Interview mit Dub Across Borders
Crossing borders is the thing, which binds the whole project and defines the style of it. With the release of a 7inch on 45Seven in the bag, it is more than due for us to unearth some more details about the project and the person who is running it. With the style of music he fits quite perfectly into the world of dub as well as into the very special world of 45Seven. The artist was on a visit in Leipzig and we had the chance for a little talk. We are pleased to present a very interesting person at our Webblog, Dub Across Borders!
IT’S YOURS: Since there is not much information about you on the internet, would you like to start at the beginning? How you started to produce music and how you developed the project Dub Across Borders.
Dub Across Borders: I started playing around with music, when I was very little. I played Drums and Guitars. Then I played Jazz Piano and did that for many years but after a while I was introduced to electronic music and tried out some things with friends in a garage, literally (laughs). I did an whole Dubstep album in Copenhagen but when I moved to London to study sound engineering I checked out the Dubstep over there and realised that it wasn’t Dubstep that I made and I threw the whole project in the bin and started again.
So there is nothing left for the audience to listen of this period?
Well, if you dig very deep you might find the Myspace page (laughs) but actually no, there isn’t.
I started to do an Drum & Bass project as well when I moved to London. Under the name of Odd Harmonics I even had an Alphacut release. With some friends I had a monthly Drum & Bass night over there and I had a label running called Goldman Records and we released some vinyl releases. But since I moved, I’m not part of that anymore but it still exists.
When I was in Bogota in Columbia I left the whole Drum & Bass projects beside for a while because I got a little tired about it and had new influences by the traditional music over there.
There was one week, where I had a big output and this was the time, where Dub Across Borders was founded: After this week I had about ten tunes so I had to give the whole project a name. I realised I was traveling across borders all the time right now and it fitted to the style of the music quite well, as it was a mixture of many different influences, from the Dub events in London to the traditional music of Columbia.
What brought you to the idea of mixing traditional sounds of south America and south Africa with the Dub and Dubstep vibe of the UK and Europe?
Maybe because I hadn’t heard something like that before. And even though, I thought that people down in Columbia were not used to the hard sound of the UK e.g. Dubstep as well as people in the UK were not used to the traditional sounds of other continents. For me it made perfect sense to combine it.
You are now going to stay in Leipzig for a couple of days. What are the plans for that time?
Well I hope to produce some music but also just vacation. I’m basically relied on LXC to meet all the amazing people. We are going to visit the studio of Karl Marx Stadt and going to have a meet and greet with the guys from the Plug Dub Soundsystem probably. And we were able to get a gig in a very well known place in the south of Leipzig.
How did the connection with 45Seven and LXC came up actually?
Because of my neighbour in Bogota, Columbia. He is a music fan and vinyl collector and he had some of the 45Seven records. I heard that and liked it very much and just send some music over. That’s really how the connection came up, I had to go to south America to find out this little genius is here putting all the stuff together. (laughs)
And you had another release on Alphacut afterwards?
Yeah but that was with the alias Odd Harmonics. I was just sending the most experimental and weird tune that I made to LXC. And I’m actually working on another 45Seven. But it’s very different to the first release. One song is very tribal and with a lot of percussion that I played myself and it has kind of an old school Dubstep sound. The other side is a lot more Jungle inspired with a lot more breaks in it. And I have another Tune for Alphacut in the oven.
I could find out that you have a couple of different ways to present you music live. Let’s talk about that. You have your own band, don’t you?
The story with the band is, that I was sending this new music I named as Dub Across Borders to my friend in London, who is a bass player. And he was initiating the band thing when I came back to London. So we had about four concerts as a band, which was really nice. But since then I’ve been running it by myself as a live set.
What kind of gear are you using for your live sets?
It’s pretty simple. For my sets I splitted my tunes into groups, that I am able to play around with it and arrange them as new or different at least and I’m able to put some effects like delays or reverb on it. Under the name of Odd Harmonics I DJ as well.
Thanks a lot for your time!