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Q&A with Welfare and Outlaw Producer in advance of Rewind It radio show  :.

Q&A with Welfare and Outlaw Producer in advance of Rewind It radio show :.

 

In advance of our next radio show this Thursday we shared some questions with our next guests Welfare and Outlaw Producer.

 

Tune in FM 90.9 Guarda/Portugal. Streaming online at http://rewindit.fm – hosted by Rámon.

 
 

Q&A with Welfare

 
Lacroixx:  Hi Cormac, really nice to have you joining! Working three times a week with university students with disabilities then as a promoter, soundsystem operator, producer and DJ. You have a big part of your life dedicated to the music, specially the soundsystem culture. How did it started?

Welfare: Hey guys, thanks for having us on and featuring the mix.. As a teenager in the mid 90s I loved my dance music – Techno and Trance mostly – I got more into Reggae and Dub in the early 2000s and then came a love for Breakbeat/Jungle/DnB.. I began collecting vinyl in 2005 ,DJing at house parties around Dublin and also managed to get some sets at Raves and Warehouse parties playing mostly House,Techno and some questionable “Electro-House”, all of which was a great buzz. in 2006/2007 I was seriously turned on by Dubstep and this dominated my life until the beginning of this decade. In 2008 we formed an Anarchist SoundSystem crew which sparked my interest in speakers and high powered audio equipment. Through my involvement in the Dubstep scene this relationship with big bass and big boxes steadily grew until I started building up my own “SubVersion Sound” in 2011. I do dedicate a lot of time to it, possibly too much.. but I get a buzz out of doing it so fuck it, why not!

 

L: When did Rua Sound start to take shape in that process?

 W: Starting my own label had been something that was on my mind for a long time, since being involved with the DubCulture bass music crew from 2009 really (shouts to Steve DubCulture). Myself and my old production partner Shatterfreak had plans set in place In 2010 for a bass music label called “SubVersion Recordings”, however unfortunately due to some unfortunate bits and pieces this didn’t happen, I preserved this energy by beginning to build the Subversion SoundSystem in 2011, which took my focus for a few years alongside DJing and running my various clubnights. In 2014 I began thinking about a label project seriously again, so I set some wheels in motion and after bagging the first release from Sully (bigups), Rob came on board and things really got moving.


 
 
 
L: Do you think soundsystem culture still have the power and duty to shake consciousness in this strange times we are living now with lots of sociopolitical changes?

W: Duty? No.. Power? Yes, absolutely. Music has always played a key role in social movements and societal shifts, particularly those that counteract the mainstream, questioning power structures and the legitimacy of authority. SoundSystem culture is a subset of musical culture so it would automatically be included it in that. Further to this, it embodies a DIY mentality, a self-reliance that I believe is reflected in all revolutionary activity. I feel there is a power in music that can motivate, energize and unify people, and if that power is amplified by 20,000 Watts that can only be good…

 
 
L:  You also have a passion for the halftime drum and bass ground, do you agree that this is probably the most exciting thing happening to bass music in years? What did you found captivating in it?

 W: For me personally it has been quite an exciting period, but there have been many forward movements in other bass music styles too – tbh I’m not a fan of using superlatives like “the most exciting” when it comes to music as it’s so subjective.. not trying to be awkward, sorry!

However the reason I find it so captivating is the fusion of styles it encourages, much as Dubstep did in the beginning.. You can find elements of Hip Hop, Jungle, Juke, Footwork, Dub, Reggae, Techno and many more genres in there, all mish mashed into a loose DnB fabric. I am particularly fond of tracks that have a halftime flavour, without necessarily marking the time signature in too clear a manner so as to be instantly identifiable as ”halfstep”

 
 
L: Can you share with us some of the artists that inspire you most in the present?

It’s honestly so hard to pick out particular artists as I listen to as much music as possible and thus I´m not really sure how each track, artist or genre inspires me or how they interact with one another deep down… still figuring that one out. I do notice that I am enthused by Dub Techno and Old School Jungle consistently though, that doesn’t seem to change.

 
 
L: Are you working in some project/s that tell us about?

 W: We can tell you we have a new sub label almost ready to go, with 2 very exciting releases already sorted.. cant say much more than that for now, but it should be serious craic…

Myself and the SubVersion crew are almost ready to begin some new speaker box builds, more kick bins & scoops. It’s hard to stop upgrading even though we probably have too much already.

On an individual level, with the help of a friend I have a collaborative EP coming out on vinyl later in the year, on a dubby experimental tip. I only very occasionally produce music (and actually finish it) so I´m well chuffed with that. Have the Summer flow of gigs and festivals coming up in Ireland, a couple in Europe and am looking at the possibility of some shows in Asia in the Autumn/Winter period.

 
 

Q&A with Outlaw Producer

 

Lacroixx: Hi Scott, thanks for joining us. You already have a solid path inside electronic music, remixes from and for Ben Aqua, Wheez-ie, Poolboy92, CVNT TRAXXX to name only a few and premiered music  on XLR8R, Mixmag together with releases on Them Flavors, Kursed Recordings, Knightwerk between others. How did it all start, when did you start following a more direct path towards electronic dance music?

Outlaw Producer: I started becoming interested in electronic music in high school. I gave my friend Gary (aka Fbom) a blank cassette and he recorded Frankie Bones and Carl Cox  dj mix CDs for me.  The Dj Mix Cds like this were big in the late 90s early 2000s. I fell in love with techno music and started carrying a Walkman everywhere listening to the mixes. Around this time I went to my first underground rave parties and saw Carl Cox and Frankie Bones dj live. I got my first technic 1200s and started collecting vinyl around 2002 when I graduated high school.  I spent days and days obsessing over mixing trance, house and techno. Through going to raves I really liked trance and house djs like Tiesto, and Bad Boy Bill. Napster and services like it allowed me to download songs and mixes I would not have normally had access to in Austin, Texas.

 

 
 

L: The Next step probably was production…

OP: The next step was to focus on production, yes. I saw some of my favorite djs try their hand at it and I started to dream of the day my own song would be on a vinyl. My local community college offered courses like Audio engineering, Midi, synthesis and later even remixing. My homework was to go  to concerts of drastically different styles of music. I saw Telefon Tel Aviv during this time.  I began making songs with software like Cubase, Reason 2.5 and Ableton Live version 3. I made house and techno songs and remixes. Even hip hop and glitch stuff too. Music became very exciting around 2006 when I first heard Burial and Kode 9. My buddy Shawhin (aka VVV) was playing the weird hyperdub and dubstep for me and introduced me to a whole new world of sounds.  I collected many dubstep vinyl but it was really more UK garage and techno with dub influences.

 

 

Around 2010, my friend Jerry invited me to a private party during SXSW. It was a small party but L-vis1990, Dubbel Dutch, Jubilee, and Kingdom all performed.  It felt good to hear house again and I got really excited about the UK funky and Night Slugs sound. Dubbel Dutch included a song of mine in a mix for Xlr8r and I was really starting to get excited about producing songs for DJs after many years of doing it for fun. That same year we started the Elevater Action DJ nights at this club called Plush in Downtown Austin. Gary and Shawhin had been offered the night at the venue and invited Dj Fiction and I to join in. THIS is how I connected with people like Ben Aqua and Wheez-ie.I invited many different DJs and artists to the night and I would ask them if they would remix my songs and if I could remix theirs. Many of my opportunities came from me offering my remixing work to others but not everyone was interested. I really appreciated Wheez-ie and Ben Aqua being open and encouraging to my ideas. Anthony at Them Flavors and Danny at Knightwerk were the first people to contact me and seek me out for remixes and dj work which I also really appreciate. Also, my friends in Bologna, Italy who have a digital label called Noisybeat extended have put out many songs and  remixes by me over the years.

 

 
 

L: Most people, me included, before the full electronic music passion, they had a background with a wide spectrum of tastes and influences that are not really connected with the dance scene. What did you use to listen as teenager?

OP: I did not have a lot of money and CDs were expensive when I was a teenager. I listened to a lot of popular alternative or rap.  Even rap rock haha.  Whatever was on the radio at the time. I enjoyed weird lyrics like Beck and Beastie Boys. It was my time as a dj that made me understand and appreciate a wider variety of music and style later on and now.

 
 

L:  You have a distinctive sound that I almost characterize by saying it has the perfect combination of UK and US. The US cub music and the UK bass tradition is something pivotal in your work?

OP: I was always mostly inspired by deep UK style sounds.  House, trance, uk garage, deep house. I got into techno and harder techno because of the freedom it allows me as a dj to make a more unique blend of the songs and drum textures. I enjoy many styles with rap influences, juke, ghetto tech and jersey club.

 
 

L: Can you share with us some of your main inspirations for producing?

OP:  When I first started producing and even today Adam Beyer was always a big influence and someone I respected as a dj and producer. Other than that I would say my long-time friends Dj Fiction, Fbom, VVV and Dylan C.

 

 
 


L: Are you preparing something that want to share with us?

OP: I am excited to share the 30 minute mix of techno and house I am into this year. Also a new tune for you guys at Lacroixx blog coming very soon called “Adding Depth” with house dub and grime vibes I like. I plan to get back in the studio later in 2017 to start some new tunes.

 
 

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Welfare photo by Off-Beat Photography. Outlaw Producer photo by Gritsy photography /Jessie Weber

 
 

Rámon

June 6th, 2017

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