Dissected Culture Ltd are a cutting edge label based in Florida, USA. Specializing in upfront drum & bass, varying from the dark, techy side, to the more dancefloor friendly & more aggressive, neurofunk, we speak to them to find out a bit more about the label.
So, introduce us to Dissected Culture and what you're all about...
Actually the concept was thought up in the spring of 2005 as a base idea and was kicked around. I started to produce myself in 2005. This is where it all began. In the beginning of 2011 January we launched Dissected Culture Ltd. This is a direct result of my own personal production and the full reasons why is exists today solely. The what we are all about in Dissected Culture is simple and can be summed in three words, (quality drum & bass). This has been the mission since day 1 and its a level that has to be broken and topped if necessary. Its a non stop thing at DC.
Your sound seems to mainly revolve around neurofunk, but I can hear plenty of other influences. what do you think makes your label stand out from the rest?
We have a blend of everything stemming from sounds of Old school Renegade Hardware, to Lifted music in the mid 2000's with the twisted rips of the Noisia's of today sound 2012. We have powerful professional quality with well constructed soundscapes, fullnessses and thinknesses with warmth. The drums and bass being the key players. We are professional grade.
It seems that alot of the material we release its so powerful, yet mysterious. Sometimes I see that people have to listen to the track several times to realize, wow what the fuck is this.. "This is Killer" we get that alot..! And the feedback is just massive!!
Can you give us some details on forthcoming material?
Absolutely. We are on our 20th release currently and it's Task Horizon - Sadistic Safari / 6th Day ft. Rina.
The name has been in the industry for as long as we have at 13 years. Basically when they were getting well known in the early 2000s we were brewing up the label in cause. These guys are amazing with what they can do with sound! They are drum & bass' hidden gems and long considered d&b’s best kept secret. Task Horizon has seen their publicity pick up massive momentum this year due to the viral nature of the internet and the sheer penetrating power of their musical output. Lookout for them they are coming!
There is another 2 track release forthcoming this fall from Task Horizon, so be sure to look out for that too.
We are currently in the middle of preparing for the next set of multiple artist releases, which includes some more smashing neuro and some very much awaited dark tech step. This is gonna be really great to drop some of this dark techiness that we've been withholding!
You have a wide variety of artists with some unique production skills. How do you decide who you want to sign? What are you looking for in a tune submission?
Future tune submissions will have to meet a certain levels of criteria that have to reach down extremely deep and rich in quality. Its just got to be decent! Im not going to give up all the secrets to DC but will give you a little advice: Take your time making music! The more time put into making the material the better the results always. Get into it and have fun when your being creative, but dont slack up and come short by rushing it.
What do you think drum and bass has in store for the future? What styles or trends do you see sticking and making relevant dents in the history of drum and bass?
The future of d&b will constantly change as it has for many years. The styles that will stick for sure are Neurofunk , TechStep and Jump up as they always have. There will be newer artists, newer cutting edge plug-ins, new generations of party-goers etc. We are eager to deal with the costant changes and fit in with our endeavors.
Where do you see DC this time next year?
Honestly, I think we will for sure exist as long as there's d&b being made and can be released! We have many forthcoming that will bring us through 2013! Its going to be another great year of releases!
What makes you keep striving for success n such a tuff industry like drum & bass?
Really it's all I have from what we have come through in time with d&b. When you bank on something ,invest time, money, life and brain power it really takes alot to run a label proper. As far as the tuff part, the industry is changing so freaking much and people are wanting everything for free. Underground music really has a problem with its value at this point in time. The format really needs to go back to the original vinyl method to have that 'work for it feeling' of acomplishment and the top DJ's spinning it, with the tons of effort to beatmatch and share their skills on the fly in real time the way it was meant to be. It is what it is and we accept the changes over the last 8 -10 years and will continue to strive finding new ways to adapt.
Huge Shouts go out to Task Horizon, Neonlight ,Xilent, Neurosphere ,Forbidden Society, The Clamps & DC artists. DC Graph crew; Matt. And all the folks that really love our cause!
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