Bassweight Sessions 2: Thelem

EZ everybody.  I don’t about you lot, but this week is killing me already.  I can’t wait for Friday to be here!

To finish off the month we have a very special interview and guest mix from Matt Weare, aka Thelem.  It would be surprising if any of you hadn’t heard/seen this name on the late, the man has been climbing the ranks within the underground quite steadily.  Harnessing a multitude of platforms, ranging from a radio show on Rood.FM to operating his own label (Orientis Recordings), Thelem has been steadily spreading his sound among those involved in the deeper sound scene.  From his intricately arranged cinematic productions to his booming tribal drenched dance floor rhythms, Matt is a force to be reckoned with – a statement backed by support from some of the scenes most prolific figures, like Kryptic Minds and Youngsta.  Despite the rather massive nature of his music, Thelem keeps his head on his shoulders and his ego on lock.  With all of the controversy that has been surrounding dubstep the past couple of years, this is a characteristic that I have the utmost respect for.  People claiming one thing is or isn’t dubstep, generalizing geographic regions, hailing themselves as “the last true stepper”, it has all gotten out of control.  To see that there are still people out there who just do their thing while the madness plays out, well, it’s a breath of fresh air.  There are MANY producers out there like this, but many more clowns.

So, in the midst of Thelem’s debut release on Osiris Music, we had a chance to grab some words from this badman about his recent releases and thoughts on running a label…

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1.  Ez Matty, thank you for taking the time to give us this interview, much respect.  Just to get the formalities out of the way can you give the readers a quick background about yourself?
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Ez, my name is Matt, I’m from the UK, I produce and DJ under the alias Thelem.
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 2.  From what I’ve seen you’re a pretty humble guy, generally keeping to yourself when it comes to opinions about any topic occupying threads among dubstep listeners.  Is this something that you set out to do?  Or is this just your personality type?
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Well Generally I’m pretty mellow I guess. I have my own opinions about certain things I see online, but I’m the type of person that doesn’t get involved in arguments and online debates. I’m also not a big fan of arrogance, so I guess it’s more in my nature to be humble.  I don’t get some people who act like superstars when what we do is just underground dance music. 
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3.  You launched your record label, Orientis, early last year (if I’m not mistaken), showcasing the up and coming talents Killa & Instinct, Antics, and Subreachers, alongside your own productions.  Are there any newcomers that you plan on introducing this year?
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Well sadly I have decided to close the doors on Orientis and call it a day. Mainly due to the fact of the time and cost required for running the label. I lost alot of money in the initial stages through the fault of an old distributor, so it was hard to ever come back from that and regain the money.  I thought instead of stressing and worrying, it would be better to focus more time and energy into other things. It wasn’t all a waste of time though, it was definitely an eye-opener and good insight to how it all works.

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4.  In your Hedmuk interview last year you spoke of the importance a vinyl release has to you – hence the vinyl only release nature, but due to the changing landscape of the scene you intended on catering with more digital releases.  I know that late 2011 saw the ‘Angles’ compilation, which was purely digital, but have your thoughts changed at all about the format in which you will choose to release?  Especially given the quite consistent rise in vinyl sales the past couple/few years (depending on who you talk to) has seen?
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I still think that vinyl releases play an important role to me.  It’s nice having that physical element of the hard work that went into making those tunes. Looking back when your older it’s going to be nice seeing what you achieved through your career with that physical format.  Apart from that, I also think a label that does vinyl as well as digital will tend to stand out more, so I think its good for the interest of the label and the artist. However, in my opinion it’s not just about vinyl either, it’s important that labels release digital copies of the release as I think they would miss a large target audience in not doing so. 

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 5.  We recently saw your debut release on Black Box, Kaba/Point of No Return, which was another quality project with Killawatt.  What a release!  After Swarf, Dualism, and BLKBOX009 (among many others I’m sure) you two have carved out to be quite the team.  How did you guys become acquainted with each other?
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Like most people that I have met in music, it started from chatting online, through Facebook or AIM, etc.  Back when I first started chatting to Killawatt he was pretty local to where I lived, like 20/30 minutes away, so we decided to meet up and get on a beat.  It all went from there really and we continued to work on collab productions.
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6.  Just recently got news about your debut release on Osiris music.  Congratulations on that one bro!  That’s quite the feat considering the selective nature of the label.  What was your reaction when first receiving this news?
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I was really stoked to be honest. Osiris has been one of my favorite labels for a while so it was huge step being able to release on them. 

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7.  The detailed nature in the atmospheric elements of your music is something that really caught my attention when first introduced to your productions.  Do you have any background education in cinematic or soundscape design?
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Nah I never studied anything like that, I guess self taught through my own productions and experimenting really. I do love atmospherics though, to me they help build the character of a tune, much like they do in film I guess. I like sci-fi / darker films and atmospheric soundscapes play quite an important role in them, so maybe that’s where it all stems from.
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8.  I believe you’re part of the Rood.fm family.  I lock in as often as I can to catch the various shows.  What’s it like to host a radio show?  How large of a factor would you consider the radio show, as far as getting your music out there to be heard?
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Sadly I’m no longer part of Rood.fm, I haven’t done my show on there for quite a while.  I had done it for about a year and I felt like a change was needed, it was time to move on and let someone else take the slot.  My show was not very popular, so I guess it didn’t really play a role in getting my own tunes out there, it was still fun at the time though. 
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9.  Who shot Biggie and ‘Pac?

The Illuminati loool

10.  What should the readers be on the look out for in the future?  Shows, forthcomings, etc.?

Well I have just done a remix for Kryptic Minds, hopefully you should hear about in soon, so keep your ears to the ground for that.  As for releases I have another Osiris release lined up that should be out in the not too distant future.  Booking wise you can find me in Lincoln and London, then Killawatt and me are heading to the States for a mini USA tour that I’m really looking forward to.  Then from there it’s off to Outlook festival, that’s about it for this month. 
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Big ups in taking the time to read this, enjoy the Mix!

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That’s all for today fam’.  Hope you enjoyed the read!  Below is a mix that Thelem built to accompany this interview.  Some seriously wicked tunes inside this mix, all beautifully blended.  Make sure you stop by Thelem’s page and show him some love!

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Catch ya’ next time.

To the gods.

-Kinman

Serious Bassweight Business

Oi! We’re back again with another installment of some of the finest bassweight business being pushed out right now. Obviously we can’t highlight ALL of the quality material being put out right now but we got some really great music for you today. Trying to keep things fresh we have tunes from all different ends of the spectrum. Everything from vocal-drenched to techno-infused.

The first track is one from a man who has finally emerged out of the shadows, beginning to receive that recognition that has been much deserved for the past 5 years or so. With his debut full-length album due out early April, DJ Madd has been boosting bass bins with his extremely powerful sounds. Having had the support of many of today’s highest caliber producers and pretty much every top-notch radio show, Madd’s presence had become quite the force to reckon with. We have previously highlighted the tune ‘Riginal’ and ‘Deeply’ Ft. Lady Maroo, both part of his album, and today we have another gem from the The Real and The Shadow LP. This one, titled ‘No Tomorrow’, features the unforgettable vocal presence of the one and only, Rebel MC. This tune is an absolute gem so lend an ear!

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Coming at you for the second tune is one from Orientis Recordings label boss, Thelem. This guy makes some of the deepest of deep tunes. The track, ‘Cathetus’, is no exception. Utilizing his skills at incorporating some of the illest growls and horns, Thelem builds this one up to be an absolute smasher for all the heads. The double-kick keeps the energy of the tune high while his master-crafted soundscapes incite some truly eerie vibes through your mind. Big up to Thelem!

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This next bit is another one from our good friends, Truth. I honestly don’t understand how these guys keep putting out the number of bangers that they do. Especially amidst the devastation their home has seen in the past year due to a relentless amount of earthquakes pounding through. These two are a true inspiration. This tune, taken from Yunx’s show yesterday, left me speechless. HUGE rolling rave synths layered up with that wall of sub-frequencies that this duo always brings equates to one of the largest tunes of 2012 thus far. Nuff’ respect!

Truth – Haarp (CLIP)

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Next, we have another huge one from Percept. This track is an absolute skank-out tune! Forthcoming on Innamind, ‘Boxed In’ shows his very promising style and skill. Percept is definitely one of the artists you are going to want to keep your eyes during 2012, he is sure to emerge with a highly respected presence.

Percept – Boxed In (Forthcoming Innamind Records)

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The final bit for today is a production hailing from the hands of LAXX, an Oxford based producer who is bringing a very techno-infused vibe to his tracks. The tune, titled ‘System Meltdown’, comes at you hard with a 4×4 beat that will straight MASH-UP the dance! We have really been feeling this particular vibe that producers like LAXX and Killawatt have been putting out. It’s a really fresh take on things. Have a listen and show the man some love!

LAXX – System Meltdown (CLIP)

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That’s it for today.

To the gods.

-Bassweight Society (Kinman)

A Look Into Killawatt & Thelem

    

What’s good everybody.  Before we send you off into the weekend we wanted to showcase two up-and-coming heavy hitters that have been making big moves lately.

The first artist we’re going to talk about is a man hailing from Guildford, UK.

Killawatt has just recently begun to manifest his talents as a Dubstep producer, making the transition from Jungle.  While still owning Satta Sounds, a Jungle record label, he has begun to delve into the more deeper, tribal productions of the 130-140bpm range.  Although he has only been on the radar for a relatively short time, his productions are of ABSOLUTE quality.  Quickly gaining releases from Wheal & Deal, Black Box, Box Clever, and Subway Recordings, Killawatt has the potential to do many great things in years to come.  Below you will find Killawatt’s Soundcloud, make sure you lend an ear to his tunes.  You will also find the 4-tune EP that Killawatt has given out for free to his fans.  Please spread his sounds to your friends and get this guy the support he deserves!

Killawatt’s Free EP:

Black Sun Empire – Kempi (Killawatt Remix)

Killawatt – The Room

Killawatt – Hypertension

Killawatt – Wired In

Second at the plate is a man who, in a very consistent manner, has been putting out some extraordinary bassweight.  Matt Weare’s ability to meticulously construct his soundscape  makes a bold presence in the crisp, clean, and controlled quality of his music.  Thelem’s recent collaborations with Chestplate newcomer, Sleeper, consist of ridiculously pressurized low-frequencies that could threaten the stability of any building, given the proper sound system.  Also the owner of Orientis Records, which hosts fellow heavy-weight producers such as Killa&Instinct, Crisp, and Pressa, Matt has his mind set on setting an example.   With the start-up of his new record label  Thelem strives to carry on the vinyl culture by requiring all releases to be pressed into wax.  Bassweight Society highly recognizes and commends this effort to uphold bass musics roots.  So be on the look out for more huge releases by this guy and the rest of the Orientis crew.  Below you will find 3 tunes from Thelem’s Soundcloud page:

Thelem – Waiting Hour (Forthcoming LPR)

Thelem & Killawatt – Dualism

Thelem & Sleeper – Untitled

Don’t let these guys slip under your radar because they are going to be responsible for some MASSIVE sounds to come.  Hope everybody enjoys the free tunes, make sure to big up Killawatt for his generosity!

One love to the gods.

-Bassweight Society