Monday, 30 August 2010
Wachs Lyrical interview + guest mix!
'Wachs Lyrical has been Djing and Producing Dubstep for the past 3 years, based mainly in Leeds and London, and playing at Vagabonds, Some Night, The Bash Out to name a few.
He is tipped by many to be the next big thing in Dubstep for 2010, with support from the likes of N-Type, Kissy Sell Out, MRK1, Gothtrad, Phaeleh, Riskotheque and Suspect.
Wachs Lyrical has 3 releases under his belt, on Subdepth, Dubsaw and Double Drop which have been getting played out by some of the biggest names in the scene, and on BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra, Rinse.fm, Sub.fm, and Dubstep.fm' - Outlook Festival website
WO: Appreciate you doing this interview and helping us progress with this mini empire we’re looking to create. How’d you think blogs and digital stuff in general is affecting dubstep, if it is at all? Do you sniff around blogs at all?
L: To be honest, I think any information that people can get hold of regarding music is worthwhile. I know that for most people they find it very difficult to keep up to date with music, especially the more underground stuff, so in that respect I think blogs only affect in a good way.
I don’t really read too many blogs but I am mates with guys that run a few of them so I tend to just be kept up to date by them ha. They do all the work and I reap the benefits basically ;)
WO: Are you a big tweeter?
L: Not really, although I feel like I probably should be as it is a good way self promote. The only thing is that I can’t seem to find much that I want to tweet without sounding a bit like a massive douche.
WO: If anyone has sniffed around your myspace at all, they’d see you’re going out to Pula for Outlook this year, could you explain what the vibes like for anyone that hasn’t been? Is it something only bassy dream are made of?
L: Well it is my first year there as well so I can only imagine, but if it is in anyway as good as it looks like it should be then it will pretty much take the piss. I am working there as well as playing, so I don’t know exactly when I will be free to get involved in some dance-floor action but hopefully they will be kind to me and give me some time off.
WO: Any exclusives in the bag this year? Elemental Algorithm? It’s the best drop I’ve heard all year!
L: Thank you very much mate, I can’t wait to play it out in Croatia and see what it sounds like on a system. As for exclusives, that We Fresh track was just finished yesterday so I doubt many people have heard that ;) I generally try to get as many unreleased tracks into my sets and mixes so hopefully you wont have heard man of these. When I was in San Fran I saw a guy called UFO play who mixed the best set I heard the whole trip. Turns out almost his whole set was his own tracks and I have been playing them ever since. Check that NEW SICK! Track, its fierce!
WO: What’s your set up? Still favouring wax? (no pun intended) or are CDJ’s the way forward?
L: Well I have been playing of Tracktor with a Midi controller for a while now haha, so no props from certain djs for me ;) I do want to play out a few tracks from the Return to Space LP so I am gonna have to work out a way to mix easily back and forth from vinyl and computer. I can play off CDs but I just don’t see any benefit over a laptop. Vinyl obviously has a warmer and generally fuller sound, as well as the joy of collecting something, but between CDs and my MacBook it’s a very easy decision for me.
WO: What’s the gig list like when you get back from Croatia, gonna be a busy little bee?
L: Well apart from a gig with Mosca in Manchester on the 5th of November and one in Leeds that I am running on the 9th of October there is nothing booked as of yet. This being said, the summer is a very quiet time for DJs as all the students leave the cities, so I am basically waiting on their return to herald the bookings.
WO: Any news on any releases? Whats in the pipeline? Give us all the juicy details!
L: Well the next release is going to be hitting the shelves around mid October and it is a collab with Riskotheque called What I Feel Like Doing coming on Subdepth. Jack Sparrow is just finishing up not one, but two remixes of it, one of which will be the B Side with the other coming out digitally alongside a massive uk Funky iGrade remix.
After that Pariah is coming out on BRAP DEM with a TMSV remix on the flip, and Elemental Algorithm and The Project are dropping in January on Subdepth again.
I am currently in discussions with a couple of other labels, which is looking promising, so I will keep you updated on that. Lastly, I am gonna put out another digi EP on Subdepth which will be a collab release with my man (and badman producer) Akilles.
WO: ...and lastly! When us at Wax Off get our event up and running, how’d you like coming down and playing a killer set for us?
L: What kind of question is that? Of course mate!
WO: Cheers for taking the time out to do this! Have a messy time in Pula!
L: Was a pleasure.
And here's the first Wax Off Mix... smashed by of course the main man Wachs Lyrical himself!