Heritage is an exciting new producer hailing from Oxford, UK.
Having been introduced to the drum and bass scene at the age of 13, Heritage has since been obsessed with the entire spectrum, as well as drawing massive inspiration from old school hip hop, reggae and jungle. These inspirations are clearly heard in the intriguing and conscious music he is creating. We find out more.....
Q1) Nice to chat to you! How has 2017 been for you so far?
A) Big up for taking the time to chat to me!
2017 has been a busy and productive one, there’s been a lot of personal highlights, but I feel like I’m only just getting started, and am looking forward to what next year holds!
Q2) So can you go back to growing up, what music you listened to, your decks and how you come across jungle?
A) Growing up I used to listen to all sorts of music, ranging from Indie bands to HipHop. I was never judgemental towards good music, if it sounded good then I’d listen. I’ll never forget discovering an Ambient/Dubstep artist called Burial, the emotion that he managed to incorporate in to his music blew my mind. Portraying emotion in music is really important for me.
I bought my first pair of decks when I was around 14/15 years old I believe; they were an old pair of Stanton T60s. Learning to beatmatch the “oldschool” way has really helped me out down the line. Anyone can mix visually these days, but being able to mix using just your ear is just as important IMO. I think the first time I came across the drum and bass/jungle sound was when Chase and Status released their “More Than Alot” Album. This sparked the journey of wanting to learn as much as I could about my new found love of drum and bass / jungle.
Q3) How did you progress into producing?
A) Naturally really. I downloaded a copy of Fruity Loops when I was about 15 and just started messing about with sounds, trying to learn the DAW as much as I could. I then took a 2-year Music Technology Course to better my understanding of the science behind making music. This really opened my eyes to a lot of things, and also exposed me to various other aspects of the industry, such as Live Sound and Music for Games.
Being just a DJ only really gets you so far these days, you really need to be a producer aswell to make that next level. I noticed this from an early age, so therefore made sure to put in the work behind the scenes to learn the craft.
Q4) You just released a Christmas free download which caught our teams attention, can you tell us a bit more about the track?
The Free Christmas download I’ve just released is a remix of Kelela – Frontline. As soon as I heard those soulful vocals I was blown away and had to put my own spin on it, and this is what came out. The original was just asking for some funky liquid drums, and a fat bassline.
Don't forget this track is available for free download, so make sure to grab your copy!
Q5) Can you tell us about your residencies and your set at Bass Therapy and why it's so memorable?
A) I hold regular DJ residences with two promoters “Nuthouse DNB” and “P30 Memorial”.
Nuthouse Drum and Bass is an events brand, currently based in Reading with monthly free entry shows at Bar Iguana. They’ve also just put on a wicked night with Amoss B2B Survival and Marvellous Cain which I was on the bill for, it was a wicked night!
Make sure to check them out if you are in the Reading area!
P30 Memorial is a number of charity fundraiser events for a Junglist called Paddy who sadly lost his life after a 6 year battle with brain cancer, Paddy left behind two sons.
The idea of P30 is to raise money and awareness for brain cancer, and also to raise money for Paddys sons trust fund. You can expect to see a lot of P30 in 2018, with big events being lined up for the Oxford area, as well as further afield.
That bass therapy night in Wantage was absolutely wicked, and definitely a personal highlight of the year. Being able to jump on the decks straight after the legendary Ray Keith and David Boomah was crazy. I was nervous as shit, but pulled it off and had a wicked night.
Q6) So what DAW are you on and any mix down tips?
A) I’m currently working on Logic Pro X, and have been for a number of years. It just works for me. It’s all personal preference though, whatever works for you.
I think sample choice can help a lot. Before you are even thinking about mixing the track down, having a quality choice of samples at your disposal can save a lot of headache later on in the process. You can get samples from anywhere, it doesn’t just have to be from packs that artists are selling for 25 quid a pop. I also tend to mixdown as I go to get the vibe I want, but everyone is different.
Another important thing is to get yourself a decent Spectrum Analyzer, and learn it. An analyser is an invaluable tool for a producer, and when you learn to understand what frequencies should be hitting where, you’ll be away!
Q7) Our friends over at Viper recently tweeted you a big up! You must be stoked of the current recognition?
A) Yeh that was pretty cool of Matrix and Futurebound to take time out and check out the mix personally. As an upcoming artist, hearing feedback like that from well known artists really pushes.
I also sent a new track to TC on twitter on the off he might check it out, and he did! He asked for me to DM the track ASAP, so that’s exactly what I did!
Q8) What are your top 3 all time favourite tunes?
A) That is such a hard question, but here’s 3 tracks that came to mind!
1 – S.P.Y – By Your Side
2 – High Contrast – If We Ever
3 – Chase and Status – Hurt You.
As you can probably tell, I love the vibey tracks!
Q9) If you could take only one track on a desert island, what would it be and why?
A) Phwoar, probably S.P.Y – By Your Side.
I think that track would be rather fitting on a desert island, waking up to the sound of those strings! Q10) Where can we catch you playing in 2018?
A) You can catch me DJ’ing at my regular residencies for Nuthouse DNB in the Reading area on a regular basis, as well as for P30 Memorial who have some mad lineups coming in the new year, which will be up and down the country. I play a lot around the Reading/Oxford area, so make sure to check out my artist Page to keep up to date with upcoming gigs.
Q11) Are you a fan of MC's and who do you rate?
A) Love MC’s, there is some really talented newcomers coming through right now which is exciting for the scene. People like Inja, and Degs have really impressed me with their fresh perspectives, so massive big ups to them two!
Q12) Festivals or clubs?
A) I do love a good festival, but for me it has to be clubs. I think the main difference is that when you play at/rave at a club, you know the crowd have paid good money to listen to a set of music that they love, rather than just stumbled in to it at a festival off their nut!
Q13) You do a lot of Radio, can you tell us about that?
A) I’ve been doing a lot of radio for a fair few years now yeh. I co-hosted the Ultra Culture Show on Destiny 105.1FM with Rob.C for a number of years, as well as guesting on various stations such as Rough Tempo, Dose Radio and FreePartyRadio.
I’ve always treated Radio as a gig, and tried to play the full spectrum of the music I love.
Q14) Tell us about Solitude and the support you have been receiving!!
A) Myself and me old mate Sam (Dyrekt) who is the boss over at Fragmented Recordings decided to get in the studio together and make a track, and this is what we came up with. It seemed to go down very well, and received great feedback from artist such as Jungle Citizenz and Marvellous Cain to name a few!
Q15) What labels are you aiming for in 2018?
A) The past few months have really been about trying to get exposure around my name. I’ve been producing music for years, but have only recently figured out the sound that I want to put out there. I’d love to eventually get a release on Hospital one day, that’s the dream for sure.
Q16) If you could collab with one person who would it be and why?
A) For me, it’s got to be Calibre. The man is a complete and utter genius, and everything he touches turns to gold. He is a true master of his craft, and someone I look up to massively, just look at his back catalogue!
Q17) If I gave you ten grand, to buy studio equipment, what would it be and why?
A) Probably just some nicer monitors, a pair of Genelecs perhaps!
The thing I’ve noticed over the years is that you can have the nicest studio going, but it doesn’t mean you’ll make the best tunes. Some of the best music is made with limited resources, and that is the beauty of it. A person’s brain is the most important piece of equipment in a studio in my opinion.
Q18) Top 5 favourite producers?
A) 1 – Calibre
2 – S.P.Y
3 – Noisia
4 – Break
5 – Dawn Wall
Q19) What do you think about the www.jungledrumandbass.co.uk website?
A) Proper wicked website which caters for the whole scene, it’s a true hub for any Junglist for sure.
Q20) Thanks, glad you like it and thanks for your time.... lastly, any shouts and thanks?
A) Absolute pleasure, thanks for your time guys.
Bigups to Missrepresent and the JDNB crew for the wicked interview.
Bigups to my Nuthouse DNB/P30 Memorial crew!
Finally, bigups to anyone taking their time to read this interview, its all love!
Interview by Missrepresent Dec 2017