Brownswood electr*c 3 // Artist Focus // Djrum
September 11, 2012
As we ready the next instalment in the Brownswood Electr*c series, we’ll be profiling the artists featured in the weeks leading up to the release on 24th September. Alex Patchwork is on compiling duties once again, alongside Tom McCarthy (Black Atlantic / Earnest Endeavours) and the pair has unearthed another remarkable assortment of underground talent.
Listen to a teaser of the compilation below.
Jammed with exclusive, previously unreleased material – the rewards of endless online trawling, Soundcloud sifting and Bandcamp rummaging – Brownswood electr*c 3 unveils brand new heat from a host of electronic artists.
Next up we profile Djrum, an avid music collector whose productions seemingly transcend genre. His debut EP ‘Mountains’ was released last year on 2nd Drop records, and since then he has been making waves in the underground with his cinematic, bass heavy soundscapes.
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself please?
I’m a crate digger. A vinyl junkie. I collect 70s jazz, library records, folk, 93-95 jungle, soundtracks, all sorts. I’m also a music producer.
My name is Felix, I live in South London.
How would you describe your music?
Atmospheric, cinematic, involving, meandering, minimal, loaded.
Where do you draw your inspiration?
There are moments in some films where you don’t know if the music is incidental, or atmospheric. Whether it’s in the scene and the characters can hear it too, of if it’s just for you the viewer. These moments are really special. Sometimes when you hear music you get so caught up in it that it feels as if it’s in your head, and your the only person in the world that can hear it. It’s just you and the music and there’s nothing else in the world. Other times the best thing about music is sharing it with other people. I love engaging with that balance.
Whom do you count amongst your most significant influences when it comes to production?
My production approach is mostly influenced by triphop producers. Susumu Yokota’s Grinning Cat had a huge effect on me. As did Kruder and Dorfmeister’s Sessions and Kreng’s L’Autopsie Phénoménale De Dieu. I’m really influenced by the sound design you find in the work of DnB producers like Current Value and Technical Itch. In terms of rhythm, obviously techno and garage are key. Hearing Monkeysteak’s Crowsteppah on Grim dubs Vol1 was a real turning point for me back in 2005… as was discovering Surgeon around the same time. Lots more to mention but that’s what springs to mind.
What releases / gigs are out there or coming soon?
I just had a 12″ land on 2nd Drop Records called Watermark. Got a couple of remixes on their way, and then an album by the end of the year.
As for gigs, This weekend I’m at SecretSundaze GO BANG! I’ll be playing twice at Dimensions festival in Croatia too, and I’ve got a few thing s lined up around the UK after that.
Do you have a current DJ mix or any tracks that are available for free download right now that we could point folks to?
I just did a mix for Hyponik that shows off the kind of sets I do in a club – check it out here
Also I’ve done some mixes that tie in more closely with my production style. Check my “Soundtrack to an Imaginary Film” mixes for Mary Anne Hobbs and for Resident Advisor.
Where can folks go online to check out you and your music?
What are you going to do after this interview?
Have a cup of tea.
Check out other artists featured on the compilation