Young upstart Clarity is a name that the drum & bass scene is beginning to become accustomed to, demonstrated by stunning introductory tracks released on Med School and Nu: Directions. Wrap your ears around his mix, check out what he has to say and get to know!
It's always good to see a new face on the scene, what can you tell us about yourself?
My name's Owen Brown also known as Clarity. I'm a drum & bass producer from Cornwall, and I've been making tunes for around three years now. During the last two I've definitely started taking my production very seriously and I'm really pleased with the support and feedback I'm getting so far! I'm currently still stuck in sixth form college, so I use every bit of spare time I have to make music.
What drew you to the drum & bass scene?
It must have been a little less than four years ago when I first got into drum & bass. I stumbled across it when listening to some of my brother's CDs. At that stage it was all the old Hospital stuff I was into, such as Logistics and High Contrast. I was interested because it was something different to what, at the time, I would have classified as the norm. I gradually came across darker and harder stuff from the likes of Noisia and Phace and then the deeper sounds from artists such as Alix Perez and SpectraSoul. This is where I've predominantly stayed in drum & bass since.
What would you say are your influences?
My influences come from all over the place. Music and film are the obvious ones to me, but even something like a nice day can inspire me to sit down and write a track. When it comes to music my inspirations are often from within drum & bass scene, again, artists like Alix Perez, SpectraSoul, Icicle, Rockwell and Skeptical are a massive influence on me.
Where can we expect to see you going from here?
Hopefully more EPs / singles to get myself out there, but I would like to see myself starting work on an album in the not too distant future. I like the idea of being able to express all my different musical styles and influences as a whole project. I also have a few releases coming this year, such as a 12" on Blackout, a 12" on Shadybrain, two EPs on Nu Directions and Influenza Minus respectively and some digital releases on IM:Ltd and Phunkfiction. So watch out for those!
Where can we see you play next?
At the moment I'm not getting too many gigs. I mostly play out in Plymouth which is local to me and I have a few nights lined up in Bristol. I'm definitely hoping to get more gigs soon, so if there are any promoters reading this, hit me up!
Any tips for budding young producers out there?
Production wise I like to make sure I use the clearest samples possible, experiment with different sounds and techniques (this way you can conjure up your own style) and spend time on making my tracks sound nice; the mixdown is the most important part for me. When sending tracks out to labels try to limit yourself to labels you think would put out your track in terms of its style. I find that sending tracks to fewer labels often gets your track a better home and, remember, be patient!
Any last words?
Thanks to everyone who is supporting me at the moment, thanks for taking the time to interview me and I hope everyone enjoys the mix!
Words: Edward Keeble
Download Clarity's Kmag guest mix here
Top 10 Rest Of The World Festivals 2014
After looking at Europe, North America, the UK and Croatia, we wrap up the top festivals from other locations around the globe. Check out our selections for places to check out and festivals not to miss.
Basher Launches PROX:LTD
Basher on why he's setting up a sister label to Proximity called PROX:LTD and what to expect...
Noisily Festival 2014 Preview
Noisily Festival returns to Coney Woods, Leicestershire for the third year, find out what they've got in store for 2014.
The Essential... Low Life
We look back at 15 essential records from the back catalogue of pioneering UK hip hop label Low Life.
Crissy Criss Guest Mix
1Xtra host Crissy Criss fills us in on the hard work behind the glitz and glamour, his new Trinity EP for Technique and also drops an exclusive mix for Kmag readers.
Introducing: Fluid State Recordings
Fluid State owner Liquid Gav tell us all about his new deep drum & bass label.
Supreme Being Guest Mix
Supreme Being has been tearing up the dancefloor with his Loco EP on Image so we tracked him down for a chat and an exclusive guest mix.
Top 20 North American Festivals 2014
In the latest of our festival rundowns, it's now the opportunity for dates in the US and Canada to take the spotlight. Check out our top 20 of this year's North American festivals.
86 Beatz Launch Shattered
On May 23rd 86 Beatz launch Shattered at Bar a Bar in London. We recently caught up with them to find out what they're all about.
Sigma Top Ten
With their new single Nobody To Love out now on 3Beat we asked Sigma to share ten of their own favourite tracks...
Alpine PartyPlug Review
We put Alpine's PartyPlugs through their paces at Hospitality at Motion in Bristol. Did they live up their claim of being the number one earplug?
Homemade Weapons Guest Mix
Homemade Weapons has been making a name for himself recently with releases on Samurai, Architecture and Cylon so we asked him for a guest mix and fill us in on his latest releases.
Reso Guest Mix
Fresh from his massive Pulse Code EP on Hospital Records, Reso delivers an exclusive mix that charts a course from the hard and heavy to the smooth and blissed nether regions of bass.
Spectrum Returns To Great Suffolk Street Warehouse
Spectrum return on Sunday May 4 with a massive line-up including Pendulum and Netsky. Resident DJ Pete Spectrum tells us what to expect on the night.
Gamma Guest Mix
With his gig at Kmag Presents Demand Records this Friday we tracked down Gamma for a chat about his sound and a guest mix.