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Let’s start at the beginning, what was your introduction to Drum & Bass music listeners?
Well myself Silver & Wilf have been in the scene for a very long time and I don’t think many of our listeners know that. For starters we started Metropolis over 15 years ago and is still going strong. I used to produced under the name Sonic & Silver or Accidental Heroes or Silver for that matter on loads of top labels within the scene. Wilf also used to run New Vibe Recordings and still does when he feels like it lol so our introduction to Drum & Bass has been from the get go really. From going to Sunday Roast at the Astoria in London to classic Metalheadz nights at the blue note and Hardware & Ram at the End to Kinetic in Stoke and Die Hard in Leicester we would like to think we have been there from the beginning and have seen the game change into what it is today.
Standout records from that time for you guys personally?
Stand Out records have be tracks like Omni Trio – Renegade Snares, Ray Keith – Terrorist, man there are so many tracks from that era…..Splice came into North Base around 4 years ago now. Simon got into Drum & Bass around 2006 listening to his very first CD tape pack brought from a car boot sale by the World Dance crew. His first vinyl was Sub Focus Druggy since then he has found love for the likes of Pendulum, Noisia, Andy C, High Contrast, Shy FX, S.P.Y, Shock One, DC breaks and many more.
How long have you been producing together as North Base?
It’s been 6 years we have been making noise as NORTH BASE here to another 6 years Whey Hey ☺
You have had major support from DJ’s around the globe from every corner of the DnB scene, when do you feel you started to get big support for you production?
Think this year has been better than last. As our productions are getting better with time. More and more people are starting to notice our works which is amazing, so we just want to keep on learning more tricks and applying that to our music. We want to thank everyone who has support us this year you know who you are…….
For the Tech heads out there, what hardware are you using?
Bitwig / Logic as our daw’s. UA Apollo Twin, Native Instruments, Wavs SPL, Serum, Massive anything we can get our hands on really.
Speaking of production, who else are you feeling production wise at the moment?
So many producers out there right now from Noisia, Chase & Status, Protptypes, Mefus, Turno, DJ Guv, Dimension, Sub Focus, Culture Shock, Delta Heavy, Dubphizix, Chimpo, Signal, Fred V & Grafix, Erb N Dub, 1991, So many greats our there creating such amazing music right now. Your all amazing lads ☺
You recently started a new show on Unity Radio, when and how can people check out the show?
That’s correct, we are on to our 11th show right now, Yes we are counting them lol but it’s a blast we play across the Manchester airways with over 10,000 listeners on the station itself. So if your reading this and in the Manchester area please tune in Tuesdays 11pm – 1am in the morning. If your somewhere else worldwide you can got to www.unityradio.fm and tune in from the website. If you miss the show we upload all of our shows to Soundcloud & Mixcloud so you can listen back when your ready.
Who have you had as guests so far on the show?
So far we have had Shimon, Loko & Feint from Liquicity and Mitekiss we intend to have more in the next following weeks so keep an eye on our facebook for more info.
What is your next release going to be?
So far we have our debut release on the mighty RAM records Featuring Mitch Dowd track called Feel The Love, also we have a track on the forthcoming Viper Annual album which should be dropping anytime soon. Next year we have a track on the final Renegade Hardware Album and hopefully some more stuff with RAM records and Viper like we said before just keep an eye on the Facebook and our website for updates on our forthcoming projects.
As we approach the end of 2016 what has been your gig of the year?
I think Glastonbury on the Glade stage has to be up there as the best show this year hands down. Creamfields, Hideout, Lost & Found in Malta, Beautiful Days festival, Parklife, Snowbombing were all amazing. We have had so much fun on the road this year and we cant wait to do it all again…….
What DJ gigs have you got coming up?
16th Dec 2016 London – Cyberfunk @ The Cube Project
16th Dec – Hereford – The Venue Hereford
31st Dec – Manchester – Gorilla NYE with Andy C midnight set!
31st Dec – Manchester – Bowlers NYE Twisted Circus
3rd Feb 2016 Manchester – 15 Years Of Metropolis @ Sankeys you do not want to miss this event trust we………
Where can people check you out on line?