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For our second installment in the TRANSMIT series we called on label boss Sub of Syncopathic Recordings. Initially thinking it would be around the 140bpm range, Sub surprised us at Robot Bodypop with a slick mix of 170bpm rollers. Inbetween the deep beats, theres a nod to the original jungle sound in there and quite frankly its awesome.
The label was established in Innsbruk in Austria by Sub in 2007 and they are keen to point out that their sound lies within D&B in its purest form. Building soundscapes with complex drums and deep bass alongside detailed attention its a refreshing take on a genre that is finding its feet once again. The atmospheres created reminded me of why D & B gripped so many in its earlier years.
We felt it necessary to grill Sub for a bit on his thoughts about the current music scene – Here’s what he said:
With your label are you going for a particular sound or vibe to represent your artists?
in the beginning of the label, which was 2007, i was only looking for drumfunk/amen artists as you can see when you look at the releases in the first year from artists like sumone, equinox, nebula, macc.. later on i opened my mind for the more minimalistic and glitchy kind of sound with releases by bop & dephecta, hidden paranoid society.. nowadays i am open for pretty much everything deep, doesnt matter which tempo!
How did the label come about? is it something youve wanted from the beginning?
I never had the intention to start a label, but at some point i realized there is so much great music and artists out there that will never see the light of day which kind of frustrated me.. so i decided to try to promote some of this music.. the first idea was to make it a free netlabel, but then i decided to sell the music to be able to provide mastering and artwork for the releases.. also i think most ppl dont worhsip what they dont have to pay for..
Do you feel, being a label owner that you can express yourself more musically as you’re able to put whatever you want out there into the public domain?
I am definetely doing what i want.. lol..
Whats the favourite track in your collection and why?
photek – the rain, bec it represents the essence of dnb and all related genres..
Whats your dream collaboration?
wow, that is hard, there are so many ppl out there i would love to work with.. but if i had to name one i would say robert glasper, that guy is working with harmonies like nobody else at the moment!
Any upcoming producers people should be aware of?
there are great artists popping out of the map every day.. there is this guy from singapore “diphasic” who is doing some brillant stuff! watch out for his release on syncopathic together with “rawst” from poland.. “rawst – medicine (diphasic remix)” is one of my favourite tunes right now – minimalism in perfection (check it in my guestmix).. also i have got a brillant release lined up by a guy called “deeper heightz” from the u.k., his tune “north shore” which will be on his syncopathic ep makes me goosebumps everytime i listen to it (you can find a preview on his soundcloud page)! two guys who are totally killing it right now are “parallel & relapse”, they have got a collaboration album forthcoming on dubkraft which will be a masterpiece in sounddesign and atmosphere!
What influenced you as you moved through drum and bass and into the dubstep scenes?
there are several lp’s that really hit me throughout the years.. “goldie – timeless”, “krust – genetic manipulation”, “photek – modus operandi”.. and in dubstep “burial – burial”, “headhunter – nomad”, “2562 – aerial”.. just to name a few..
If you could remix any track what would it be and why?
photek – the rain, bec it is the essence!!!
Any advice for people setting up their own labels?
not really, i think everybody has to find his own thing.. treat music and ppl with respect, the bigheaded will not stand the test of time..
Whats the biggest animal you can throw over a crossbar?
haha… no idea, but if you give me a capybara i try that one..
Check out the recent and forthcoming release, dig deep into the back catalogue and catch the exclusive mix on this weeks Robot Bodypop show.
NEXT FORTNIGHT ON THE ROBOT BODYPOP: TRANSMIT #3