JDNB Interview - Rise
Rise has been Making movements in the Drum and bass scene all over the country, but especially in his hometown of Bristol and in Portsmouth during his student career. His expansive knowledge of Drum and Bass and his large collection of tracks allow him to blend tunes together from all corners of the Genre.
Starting his journey into music production just two years ago, Rise already has a fine selection of tracks under his belt. Delivering heavy-hitting basslines, crisp drums, along with a pinch of jungle flavour. With a wide range of support already from across the scene, including fans from the UK and Overseas, Rise showcases an expansive variety of styles, including Technical drum patterns, Refined sound design, along with some vocal work on the side too. His recent release 'Earthquake EP', on the new Liondub International imprint Uproar Audio, has been killing live streams all around the globe so we thought it was a good time to have a chat.
How have you been keeping yourself occupied during the Covid-19 Pandemic this last year?
Mostly been working on music related projects and fine tuning my craft when It comes to certain aspects of my production.
I have been experimenting with different styles of Drum and Bass, as well as other genres like Hip Hop and 140/dub. Sampling has always been something I've enjoyed, so finding tracks to sample has also been a big part of my lockdown experience.
Tell us a little about yourself. Where are you from and what made you get into drum and bass?
I was raised in a Village called Chilcompton in Somerset, situated between the cities Bristol and Bath. I've been into drum and bass for as long as I can remember, through my secondary school years was when I decided to start DJing in my bedroom, and I began Production during my years at University.
What would you say has been your 3 biggest achievements so far within the drum and bass scene?
One of them would most definitely be the EP I have just dropped and also hitting number 2 across all Genres in the Juno Download charts at its highest point, I was blown away with the support. Before lockdown, I played a packed out main room of Lakota night club in Bristol, playing before Congo Natty and D double E. It was an amazing experience and I hope to play a crowd of that size again soon.
What does your studio consist of, and what’s your fav plug-in?
I have built and upgraded my own PC over the past 5 years, my DAW of choice is FL Studio, and I use JBL LSR 305 Monitor Speakers alongside a Komplete 1 Audio Interface. I have recently invested in a KORG Minilogue xd Synthesizer, which has most definitely improved my production game, and I have lots of fun using it. My favourite Plug-in at the moment would have to be DS-10 Drum Shaper, a brilliant transient Shaper I use on both my separate drum tracks and my Drum Bus.
Which track are you playing first when we get to play in clubs again?
At the moment, Halogenix's Remix of "Shella" By Kings of the Rollers Featuring Chimpo is my favourite track right now. I cannot get over the pure aggression of the synths in the track, such a great example of a Remix.
Any new producers we should be keeping our ears open for?
Toby Ross is a good friend of mine as well as one of the most exciting up n comers in the Jungle Scene. Also Keep an eye for my Brother, ORAM, who is smashing it with the jungle flavours too, as well as his rolling tracks. It is nice to have a Brother in the same scene, and we work together in the studio well too.
Your recent release ‘Earthquake EP’ out now on Liondub International sub-label, Uproar Audio, will be on my usb for some time to come. What was the feeling like when you got the call to say your tracks were getting signed?
Super Glad you enjoy the tracks! I got the call up from Erik (DJ Liondub), for an EP whilst I was studying at the university library and I almost dropped my phone, I remember the exact moment around 2 years ago now. It was a long time in the making, however I sent off Demos and all 5 tracks for the EP were accepted. I was super happy with it as the first body of work I've put together, and was so excited to share it with everyone.
Which track would you say you had the most fun making?
Crossbow was good fun to make. I remember the weather being super nice, and recording the Vocals for the track, and they fit like a glove with the vibe of that track! It all just fit together nicely.
Where do you get your inspiration from when making tracks?
I like to have a little DJing session before I hit the studio, to get me inspired by other Tracks/Artists in the scene. I also like to sample from different genres, taking inspiration from early synthpop tracks from the 90s.
If you could remix one track from Liondub International, which one would it be?
I really like the track By Johnny Osbourne and Bladerunner - "Night Fall Dub". I would love to see what I could with that one.
Name your top 5 Liondub International tracks?
In no particular Order:
Just for fun, you can book 5djs and 5mcs, who are you booking?
DJs: Break / Selecta J man / K Motionz / Gray / Kasra
MCs: MC Gusto / Jakes / Trafic MC / Rider Shafique / Ragga Twins
What are your goals for the next year?
Just to make the best music I can and play that to the people of the scene at events!
What would you say you like most about the www.jungledrumandbass.co.uk website?
I like how each sub genre of drum and bass has its own part on the website.
Thanks for your time. Lastly any thanks or shoutouts?
Thanks for getting me involved for this interview! Just want to give a huge shoutout to everyone who has supported me in the past and continues to do so through this pandemic and into the future. Another shout-out would be for Mr Liondub, AKA Erik. He's been so helpful throughout the process leading up to the release of the EP, and is brilliant with the Promotional side of things. A Very good bloke all round and deserves all the success he has with his music and with the Label. Big ups.
Rise 'Earthquake EP' is out now on Uproar Audio: Download Stream Here
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Interviewed And Edited By: Chilla