1 - Can you tell us a Tell us little about your background? Where did you guys grow up, and where are you based now?
First off I should point out that Beat Assassins is now just me (Jimmy), so I guest that should be Beat Assassin LOL. Joe is now concentrating on his drum n bass career.
I grew up in Herne Bay, Kent and then moved to London, now live in Camden Town North London.
2 - How did you get started producing music?
I formed Beat Assassins with Joe (DJ Wooz) in 2006. At the time he was producing drum n bass and already knew quite a lot about production. I was learning and picked up the skills from him. 6 yrs down the line and I have my own studio in Camden.
3 - When did you first feel that you had finally discovered your own specific sound?
After we produced a track called “We Run Tings”, a track that brought together breaks, electro and dancehall under one umbrella, we then started calling our sound “urban electro.”
4 - What do you think stands out the most about your sound?
The feedback I get from Beat Assassins fans is: everyone loves the bouncy booty vibe of the music alongside the dancehall and hip-hop vocals.
5 - Did you have any mentors when you were starting out? Who helped you get heard and established?
No mentors – no one helped us out and still today it’s all my own graft. If you want to succeed in this game you got to knuckle down and promote yourself.
6 - Are you a vinyl junkie, CD-DJ or a laptop DJ?
I love playing off the Pioneer CDJ decks. Especially now the CDJ 2000 are out. I did love vinyl and I was one of the old skool DJs that went kicking and screaming and protesting over to CD DJing but times change and vinyl just isn’t applicable any more.
7 - What records are you currently playing out at the moment?
Ok Top 5 tunes right now!
Beat Assassins – Rip Up Da Riddim – Mofo Recordings
Beat Assassins – Vowla – Mofo Recordings
Deekline ft Yo Majesty – Like Girls – Rat Records
DJ Fixx & Keith Mackenzie - Get Ill – Eleven Seven
The SleepOver – Bring The House Down _ Ton!c Remix
8 - What was the best party/gig/festival you’ve ever played, and why?
I played the Budapest dance parade – there were about quarter million people and several sound systems in the main square. I was the last DJ to play and my set couldn’t have gone any better. As my final beat finished someone let off a firework display behind me and to the crowd it all looked staged. Thousands of ravers went absolutely ballistic, that was a great moment.
9 - Where do you look for inspiration when you’re starting on a new track?
A good sample or vocal hook!
10 - How long does a track typically take you to make?
Around 2 days to write – about a month EQing and tweaking.
11 - What time of day do you work best?
9am – 10pm
12 - Preferred piece of kit/software?
Ableton Live 8 for sequencing while running Reason 6 as an external instrument.
Plug-ins: NI Massive, FM8 & Sylenth – with those synths you can pretty much make anything.
13 - Where do you record?
In my studio in Camden Town North London!
14 - Do you play any instruments?
I learned to play the piano and guitar a bit years ago but not anymore.
15 - If you weren’t a musician, what would you be doing with your life?
Drug Dealer / Pimp / Gangsta / Villain - LOL
16 - There’s a lot of fun/exciting/fresh ideas in breakbeat these days; what other genres do you
I love all the UK bass music being made right now; there are some awesome tunes within the future garage scene, I’m a massive drum n bass head, always will be. Electro is kicking off right now alongside wobble house and off course dubstep. It’s all wicked!!
17 - If a wrecking ball was headed for your house, which *one* record would you rescue before it hit?
I’d be too busy flicking through my records trying to decide – the wrecking ball would splat me!!!
18 - Any plans for an artist album?
19 - A last word…
Watch out for:
Beat Assassins / Vowla / Mofo Recordings
Beat Assassins / InHale Exhale / Mofo Recordings coming to a download site nr you very shortly.