Not heard this guys beats? Where have you been? For some time now, he's been putting out some of the most exciting tunes around. We caught up with him to talk debut album and more.
Where in the UK are you from and what's the local music scene saying?
I'm from South London, Croydon (more specifically Thornton Heath). The music scene is nice here, especially the dubstep stuff which kinda started here back in the Big Apple Records days! J Sweet is holding things up right now in Mixing Records and there are a lot of big producers coming through such as Iron Soul.
How did you come up with your name, and what else have you been known as?
I used to be called Plasticman, simply because I used to review the vinyl (or the 'plastic') in RWD magazine back in the day. I had to change my name to avoid a legal battle with a techno DJ, so I changed it to Plastician as I thought it sounded good.
When did you start producing music and what first got you interested in making it?
I was about 19 when I first started. I got into it to further my DJing career. It is hard to get noticed if you're just a DJ. And hard to get exclusive tracks off other producers. I figured if I make some stuff other DJs will play, I'll get some more listeners when people want to check what fresh tracks I've made, then other producers will give me some exclusives. It worked!
What are some of your early favourite records and producers that had you hooked on sound?
I kinda got into the sound through UK Garage. Some of my favourites would have to be 'Hobson's Choice' by Jess Jackson, 'Destiny' by Dem 2 and 'Stone Cold' by Groove Chronicles. I could go on for ages but it was the darker side of 2 step that got me into it, stuff by Zed Bias, El-B, Groove Chronicles, Steve Gurley. All those guys really got me hooked.
How would you describe the type of music you make, and what are your trademark sounds?
I think my music is influenced by my life. I'm a calm and easy going person who bottles a lot of emotion up so music is like a release for me. I vent a lot of anger out on the production side so my sound is normally dark, sharp and energetic. I wouldn't say I have trademark sounds as such as most of my tracks sound totally different. I do believe I have a unique style though. Most people can't tell if I've produced a track or not.
What equipment are you using in the studio to create your material and what's your most cherished device?
A PC. A Mouse. That's it. I use no hardware and I have a shit set of monitors. I would have to say my most cherished device for that reason is my own ear for sound. If I think a track is no good I simply stop working on it and start something fresh. That way, most of the tracks you will hear of mine will be properly developed and mixed.
How often do you use samples in your music, and where did you dig out that Japan flava?
Most of my music is sample based. Tracks like 'Cha', 'Death By Stereo', and anything before that were 100% samples. I've only really been using VST's in the last 18 months. 'Japan' came about when I was listening to some Timbaland at home. I'd gone through a pretty rough time of my life and I just wanted to make something that would touch a few nerves. I searched for the right riffs for ages and then just loaded it into the computer. The track pretty much made itself as I got so deeply involved in it.
Run us through the releases you've put out that people can go and buy.
Where shall I start?! I must have had well over 20 releases now. Some of the main ones to check for would have to be 'Hard Graft', that came out on a white label years back and is very rare (even I don't have a copy). Also check for 'Pump Up The Jam' on Soulja and the 'Cha' EP on Terrorhythm. Those two have been the biggest releases to date.
How long have you been working on the album and what gossip can you tell us about it?
The album took 2 years to finish. It's been a long journey but I think it is ready to see the light of day. I just hope the general public are ready for it!
What vibes and features are on there, and what's the release date?
Well I've just reached an agreement with a huge grafitti artist to do the artwork for the cover so we've put the release date back to January now. It didn't bother me though as the artist is a genius. People will be buying the CD not just for the music. The artwork will really be amazing and the guy has a massive following so make sure you keep your ear to the ground for further info on that. Skepta features on a track called 'Intensive Snare' which is being caned on the radio right now. I've also got him on a track alongside Chronik, Tempa T, Frisco and Esco. They all collaborated on a tune called 'Real Things'. It's another big one.
Do you think there's too much focus on mix CD's as opposed to structured albums getting put out?
Not too much. I think it's good that all the 'dubplates' you hear pirate DJ's playing are finally getting a place to be released. At least it means pretty much everything is coming out. I'd like to see more artists working on solid albums though. The mixtape scene is vibrant but we need more finished, structured, themed tracks. A lot of the tracks on mixtapes have no choruses or they last about 2 minutes. Good for listening to but not much help to DJs like me!
Tell us about Terrorhythm Recordings. Why did you set it up and what's the objective of the label?
Initially it was a place for me to release my own material but now the outlook is to bring through new artists and give artists who I feel need more of a platform somewhere to release good music which will appeal both to people within the grime scene and outside it.
What rappers and producers in the scene do you rate most highly, and who's on your collaborations wish list?
I'd still like to work with Dizzee Rascal. There are a lot of MC's I rate but I think his voice would compliment my production nicely. Producer wise, people I rate are Skepta, Wiley, JME, Terror Danjah, Macabre Unit, Davinche and a guy called Joker. They're doing it for the grime scene at the moment. In terms of the dubstep stuff, I'm well into Skream and Digital Mystikz.
Where do you see the grime and dubstep scenes going in the next couple of years?
I think Grime will become more of a concert/stage show vibe. The MC's are getting more listener friendly and it's not just about raves any more. 70% of people buying their CD's are not even DJ's so they are getting proper fan bases which always means there will be a demand for live performances. Dubstep is going to become a real global sound. It's already branching out and the fact it is instrumental means it will cross borders a lot more easily than grime will.
What nights can people catch you DJing at and how do you find the experience of sets?
I'm a resident at FWD so I'm there at least once a month. On top of that I'm on BBC Radio One every 3rd Friday of the month at 2am to 4am. I'm all over the place other than that. You'll just have to check the Myspace! I enjoy playing out a lot. It's the main reason I am still a big part of the industry. Without it, I think I'd be doing a 9 to 5.
Have you got any plugs or shout out's you wanna make to round this up on?
Hmmmm. Big up all the Wotless Boys