You probably remember a free release on SI few days ago by Kamistry no1 . The following interview is a first attempt to get a bit closer to the underground drum n bass/jungle scene in the UK. Kamistry no1 comes from Manchester, a city with an absolutely interesting music scene and long history.
SI: Could you tell us something about yourself and your artistic background please.
K: I originate from the darkest depths of Bradford’s underground music / party scene. Currently residing in Manchester.
Artistic / music background I started making music in various forms from a an early age when I could reach the notes on the piano. Later in life I got into producing sequenced music and creating sounds with analogue equipment, patching things in wrong just to make a noise and see what happens.
SI: Do you work on your own, what collaborations do you participate in (label, musical partners, etc)?
K: All the music is made by me (Kamistry No.1) with the company of a couple of samplers.As for collaborations I’m looking at a possible collaborating with vocal artists I’m feeling right now for future releases and some remix stuff. I’m also in the process of signing a deal with a well established label based in Bristol.
SI: Something you want to share about your local scene, some insights or recommendations?
K: In Manchester Hot Milk at The Soup Kitchen once a month and any night at Antwerp Mansion is always a good party. As Bradford the nights at the mill are one of my favorite places to party.
SI: What equipment do you use, what is your work process?
K: A couple of old Akai samplers, two Yamaha reverbs, an analogue board and an outboard compressor.
The process, hmm sounds like I work in a chicken factory, hahhaha. How a I go about putting the track together tends to be different every time. More often than not once i’ve got the initial idea in my head I start by chopping up the break, make it real heavy, add that floor shaking sub, fill in the space and see how its sounding.
SI: What are your next gigs and where can we preview your works on line?
K: Busy producing during the winter months hopefully be playing out again next summer. You can check out my music on all the usual sites.
K: Will be putting out at least one more DIY release before the end of the year plus a possible release on the label I mentioned earlier and see where that takes me. More to come in 2013 for sure.
SI: How about some namedropping, do you want to recommend some artists that inspire you?
K: Inspiration on the jungle vibes I guess early moving shadow like Cosmo and Dibs, Kaotic Chemistry, Rob Playford, 3rd Party that kind of thing. As for the name dropping how about a big up to some peeps, yourself included, Kris Moon, Renegade Radio, Runninz FM, Break Pirates, Jedi Radio, Inspirational Sounds, La La and the Boo Ya, Mista Ed, Bops crew, Wayward Gallery London, The Scarlet Pimpernel, DTTS fam, Luke, Karol, and everyone else I forgot.