Fresh off his Mexico tour, we had the pleasure of sitting down with 6Blocc to find out more about his past, present and future as one of dubstep's biggest DJs.
How did you first hear about dubstep?
I was working on a dnb track at a studio in Hollywood and when I took a little break I heard someone playing music downstairs. I could hear the bassline through the wall and I had to see who it was and what song was playing. It turned out to be a mix by Youngsta and Hatcha. As soon as I heard the riddim I knew I had to get down with that sound.
You have played a huge role in the dubstep scene, not only in Southern California, but worldwide. Where do you see dubstep going in the next couple of years?
I think dubstep will follow the same pattern as dnb or hip hop. You're gonna have the artists that will make music for the fame / mainstream acceptance and then you'll have the real shit that represents the sound of the streets, which is always about the bassline.
You also have a prominent role in the drum & bass scene as R.A.W. and B-Boy 3000, why and how did you come up with the alias 6Blocc?
I found a sample that said 'the bass we create is heard from six blocks' and I truncated it a little bit too short and ended up cutting off the 's'. I liked the sound of it and decided to make it my name which represents the power of dubstep. Bass which can reach six square blocks.
What projects are you currently working on that we should be looking out for?
I just submitted the tracks for the sixth installment on my remix label 6Dub and it features dubstep remixes of Biggy Smalls' Juicy, Luniz's I Got Five On It, The Pharcyde's Passin Me By, Fugees' Ready Or Not. I'm also finishing up a project with DJ Muggs and starting a project with Bassnectar soon - I can't wait for that one, it should be a monster!
What programs and VSTs are your favourite for producing dubstep?
I've always used Cubase and these days I'm working with Cubase SX5 and I mainly use Kontakt, Battery, Massive, Renegade, Subsonic and Albino.
When and where is your next tour scheduled?
I just finished my second tour of Mexico which is always fun and different from the usual bookings. The people in Mexico love to have a good time and always show me love when I drop my dubstep remixes and exclusive VIPs. I'm going back in September / October for some more madness! Big up the Dubstep MX familia. ORALE!
What has been your most memorable event as 6Blocc?
It would have to be the LA Beatdown event I did with Busdriver on the mic. We never plan our sets, we just dive into it and it always comes out fresh and exciting. The party people of L.A. were goin' fuckin nuts and the videos on YouTube only catch a little of the hardcore vibes goin' down that night.
Who is your favourite producer how do they influence your sound?
It would have to be Doctor P. That mothafukka cannot fail. I wouldn't say he inspires my sound but I respect his consistency in knocking out bangers. My original inspiration comes from early electro (Tommy Boy Records, Egyptian Lover, etc).
How did you go about picking the tracklist for the Kmag mix?
I wanted to put down a Stateside selection of exclusives and VIPs. I chose the latest bangers I've added to my set list. One thing I always try to do as a DJ is NOT play what everyone else is dropping and stay away from the long vocal intro (think American Idol singers) dubstep tracks.
Anything else you want to let us know about?
I have a sample pack called Dubstep Ammo I produced for Lenny Dee's label Industrial Strength. I also have a vinyl release dropping soon on Lo Dubs, it's a psychotic remix of Jaybird's Whut The Funk! It's a bit different from my usual sound but I had fun twisting and cutting up Jaybird's analog synths. Release date for that is late June / early July. I'm putting together a full length LP for Foul Play which will drop after the Hulk and Endboss LPs later this year. And then the heavy hitting DJ Muggs' Bass For Your Face EP which I'm co-producing will drop around September. OK, gotta go finish this remix for Bassnectar... haha! Look for that later this year muthafuckazz!
Words: Simon Tesoro
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