DBHQ Interview with Document One

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Document One continue to go from strength to strength and have created their own distinct sound which is well respected in the world of drum and bass.  Charting with all their releases and smashing dancefloors everywhere, we had a chat with the guys to talk about their latest release on label home Technique Recordings and also find out a little bit more on their journey to where they are now.

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1. Now your latest release Girl and How Low Can You Get are both amazing tracks, which one is your favourite of the two?

Matt) I suppose it would have to be “Girl”. At the time i was heavily listening to liquid and deeper vibes within DnB and wanted to make a cross bread of our jazz infused style and something laid back. We felt it was important to let the vocals take the lead role as it had been a minute since we’d done a proper vocal track, and we were really chuffed with the outcome as a peoples response.

Joe) My favourite would have to be Girl also. It was nice to work on a track with the emphasis heavily on musicality. Something for headphones rather than the club.

2. So if we go back to the start quickly, your introduction to DnB, where, when & how?

Matt) I suppose my official introduction was around the age of 14 when a friend used to bring jungle tapes over to my house and try to make me listen against my will. Things didn’t really click until i actually started going to clubs at about 18, and by that point I knew my musical taste was changing. As a musician and producer my style was always moving around genres but DnB seemed to be the one that stuck in the background the longest. We dabbled in making it over the years but it was until Simon at Technique heard our tracks and gave us the encouragement we needed to think we could actually do this.  Since then it’s been non stop and we can’t get enough of it… I don’t think its going to go away anytime soon.

Joe) The first two albums I got on CD were Portishead – Dummy and Roni Size – New forms, so I guess around the same age as Matt (early teens).

3. What kind of stuff were you making when you first started?

Matt) In terms of DnB, pretty poor stuff trying to emulate the heavy sound sound of the early 2000’s. Again our musical side always pushed through and regardless of the drop we always found some way of creating a more melodic tune than we set out.

Joe) I remember me and Matt trying to recreate Spor and Pendulum in the early days, we didn’t manage to achieve this but we learned a lot.

4. How would you describe your sound ? 

Matt) Jazz infused neuro funk i guess….. or maybe just jazz n bass lol!

Joe) I’d agree with Matt, Jazzy Neurofunk!

5. Now you are signed to one of the most highly acclaimed and respected labels, Technique Recordings but where do you think the turning point was for you personally when your production really got recognised and started to gain support?

Matt) Definitely “Jazz Club”. It wasn’t even supposed to be our last track on the 15 year comp LP, so I think it took shape by us not caring as much and letting go of what we thought we should be doing. I remember adding the double bass and things just instantly clicked. It sparked a million ideas for us and was the first tune where actual DnB heads gave us the nod of approval.

Joe) Yep Jazz Club was a big turning point, it was during that period where we really found our own sound. It was a moment that a lot of our influences came together and we found some identity within the scene.

6. The best piece of advice you’ve been given?  

Matt) You’ve got to go backwards to go forwards.

Joe) Reference other music when you’re in the studio and use a spectrum analyser.

 7. What’s your pet-hate?

Matt) Being late and hating on other genres, especially sub genres.

Joe) I’m a lover not a hater!

8. Any plans for a Document One album? 

Matt) Yeah we’ve actually been in talks about it recently and figure next year might be the one for us. Were currently working on an EP to see out the year then will make our plan for 2018.

Joe) We are really looking forward to working on the debut album but nothing set in stone yet. Focusing on the next release.

9. What is Technique Essential?

Matt) It was a preset/sample pack we put together in conjunction with Technique and Black Octopus. We thought if in any way we could give something back to young producers we’d have to put ourselves forward.

Joe) Xfer Serum presets

10. Gig wise, where you been recently and where u off to next?

Matt) Recently we’ve been doing festivals across Europe and the UK. Along side that we’ve just started to get into the club shows again, and have shows in the UK, Holland, Austria and Paris in the next few weeks ahead.

Joe) We’ve had a wicked summer, good festival season and some great club nights!

11. What’s your number one piece of software or hardware that you can’t live without?

Matt) I know its pretty obvious, but I’d have to say Xfer Serum. It’s so good and versatile that were both really comfortable working with it and feel if there’s a sound in our head we have a fairly good chance of achieving it with Serum.

Joe) Serum is fantastic! The cleanest sounding Wavetable soft synth available! And Ableton changed my life!

12. What is the one DnB tune you wish you had written?

Matt) Vault by Pendulum. That tune still smashes the dance floor and really twisted DnB on its head for a minute.

Joe) Stigma by Noisia, possibly my biggest hero’s!

 13. What’s your guilty pleasure music wise?

Matt) Motown and 70’s rock n roll.

Joe) Dubstep, there will always be a place in my heart!

 14. And finally where can people cop the latest release How low Can you Get and Girl?

Matt) Head to either the Technique website where you can find that release as well as all our others. Aside from that the obvious Beatport, iTunes, Spotify and all other digital outlets.

Joe) Book us through Urban Artists and we will come to you and play it for you!

 15. Where can our audience find out more about you?

Matt) Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to see what we’re up to and where we’re next playing.

Joe) Google Document One and click your preferred Social network from there!

Thanks for taking the time to talk to us today, hopefully we’ll speak again soon and I wish you all the best.

Thank you again!

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