What’s the reason for these bass blistering dubstep free downloads you ask? Well, Jesse’s got a spankin’ new EP dropping on 15th October on his sterling label, Klub Kids so keep ya’ ears tuned. But can it be better than these bangers? ‘Bass Kick’ is Kenobi’s take on Moombah-core and his interpretation is wicked-wild out of the box!
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Bass music producers and DJs! Want some tune making tips from the master himself? Read the interview with Kid Kenobi conducted by our Moombah-crazed reporter, Aziz du Monde where we obtain the low down on whats hot in the studio and get some ideas of ways to promote your music online.
What attracts you to Moombahton and where do you see it going?
The tempo initially. I loved hip hop as a teenager and then breaks when I started DJing and a lot of that was around the same tempo. It’s just so b-boy. It’s weird, I think a lot of the original moombah producers have now moved on to trap now so I’m kinda wondering where it will all end up.
On the flip, I’ve noticed a lot more dubstep producers releasing 110 tracks which is really cool. I don’t mind so much where the individual genres end up, I just hope people keep writing at that tempo. It’s such a fun tempo plus, for me personally, it keeps my music and my DJing more interesting. I usually only stay on one tempo for about four to six tracks when I’m DJing so I def need more music at that tempo! Ha ha.
What’s in the studio and where’s good to get sounds from?
I’ve got a pretty basic set up really. Logic, Ableton, various plug ins and some Dynaudio monitors. I’m more artist than tech geek so I guess I have opted for learning a few pieces of software really well rather than filling my mind with new programmes to learn all the time. I use Massive as well as Logic’s in built synths for bass and have been favouring Sylenth for my leads of late, especially for the more trancey main room sounds.
Can you share a delicious Moombahton studio recipe?
I tend to use a small catalogue of well refined kicks and snares I have built up and worked on over the years. Sub I take from the XS24 sampler which has awesome clean sub when pitched down in its default setting (I learnt this from a Reso tutorial). I tend to use heavy side chaining on the sub to keep it as tight as possible and well out of the way of the kick.
Bass sounds I usually take from Massive with a whole bunch of processing. I’ve built up a large catalogue of ‘instruments’ I’ve created (i.e. channel strip settings with synths and plug ins) that I can pull up whenever. Very handy. ES2 is great for leads, so is Sylenth.
I have a big collection of old school sample CD’s that I rape and pillage for all my 90’s samples. I’ll never get tired of using them. They just make the music so much more fun. Plus that was the era I first encountered dance music.
I’ve also become a full EQ nerd of late. I’m obsessed with eliminating all unnecessary frequencies and cleaning all the mud out of a mix. Amazing what a difference that makes. I’m also tending to be careful in my use of compression. I think it can get overused and really suffocate a mixdown. I’m finding it important to let things breathe and create a bit of dynamic in the mix and leave a lot of compression to mastering. I certainly don’t always get it all right but I guess that’s part of what makes producing so much fun to do, it’s always a challenge!
What’s do you think the ticket is these days to getting noticed in EDM?
Writing tunes obviously. I think there are two main ways to get your music noticed: either pioneer a new sound or be really good at copying a current trend. Ha ha. That seems to be the way things roll. Also being an active self promoter. Developing a personality around what you do is important. We are living in the world of social media so being someone that people can interact with – not just a faceless producer – really seems to help. Also, luck and good timing are key, though unfortunately both are usually beyond our control.
What are your thoughts on the improvements made to Pioneer’s latest CDJ-2000 nexus? (sync button, wifi-connectivity..etc)
To be honest I’m not 100% up on all the features. But from what I’ve gathered the sync button has been making the most ‘noise’. I’m pretty old school and come from a time when the only reason you got gigs was because you had more ’skill’ than the next guy. Sure beat-mixing is not the be all and end all of DJing but at the same time I guess it was nice knowing that someone who could do it well was obviously someone who had honed their craft and was dedicated to it.
All in all I think these new features are a reflection of the fact that we are moving out of the ‘DJ age’ and into the ‘producer age’. These days it’s less about being a ‘good DJ’ and more about being a producer who DJ’s (performs) their own music via the DJ format. Again, sure there is more to DJing than beat mixing but honestly, by and large I think people turn up to see artists these days, not just ‘DJ’s’ playing good ‘DJ sets’ as they once did. I think that time is over. I mean look at the skill level of someone like Jack Beats (having been members of The Scratch Perverts and the Mixologists). I reckon most people at their gigs go to hear their tunes rather than marvel at their skill as DJ’s.
That said, I think people are always going to respond better to a good DJ than a shit one i.e. someone who has good knowledge of track selection, set construction, how the energy transfers from one track to another, and the ability to balance things like education and entertainment etc etc. I always have and always will believe that skill will win out in the end – even if that skill is now bereft of things like ‘beat mixing’.
If you could travel back in time, which deceased musician’s life would you live?
OMG none really. I think all lives have their pains, their challenges and their great success’s. I’m pretty happy to be able to learn from all the greats that have lived and apply it to my own life. I may not be the greatest musician that has ever lived but I’m pretty happy with where I am at, the things I’ve learnt, and the things I’ve got planned. Life is good.
Bang-a-lang Jesse! Thanks very much.