Edd Legg, better known as drum & bass and now dubstep producer eleven8 has been kind enough to provide us with a video showing his production techniques. Watch the video below and read on for more about the East Grinstead-based artist.
Tell us about your career to date.
It’s been great fun so far, the last 2 years especially. Having one of my tracks ‘Colours of Distance’ signed to Med School for their ‘New Blood 011’ compilation was amazing, and then again in 2012 with ‘Bridges’ & the collaboration with Joe Syntax and Lung ‘Red Rhythm’ featuring on ‘Blood Pressure’. Through being involved with them I’ve been fortunate enough to play at some of the Hospitalitys and had sets at Fabric alongside other artists - many of whom I’m friends with, which makes the vibe really special!
The Solace release is my first solo dubstep 12”, which is exciting; it’s had some great support & feedback so far! There are also a few other 12”s confirmed up for later this year - and more in the works.
What are some of the greatest pleasures, and greatest trials of being a producer in 2012?
Producers are lucky to have a lot of freedom in the way they produce music, you can do it practically anywhere these days and the Internet has made it so easy to work with other artists - I think that’s a real pleasure. But also freedom in terms of stylistically what producers can do now is great too, you aren’t tied down to one specific style or genre, everything is crossing over and being able to switch so easily is wicked.
In terms of trials, I think the Internet (as well as being a really great tool for production and promotion) also has many negative affects on producers. Because the Internet is so…instant there seems to be a real pressure on producers - especially those starting out to get things going ASAP and send their first ever tune to labels to try and get it signed - there needs to be more patience and quality control in my opinion.
I was reading an interview with Boddika and Joy Orbison recently and they talked about not putting out music just for the sake of it and how they keep things locked down so when the tunes / releases do surface it’s really fresh - that’s the way things should be.
Tell us briefly what’s on the video?
So the video has some questions about the release, musical influences and a little look into production techniques. We filmed it in my home studio room so a lot of the footage is myself just messing around with some projects I’ve been working on lately etc.
Are there particular times, or particular places, which are inspirational to you?
Definitely, where I’m living at the moment is a pretty quiet village, and walking around late at night is always nice. Everything’s still, no cars etc. I love being able to see stars as well - you definitely don’t get that in London…But the hustle and bustle of cities is just as inspiring, it’s good to have a mix.
Any plans to work in other areas of music, outside of d&b/dubstep?
For sure, I’ve been experimenting with different styles and tempos more lately. It’s tended to be more melodic and less dance floor oriented which is refreshing. None of it has gone online or been sent out yet. I’m not sure what to do with it, but am in no rush to get it out, so I’m just going to keep working on bits here and there and take it as it comes!
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