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"Maximum Warp" (The Frim 140 - 170 Remix) - Rehl & KZW [Exclusive Preview]

There's been a lot of hype around this track since the winter, and although I can't offer you the full length track this is plenty adequate. If you've been following the likes of Eptic, Cookie Monsta, Getter, or Datsik in recent months you may have heard this sinister Dubstep-meets-Drumstep onslaught thrown into the mix. Out of the three tracks on the upcoming EP (original, The Frim remix, The Frim 140 -> 170 remix), this is no doubt the star of the bunch and previously unheard on the interwebs. The only thing I would dare change about this is the title, "Maximum Womp" seems a little more appropriate. Release date is to be announced.

By Edward Fancher


Interview: Datsik Brings It Down To Earth @ EDC Vegas

What gave you that initial push into producing Dubstep instead of other genres of music?

Well um it was Funtcase entirely. (laughs) I'm chillin with my boy Funtcase here.

Funtcase: Hi dawg!

We're about to launch this next tour it should be fun.

Funtcase: Yeahhh!

Yeah it was totally Funtcase. Actually wait, no, really it was the hip-hop swag mixed with the heavy bass lines that got me into it.

What did you initially want to be when you grew up? When you were a kid.

Honestly I was going to school for audio production and my brother worked at a video game company and I actually planned on leaving college and going to work for him as a sound designer like making weird noises and shit, like doing alien stuff, and um, (laughs) I ended up getting booked before I got out of college so that's kind of how everything went. It was weird, it was a weird transition but I don’t regret it any way, so…

Did you ever listen to the dub that originated in Reggae? 

Dude, 100% man. Yo, I've been into it since like 2006 and like that was my favorite era for step like 2006 and 2009. That shit was so inspiring - I was just hearing stuff that like I could not make and that stuff inspired me so much… like old school Benga, Skream, all those guys, Hatcha, Coki - they're the originators man, I used to tune into all their shit and like follow it religiously and that’s where all the inspiration came from. Now it’s just exploded, it’s all over the U.S. And it's crazy… It’s crazy.

At least in Arizona you're one of the first big step artists that I was hearing come through the speakers at house parties and desert raves, that must be kind of crazy for you cause you’re so young and the scene has been going on for some time before you, you know? And you’re even bigger now than you were before… that was years ago.

It's been a fun ride, yeah. Honestly I'm just very fortunate that I’m able to do what I love for a living.

Who do you think is throwing the best parties right now? As far as production.

Uhh, FuntCase. (laughs)

Funtcase: Circus and Firepower records (laughs)

So would you say that FuntCase is your biggest influence at the moment then?

He's my biggest homie at the moment. (laughs) No no no. The old school shit: WuTang, Method Man, all that kind of shit. 


Yeah, Pendulum. Bassnectar is also a huge influence as well.

Thoughts on spinning Vinyl vs. CDJ vs. Laptop?

Well, lemme give you the rundown. Back in the day I used to own one turntable and I bought it just to learn how to scratch and it was a vinyl turntable. From there, I ended up getting a second turntable to mix and bought 12-13 records. Most of them were like Pendulum records, DJ Fresh - The Immortal, and like, the old shit - Fasten Your Seatbelt, and Slam, and fucking uhh Tarantula and all those jocks. So I ended up getting those 12 records and I would just literally sit there all day spinning drum & bass. And that's how I learned how to DJ. So from there I went to Serato, from that I went to CD Serato, and I’ve switched to Ableton. But I carry gigsik at all times because like whenever there's any opportunity to do a tag set with any of my homies (like 12th planet and I do a lot of tag sets and I always jump on it) or any kind of weird situation, I'll jump on CDs just to fucking stay sharp.

So what was the first event that you played?

Ok so the first event that I played was outside my hometown, the "Real Event." They brought me in, it was a city called Penticton, which was run by Hells Angels, and um they brought me in and I was playing Dubstep. The guy told me to play some shit that a bitch can shake her ass to kind of thing, or, his bitch… whatever. And I ended up, (laughs) I ended up just playing what I wanted and I got kicked out of the club, but the thing is the club was completely packed and every single person in the club was there to see me play and hear my set, so everyone ended up leaving the club and there was literally just like a table left in the club. So I was pretty gutted about that but you know when you start from the bottom there's only one way you can actually go, right? 

What would say has been the best event that you've played/put on then?

Well, EDC Vegas this year has been pretty fucking insane, you know? My favorite event in the entire world though is Shambhala.

First record you fell in love with or owned?

Ummm I think FuntCase - GorillaFlex. (laughs)

No, um for real though the first record that I owned and then fell in love with was Voodoo People by Pendulum. 

When all the partying is over how do you get to chilling?

Well… I usually spend my time chilling on airplanes and literally I'm flying all the time. I mean, as soon as I get a break I’m constantly flying. And when I’m not playing music I'm making it and that’s what I do for fun. 

How is the Dubstep scene doing right now?

You know what, I think it's interesting, its going through transition and I'm excited. It's like finally the minimal element is being brought back into Dubstep and you know its funny the UK started with minimal and went to heavy, noisy stuff; America started with the noisy stuff and now its like because of Trap, Trap is being introduced to the EDM world - now finally minimal music is being accepted into a dubstep set and its changing the dynamic of everything so I'm really happy with the way that it's going right now.

What are your thoughts on "Ravers vs. Ragers" - how do they affect the scene in your opinion?

It's all for the love of the music I don't give a fuck what you wear.

Haha, right on!

What's it like being Canadian?

There's no better feeling (laughs).

Where can we expect to see you in 10 years?

Speeding in a Lamborghini (laughs).

Haha so not on an airplane?

No. (laughs) Honestly, I’ve started doing work on commercials and doing original stuff with working with them. I've been working with Rockstar a lot and I'm having a lot of fun scoring and making original tracks for these Rockstar commercials and I think in like 10 years I really have fun working with movies and doing sound design. So in 10 years if like I’m not going full on with music still I would really like to get into sound design on like Transformers 9, that would be pretty cool. 

What kind of advice would you give someone who is trying to get into the music scene?

Always be original, do it for love of music. Listen to FuntCase.

By Shayne Fabian

Photos by Brooke Allan for EDM Lounge


"Armed & Dangerous" (Datsik Remix) - Rise at Night

Bass music is thriving despite what some may tell you, with today's monster Dubstep track coming forth from the beasts over at Firepower Records, this time coming from the creator himself Datsik. This one is just as filthy as always, packed with fat wobbles and Datsik's trademark disgustingly down-low bassline that makes you want to do unspeakable things. With festival season unfolding, the new tunes are starting to flow steadily to keep your eyes on the blogosphere and be sure to grab this one when it drops on June 11th!

By Nick LeRoy


Throwback Thursday: "Scum" - Datsik

Known as one of the Gods of Dubstep in the dance scene today, Datsik recently released a classic '09 throwback for you all you bass heads. I was personally never a big fan of his, just listening to him here and there but never really paying much attention. But the release of this song totally changed my mind and made me fall in love with what he's capable of. The heavy bass riffs, slow tempo, and sound layering minimization is pretty awesome, echoing the grungier days of dark all-night warehouse raves. But what's even more incredible about "Scum" is how he keeps it old school while still targeting the new wave sound, quite a feat for 2009. Datsik, I must say you nailed it. Watch out for the upcoming re-release on his next EP out on Firepower!

By Cristian Mace


Track of the Day: "Nuke 'Em" (Protohype Remix) - Datsik

There is no doubt the evolution of bass music is upon us. With genres pushing their boundaries, artists are free to work with a variety of sound characteristics. Max Hype is currently an instructor at Icon Collective Music Production School based in Los Angeles, California, where he shares and instructs the creation of bass music. Under his stage name Protohype, Max shows us that there is no sound synthesis that will go untouched. Creating his remix for Datsik's "Nuke ‘Em," Protohype transforms what was already a intense track into a absolute mind boggling array of basses and synths that make you just say "Yippy Kay Yay." The sound synthesis and rhythm are really the highlights of this tracks, meshing sounds commonly found in Dubstep and DnB harmonically together. Although we are unsure exactly of Protohype's techniques, it seems that he is using Native Intrument’s MASSIVE along with some serious resampling to get some of the monstrous sounds. The use of the originality of the track, but still incorporating some signature Protohype elements, defines this remix as one of his best yet, so grab the free download!

By Jack Nunziato