C4 recently won our unsigned track competition for July with his atmospheric drum & bass track Memories Gone. Time to find out a bit more about him...
Please introduce yourself...
I am John Barr aka Juan Conek4 / C4, I'm from a small town in Northern Ireland called Newcastle but I currently live and produce in Cardiff.
How long have you been making music?
I'd say I've been producing music for around three years, give or take. I have always had a keen interest in underground music though and first started DJing and collecting vinyl around the age of ten. It's always meant a lot to me.
How would you describe your approach to making music?
I think the main thing for me is to put as much of myself into it. I want to take the listener on a journey, I find making music to be a really cathartic experience and I always try to translate that to my music. Another thing I find important is to give the track my all, really concentrating on making it as good as possible. It could be said I take it a bit too seriously but when you look at dnb all the best producers are pretty neurotic when it comes to production, so the standard is high and that's something I've always admired about the scene. When I go to make a track I look at all my musical influences and take inspiration from them, find a vibe and the track seems to construct itself almost from there.
What's your studio setup like?
Two KRK Rockits, laptop, midi keyboard. Pretty basic.
Talk us through your winning track, what did you have in mind when you made it?
When I made Memories Gone I wanted to make a piece of music which reflected everything I've enjoyed about dnb and underground music in the past two decades. The various samples within the tune range from old house tracks to speeches from American writers. I wanted to make something I enjoyed and I'm just really pleased to have had such good feedback from it, getting support from producers such as Reza, Lung and Bulb was amazing. I honestly feel very humbled by it all.
What else have you been working on recently?
Lots of stuff, got about four to six bits I'm currently finishing at the minute, so I'm hoping they will be done by the beginning of autumn. Also, I'll be collabing with Helix and Warcharm aka Quartz (my two housemates) at some point in the next year - they're two wicked producers. Also Mr Smith from Eveson's label shall be remixing one of tracks called Going All City, so I'm looking forward to that.
Got any releases in the pipeline we should look out for?
Nope, I'm keeping everything on lock really until I get an offer from the right label. Just feel there are too many disposable and forgettable digi labels around at the moment, so I'd rather just wait and enjoy making music. Plus the main goal is a vinyl release, but hopefully somewhere down the line you'll be able to find my releases around, keep 'em peeled eh...
Do you DJ? If so got any dates you can tell us about?
Yeah, I'm headlining at Drumology in Belfast on August 13th, then you can find me playing in various venues around Cardiff over the next year.
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