For all you guys who missed the live show on Livity FM last night, heres the recording 🙂
Mortem; a man who should need no introduction. A name on everyone’s tongues, and in everyone’s record crate. Last year saw Mortem’s catapult to success with releases on IM:Ltd, Critical’s modulations & Metalheadz to name a few. We caught up with him to find what he’s been brewing!
Your last release of 2012; Iceberg on Metalheadz saw an incredible end to the year for you. Looking back through the year, what have been the pivotal moments in your rise to success?
For sure the Metalheadz release was a big thing for me. But during the whole year there were few as good moments as this one for example my release on IM:LTD with The Touch and my single on Critical Modulations.
With releases on so many coveted labels this year you’ve obviously been putting in the hours in the studio, how has that affected your personal life?
To be honest, I didn’t put as many hours in the studio as id like to. That’s very frustrating for me to find the right moment to sit down, relax and make some music. A lot changed for me lately, that’s why its even harder to find some time in the studio. That’s why I have to put as much effort as I can when I have some free time.
Touching on the old flames of IM:Ltd; you’ve worked with some top shelf producers putting out stellar remixes of your original works. How did you find working with Sabre and Stunna, and more importantly, did this change your perspective on the drum & bass scene?
It didn’t change my perspective on dnb scene that much. Of course I was very happy to have my tunes remixed by those guys and I hope to have more tunes remixed by more guys. Working with those guys was a big pleasure and I am very delighted about the final results.
Your sound seems to have matured this year, carving your own niche in a sea of bass. How did you evolve this signature sound? Did it come as a natural progression to your works or was it tough nailing that sound?
It’s both I must say. I want to progress that’s why I was spending some time on having the certain sound, but I think there is much more to do for me to progress my sound more and more. I’ve spent a lot of time on the sound as well as on the arrangement and I’m pretty happy about the results but they are not ideal on 100% for me and for sure they never will !
Following on with your production; could you give us an insight on your production setup? I’m also dying to ask; what is your choice weapon for making those incredible bass riffs!?
My production set up is pretty basic. I used to make music on white mac book from 2008, but now I have upgraded my workstation with new mac with a lot of ram because working on that laptop was a pain in the… Also I’m using fostex pm 0-5mk2 monitors and an emu 0202 sound card so its pretty simple. For 99% of my sounds I’m going for NI Massive and 100% of those bass riffs are made in that plug-in which for me is just fantastic I’m not using samples for bass sounds, I like to have everything made by myself.
Do you have any advice for any up and coming producers reading this?
Be patient, be open-minded, do what you want to do, do not force yourself.
Lastly, were all excited to see what 2013 has in store for yourself. What can you tell us about your upcoming releases or gigs this year?
A few releases in the big labels are in the making but I cant say anything for the moment, so you’ll have to wait for the surprise 🙂
Mortem’s top 10:
- Mortem – Malfunction
- Enei & Kasra – So Real – Mefjus RMX
- Mortem – Bring it Down
- Ower – The Missing Words
- Enei ft East Colors – 2012
- Dabs & Mortem – Hourglass
- Mortem – Taking My Freedom
- Hybris & Rido – The Thing
- Rido – Twisted VIP
- Dj Hazard – Never be the same
Finally, Mortem is giving away a free tune! All you need to do is head on over to his FB page: http://www.facebook.com/mortemdnb and get liking!
Theres a couple of new tunes doing the rounds from some highly respected artists:
The only catch is you’ll need to like their facebook page and they’ll only release the tunes when they have the bumped up their likes a fair bit. So get sharing!
2012 has been a fulfilling year for IM:Ltd and with the sonic summer being definitively over, the French based label gets back moodier than ever with ‘Junction 12’, a collection of 6 meticulously picked Drum & Bass tracks from some of the hottest talents on board that comes in the form of a 3×12” vinyl series.
Disc 1 sees Berlin producer Es.tereo going back to some of his darker playgrounds with ‘Junction 12’, an autonomic influenced stepper forged on obsessive robotic vocals and industrial klanks. On the B side, French techstep veterans Kantyze deliver a surprisingly uncluttered roller named ‘Tough Breaker’. Simple & efficient.
With releases on labels such as Goldie’s legendary imprint Metalheadz , 2012 has been a wealthy year as well for Mortem as he returns to IM:Ltd with ‘Converter’, another brilliant track that won’t contradict his well earned reputation for creating music that causes serious damages on dance floors across the globe. The flip consist of ‘Amour King’, the first vinyl effort from Quartz , a new duo hailing from Cardiff.
On Disc 3, Gerwin steps up his game with ‘It’s All In Your Head’, a seedy piece of minimal tech funk. Once again, his ease and versatility definitively makes him one of the name to be watched out for in the coming months. Last but not least, Belgian producer Atmospherix teams up with S-Vb for some ‘modular revenge’.
A side: Es.tereo – Junction 12
B side: Kantyze – Tough Breaker
C side: Mortem – Converter
D side: Quartz – Amour King
E side: Gerwin – It’s All In Your Head
F side: Atmospherix & S-Vb – Modular Revenge
Cat Ref: IMLTD 1210
Format: 3×12” Vinyl & digital download
Release: 2013 January 28th
Lovely dubplates keep landing in my inbox, mostly from IM:Ltd at the moment. They’re keeping busy cramming in the releases before Christmas.
This ones a retrospective look at some of the most influential tracks in IM’s 4 year history, packed with quality tracks you should definitely check this one out.
Out Now: http://www.junodownload.com/products/rise-of-the-under-dogs-compilation/2092727-02/
I got a new studio! Yay!
So now its all setup and cushty its time to piss the neighbours off 😉
I’ve rounded up a good mix of my faves of the moment and smashed them all together in some coherant fashion using 3 decks of fire!
Get downloading, get it on that USB stick / phone. Get the good headphones out, (not those crappy apple ones!) and Enjoy 🙂
All Thoughts Are Prayers – (Marcus Intalex Remix) Blu Mar Ten
How Did I Let U Go (feat. Riya) – Lenzman feat. Riya
Last Night – DJ Marky & S.P.Y.
All Yours (S.P.Y Remix) – Submotion Orchestra
Stratos (Stunna remix) – Mortem
Blind Soul – Blu Mar Ten
Light In The Dark – SpectraSoul feat. Terri Walker
The Touch – Mortem
Falling – Cursa
Keep Your Head High (feat Maurs)- Arp XP
Fear The Satellites – Heavy1
You Look Better Dead – Amit
Rebellion – Sa-Fire
Tripped – Amoss
Halo Danger – Sabre
Mob Justice (Enei Remix) – Foreign Concept
So Real – Kasra & Enei
The Tube VIP – Spectrasoul
Solar Plexus – Villem
Footloose (Octane, DLR & Linden Remix) – Amoss
Say Nothin – Jubei feat. Flowdan
Condenser – The Break
Up&Down – Maztek
Clouds – Spy
No Fear (Spectrasoul Remix) – Enei & Riya
Connections (Edit remix) – Cursa