My name is Chris Murray aka Fearful. Ive had releases with a host of labels including Diffrent, Flexout & AutomAte.
So what first got you into drum & bass, and when did you start producing?
My first experience with DnB was 8 years ago at a mates house. He was showing me tracks by Calyx & Teebee like ‘Warrior’. Hearing what could be achieved by one person and a computer was a massive inspiration for me to produce my own music. Before that I was playing in a band but being able to make music anytime I wanted without lugging around my bass appealed to me a lot more. Early 2006 my mate Tyson and I started making some 8-bit nintendo tunes mashed up with amen breaks, all on a tiny old windows laptop that would crash at any moment. It was chaotic, amaeture and a hell lot of fun. Fast forward to NYE and I was at my first rave, in my hometown of Brighton. The energy and excitement I got from hearing DnB through a proper sound system and seeing all those people lose themselves to the music was eye opening. I wanted to hear my tunes on those systems.
What will we be hearing in this mix you’ve provided us?
Ive drawn for a lot of tracks that feature strong elements of sound design. The main thing I wanted to achieve was a mix that gets you excited for the rave. Whether your driving to a club, having pre drinks with friends or chasing up people for a last minute ticket to an event, I want it to be a warm up for the weekend as well as showcasing some of my own forthcoming releases.
Can you briefly explain your studio setup to us?
MacBook Pro 15 i7 quad core, Logic Pro9, Ableton edirol FA-66 interface, Sennheiser mkh416 microphone, alesis midi keyboard, and a pair of KRK Rokit 6s. Its a pretty modest set up but it gets the job done. I’m in the process of switching from logic to ableton. I prefer manipulating samples over synthesis which ableton facilitates better than logic in my opinion. I’ve been using the Amoss studio quite a bit recently and really like their yamaha HS80M Monitors.They are ruthlessly accurate with your mix. I like them so much I’m going to grab myself a pair for the new year.
Your biggest influences?
I’m currently studying sound design in London so a lot of my days are spent processing recordings and making soundscapes which inevitably make it into my own music. We generally don’t pay attention to most of the sounds in our every day lives but there are great sources of inspiration everywhere we look.Door creeks, Metal impacts, Wind, CD drives, what ever I think sounds interesting at the time gets recorded chopped up and filed away. Creating my own library of unique samples has got me out of countless creative blocks. I recommend it to anyone making music.
Who would you most like to collab with?
There are so many potential answers to that question… I’ve always wanted to collaborate with Hybris. His productions are incredibly rich in sound design, and his mix downs are super clean. The Emergence LP was the highlight of this years releases for me.
Some tunes your digging at the moment?
Mefjus – Expedition
Amoss & Fre4knc – Vortice
Shiver – Stutter
Kolectiv – Immortalis
Klax – Blackball
Hybris – Night Boss
Bredren – Rotten (Amoss Remix)
All time favourites?
Noisia & Phace – Micro-organism
Fre4knc – Tubular
Stray & Frederic Robinson – Thumbprint
Commix – Underwater Scene
Rockwell – Aria
Mtwn – Tech 9
Alix Perez – 1984
Best and worst gigs you’ve ever played at?
Worst – I don’t like to name particular events but not being able to play a single tune due to clubs or promoters not looking after equipment has only been an issue once for me.
Best would have to be Simply Vinyl Brighton. The most enthusiastic crowd I could have asked for, they gave everything and more. Its a great feeling playing vinyl and it being so appreciated and encouraged. We need more exclusive vinyl nights, especially, now the funniest thing that’s happened at a gig? Getting far too drunk with Taelimb, Amoss and Retraflex, blacking out and waking up in Medika’s house with people raving around me.
I like a good drink.
What about your dream event to play at?
I’d love to play a NYE event in russia or easter europe. something about that setting in the middle of winter just fits perfectly with dark moody DnB for me. I also just want to visit russia.
What do you get up to away from the loud noises?
Moderate noises!? haha. There aren’t many quiet moments living with Andy & James of Amoss and the
mighty Flexout Audio chief Tom. Most of my free time is spent location recording and doing post audio production for short films by fellow students. So I guess audio is my life right now.
Cats or dogs?
Cats. Perfect studio pets. They don’t need loads of attention, but you cant trust them to be loyal.
If you were stranded on a desert island with only 3 albums to listen to, what 3
albums would you take with you?
Another tough one. I think these 3 would take care of all my musical needs.
Bonobo – The North Borders
Akkord – Akkord
Tesseract – Altered State
And finally what do Fearful have planned for the rest of 2014 and into 2015?
I have my first vinyl release on Diffrent Music, ‘So Far vol1.’ A track from 2013
You can grab a copy from their shop:
My 2nd AutomAte release ‘XIII’ is out on the 1st of December backed up with two awesome remixes by Mtwn & Raiden.hen there’s a remix of Transparent’s track ‘Overload’ coming on Flexout in the not too distant future which Ive included in the mix.
And finally, Im wrapping up my forthcoming EP on Diffrent which will be out sometime early 2015.
Welcome Vromm, lets get to business! So what first got you into drum & bass, and when did you start producing?
I was living in South Spain close to the Straits of Gibraltar. Living so close to an English colony gave me some English influences. I learnt to play vinyl at nine years old. Then, some friends started copying hardcore-jungle mix-tapes for me. Many people from the UK were living in La Costa del Sol which is very close to Gibraltar. There were many great raves and clubs along Malaga Coast where you could found all kinds of different musical styles evenwithin same place. People used to be really open-mind there during this period. Also I used to listen to and record the Steve Mason Experience radio show for BFBS Radio which I received from my parents’ house. All of these things encouraged me to start making music around 1993with Fast Tracker and Scream Tracker on Ms-dos.
What will we be hearing in this mix you’ve provided us?
Well, this is a mix I have tried to combine new and old music I like. There are some new tracks extracted from Future Beats: The Album (31 Recordings) and some dubs too. This is my way of seeing music right now.
Awesome, that sounds like a pretty cool past! Can you give us a rundown of your studio setup?
Today my studio setup is very simple with regards to equipment. I just use an iMac i7, my Motu 828 sound card which has been working now for over a decade, a few midi controllers, a pair of Dynaudio BM6a and my last acquisition: a pair of Audeze headphones which are really impressive!.
Cool! So what are your biggest influences?
Most of the electronic music from the late 80’s and early 90’s. From Detroit and Chicago Techno to Hardcore and Jungle and breakbeats (from the UK generally). Although I have always liked Jazz/Soul/Funk and Flamenco as well.
IWe can only imagine sitting on the coast in Spain listening to music like that! Who would you most like to collaborate with in the future?
I didn’t ask myself this question until my EP was released by 31 Recordings. This was when some good producers started to ask for collaborations. I come from a country where it was impossible to find people making electronic music when I started, so I am used to making music alone. Anyway there are producers I think I would like to collab with in the future like Jaydrop, Overlook, Cern, Eric Volta, to name a few…
Definetly keep us in the loop if those collaborations happen,! What are some tracks you are digging at the moment?
-Cern & Overlook – Nevada Ghost
-The Untouchables – Septimus
-Gremlinz & No Rules – Water
-Loxy & Resound – Purity
-Eastern District – Eight Days
-Moresounds – Rahstok
And your all time favourites?
A lot!. :). To name a few:
-The House Crew – The Theme
-Manix – Special Request
-The Scientist – The Bee
-Princess of the Posse – Do the Right Ting
-Thursday Club – A Place Called Acid
So we’re sure you’ve played a wide array of gigs, which was the best, and which was the worst??
Best: FIB Benicassim 2000 and 2002 and Nature Club Madrid 97-2000.
Worst: A few, but I think I deleted them from my mind the day after so I can’t remember them anymore.
Hahahahaha howabout the funniest thing that’s happened at a gig?
Someone dropped a drink on the turntable while I was playing but the music didn’t stop!.
What! That’s pretty lucky hahaha!! What about your dream event to play at?
I am sure there are a lot more but I would say, Dimensions, Overlook Festival, Sonar and Burning Man. Also I’d like to go on tour to Australia! 🙂
Aiming big! We’d love to see you here man, so what do you get up to away from the loud noises?
Nothing, just make music! :). Nah, seriously, at the moment I don’t have enough time to do anything else but I’d really like to draw again, I used to do illustrations in my hometown using airbrush.
On a total side note, cats or dogs?
If you were stranded on a desert island with only 3 albums to listen to, what 3 albums would you take with you?
-Amon Tobin – Isam
-Miles Davis – Kind of Blues
-Roy Hargrove – Hard Groove
That’s quite the contrast! Finally what does Vromm have planned for the rest of 2014 and into 2015?
Keep making music!. :). I need to finish lots of tunes! For 2015 I have a few releases forthcoming with 31 Recordings and also something else very special but I’m not sure I’m allowed to mention it here at the moment. But I am really excited about them! 🙂
Thanks again Alvaro!
Thanks to youguys too, 🙂