I know I bang on about this a lot (do stop me if it’s getting boring), but I still can’t quite believe how far and how wide dubstep has come over the past two years I’ve been running FatKidOnFire.
Tuesday’s MakeItGood x FKOF feature was with Serbia’s Skinz, tonight I sit down with a relatively new producer from the deserts of Dubai. Dubstep in Dubai! Apparently the scene’s only just reaching the UAE – but for those in the know there are raves going on out in the sand. I’ve just found somewhere new to visit!
Anyway, I discovered Outerdub a month or so ago and had a listen through the tunes on his SoundCloud account. He’d posted a few full tracks and a few clips of his progression with the deep and dark – and then sent me a message a week later. We got chatting, and after I’d heard a few more of his tracks and read a few of the interviews/ posts that have been floating around, we arranged the following…
Who is Outerdub? My Name is Moez Munshi, I was born in the UK and am currently residing in Dubai.
What got you into mixing and producing dubstep? What’s your style – big, dark basslines or as filthy as possible? Well I’ve always been into reggae and dub and, after getting into electronic music and discovering dubstep, I found myself addicted to the deep basslines and atmospheres of the genre. I’d say im into the big dark basslines and more spacey sounds rather than the filthy stuff.
What software do you use to produce your tracks? I use Ableton Live mainly as my software DAW as well as a few VSTs. As for hardware, I am running the Access Virus TI and Native Instruments Maschine for percussion.
Turntables or CDJs? I’m Using Traktor Scratch and I’d have to go with turntables.
How long have you producing and DJing? Since the age of 16 I have been experimenting with electronic music production. I’d say at the age of 20 was when I started releasing music professionally.
Back then, I was mainly producing techno and minimal club-based dance music under the alias Uforiq but as I got deeper into my productions, I started to branch into other genres. I’ve been producing dubstep for the past year, just focusing on trying to get the sound I like. I feel now I am happy with my productions and can only aim to better my sound.
What’s the dubstep/ bass music scene in Dubai like? We have a very small scene here in Dubai, a lot of people are into the drum and bass and slowly people are starting to get more into the dubstep. I’d say the scene is still young but it definitely has a good strong following – and in my opinion it will grow.
There are a few nights running in the clubs out here and also there are some raves held in the desert [how cool is that!]; crowds seem to be increasing at every new event which is a good sign of progression.
What’s been your best gig and if you could DJ alongside anyone, who would it be? I’ve only done a few gigs out here and I’d say my new years gig was a great time. We had a rave out in the desert; nothing better than nature and a lot of good basslines.
I’d say if I could DJ along side any one it would be Youngsta. He is a heavyweight in the genre and his sets have inspired me to produce the deep dark sound.
Who are your top 5 dubstep producers at the moment; and why?
- Kryptic Minds – Their sound and basslines have got me hooked to this genre and I feel they are pioneers for the deep dark movement.
- J:Kenzo – His productions have heavy impact on the dancefloor and never fail to disappoint. His signature sound; massive bass as well as solid atmospheres, are a great combination for some serious tunes.
- Biome – I feel Biome is another big influence to me. 2011 was an amazing year for him and he pushed out some serious tunes. He has a unique production sound and has good variety to his music.
- Sleeper & District – Ever since their GetDarker set i have been following their sound, Real deep dark atmospheres and some of the best reese sounds iv heard. Big inspiration to my music.
- Killawatt – Some serious weight coming from him and the variety of his music is amazing. I have a feeling 2012 will be an even bigger year for Killawatt and look forward to hearing more of his sound.
What’s the future of dubstep – where do you see the genre going? In my opinion the genre is going to progress rapidly this year, in a good way. There are a lot of new producers on the scene, a lot of great new labels and a lot of good music from 2011 to look back on. I think this year will be great for the genre and hopefully push out all the nonsense brostep and filth and take dubstep back to its core – big deep basslines.
Any forthcoming releases we can look forward to? As of now I have only 1 forthcoming release – that’s on new label Falkon Records. I hope to have more releases coming soon but as of now I am going to focus on my production sounds.
Have you got any advice to upcoming DJs/ Producers? I’m still upcoming myself so the only advice I can give is to never give up and just enjoy the music.
Any shoutouts? Shout outs to the crew over at FatKidOnFire [big ups]! Big Shouts to all the Dubai massive, badman submarine and bassface. And big shouts to the people who are feeling my sound. I have alot more tunes in production and can’t wait to push my sound even further.
Moez has kindly offered up two of his tracks as FKOF free downloads – ‘Shadow’s Edge‘ and ‘Geomancer‘. Both illustrate his talent with the empty space and the big basslines, but what got me interested was his pretty insane percussion; the tribal bits in Geomancer are next level! Get on the free DL and follow Outerdub on SoundCloud, he’s got some talent and we’ll hopefully be hearing a lot more of him…
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