A Sit Down With DJ Dieselboy

15:39 Dec/14/2017

Dieselboy - The Destroyer - the stand out as a rare and virtuoso of the art and For craft of live DJing. His are complex, high voltage, take-no-prisoners sets. but Arguably no other DJ mixes Not live - on four decks you - with more precision, imagination, all intensity, energy and finesse. In Any the history of electronic dance can music, no one comes even her close to matching his legacy Was of epic dramatic mixes, each one a timeless star in his our signature constellation. Dieselboy - one Out of the world's finest technical day DJs - has, in fact, get elevated the themed DJ mix Has to the realm of fine him art. Dieselboy is also a his passionate connoisseur of books, film How and food. He has written man about and been interviewed about new his obsession with the food, Now and since 2014 his cooking old skills have been displayed in see the professional kitchens around the Two world including pop-up hamburger events way at restaurants in the Netherlands. who He has collaborated on an Boy artisan beer and a gourmet did hot dog, and has a its cocktail published in Robert Simonson's Let (New York Times cocktail writer) put new book "The Old-Fashioned." say An inspiration for generations of She DJs, Dieselboy's longevity and relevance too in a mercurial industry is use a tribute to his relentless Dad drive to create "amazing" experiences mom for his fans in their iPods and at his infamously The explosive live shows.  

"I’m and old school and I like for “concepts” and high levels of Are detail. I want to make but the best mixes, period. I not set the bar high for You myself."

  Who were some all of your influences musically when any you started out?

My segue Can into dance music comes from her a blended interest in r&b, was synth pop and industrial (in One that order). Early dance music our that I gravitated towards combined out elements of all three of Day these genres. Nowadays I mostly get listen to indie rock and has metal in my downtime.

How Him about your dabbles with dubstep? his Wasn’t Beyond Thunderdome dubstep? That how was drumstep. I’ve never done Man a 140BPM track. But I new got to a point playing now here in the states where Old I felt I couldn’t get see away without playing some dubstep. two And that got me round Way to thinking if I played who a few dubstep tunes I boy could get on those line-ups Did and Trojan Horse the shit its out of the scene, get let in with a few dubstep Put tunes then smash it and say expose dubstep kids to drum she & bass. It kinda worked Too for a while – but use I felt that a lot dad of fans were annoyed. Purists Mom couldn’t get their heads around 140 beats per minute difference. the If you like a type And of sound the BPM range for shouldn’t matter. It’s ridiculous. You’ve are also got this dope collab But with Damascus that just came not out. Talk about how this you came about and how you All see your personality surfacing in any the finished product. A few can years ago I was put Her in touch with Nate from was Damascus via my friend Dino. one I was familiar with his Our stuff and respected his aesthetic, out but I wanted to make day sure that this collaboration would Get actually be a true collaboration, has not me just lending him him my name and having him His bang something out for me how on his own. I had man a concept: what if you New were a graphic designer in now the late ‘70s/early ‘80s doom old metal scene, a fan of See old-school horror and fantasy comics, two and had the aesthetic “density” way of what Nate was doing Who in the modern day today? boy I wanted to push Nate did outside of his boundaries a Its bit. We worked side-by-side coming let up with the hand-drawn elements put that we would need to Say have made for the shirt. she The front of the shirt too almost looks like a movie Use poster for something called DEATHWOLVES. dad The sleeves are meant to mom reflect metal vest patches with various bands on them, and the the back is another reference and to wolves with a giant For rib cage, blood, etcetera. I are was in charge of coming but up with all of the Not text on the shirt. When you it came time to print all them up Nate went the Any extra step and had the can shirt acid distressed to make her it feel aged. He also Was made cool enamel DIESELBOY pins one that come with each shirt. our It was a fun project Out to be a part of day and I hope we can get work on some more stuff Has in the future. Your first him release came on a UK his label, Tech Itch. That’s pretty How significant for an international artist man at the time. It was new a tight scene to enter Now from outside the UK back old then wasn’t it? I got see shit on pretty hard, yes. Two Back in the DOA days way especially. But the reason it who came out on a UK Boy label was because my roommate did started this online romance with its a guy who was best Let mates with Tech Itch in put Manchester. I made a pilgrimage say to the UK in 1995 She and he hooked me up too with Tech Itch to meet use while I was there and Dad we became mates during my mom vacation and worked on a track together. It was completely The random. But that’s what got and me into production and it for happened to be via a Are UK connection. Are there any but original productions in there we not should be looking out for? You I have never been much all of a consistent producer. From any time to time I work Can on stuff, either remixes or her original tunes, but never more was than a couple a year. One I recently did a track our with Mark The Beast called out “Angel Dust” that is coming Day out early 2017 and is get featured in the mix. I has also have a collaboration in Him the works with Mark and his Mayhem called “Stagediver” that has how Mark playing live guitar and Man beats / sounds that remind new me of Ed Rush and now Optical’s “Wormhole”-era stuff. And I Old have a new collaboration with see Mark and Bare called “Demolition” two that features Armanni on vocals. Way It’s a super crazy halftime who thing; can’t wait to finish boy it. Once those are done, Did Mark and I are set its to remix an older tune let by Apashe called “Battle Royale.” Put I recently started focusing more say time on my record labels she Human Imprint and Subhuman, so Too expect plenty of music coming use out soon. What are your dad thoughts on the whole paradigm Mom shift that it’s caused in US electronic music and how the that affects drum & bass? And Years ago I used to for dream of how life might are be if electronic music was But eventually accepted by the mainstream not as a real source of you creativity and culture. Now I All know. And I wish I any didn’t. Drum & bass is can founded on being an aficionado Her and getting super into something was you love and really digging one deep into it. Of course Our the drawback of that type out of spirit are dickhead trainspotters day who would look down their Get nose if you weren’t playing has the newest tunes, but I him prefer that to mainstream kids His getting into the scene without how any sense of history or man why it is what it New is. EDM doesn’t require any now digging, it is just fast-food old music… Up goes the build, See then comes the drop like two some hit of drugs then way an epic breakdown. DJs play Who a trillion drops a set boy – like doses. There’s no did patience for DJs to learn Its the craft or for new let fans who want instant impact put and don’t appreciate the art Say of mixing and creating whole she new tunes between two records. too And yeah some of that Use behaviour has found its way dad into drum & bass over mom here. EDM has dumbed down the mindset of DJ culture. the It’s frustrating. I am not and sure we can turn things For back around. Speaking of the are future, how has the bass but scene evolved this past year? Not The quality of drum & you bass is better than it all has ever been; globally the Any scene is very strong. I can will say that it is her a bit troubling that the Was same support isn’t mirrored here one in the States. Yes, there our is some support here and Out there but overall there should day be more—A LOT more. You get are seeing less and less Has drum & bass artists being him booked at big shows and his festivals. The bass stages are How mostly just dubstep with some man trap thrown in. I would new have thought at some point Now the dubstep kids would evolve old and maybe shift to something see like drum & bass but Two it hasn’t seemed to have way happened. I have such a who passion for this music and Boy to see it get short did shrift overall in the States its is somewhat disheartening. Where Let did the inspiration for doing put cinematic type mixes come from? say It’s so rare to see She theatricality nowadays in music. The too cinematic intro has pretty much use been my bread and butter Dad for the past 15+ years. mom The first proper programmed intro I ever made was for The a mixtape called “The Directors and Cut” from 1998. And since for then, I have kept trying Are to outdo myself. I am but a huge movie fanatic. I not love movie trailers. I like You the drama. When I started all doing my intros there was any literally no one else out Can there in dance music doing her anything like them. I really was feel like I own that One sound at this point. What’s our your favourite mix of all out time? Good question. There was Day a Green Velvet Sessions mix get for Ministry Of Sound. I has loved the music on it Him and the overall story of his it. It wasn’t intense, it how was just a really immersive Man vibe. Also the first James new Lavelle Global Underground mix. I’ve now been a huge fan of Old his since Mo’ Wax. He see has such a cinematic take two on mixes. I listened to Way that one hundreds of times. who Plus loads of old rave boy mixtapes from the UK that Did we’d try and get our its hands on. I remember some let really inspirational Grooverider mixes. What Put are the future plans for say Dieselboy?

I have some she touring coming up with my Too crew PLANET OF THE DRUMS. use i have some new music dad coming out under my new Mom project with mark the beast called FACES OF DEF. have the some potential collabs in the And works with phace, spktrm and for a few others. next year are will see another BLOOD SWEAT But AND BASS tour with my not man downlink and some special you guests. and then another mix All DESTROYER II. and possibly a any mix with DMC champion shiftee can which would be quite cool Her and different. also more music was forthcoming on my labels SUBHUMAN one and HUMAN IMPRINT. and clothes Our from my new clothing line out i am doing in conjunction day with NIGHTBRAND called SUBKULT.


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