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Outrage Interview (Part 2)

Outrage Interview (Part 2)

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Interview by Ben Daniels

As far as non DnB influences what are the sounds that you incorporate into the music that you write?
I say more so in the last 5 or 6 years – because I started listening to drum and bass in its earliest form since I was eleven years old – obviously I listened to more commercial hip hop in the early 90’s and stuff. When I was growing up my parents listened to all kinds of random stuff – anything from fuckin’ Elvis to the Beatles and Tom Jones – my dad was a big fan of Al Jolsen, so it was really varied. My parents never had a particular sound they favored it was just really varied. I just liked good music – if it gave me a good feeling I liked it. But in the last 5 or 6 years I have kind of taken influence from outside of Drum and Bass. You know, I listen to things like Sonic Youth, Apex Twin, I like classical music, because you can pull out some good emotions, Radiohead, I really love the emotions from those guys – they do some amazing stuff. I take quite a bit of influence from the [early] Jungle Techno bit of it you know? Like ’94 between ‘92 and ‘94 as well. Certain ways and certain riffs and stuff that they used back then.  You’ll always find an old school hint in my sound even though it doesn’t sound old, I mean you can always relate it to something from back then I guess. But, honestly I’ve really got an open mind – I’ll go out there and look up some random shit and be influenced by it. I’ll spend a week listening to a new artist I’ve come across or something that I haven’t listened to and just study it and get ideas. It hasn’t been something that’s been stuck with me from the beginning because as I said drum and bass was there from the very start.

In that same vein, there is a lot of nostalgia with Breakbeat Hardcore and early Jungle, how does it translate to what you are doing with J-Tek?
Well, it’s not the same. The people behind J-Tek have come from back when Jungle Techno was around and also a lot of them grew into Drum and Bass for what it is now and they kind of work a whole different way. The arrangements are different, the way they produce is different. The energy they put behind things is different, so a­ll were trying to do is recreate the same energy but at a more acceptable spend and tempo I guess. If people want to say it’s similar that kind of sound then its fine. At the end of the day we only started off J-Tek as a label – and that people started calling it [the music] J-Tek is fine, they can talk – it all helps. We’d like it to fit in – the people who have supported J-Tek are anyone from MJ Cole who was massive in the UK Garage scene, I mean he played J-Tek 001 when he was tour when he was all over the world – in amongst all sorts of stuff – because of the tempo – you can do that! Mala from Digital Mystikz was playing our stuff, and I’ve heard of loads of other Dubstep artists playing our stuff. I’ve heard you’ll find it in a lot of Dubstep mixes.  But we trying to do a new thing at an acceptable tempo that’s what to do – and recreate certain vibes to give it a new look basically.

Do you have goals to see the music grow in a certain way – where do you see it going?
I’d love to see it grow – and my whole thing with dance muisic is that its far too segregated. Like I remember you could go to a warehouse rave back in the day and you could have Jumping Jack Frost, Carl Cox, Sasha, – the most random line up you can imagine under one roof. And people would go out and have a good time. Right now everything is far too categorized. That’s why I love what J-Tek has become and so many different Djs are playing it from different genres. You’ve got drum and bass DJs, you’ve got Garage Djs you got Dubstep djs, you’ve got Breaks DJs you got Hardcore DJs.  You got all these people from different genres playing a J-Tek track. So for me, if that helps bring the music scene back together and when you can go to a rave and have it all under one roof that would be fuckin’ great because that would help record sales because people are into music for the sake of the music not because it’s a fad or fashion. Not because their friends are into it – that they have their own mind about what they like. I think that’s what’s missing from dance music.

Here in the states, DnB has cooled off a bit and I think this Is true across the board. In the US, a lot of people have discovered Dubstep. Is that happing in the UK as well?
Its happening all over the world. It happened with UK Garage, it happened with Grime, it happens in waves. The good thing about drum and bass, drum and bass is underground, and it always will stay that way, in the sense that it had its time where people were getting signed to major labels but its always kind of been there, its became a part of the UK culture its been there so long. It’s there and it’ll always be there. Other things might overtake it  – Drum and Bass might blow up and get smaller, bow up and get smaller, but drum and bass will always be there. You know it’s a part of the culture in the UK and lot of other countries and its been in other countries for like 10 – 15 years already if not more – you know the United States, I don’t know when the first parties in the States were, but I know New York has been having Drum and Bass parties in like ’96. You can compare that to where Dubstep is in the last 2 years – its really young and fine – I think that lots of people have jumped on it all over the world I mean I play in many different countries and every country I’ve played in, in the last six months, the promoters said to me Dubstep is the biggest thing right now. There is not one promoter who hasn’t told me that. I’m talking Belgium, Australia, new Zealand, Asia. Everywhere is saying Dubstep is the biggest thing right now. And I think it’s a good thing, I think Dubstep can actually help bring dance music back together. The fact that they are working with Hip-Hop artists and big vocal remixes make it a good thing.

And J-Tek can fit right in
Big Time! It can also offer something different, because you think about hardcore – its got breakbeats in it and stuff but it’s missing the bass lines of drum and bass – dub step will have to go in that direction I think to progress the music eventually I think.

Some of the most entertaining dubstep sets I’ve seen in a while have all included techno, 4 on the floor elements and breakbeats throughout the sets.
Exactly! I think a lot of genres are starting to join up now, all around the same bpm and if J-Tek can be a part of that – call it what – it’s a great thing and Ill be really pleased to be a part of it!

Check out Outrage’s label J-Tek Records:

Outrage also recently re-launched his D&B label Backlash Records: