Interview with Duke Dumont: ‘Getting my music heard to the most amount of people possible is important’
One of the most anticipated dance tracks of the year so far Duke Dumont’s Need U (100%) is finally out this week and is set to add to dance music’s surge towards mainstream popularity with a top 10 charting come the weekend. Sam Moir speaks to the producer behind the house anthem.
BBC Radio 1 DJ Toddla T has been making solid strides forward with his Girls Music imprint. In a short space of time, the label has released music from emerging talent such as Des Demure, Walter Ego and Roses Gabor.
Toddla, real name Tom Bell, will host the Girls Music party at the Bussy Building in [...]
“I wouldn’t say I’m going for my third consecutive number one,” says Dan, “It’s dangerous to become too concerned with chart positions as there are so many factors that govern how well something does in the charts.”
Dan, better known as DJ Fresh, answers my first question astutely. In the last eleven months, he has made history twice, with two number ones, taking both dubstep and drum’n'bass to the coveted top spot in the UK music charts.
Taking time out of an evening assembling his new studio, Ben Geffin, one half of Jack Beats, sounds excited about the release of You Should Know, the duo’s collaboration with Donae’o.
“We’d had a track that we’d been working on for quite a long time and we tried out different vocalists and working with different songwriters [...]
Next week sees the 23-year-old producer, real name Greg Feldwick, release his debut album. The 12-track record is a culmination of the producer’s formative years making music.
Matthew Gresham answers my first question about the thought process behind his latest album, with a succinct and honest reply.
“I felt it was time to progress my style and move away from the sound I’m known for,” he says, “I was very keen to take my sound somewhere new with this album.”
“The reaction to Fever has far surpassed my expectations,” says 23-year-old B. Traits when asked about her debut single, one of the most anticipated dance tracks of the year.
Back in 2009, an unknown producer going by the name of Deadboy burst on to the scene with a track called ‘U Cheated’ which went on to be supported by a host of respected underground DJs. But before then the producer was creating an array of music, from grime and garage to house and techno.
Having collaborated together for Detboi’s Curse of the Voodoo Drums 2 EP last year, Detboi and Mista Men are back – this time with the former returning the favour and collaborating on the latter’s release.
“There is pressure on me,” Friction says, “Because I’ll be responsible for telling the world what’s new with drum’n'bass and getting it out there.”
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