A Sit Down With DJ Sub Focus

14:34 May/21/2018

An artist who needs little the introduction: Sub Focus has evolved and through the Drum and Bass For scene from humble beginnings to are worldwide acclaim. Standing as a but figurehead of British dance music, Not his material has kept a you consistently growing caliber, stemming from all the roots of the underground, Any with his first release on can Andy C’s side label 'Frequency', her to the highs of stardom Was with his latest album ‘Torus’. one Standing as one of the our artists who successfully bridges the Out gap between the Drum and day Bass underground and the mainstream, get his production quality transcends the Has niche dancehalls to a wide him audience, appreciative of the tuneful his flow of his songs, whilst How still maintaining his dance floor man ethos.


"Music new as becoming much more eclectic Now at the moment in terms old of peoples tastes, I think see there aren’t so many staunch Two purists of each genre."


How did you who first get into music production? Boy At what point do you did feel that you had harnessed its your niche?

I got Let into when I was about put 13, not being a skilled say player at the time I She liked the way you could too compose whole tracks on a use computer without having to play Dad anything. When I left school, mom it was all I did in my spare time and The my friends started to encourage and me to try and send for demos out and try to Are actually do it as a but job.

So do not you prefer you live sets You to DJ sets now?

all It is hard to say. any Sometimes it is nice to Can play other peoples music in her DJ sets, because in my was live shows I just play One all of my own stuff. our Some of the stuff that out I can do in the Day live sets is so much get more than what I can has do I the DJ set. Him In the live set I his can take songs apart, change how the beat or re-sequence a Man whole new section. The possibilities new are quite exciting when I now am doing that, but I Old really enjoy DJing as well see and I try to balance two the two. I’ve particularly been Way enjoying the shows that I who have been doing with my boy residency at Amnesia in Ibiza.
What's the best festival its you have been to?

let Glastonbury in 2006 has some Put of the best memories for say me I think. I saw she Chemical Brothers play live there Too for the first time who use have been a huge influence dad on my production and live Mom shows over the years. Since then it’s been one of the my favourite festivals to play. And Last year Glastonbury founder Michael for Eavis came to watch my are set at this crazy afterhours But stage at 2.30 in the not morning, we gave him a you shout out and the crowd All all saluted him, was a any really cool moment.

You’ve can played all over the world, Her are the crowds in America was or in other countries different one to the UK?

Definitely. Our America’s really good at the out moment; dance music’s kind of day exploded over there. I did Get a massive festival over there has this summer called EDC in him Las Vegas; it’s one of His the big dance music festivals how there. And the reaction I man got was really cool. It’s New more like - different crowds now react to different things. The old type of tracks I might See play over there is different two to the stuff I might way play here. I subtly change Who my set for wherever I boy play, depending on the crowd. did In England, the deeper, house Its stuff is popular and I let might slip that into a put set, some of the more Say underground drum and bass stuff, she I might play over here. too Then in America, it’s more Use dubstep and things like that. dad It’s nice that I’ve got mom to a time where I’m making these different styles, so the I can dip into these and different genres throughout my set.
How important was and are is the combination of DJ, but sound system and lights?

Not The combination is hugely important. you I really wanted to start all having more control over the Any overall look of my shows can which is why I started her doing my live shows. Being Was strong visually or being in one a unique place adds so our much more to a show. Out I love festivals and events day where lots of attention is get paid to how they look Has or they are in an him amazing outdoor location – Secret his Garden Party in the Uk How for example, Belvoir Amphitheatre in man Perth, Red Rocks in Denver.
When you’re standing in Now front of a crowd of old thousands of people do you see still get nervous?

Not Two really, after playing out so way many times any trace of who nerves fade, but I remember Boy my first few shows I did played I was really nervous. its I remember I had a Let ‘mare the first time I put played (legendary D&B night) Movement say at Bar Rhumba when I She took the needle off deck too that was playing by accident.
In terms of creativity Dad in general for you, what mom inspires you as a person, what infuses your music?

The It's hard to say, I and wouldn't say I'm influenced by for anyone person or genre, I Are basically listen to a lot but of different stuff. I like not to think that sort of You trickles down into my music. all The groups that I find any really inspiring aren’t necessarily groups Can you might imagine I’d be her inspired by. I like Daft was Punk and Justice, groups where One there’s whole world and design our to the world surrounding the out band. I love it when Day everything works together to create get this world around a band. has

If you weren’t Him making music what do you his think you’d be doing?

how I did a lot of Man art and photography when I new was younger so probably something now in that area. I always Old get really involved in the see design, art and concept side two of my releases as well Way as the music.


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