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PuppyKilla introduces… REIKA

I first heard about Reika back in October 2009 when the guys at UKF Dubstep put his track ‘Rabbit Rounds’ on their channel.  He was 15 at the time and for someone of that age the production was incredible.  I’ve been loosely following him since then and the other day I found him on Facebook and approached him for an interview.  He got back to me within the hour with this…

Archie Willis (Reika) , 16, Brighton UK

How did you get into music production?

‘Well in 2008 I was really into grime music, I wrote down a few bars myself and recorded a few tracks.  I was 14 then so you imagine what that turned out like!  Seeing as I wasn’t any good at that I decided to get myself FL studio 6 and see what I could get down.  What i came out with wasn’t much good but it was a start.  About a year after I started producing I got an IMac and Reason, got into producing dubstep and still do it now.  Recently I’ve been using Logic Pro rewired with Reason.’

Which producers influence you most?

‘The main producers that have influenced me are; Benga, DZ, Chasing Shadows, The Others and Plastician.  I get inspiration from listening to all genres of music, whatever i hear influences me in one way or another.’

Which of your tracks is your personal favourite?  Why?

‘I’d say Scruface Scarface because out of all my tunes it stands out as the most powerful and I’m happy with the mixdown because of that.’

What have you been working on recently?

‘I’ve been making Hip Hop instrumentals lately, just as something different because I felt like I was running out of ideas for Dubstep tunes, but after this I’m going to have a go at doing a Dubstep remix of  ‘Like a G6′.’

Anything due for release?

‘Yeah, very soon I will be releasing a free EP called ‘Long Walk Off a Short Pier’ which will have a mixture of Dubstep, Hip Hop and DNB so look out for that!’

Any shout outs?

‘Mr Sleepz, Mr Strong, Dexx, MFrk, LDouble, Samson, Kelz, Stewbeats and Norton…  There are just too many to name, this lot have all helped me become the producer I am today, big respect to them all!’

‘There you go mate, good luck with the blog 😉
Take it easy.’

Unfortunately I couldn’t find Archie’s favourite track ‘Scruface Scarface’ on Youtube or Soundcloud 😦 I’ll try and get a link to it and post it at a later date.

First, I’m going to put up ‘Rabbit Rounds’, the first Reika track that I ever heard.  The production is amazing considering that Archie was only 15 at the time.  This was posted by UKF Dubstep promotions.

The rest of the tunes that I’m going to put up are from Archie’s Soundcloud which he started about 6 months ago.  If you search on Youtube for Reika you can get some of his older stuff which is equally sick.

Next up we have his latest track, it’s one of the hip-hop instrumentals he mentioned in the interview.  It’s not all that exciting, I mean, it’s made to have vocals put over it but the production is solid.  It would be awesome if Reika could find an MC to spit on this, it would definitely be a banger on the UK Hip-hop scene.

A D’n’B offering from Reika next.  The drop in this is quality!  I’m still amazed at the production quality of all the tracks…  Reika is going to go far, no doubt about that.  This is ‘I Wanna Know’…

For the last track, I thought I’d take it back to Dubstep.  This is my favourite track of the ones available on Reika’s Soundcloud page.  Some classic filth and wobbles!  There’s a sweet vocal sample on there too which finishes the track off nicely…

So there we go.  Be sure to keep an eye out for his free EP ‘Long walk off a short pier’ due for release soon!  Here are his Soundcloud and Facebook links;

Reika on Soundcloud
Reika on Facebook

Show him some love people!

Take it easy, keep it filthy.

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PuppyKilla introduces… SISYPHUS

I heard about this guy by talking to Prime (check out Prime’s interview here).  I took a look at some of his tracks on Youtube and for some reason they have very few hits.  I couldn’t understand it as although some of his tunes seem a little simple, there are also some absolute bangers mixed in there.  I got in touch with him, asking all the usual questions and this is what I got back…

‘My name is Will Rees, I’m 19 and I’m from South East London, but I’m currently at Sussex university.

I’ve been writing songs since I was 12 and producing all different genres since I was 15.  Whilst I haven’t produced dubstep in a while, I’ve been working on a more ambitious project, which is still needing vocals.  I’d be very greatful of course if my name was spread.  My favourite dubstep song is Euphoria, but there is more to be heard here:

http://soundcloud.com/sisyphusmusic

A personal favourite is Lost In My Own Little Galaxy, my flatmate did the guitar solo for me and we’re both very proud of how the track turned out.
I’d like to shout out to Prime, who is a fantastic dubstep producer, and actually is my best friend.
That’s all I can say for now, so thanks very much.

Cheers.
Will.’

I was going to post the two tracks mentioned by Will but they’re not really like his other stuff and don’t really fit in with the usual stuff I post on here, so I changed my mind…  Ok, so the real reason is that WordPress was pissing about and wouldn’t let me embed Soundcloud tracks on here for some reason, but shhhh.  Screw you WordPress.  Follow the link included in Will’s piece to hear them.

This is the track that really caught my eye.  It’s called ‘Withoutness’ and it was posted onto Youtube back in April.  For some reason this has only clocked 73 views in 7 months.  I have no idea why, it is awesome!  It’s got an Electro-style backing and a fairly simple sounding beat but then this unmistakably Dubstep bassline kicks in and just takes the track to another level…

Next up is ‘Clouds’.  A very soothing track, more D’n’B.  It’s very relaxing but still bouncy (if you get me?)…  Jesus, just listen to it…

The last two tracks are going to be everyone’s favourites, I know they are.  That’s why I’ve saved them.  ‘Up’ comes next and has the best quality production of the lot.  It’s nothing particularly special but you just can’t help nodding your head.  This could definitely be remixed into a much dirtier track but it’s pretty cool as it is…

Lastly, we have ‘Pussy’.  This is the one that is going to catch everyone’s eye (or ear).  It has a dirty name and vocal sample in the intro which always amuses the 15 year old kid trapped inside us all.  It also includes a sample of a woman moaning which is… nice?  The bassline is much darker than the other tracks and this has quickly become my favourite track from Sisyphus…

There we have it.  How this guy only has 19 Youtube subscribers is beyond me….  The link is below, get locked in.

http://www.youtube.com/user/SisyphusMusic

Peace.

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PuppyKilla introduces… SOUNDSONIC

I don’t actually remember how I came across Soundsonic…  I do remember that it was on Facebook however, it was possibly because he was friends with Pote who did an interview for me last week…  Anyway, I got in touch with him and he agreed to do an interview himself…

Name: Rhys Gaster
Age: 18
Location: Ashford, Kent, England.

How was it that you got into music production?

‘Well I grew up in a very MultiGenre family, from boy bands that my Sister listened to, to Dance music which my Mum was into.
From a very early age I started getting into Drum and Bass, the likes of Goldie, early Chase And Status, Dj Hype and Skream.
Since I was about 13 I wanted to be a DJ or producer, but it wasn’t until about a year ago I started playing around with software, making a couple of beats and mixing a little. Then about 4 months ago after getting huge views on my mash up mixes on Youtube and Soundcloud, I was taken on by the mighty FILTH.FM Dubstep station as a DJ weekly and ever since then I have been mixing my stuff on there.’

Influences?

‘Well, like, I mentioned; Goldie, Chase and Status, Benga, Skream, Tek-one, Bar9, Modified motion, Nero, Shockone, DJ Fresh, Camo & Krooked…’
Any shout outs?

‘Well I Guess I Can Shout Out To The Boss At FILTH.FM; Tom Webb, big up that dude for taking me on.  And shout out to everyone, including my friends that have influenced me and supported me musically…  And thank you PuppyKilla for having me :)’

Which of your tracks is your personal favourite?

‘Well, I’ll give you two… An actual track of mine and a Mashup one…’

This first one is an original track – Bad Guy!

And next we have a ‘Mashup’ – Red Light District

Soundsonic is actually better known for his mixes as this is what he does on a regular basis on Filth.FM.  Personally, I prefer this to his original stuff.

Be sure to check out his radio show on Filth.FM at 8pm (GMT) on a tuesday night!

Youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/SoundSonicUk

Soundcloud:http://soundcloud.com/soundsonic

Peace.

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PuppyKilla introduces… PRIME

Prime…

Real Name: Harry
Age: 19
Location: Live in Dartford, go to Essex Uni though.

So, how did you get into music?

‘I got into music by playing the piano, I started lessons when I was like 10 or something and slowly got better and better because I was passionate about it. Then, when I was starting secondary school, I found bought some Cakewalk software after seeing it in a music shop and thinking it can’t be hard to make music.  So took it home and messed around with it for a few years until I started making actual songs when I was about 15/16.   I moved onto Fruity Loops (as it was called then) and slowly got more used to the process. And finally, I moved onto Reason in the Sixth Form where I really started getting the hang of production. In the in-between years, I learned the guitar and a little bit of drums as well, which really helps.’

What are your influences?

‘I’m influenced by so much it’s unreal, I find I incorporate nearly everything I hear, I try to take the best of everything and cram it in.    I like Muse’s early stuff (their stuff now is just shocking).  I’m talking Origin Of Symmetry, the harp stuff they had going on is probably my biggest influence, like in Bliss. Then I like Radiohead’s chilled-out-ness.  I love the weird sounds they have which are made to sound normal, the odd time signatures, etc. yet it just flows.  Also, their chord patterns are top notch.  Then I like a bit of Rage, a bit of heavy rock.   I find that the breakdowns in metal songs can relate to dubstep really well, in the half-time, the power, and the rhythm.  Then, I like classical piano, to listen to at home, it’s just so calming.  Same with jazz and funk.  My parents influenced me with their jazz, soul, funk and motown choices.  My mum played Dream Warriors all the time and danced to it when she was pregnant with me, so maybe that kicked it all off?’

Anyone you want to give a shout-out to?

‘Shout outs go out to Strata (my partner in crime), Sisyphus, ExtraDot, OhMyDitty, and all my fans and supporters so far.’

‘I’m gonna break into this industry one way or another but the thing that is CERTAIN is that the people help me get there, so a massive cheers.’

There we have it.  Harry pretty much wrote all that for me himself, which saved me a lot of time.  I’ll have to ask all of my future interviewees to submit their reply in essay form too 😉

I’ll leave it up to Harry to pick the first track…

‘My favourite track is Snake Charmer Swagger because it’s just so precise. It’s weird, I dunno why I like it,  just, you can’t not nod your head to it, you know?’

Fair play…

Next up we have one of his latest tracks.  This is the first tune I heard from Prime and the reason I approached him.  I like it because the build up is immense and then the drop goes in a direction that is totally unexpected…  Listen and you’ll understand.

Prime – Unity

This next one I’ll call ‘Epic’.  I don’t throw that term around loosely so you know that this is going to be good.  It’s almost half D’n’B and half Dub.  It’s not a short track (just over 8 and a half minutes) but every second is worth listening to.  Some amazing sounds are used, including my personal favourite generic dubstep sound; the one that sounds like someone burping backwards into a vocoder (you’ll know when you hear it).  Notice the change of pace around 5 minutes in… Awesome.

Prime – Mayan Future

For fans of the darker stuff give this one a listen.  I can’t describe it any better than Prime does himself…  Open the video on Youtube and read the description…

Prime – Bump in the night

This one nearly wobbled my head off my shoulders.  Powerful track, it’s pretty much just you, the drums and the deep, resonating bass the whole way through.  Love it.

This is one of Prime’s first tunes.  Amazing track, love the sound clips in it.  He says; ‘One of the first tunes I wrote, back in the day, but back then I hadn’t grasped my style, or solved the EQing.  Listened back and decided it was such a tune that it needed to be in full proper 320 style glory. Viola.’ – Good call.

Prime – The Muffin Man

I could post each and every one of Prime’s tracks up on here but I’ll leave you to discover the rest for yourself… bar this one.  Something a bit different, some chilled D’n’B…  Wait for the break-down at 3.38, gets a bit Dubby there, absolutely spot on.

Prime – Chemical Reactions

Big thanks to Prime for letting me do this piece.  Hope you all enjoy his music.

Be sure to check out his other stuff at; http://www.youtube.com/user/primitivedubstep

Until we meet again…

Peace.

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PuppyKilla introduces… TOPHUR

So here we have it…  The first of Puppy Killa’s exclusive interviews!!

Tophur is an artist I found through the wonder that is Youtube.  He is 18 years old and is originally from west London, although he currently resides at Portsmouth University.

He first got into Dubstep / D’n’B after hearing Pendulum.  He was using Cubase in his music lessons at school and fell in love with making music after playing around with FL Studio at home.

He states his influences as; ‘skream, benga, jakes etc. etc.’

Favourite breakfast cereal; He doesn’t eat it.  Madman!!

This is his favourite track, ‘Shutdown’…  ‘It is one of my more chilled out tracks, and one of my more unique songs.’

The rippling bass and gentle beat make for easy listening.  Not exactly a party banger but a good Sunday morning recovery track.

This next tune is the first I heard of Tophur and the reason I approached him.  It’s a remix of Linkin Park’s Crawling.  Another slow paced, chillout type track.  Although it feels a little unfinished it’s still a beautiful track…

This is Tophur’s top-rated track with 115,000 views on Youtube.  Another remix, this time of Linkin Park’s Numb…

Next up we have a D’n’B track.  Faster paced than the previous beats but still with a distinct chillout feel.  Heavy weekend?  Need something a little soothing to ease your headache?  Tophur is your Sunday morning man…

Finally, here is a darker Dub called Vibes.  Probably my personal favourite… Love the picture too 😉  Womp womp womp…

So there we have it…  I hope you enjoyed the first instalment of ‘Puppykilla introduces…’.  More to come in the near future!

Be sure to subscribe to Tophur’s channel and check out his other tracks…  http://www.youtube.com/user/iCgalz

Peace.

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