darker side of dubstep will always be the better one!
Any forthcoming releases we can look forward to? No releases yet, all my tracks are unsigned but I do give away tracks as free download pretty often.
Have you got any advice to upcoming DJs/ Producers? My advice would be just to stick with it and keep trying. And of course, listen to as much music as possible!
The two free downloads from Slaven are a bit different; ‘Militia’ is a tribal drums tip and ‘Circles’ is a stomper guaranteed to get any dance going off. Both are available as a 320 free download, so get grabbing and hope you enjoy ’em!
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If you have any thoughts on what Slaven 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.