Can you give us a little introduction about yourself?
As far as music goes? haha 🙂 I grew up as a musician, played guitar and piano, and went to performing arts school as a kid. I discovered electronic music working in night clubs in mid 90s, fell in love with drum and bass, learned to DJ, and the rest is history. 🙂
What’s your connection with Hospital Records?
Hospital Records was and still is one of my favorite labels within drum and bass over the years. I met Chris Goss through a mutual friend (MC Dynamite) a while back, and have known a few of the Hospital artist for years. By happenstance Insomniac asked me to play the Bassrush Hospital show here in L.A. and not long after, the Hospital L.A. office opened. I was asked to play the first L.A. based monthly, and also asked to do the podcast for September. Needless to say, I am well excited and absolutely honored to be a part of all this with Hospital records.
What are your thoughts on Hospital opening an office in LA?
Really exciting! It’s amazing to have a prominent UK drum and bass label stateside. The one thing I really love about this label is their openness and interest in artists and music from anywhere and everywhere.
What was the first Hospital track you ever owned?
High Contrast – Make it tonight
What’s your favorite track ever released on Hospital and why?
Again, High Contrast – Make it Tonight. haha 🙂 I don’t think I have a long story behind why it’s my favorite except that it always makes me happy anytime I hear it. It’s one of the records in my collection that is really important to me.
What’s your take on the current state of D+B in the US?
Possibly stronger than ever. There was a time, a while back around the early 2000s when it seemed to have become such a big part of electronic music everywhere in the U.S. and I think there has been some misconceptions that drum and bass died for a while and now is suddenly making a come back. However, drum and bass has always been such a big part of electronic music and is always evolving and growing and hasn’t gone anywhere. Just look at club nights like Respect in Los Angeles. It’s the longest running drum and bass weekly, and it’s packed with people who love drum and bass almost every week for the past 15 years. If anything, the musical styles within drum and bass have grown and come full circle with all the amazing elements of it’s past for a new generation of drum and bass fans. The only thing that has died within the genre is the pressing of dubplates due to the evolution of technology (at least within the U.S.) and as much as I miss dubplates, I definitely don’t miss carrying them. haha 😀
What Hospital release do you think had the biggest impact on the US dnb scene?
This is a hard question to answer, because no matter who you ask the answer is going to be different. I can only answer this based on my personal experience and opinion. I wouldn’t say I could pick one release but more say that it was an emergence of artists that brought their sounds to drum and bass that made an impact stateside. The liquid sound that came about around the late 90s to early to mid 2000s from Hospital artists such as High Contrast, Logistics, and London Elektricity, (to name a few), are artists who have had a big impact on drum and bass in the U.S.
How do you feel about being a part of the inaugural LA show?
Absolutely ecstatic and honored to be a part of it! 🙂
What’s the first track you show people who are unfamiliar with drum and bass?
Haha, that’s easy. Any drum and bass remix of something with vocals that the general population can relate to. Drum and bass can be seen by many who have never heard it, understand its culture, or it’s place within music as a bit extreme. In my experience people either love it, hate it, or just don’t understand it. And for those who may not understand it’s complexity and energy, they may need something of reference that sounds familiar to take a liking to it.