Artist Interview – Source Direct

If you know your history, you will know that DnB has been going strong now for around 20 years.

In the early years, the tools and technology that producers and Dj’s take for granted today, such as fast computers, VST’s, the internet, CDJ’s, affordable/cracked software etc we’re simply not available.

If you wanted to make a track 20 years ago you couldn’t just download a cracked copy of Cubase and watch a tutorial on Youtube, you actually had to learn how to use proper studio hardware. You had to learn fucking everything, most of the time through hours and hours of painstaking “trial and error” methods.

In most cases, even the fastest PC’s we’re only able to sequence/playback for short periods, project recalls we’re still a new concept, hard drives we’re only usually big enough for the operating system so everything had to be stored and saved on floppy disc or DAT.

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Producer Masterclass – Current Value – Part 1 of 2


For access to Part 2, buy Computer Music magazine issue 225!

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David k & Demanufacturer interview for SBR

SBR : Hi ! Can you introduce yourself for the few that don’t know you ?

Demanufacturer: My name is Wander and my artist name is Demanufacturer. I come from and live in The Hague, The Netherlands. As Demanufacturer i make and play industrial hardcore, though i like to mix things up with powernoise and some gothic industrial when possible. I also organize the Machinery parties here in The Hague, a party that is heavily inspired by David’s STORM parties and also tries to combine various underground and industrial styles.
Next to electronic music i also play drums in a death/thrash metal band called Maelstrom. I have been playing drums longer than that i have been active in the electronic music scene.

DavidK: Hi, I`m Davidk. I organize STORM, study sociology, and work in PR for Baroeg. Next to that I DJ, I don´t eat meat but I do drink cocktails.

SBR how would you describe your style ?

Demanufacturer: As a producer i don’r really have a set style, though there are a couple of things that always seem to come back: edits, simple yet ”trancey” melodies and drumrolls inspired by how i drum in my band. Most of my vocal samples come from cartoons/anime and videogames. I do not have a set tempo, as i have a track at 112bpm but also at 207 bpm.

DavidK: I stick to dark colours mostly: Black, grey and brown. I had a Pink ‘Geenstijl’ shirt once but my girlfriend forced me to throw it away.

SBR : If you could make a collab with an artist (electronic or non electronic) who would you choose ?

Demanufacturer: Right now i am actually doing a collab EP with Biomek and Embrionyc! I have worked with Biomek before and ever since i heard Embrionyc’s work i wanted to do a track with him as well.Now we are working on 4 tracks together, so that’s pretty awesome!
Other than that i would love to do a collab with the Outside Agency guys. Not just for the actual track but to also learn about their way of mixing and possible mastering.

DavidK: I’m not a producer, but I’d like to answer this question as a connoisseur: Sometimes I’d like to act like the nobility in the middle ages did. They bought or imprisoned their favorite artists so they’d write music for them.
I would imprison Neurocore and DJ Hidden. I’d love to hear Neurocore’s soundscapes within Hidden’s production skills. Next tot hat, the blackmetal soundscape act Darkspace is in dire need of some Dimmu Borgir engineering. Maybe I should start a label..

SBR : what kind of parties do you promote ? What is the feel you want to share ?

Demanufacturer: Machinery’s main focus is to blend the relatively seperate worlds of industrial hardcore and gothic industrial. Both scene’s music styles are often fairly alike and can work really well together, as the STORM parties have proven before. I also started Machinery because The Hague, where i live, doesn’t have any industrial parties left. There are some, but they focus more on tekno and acid these days. The feel that i want to share is that for hardcore people there can be music they can enjoy in the gothic industrial corner and vice versa. It is tough, though the last edition of Machinery proved it can be done!
DavidK: I mostly agree with Demanufacturer on this subject. I always try to have an act that’s surprising for people. I love it when people discover something new they like. Be it a style or an act; it does make me proud.

SBR Why do you like industrial hardcore ?

Demanufacturer: It is hard and nasty yet somehow there’s always room for delicate and beautifully subtle melodies. I like how some tracks help me process thoughts and emotions.
Ofcourse there are also plenty of tracks that are made for one thing: dance hard like a maniac!

DavidK: I Like the rawness and the energy as clubmusic. At home I can listen to it, but only really enjoy it when I visualize a club.

SBR If you should go to a desert island what would be your 5 EP only ?

Demanufacturer: The absolute #1 CD i’d take with me is Fear Factory’s “Demanufacture” album. It is the absolute perfect mix of stuff i like in music and has inspired me for so many years on so many levels. Now you also know where i got my name from 😉 Other than that there aren’t any full albums or EP’s because a lot of releases only have like one or two cool tracks. I buy more seperate tracks than full releases. This applies mostly to hardcore though.

DavidK: I’d only take album’s I don’t know yet. There’s so much stuff out there which is really good but I didn’t have the time to listen to. I’d advice others to bring Ulver’s Perdition City, Simeon ten Holt’s Canto Ostinato and Igorrr’s Nostril. Yagya – Rigning would also be a good idea. And some of Bach’s Organ Works. No, I’m not kidding.

SBR What is your first “god this is the sound i want to make !” moment?

Demanufacturer: Omkara Techichi’s “Digital Torment” back in 2004 i believe. That atmosphere, that haunting melody, those rampant kicks. I could not believe what i was hearing. Same goes for his “Twisted Defiance” on that same CD. Not much later i discovered TOA’s “740MHz: Inertial Overtone”. Before industrial hardcore i was listening to a lot of gothic industrial and powernoise.
It’s awesome stuff, but back in the day it was often poorly mixed. So when i hear these three (and i think some Ophidian too) tracks i went apeshit: how can these kicks be so hard yet all other instruments and synths sound so clear? Truly a new world was opened for me.

SBR : When was the first time you heard hardcore and can you tell us a bit about this memories ?

Demanufacturer: See last question 😉
DavidK: When I first heard hardcore I didn’t like it. I needed the long musical journey from metal via cybergothic and noise to appreciate the power in hardcore. This is also why I still don’t like oldschool hardcore: too clean, too boring.

SBR : What is your musical background ? have you played some “real instrument” before being a dj/producer ?

Demanufacturer: I started playing drums in 2002. I was really into metal so i knew i wanted to start playing double bass really quick. Soon i had my first band, which ofcourse led nowhere.
Then in 2006 i got asked to play in a new band called Maelstrom. We are still around doing shows ever since, spewing blood and drinking beer from bottles with (plastic :p) dead babies.

DavidK: I played acoustic guitar for 10 years, but I lack talent.

SBR : How do you see the evolution of hardcore techno ?

Demanufacturer: I have honestly no idea. There’s crossbreed now, bringing in those drum n bass and dubstep influences. There are producers who keep reinventing themselves while other stay true to their older sounds. I guess the only evolution that’s happening is that new influences keep dripping in, giving the fans more options to choose from. I like that, having options.

SBR : What advices would you give to a beginner dj/producer ?

Demanufacturer: Start with trying to cover music you like. Figure out how to play those melodies. Copy rythems and try to build the exact same kicks. How did they do those effects?
When you learn this then you can alter and apply it to your own work and develop your own style.
Ofcourse, this takes time so please, give it time. Oh and listen carefully to constructive critism or tips.

DavidK: Stop asking me if you can play on STORM. If you’re good enough I’ll ask you. Of course I am always on the lookout for acts that create new sounds, even if it’s not top of the bill production wise. Creativity is the most important factor.


Hard bass dealers Podcast 067 – Robyn Chaos

In HARD BASS DEALERS Radio Show May 30th 2013 : Robyn Chaos.

When the Queen of Darkness herself blesses us with being our guest, it feels special, even though scary. It’s even more of an honour when the alias is the cover to multiple, talented lives as is Robyn Chaos.

Not only the founding Manager of Anger Management booking agency (among its ranks some of the darkest names in Drum N Bass : Dylan, Technical Itch, Loxy…), she is the High Pristess of the Therapy Sessions electro-gothic church, celebrating its ten years, a member of the Freak Family and, last but not least, a furious DJ and producer (remember “Possession” ft. Dylan, this record never ever leaves my bag).

Robyn Chaos’ crime list in as long as the night, and her blades perfectly sharpen… with style.

TUNE IN on HARD BASS DEALERS for this “Demented Beats for Disturbed Minds” Special!

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Thanks to RCV99FM, our host radio station, for supporting us from the start. “Grow your own independence!”
HARD BASS DEALERS radio show airs EVERY THURSDAY at midnight (GMT+1) on RCV99FM. Stream on

ARCHIVES available at :

Pendulum – Toxic Shock (Spor Remix) [Freak]
Katharsys – Nothing Left [Barcode]
The Outside Agency – Tesla [Future Sickness]
Fortitude – Spectral army [dub]
Cooh & Current Value – Misbit [Position Chrome]
Hostage – Wires [Therapy Sessions]
Zardonic, Counterstrike, Gein & Robyn Chaos – Revolution (Eye D Remix) [Big Riddim]
CA2K & BSA – Game Makers [dub]
Audio – Burn it down [Forbidden Society]
DJ Hidden – The Raw Universe [PRSPCT]
Vivacity – Have You Ever Felt So Messed Up (Tech Itch Rmx) [Tech Itch]
Hostage – Oil Tank [Therapy Sessions]
DJ Hidden – Einstein [PRSPCT]
Katharsys – Life is a Bitch [Barcode]
Fortitude & Terror Cell – In The Morning [dub]
Cooh, Donny & Counterstrike – The Spell [Position Chrome]
Fortitude & Robyn Chaos – The 140 Conspiracy [Therapy Sessions]
Tech Itch & Robyn Chaos – No Longer Human [Tech Itch]

Lenny Dee interview for big bad beats 9

The  Party Uniq crew is honored to have the views from an electronic music living legend. He’s one of the New-york hardcore historical producer, boss of the famous Industrial Strength label which is releasing the best hardcore tunes for more than 20 years now, Lenny Dee played in the best parties across the world and he’s coming to mashup the dancefloor of the 9th edition of the Le Grand Méchant Beat aka Big Bad Beats  on the 8th of June at Glazart. Be prepared! (Lisez la traduction française ICI).

Hello mister DEE! You’ve been in electronic music and DJing since the 80’s.

Yes smiley

You lived the rise of DJing in New-York city, where it all started, the first raves, the first electronic music labels. Can you tell us a bit how it was almost 30 years ago in New-York city? Life, music, parties, influences, etc.

Well it was tuff going back then, EDM (Electronic Dance Music) was nothing but a dream over here. It didn’t get any support , no radio, no clubs, no press ….just police….to be honest it was deemed a drug-fueled genre and not respected. Thanks to Frankie Bones and few other daring young New York promoters and DJs we made it happen. I was working with Bones at that time Djing and throwing parties across the city. But as time went on, I saw my place on the music / label side of things instead of the party scene. A few years later ISR was born.

Before ISR I was working with Frankie Bones (as Looney Tunes among other stuff), Victor Simonelli (for Nu Groove and Def Mix) and Tommy Musto. I also worked at Skyline Studios and at Arthur Baker’s Shakedown Studio’s on productions for New order, Brooklyn Funk Essentials, and Al Jarreau among others.

My influence back when I started DJing was Disco. it was the only music that kept a 4×4 beat and really used synths. Disco music was the club/ party music of its day. The grooves and ideas are still relevant to this day. You only have to hear a Daft Punk song to see that.

I love when young producers quote Giorgio, Kraftwork as inspirations they were mine too, but I played that stuff out when it was fairly new. I saw and felt the impact of this music right away and followed my ears and my heart which lead me to where I am now.



Stormtrooper interview for big bad beats 9

For this first interview before our 9th edition our Le Grand Méchant Beat aka Big Bad Beats party on the 8th of June at Glazart, the long time soldier of the dark side of the force Stormtrooper answers the questions from the Party Uniq team. Enjoy! (Lisez la traduction française ICI)


Hello soldier of the dark side. We dont see you that often in France so can first introduce yourself? How were you recruited by the darkside of the force? Where did it all start for you with the rave scene, parties, music? What was your first « electronic waou » that led you to work at the Deathstar? Is life better on Tataouine (lol)?  

Hello, my name is Peter, 33 years old, and my hobbies are swimming, reading and cycling… no, just kiddin. I am doing music (producing and djing) since 1998. But it all started back in 1993 when I bought my first Thunderdomes and Rave the City CDs. From that time on I was infected, but my first real OMG-Moment was my first rave, March 4th 1995, Rave City, Airport Munich, 20 000 ravers… from that moment I knew that I wanna be up there behind the decks one day. By the way –Tataouine was pretty boring. Glad I made my way off this gigantic sand ball 😀


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