1 - Can you tell us a Tell us little about your background? Where did you grow up, and where are you based now?
I grew up in the Rep of Ireland in a town called Trim, in Co.meath about 40 mins from Dublin.
I left there in the 90s moved to London , to sign a record deal ( that was the Plan ) .My Brother lived over there so I had a place to stay and family .
I spent allot of time going from club to club , and soaking it all up .I was a regular at Heavnly Juke Box in Turnmills .It was about the time of Big beat Explosion , I liked the old school Hip-hop vibe of Big Beat .
I was making tunes in my Flat and getting them pressed on dub plates and listening to them at home .I think I saw an ad in a Music Mag for a company called Alpahamagic looking for demos , so I rang them and arranged a meeting . I walked in to the board room filled with Happy Hardcore Djs, Like Dougal and Slip matt. I played them my Dub plate of my tune which was 12 minutes of Dub / Techno/Breaks and Trance. They Said “said it’s a bit long “ and gave me Daniel Billy Bunters Number and he signed me .Nothing was released and I headed to back to Good auld Ireland. I’m
2 - How did you guys get started DJing and making music?
I got into music when I was about 13, I starting scrathing on my sisters Hifi. Then I discovered 808 state , Public Enemy , Nwa , early Rave and Hardcore , James brown ,Ice t . I got my dexs when I was 15 and started producing when I was 18. I was into all types of music really.
3 - When did you first feel that you had finally discovered your own specific sound?
I suppose I was always into hip-hop so I wanted to recreate the sound , But it wasn’t until i dropped my first album “ Funky Five Years Ago “ in 2005 , that it all made sense .I suppose your sound changes as u grow as a producer , but the Hip-hop/ Funk is always there some ware.
4 - Do you know know what kind of track you want to write before you sit down to make it, or is it more a matter of experimenting and just seeing what happens?
I go into the studio and think right I’m gona do a Dubby Hip-hop Tune and u end up with a Drum n Bass tune. It’s just whatever sounds good really, but sometimes it just comes together really quickly and u end doing a tune which u had in Ur head.
5 - Where do you look for inspiration when you’re starting on a new track?
I usually start off with just a kick n snare, and Build for there. Or sometimes I hear a tune and think that’s a really nice string section and make a song with a string section.
6 - When you do sample, how do you approach it? Where do you source your samples from?
I usually start off with a drum break or loop; sometimes I might find a noise or sound on a record and make a song around that.
I use Lots of old vinyl and sample packs; about 80 % of my music is done from samples. Samples are my instrument.
7 - What does your current production setup consist of?
Dell quad Core running Windows Xp , Abelton 7 and 8 , Wave lab ,Technics 1210s ,Akai Mpd 32 , Blue Sky Monitors , Rocket 8 Monitors and loads of vinyl .
8 - When you’re not listening to electronic music, what do you listen to?
I’m In the studio 7 days a week , so alot of time I rest my ears and don’t listen to any music .But maybe a bit of Pink Floyd , Blur , Radiohead , Gary Newman , Lots of the Clash and the Specials
9 - Favorite non-electronic record of all time?
It would have to be Pink Floyd Dark side of The Moon
10 - Tell us a little about your style of DJing.
My Dj style is a Block Rockin Party Rockin Mash up of Sweat, Lasers, Air horns, and Loads of Funk n Bass…
11 - When you perform, what’s your preferred setup and how would you describe your sets? Are they different than your sounds as a producer?
I used to be 100 % vinyl , Then it was getting to heavy to carry and I was making 2 many tunes that I wanted to play out , so I started using Cds , I ended having about 400 cds with one tune on every one which was a nightmare cos I kept losing cds . Now I just use Ableton 8 and an Mpd 32.
I don’t “play live “ with the laptop , I just Dj from Abelton and use the Mpd to drop samples and efx , I try to keep it simple as possible .
12 - What records are you currently playing out at the moment?
MY Top 10 for June :
1) Dirty Dubsters Feat Top Cat _ Girls Pon Di Mind _ Spenda c rmx _ Irish Moss Records
2) Johnnypluse Feat Bass Nacho _ Back to the Future _ Breaks Mix _ Bulabeats Records
3) Pato banton _ Nice up the Session _ Dub Pistols Rmx _ Nice up !
4) Skullee _Skrillex made me do it _ Promo
5) The Verve _ Lucky Man _ Dfunk Remix _ Grits n Gravey
6) Dj Tzinas & Mr Bigk _ Rock Steady Boom _ Booty Fruit
7) Fleetwood Mac _ The Chain _ The Funk Hunters Remix _ Pormo
8) Benji Boko _Feat Ricky Rankin _ No1 Sound _ Tru Toughts
9) Badboe _ One of those days _ Pimpsoul Remix _ BDP Records
10) Johnnypluse _ When Ya hear the Horn _ Bulabeats Records
13 - Where’s your favorite place to DJ?
San Diego, California
14 - If you weren’t musicians, what would you be doing with your life?
Good question , probley trying do something in film , I defo wouldn’t be living in Ireland .
15 - Where do you think you will be musically in the next few years?
Hopefully I will have made a album that people will remember ,and I’d like to branch out to producing Guitar bands and may be signing some to my label Bulabeats .
16 - What is one thing most people don’t know about you?
I Supported Boyzone when I was 17, I dropped aloud of jungle and techno.. it was some fun .
17 - A last word…
My album “The Book of lies “ drops in October … I sleep with my eyes open …. :)
DJ/PRODUCER/ AND A+R FOR THE FOLLOWING LABELS :
BULABEATS RECORDS http://www.bulabreakdown.com/
BREAKDOWN RECORDS http://www.bulabreakdown.com/
BREAKDOWN RADIO http://ramp-shows.blogspot.fr/