We’re back with our latest InDepth feature showcasing none other than Dutch badman TMSV!
Firmly established in the dubstep scene for several years, Tomas Roels, better known as TMSV, has decided to switch things up. After taking a few steps back from the music scene to experiment and search for a new sound to call his own, his latest output takes inspiration from jungle, grime, juke, dubstep and other bass music. No longer constrained by genre or tempo, TMSV’s sub-powered, percussive dread music is diverse, yet recognisable.
Aside from being a producer, TMSV is a perfectionist behind the decks and has torn up dance floors at renowned club nights in Europe and beyond. Not a fan of single-genre sets, he likes to play the wide range of sounds he’s into.
2016 is set to be a big year for TMSV, with numerous high-profile solo releases as well as remixes on various labels.
Check out TMSV’s exclusive mix for us below!
Fracture & Sam Binga & Rider Shafique – Bubble [Astrophonica]
TMSV – Send Them Come [Forthcoming Cosmic Bridge]
Greazus & Sinistarr – Skankface [Diffrent Music]
Om Unit & Sam Binga – FullBones [BUNIT]
Itoa – Clap Tone [Modern Ruin]
Fixate & Hyroglifics – Daft [Unreleased]
Itoa – Top Deck [Bad Taste]
Poirier – Kypoli ft. Machinedrum & Aleisha Lee (Moresounds Remix) [NICE UP!]
Forest Drive West – Jungle Crack [Rupture LDN]
Unknown Artist – Shmurda Inna Dancehall [Dub Championz]
Sully – Hours, Miles & Still… [Astrophonica]
Fixate – Bandicoot [Exit]
TMSV – Guess What [Unreleased]
Chimpo – Stanna Stairlift [Exit]
Danny Scrilla – Riddim [Cosmic Bridge]
Disko Rekah Refix [Unreleased]
Redders – 96 In One (prod. Gorgon Sound) [Critical Systems]
Sam Binga & Om Unit – Reclaim [Critical]
TMSV – Jazz Error [Forthcoming]
Kromestar – Mere Sher (Danny Scrilla Remix) [Lion White]
Kromestar – Mere Sher (VIP) [Lion White]
Sir Spyro – Topper Top [Deep Medi]
Commodo & Lurka – Glue Sniff Riddim [Black Box]
TMSV – Shallow Breath [Unreleased]
TMSV – Prediction [Unreleased]
Roska – 480 BC [Tectonic]
Fujin – Roll Out [Unreleased]
TMSV – Aku [Forthcoming Tumble Audio]
Om Unit – Hidden Dread [Forthcoming Cosmic Bridge]
Kahn & Neek – Backchat [Hotline]
Burial & Four Tet – Moth [Text]
We had a chat to Tomas about where his music is taking him, check it out below!
We’ve asked the crew here at TDEC what they want to know about the one and only TMSV.
1) So Tom, tell us abit about yourself and describe your sound in three words?
Hey! I’m Tomas, AKA TMSV. I’m 27 years old and I live in Utrecht, the Netherlands. Three words: bass, percussion, imperfection.
2) Now let’s get deep and dark at what age were you drawn to electronic music production, and specifically what drew you into bass music production?
I got into production at about 16 or 17 years old. What drew me to it at that time was my enthusiasm for drum & bass, and my ever-present desire to create the
cultural things that I’m passionate about, especially music. I was introduced to dubstep in 2008 or perhaps a bit earlier, and producing that was so much more
fun and so much more natural than drum & bass production was for me at that time, that I finally took it a bit more seriously, and discovered that I was alright
at making beats.
3) Name an artist that has constantly inspired you through your journey as a producer?
I’m usually inspired by movements, genres and individual tunes, rather than producers. There’s been an incredible amount of inspiring music over the years, so I
can’t really answer this question properly.
4) Answered it perfectly, Can you give us a quick insight to your studio? hardware/software etc
I’m mostly software-based. I use Ableton Live 9, a lot of stock plugins, plus some VST(i)’s. I mostly write and mix on BeyerDynamic DT990 pro headphones. I have
a Maschine controller, some other MIDI controllers and keyboards, a Yamaha DX11 FM synth, a couple of Korg Volca boxes, a mic and a huge stack of awful vinyl
records to sample.
5) There’s a fire in your house, which 3 records make it out with you?
I can’t be specific and give my sampling sources away, but let’s say one African percussion record, one with solo flutes and one of those demo records they
gave away when stereo equipment started to become widely available.
6) Now why the recent move into the wide plains of the 160/170 territory? Dangerousssss
After becoming a bit disillusioned with music (mostly the dubstep stuff I’d been focusing on myself), at a certain point I decided to take a step back and
experiment with some other stuff. What came out of it was a lot of 160/170 BPM music, but recently I’ve been making everything from beatless synth tracks to
130 to 140 to 160/170 BPM soundsystem tunes. I’m not focused on one genre or tempo, I’m interested in finding my own sound, and in becoming the best producer
I can be.
7) Any new/up and coming releases/labels the fans should keep their eye on if they want to hear more from TMSV?
Definitely keep an eye on Cosmic Bridge for the next couple of months. I have a release coming out on Tumble Audio very soon too. The release will consist of 3
of my 130 BPM tunes and there’s some stellar remixes in there. Shout out to Rua Sound as well. More exciting news coming soon!
8) We met Welfare from Rua Sound at Outlook this year, top guy. Are there any artists outside of the electronic music scene that you would like to collab with?
I’d love to collab with Joe Dukie / Dallas Tamaira, the Fat Freddy’s Drop vocalist. Other dream collabs would be Deliverance era Opeth and traditional
percussionists from around the world.
9) Do you have a personal way around writers block, if so what might that be?
What works for me is to make tunes using an audio only Ableton Live template (so no piano rolls or synth UIs), with a timer set to one hour. The composition
and some sort of arrangement have to be done before the end of the hour. If I keep that up every day for a week or so, my creativity starts to open up again.
It’s about forcing it, really – For me, being an artist is not about random moments of inspiration.
10) What’s your ideal line-up, if you threw a clubnight with 5 artists, who would they be?
Commodo, Om Unit, Mala, Danny Scrilla (at least 50% beatless/synth set), Sam Binga. No tempo or genre constraints.
11) Without sounding vein, personal favourite TMSV tune?
From the past year: I’d say either Shallow Breath, Over Out or Calavera.
12) Where do you see the bass music scene in 5 years?
I see it becoming a bit more open than it used to be. There’s a lot of advice, video tutorials and blogs going around right now. I’m even working on a blog
myself. Furthermore, I hope the hardcore supporters for soundsystem music like dubstep and halftime/footwork jungle will unify into one strong scene somehow.
13) Amen, unity is what we need. That’s enough grilling, favourite pizza toppings?
This is by far the hardest question of this interview! I don’t really have any favourites, but good buffalo mozzarella and smoked ham are amazing.
14) Beer or Bourbon?
Nothing beats a great beer.
15) Canine or feline studio pals?
Feline, no question. Well, until they start getting hungry.
16) If YOU could be an animal what animal are we thinking?
Probably one of those crows that can use tools. Intelligence AND being able to fly? Sign me up please.
Thankyou Tomas, what an absolute pleasure, safe!
We’re back with our latest INDEPTH mix, featuring none other than 20 year old badman Crypticz! Recently being taken under the Diffrent Music wings, we had a chat to Crypticz about his music, what he gets up to aside music, pizza, and drum and bass heavy weight boxing matches.
So Jordan, tell us about yourself and describe Crypticz with 3 words?
Yo, I’m Crypticz. A producer currently based in a town outside of Bristol, UK. Three words to describe Crypticz? Me doing music?
Let’s start from the core, you push a very unique style of upper BPM music such as drum & bass/footwork. What were/are the influences that drive the music you produce?
Early influences for me when it came to writing electronic music was Dubstep, particularly the deeper, darker stuff. Especially Bristol based artists like RSD and Pinch. I also love what the London lot did, Mala, Coki, Burial (this guy is like in a different league all together though, for me!), etc.
When it comes to what I write now I like to think I’m influenced by everything I hear everyday. I listen to a lot of different styles of music. Been quite into new wave and punk bits and bobs lately. A bit of techno too but more recently I’m quite into kinda funky disco/house stuff.
When it comes to artists working in the same or a similar field as me a massive one was obviously Om Unit. I think that goes for a lot of people. I also draw a lot of inspiration from Moresounds, he is a great artist. Coleco has influenced me greatly and my path as a producer too. He helped me to get where I am currently. He will forever be a bit of a mentor for me with his advice and direction. I owe him a lot!
From your selection or genres did one really stand out therefore making more of an impact on your music or did they all come together at once?
I feel that, currently, the music I play and write is kind of just a coming together of all the different styles I feel represent myself as an artist delivered and presented in a certain way.
You recently turned 20! What age did you begin producing and when did you decide you wanted to put a lot of effort into it?
I did! I’m a real adult now, I have to try my hand at this real life thing… we’ll see how that goes! Yeah, I’ve been into music ever since I can remember and I first got involved with it myself through playing guitar but I didn’t start producing electronic music until I was 16. Hmmm, I mean, I think I’ve always put effort into it but yeah certainly lately I’ve been driven to push harder and further. I put quite a lot of pressure on myself at times I think. These days I am certainly the most dedicated to the craft than I ever have been. I think I have uni to thank for that, I’ve been given all this time and direction to focus on what I love and make what I want out of it.
You bursted into this music scene throughout 2013 what was the reaction when you have had support from artists such as Om Unit, Doc Scott, Chimpo and more!?
I’m still really stoked and surprised man! To have had these people supporting my stuff this year is a real honour and I’m just so pleased these people like my music. I’m super pleased that anyone likes it!
We’ve noticed you’re involved in the brand new label Sweetbox, it’s hard to discover more about it. What’s the direction of Sweetbox?
Yeah, Sweetbox is a mysterious little label running out of Bristol with a few people behind the project. The idea really is to just be a quirky, fun little label pushing out some good, interesting music. The first release is a two track single from my good friend and collaborator Lakeway and myself. It’s got that Bubblegum tune on it that people seem to be quite into so yeah, now you can get your hands on it! It’s also got a new Lakeway track called Guns for Hire thats been going down a treat. Both the tracks are in the mix actually, if you’re yet to hear them.
One of your latest release’s on inflect UK really caught our ears. Inflect are ticking every box in pushing new exciting bass music at the moment! What was it like working with them?
Thank you! I’m glad people enjoyed the release so much. I will pass the kind words onto Alex (Coleco) & Lorna who are the two behind the label, it means a lot to them too. In regards to working with them it was a great experience. Alex & Lorna are people I met around late 2013 through gigging and gradually, as I found myself in Bristol more, I came to know them both quite well. They are really lovely people with a real passion for music, my sort of people. I think working on a release with them went so smoothly as a result of this, it was nice to put something together with the help of two friends and I am still really proud and pleased with the final result.
Now if that didn’t perk up enough ears you have also been signed to London’s favourite giraffe obsessed twisted drum and bass machine Diffrent Music. Did you feel pressure working alongside the pink giraffes and putting out music next to such respected producers?
You know it man! When Chris (Dexta) first picked me up for Diffrent I was in that almost honeymoon like phase where I was just really excited to be working with him and his label and all was great. I worked really hard on the tunes and wrapped them up ready for release and that was that. Then, that was when my mind started fucking with me haha. Especially in the last couple months building up to my EP, I got really spooked about how my music would be received by the Diffrent fan base, I was worried whether they would actually like it or not. As you say the roster is so well respected within the underground scene with people like Arkaik, Fearful, Hyroglifics, etc.
Chris really has things on lockdown with the label though, I beleived in him and he knows whats right for the label and when. I figured he wouldn’t have picked me up if I wasn’t right. As it turned out it seems the EP went down rather well, I’ve heard really kind words from a lot of people which is really cool dude, I’m so pleased. I’m honoured to be part of the Diffrent Music family now!
Dream label to release on?
I really respect what Jim (Om Unit) does with Cosmic Bridge so I think it would be a real honour to be a part of that label. So yeah, thats probably one of the dream ones!
Where do you see Crypticz heading in 2016?
I can’t really give too much away at this moment in time but definitley look out for more music! Fingers crossed there should be a bit of vinyl poking around too if thats your thing. I’m very much looking forward to 2016. I’m sitting on and wrapping up a lot of material this summer and I can’t wait to have the oppurtunity to share it.
Ok, I’ll stop drilling you now.
I think Outlook would be super great to play!
Describe the Crypticz creative space, where the magic happens?
I roll things pretty simple for now, one day I dream of having a sexy little set up you know but the money ain’t there for now!
I’ve got my laptop, interface, a little nanokey for playing stuff in and more recently got a launchpad for some fun times! Monitoring I primarily use Sennheiser HD558 Headphones but I’m also lucky enough to live at uni with good friends, one of which is another producer. He lets me use his Yamaha monitors A LOT. I think I’m correct in saying they’re HS80Ms… Maybe. I have a pretty love/hate relationship with them, they’re not the ideal monitor for me. I love the sound of Genelec monitoring. But I’m still super grateful so shouts to Lewis on that one!
Canine or feline studio pals?
Ohhh toughest question! I’ve got a black cat, who is a proper cool cat you know, so I have to be on his side and say feline. But lately I’ve had an almost dangerous love for Pugs, I want one of those some day, thats a cool dog, but perhaps not the most manly! I also recommend Giraffes as a solid studio buddy. Specifically, pink ones!
First choice, producer or Dj?
There’s a fire in you’re house which 3 records make it out alive?
What an evil question… I think if this happened right now I would grab:
Om Unit – Threads LP
Skream – The Shinein
Mild High Club – Windowpane
They’re not like super rare records or anything, just personal favourites/important ones to me.
Beer or bourbon?
Ultimate Pizza topping?
You know they do like brunch burgers? Imagine a brunch pizza. I’ve not come across that before, that would be big!
Who would win a 1 on 1 between Goldie and Doc Scott? No weapons.
Hmmm, tough… Going to have to say Scotty on this one I think, he is a bit of a don!
Thank you! Hope people enjoy the mix.
X TDEC X
CRYPTICZ SC: http://www.soundcloud.com/crypticz-1
CRYPTICZ FB: http://www.facebook.com/crypticzmusic
DIFFRENT MUSIC FB: http://www.facebook.com/diffrentmusic
DIFFRENT MUSIC SC: http://www.soundcloud.com/diffrent
INFLECT UK FB: http://www.facebook.com/inflectbristol
INFLECT UK SC: http://www.soundcloud.com/inflect-uk
Om Unit – Ether (Intro Edit)
Hidden Turn – Dream of Tron
Heart Drive – Empathy Reeboot
Ital Tek – Shinra
Graphs – I Think About U
Iglew – Sleep Lighter (Crypticz VIP)
Danny Scrilla – Free Flight (ft. Om Unit)
C92 – The Startup
Nu Tone – Lightning (Sideswipe VIP)
Moresounds – Reality Tune
Crypticz & Itoa – MTD
Crypticz – Bubblegum
Danny Scrilla – Jello
Swayz – Rawdred
Red Army – Brevity (Epilleptech Remix)
J:Kenzo – Talisman
Apache – Gobo
Bad Graphics – Inside
Akkord – Back & Forth (Iyer’s 160 Edit)
DJ Manny – Off The Walls
Homesick – Babalon
Sinistarr – h3xx
Lakeway – Guns For Hire
Crypticz – Magnets (Moresounds Remix)
INDEPTH002: Thing [31 RECORDINGS/BLU MAR TEN MUSIC/DUBTHING]
Hailing from a small town in Estonia called Tartu is our second In Depth feature. Thing’s inspiration comes from deeper, darker sounds of reggae and dub influenced music. He has always been a musical person, but has really turning things up a notch in the last three years.
Thing has seen some releases from some heavy hitters in the industry, for example, 31 Recordings, and Blu Mar Ten Music. Aside from that, he runs two record labels of his own, better known as Dubthing Records and Depthwise music. You’ll find most of Thing’s personal releases are under Dubthing records. His music is recognized and played by well-known names in the field such as Loxy, Doc Scott, dBridge, Gremlinz, Stunna and many others.
Have a listen to his mix and check out the track list as well as an interview below!
What’s up Kristjan! Lets get straight to it, what made you choose the name “Thing”?
K: It’s simple my first girlfriend gave it to me. 🙂
Well that’s pretty easy! Who or whaat inspired you to push your unique and signature sound?
K: I’m a big fan of reggae / dub music, maybe it comes from there, I dont know, but I think I’m just doing my own thing, that’s a really hard question actually. 🙂
We like to stump you guys! We noticed you on the 31 Recordings compilation, whats on the horizon for Thing in 2015?
K: The first vinyl release from my own label ”Dubthing Records” hopefully, some remixes and releases also through my own label, but they are all work in progress at moment so can’t tell anything! 🙂
Please keep us in the loop! On a completely related note, what’s your favourite pizza topping?
We condone ALL of the bacon. So when Thing isn’t making music, what things does Thing get up to?
K: When I’m not making music I’m working (LOL), from Monday to Friday , so it’s a pretty busy schedule. I also like photography cause my day job is to repair cameras.
Sounds like your life involves a lot of buttons man, but seriously thank you so much for taking 5 with us and supplying us a tight mix!
THING FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/ThingMusic
THING SOUNDCLOUD: http://www.soundcloud.com/thing_estonia
1. Photek – Infinity
2. Roy Apron – Two Theories (Overlook Remix)
3. Thing – Last Night
4. Digital – Gateman
5. Teebee – Redwind
6. Ruffhouse – Pellet
7. Jaydrop – Frame Scope
8. Skeptical – Imperial
9. Thing – Renew
10. Vromm – Prototype
11. Morphy – Shackles
12. Thing – One Nation Dub
13. Thing – Moments
14. J:Kenzo – Talisman
15. Clarity – Sombre
16. Monic – Habits (Monic Version)
17. Daat – Fridge
18. Instra:mental & Drkstr – Comanche
19. Thing – Minimal Theme
20. Bredren – Infamous
21. Hanover – Never Enough
22. Cern & Overlook – Nevada Ghost
We have some exciting things planned for 2015, and we’re so stoked to present you our new series ‘INDEPTH’.
This series intends to delve deeper into the depths of our featured artists musical taste, influences, own productions, secret gems, and dubs, and with no further adieu, we present to you:
INDEPTH001: GRAN CALAVERA
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few years, there’s no doubt these guys are one of Perth’s finest talents on the rise. With some serious tight mixing, and a distinct deep and atmospheric sound in their production, we thought we’d kick this off in style with our favourite locals!
We took a few minutes to talk to the guys, have a look below!
What’s good Josh/Tony! Let’s get straight to the point, for those who don’t know you, what is ‘Gran Calavera’ ?
Just a couple of blokes from the Southwest coast of WA exploring the boundaries of 170+ bass music. Trying to convey our sense of fun along the way!
Awesome, that puts things in perspective! How did you guys meet? Did you initially meet with the interest of making music together?
J – Well I met Tony when we were both still at home in the south west as a couple youths, but we never considered working together until much later. It was only when we were both studying and living in Perth that we discovered that we both share an interest in both, bass music and in the production of music.
Can you give us a quick walk through your mix?
The start is a bit of a sample of the genres we like to listen to outside of the world of bass music as well as a few of our musical influences. The second half is more 170 based, but each artist included has specifically had a long influence on us whether it’s a current track from them or a classic. A few exclusives in there too!
It’s a strong selection guys! It’s no doubt you guys certainly have a niche taste, which we froth! Has it always been this way or has it developed over the years?
J – Our sound has certainly developed over the years. We dabbled in different genres for a while but I think it safe to say that we feel right at home making D&B.
T – Yeah we kinda came full circle from where I started DJing in my teens. After exploring a lot of different styles and techniques, we were stoked that we ending up back at the place of rugged, groovy 170. I was obsessed with labels like Ninja Tune in my early teens, so the UK influence has always been fundamental.
On the note of groovy 170, if we were to give you $50 and the number to Pizza Hut, what would you get?
J – 15 Hawaiian pizzas. Deep pan.
T – I have an agreement with Josh that I cannot say anything about Hawaiian Pizzas…
Man knows what he wants, maybe we shouldn’t ask! I think it’s pretty agreeable across the boards that you guys are heading in the right direction, has there been anyone special to influence this?
Hugest of shouts to Ekko & Sidetrack for their (love) and guidance over the years. Even though our styles differ quite dramatically at times, it’s exciting to mould elements of our sounds together. They have a huge year coming too.
Also to Tom and the family Flexout Audio. They are open to anything fresh, and a real quality label on the rise!
And the Perth crew and promoters who know who they are!
Its so cool to see the city buzz so hard off your vibe! Moving into your production though, is there any sense of vision you guys are trying to push forth with your sounds?
J – It might not be much of a ‘vision’ but I think just keeping it fresh with our production and sound is what we are always trying to push. I feel proud to be apart of the D&B genre and the people associated with it and I want to do my best to bring different sounds and styles to the genre to help continue its evolution.
T – Josh definitely nailed it. We always tend to look back a bit to get that proper rough drum & bass sound that we love, but at the end of the day, to us, it’s all about groove and weight, and conveying a sense of fun that I believe sometimes the more minimal of bass music genres can lose a bit of.
Speaking of evolution, if you guys were to allocate each other an animal to represent your interpretation of one another what would they be? Why?
J – Tony = Cheezleshark
Get a box of Cheezles and find out…
LOL! Again, not sure if we should ask, but we will definitely put the theory to the test. Do you guys know the feeling when you sit there listening to a song in utter awe, analysing every sound in the production, are there any songs that stick out to you off the top of your head?
J – Synkro – Progression
Just one of those songs for me that I find another detail almost every time I sit down and listen to it.
T – Anything by Lapalux for me. The way he swims in textures and pitched vocals is astounding to me.
So this year is proving to be pretty awesome already for music, do you guys have any movements? Or we keeping it ninja?
Stoked to announce we are kicking off with a 4-track EP on Flexout Audio! Which is phenomenal considering we have yet to have a solo release, and an exciting collab with Ekko & Sidetrack forthcoming!
We have a feeling there will be a lot of cool things to come out of you guys in the near future that is for sure, furthermore, where do you hope to see yourselves heading in the next couple of years?
J – I hope we are able to continue releasing music and spending time in the studio and I plan to enjoy every minute of it!
Hypothetical situation, time in the studio is now time in a cage ring. Who’d win in a cage fight?
T – Easily Josh, have you seen the giant?
J – I wouldn’t be so certain.
It’d be some proper David vs Goliath business for sure! But seriously, again thank you so much for your time guys, what a mix to kick off the series with, you never fail to impress!
Sister Nancy – Bam Bam
Strategy – The Bleep Test
Skittles – Shottin’ (ft. Fox)
Cypress Hill – Illusions
Jehst – Poison
A/T/O/S – Run
Mick Jenkins – Vibe
? – ?
Om Unit – Understand
Chimpo – Bun It (ft. Fixate)
>>>Hyroglifics – Set It
Temple – Knuckle Head (Gran Calavera Remix)
? – ?
Spectrasoul – Glimpse (ft. dbridge)
Survey – Inhale
Dub Phizix – Narrow Eyes (ft. Fox & Chimpo)
Bredren – Source Code
Response – Surveillance
Ivy Lab – Twenty Questions
Alix Perez & Sabre – Solitary Native
Break – Out Of Nowhere
Dub Phizix – Rainy City Music
Lenzman – Open Page (ft. Riya)
Stray – Matchsticks
Lapalux – Forgetting and Learning Again
Rob Dougan – Drinking Song
GRAN CALAVERA FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/ihaveagrancalavera
GRAN CALAVERA SOUNDCLOUD: http://www.soundcloud.com/gran-calavera