JDNB Interview: Sonic Construction
DeepDownDirty have a release coming out on the 24th December 2021 called 'You Got Me' by Ricky Scott feat John Emil, which has been given a dnb relick from Sonic Construction. We have had the pleasure to have a chat with Sonic Construction to talk about the track, releasing on the label and also to get to know him more.
Hi, thanks for chatting with us here at JDNB.
Thanks for inviting me :)
Tell us a bit about yourself and where you come from?
I started in the late 80s and early 90s as a house DJ in London. I used to beat match beats on vinyl with my own crude sequences and record it down. I always had an interest in Electronic music and synths from back then and slowly built up my studio so I could make my own tunes in the way I wanted.
What musical influences did you have growing up?
I had many influences from Jarre and Kraftwerk to Prodigy, Josh Wink and later Adam F, Ed Rush and more recently Nozia, Icicle and pretty much anything that’s played on Bassdrive!
Describe your sound?
I like to mix genres and styles to convey music in an original and refreshing way. I want to break down the typical boundaries in modern music and allow folks to experience and enjoy grooves and vibes they might not normally even get to hear.
My passion is to create music that is not run of the mill, it needs passion, bass and most of all soul.
You have a release dropping on DeepDownDirty on Christmas Eve, tell us more about that?
“You got me” is a wonderful track and when I wrote the original remix it touched me personally as I had been through similar feelings as the Song portrays. When I was asked to remix dnb style I jumped at the chance as I had been working on the heavy dnb EP (Devastation) and was dying to make something more rolling and smooth.
A Lot of the inspiration was from tracks being played on Bassdrive, the vocals really helped the melodic components and I am proud of the vocal effects how they turned out.
I see you have had other releases on DeepDownDirty?
I've been releasing on DDD since nearly the beginning. What I love about Maya's label is the open minded approach and mission to help grass roots producers who are doing it for the love of the music. The open genre suits me as I can really have fun and release some house, techno, breaks, acid, dub and dnb etc without any strange sideways looks. Honestly half the time even I don't know how a track will turn out till its done!
What would you say have been your 3 biggest achievements so far from making music?
I had a track (Fear of Survival - from Devastation EP) played by Stunna in the Green Room on Bassdrive recently.
I also had "Melting Faces" played on BBC1 a little while ago
I played a live set in a private festival on a huge rig a few years ago. That was fun!
What does your studio consist of, and what’s your fav plug-in or piece of kit to use?
I have alot of hardware but tend to use the Virus TI and the Moog mainly.
Plugin wise I am quite partial to Serum, Massive and Razor.
I'm still on Mac though it seems everything is trying to move me away from that which makes me unhappy.
Where do you get your inspiration from when making tracks?
Feelings, emotions or hearing another tune which I really like. Also just playing with sounds in the studio though these days there is very little time for messing about!
What's the best bit of advice you can give to up and coming producers to get their tracks heard by labels?
My advice would be to be yourself and make music that makes you happy rather than follow the formula that the big boys want. It's not worked for me, but it might work for someone else ;). Seriously though, if its not fun don't do it, take breaks, change styles, go for a walk whatever. Do what you need to do to get out the stuff you like, if that's using presets, do it, then tweak them and dont be put off by people saying its not cool. If you like Massive, use it and dont be put off by people saying its not cool. At first I hated to listen to my tunes as they sounded so naff compared to anything pro but stick at it because when you improve, one day it will change and there is nothing like proudly pumping out your own tunes in the car!!!
If you could remix another track from the DeepDownDirty back catalog and give it a dnb lick, which one would you choose?
Probably something from Audiofetish ("Dream on" maybe). I always like what that dude comes out with, maybe it's my acid roots, what can I say :)
Name your top 3 DeepDownDirty Tracks?
Can I name my own? ;) Nah seriously they are all family and I love them all the same!
What are your goals for the future regarding music?
Earn enough to give up work and move to the country and produce from a country mansion. A while off that dream I guess. I want to keep it fun and don't have any illusions of making a living from it but will feel my music life was fulfilled once my productions are played out in large venues and lots of people get down and enjoy beats they never heard before!
What would you say you like most about the www.jungledrumandbass.co.uk website?
I like the way it showcases a lot of different talent.
Thanks for your time. Lastly, any thanks or shoutouts?
Big shout out to Maya from DDD of course (thanks for all the help) and the whole of the DDD crew.
Shout outs to James and the Locked up Music crew. Also to my wonderful other half Sharon who encourages me loads even though its all noise to her :)
'You Got Me' by Ricky Scott, Sonic Construction and featuring John Emil is out exclusively at Beatport on the 24th December 2021.
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Interviewed And Edited By: Chilla