Based out of Wellington, New Zealand, Bassweight Recordings has established itself as a home for dubstep in the South Pacific. The label hosts Organikismness, Optimus Gryme, Truth, Grouch, and many more, and now Olie Bassweight is releasing his own album, The Ghost In The Machine. We spoke to him about the release, and he has also provided a mix for your ears.
Hey Olie, thanks for reaching out. Let us know about the new album you have coming out soon.
Well it’s been in the pipeline a long time and has changed direction a few times, but ultimately I’m happy with the result. It represents some of my favourite sounds in electronic music right now.
It’s a much anticipated debut from yourself, so let us know about some of the tunes on the LP.
Well its 16 tracks, there’s a few collaborations on there with the likes of Dubtek, Truth, Perverse, Triage, MC Kryptik, Dubfonik, Tmmy P MC and DMG MC. It’s a bit of all sorts really mainly within the dubstep and drum & bass spectrum.
You seem to be a really busy man, what are some of the other labels and projects you are involved in?
Well, I own and manage one of the biggest dubstep communities on the internet Dubstep International. I have a hand selected team of blogs, YouTube channels, labels and producers from all over the world. I’ve just launched a podcast series called Dubstepodcast we have had Truth & Hulk so far... with mixes forthcoming from Coki, Badklaat, Dj Madd and heaps more over the next few months. I’ve also just re launched Bassweight radio on Sub fm, this is a weekly show at the moment all this combined with running 2 record labels,touring, promoting, producing and trying to hang out with family & friends makes a fairly weighty schedule.
How is dubstep going in NZ and Australasia in general? Tell us about the scene and how it has developed?
Watching the development of dubstep in New Zealand has been a bit of a rollercoaster. In 2007 when stuff started to really pick up over here it was a far different world to what it is now. I really miss this time. New Zealand has always been influenced by UK Bass culture from reggae to jungle to drum & bass to dubstep, and has always borrowed heavily from European influences as opposed to the the USA when it comes to electronica.
Being involved in dubstep international and touring international artists and promoting events & launching my label in 2006 I’ve had a bird’s eye view on how dubstep has unraveled around the world. New Zealand has been lucky enough not to be hit by the heavy "Brostep" sound yet be able to hold onto the initial roots and that sound is not necessarily as underground as it is elsewhere. Over the ditch in Australia I can count the producers promoters and labels that represent the true dubstep sound on my hands. Which isnt the case in new zealand.
It’s a really funny time right now for dubstep all over the world. The American brostep sound is a mammoth that dosen’t really seem to be slowing down in the States. But in NZ I can definitely see a decline in appreciation for this vibe and a lot of younger ones getting into the deeper darker sound which is really exciting!
How does your own sound fit in with the way things are happening at the moment?
I really dont know, the album represents a few different sounds I enjoy, from darker Youngsta influenced tracks, to the reggae influenced tracks, to tracks like "Survival" that are influenced by older Kryptic Minds and Fanu jungle tracks. I guess I really do have my own sound as people always tell me , but I find it hard to put a label on it myself. I’m widely known for the deeper dubstep side of things, so I guess I fit into that box. But at the end of the day I really like minimal dark music in all its forms, minor chords, atmosphere, deep chest rattling bass, organic, psychedelic - all these elements and I’m happy.
You’ve got a mix for us as well. What is in the selection and how have you put it together?
It’s a bunch of stuff of the forthcoming LP and a bunch of other special bits from other producers from around the world. It’s a privilege to do a mix for Kmag as I’ve been reading it since I was 15!
OLIE BASSWEIGHT - KNOWLEDGE MAG MIX // OCT 2012
01. Truth - Spook (Olie Bassweight Remix) [DUB] *
02. Badklaat & Requake - Open Doors
03. Dubtek - Plus Ultra [DUB]
04. Nanobyte - Dem a Talk
05. Olie Bassweight - Broken *
06. D1 - Bassmental [DUB]
07. 3rdeye - the last time i saw you [DUB]
08. Youngsta & Icicle - Momentum [DUB]
09. Dj Madd - Blank Space VIP [DUB]
10. Tallan - All Night [DUB]
12. Truth & Datsik - No Chance [DUB]
13. Olie Bassweight & Triage feat. Mc Kryptik - Heavyweight [DUB]*
14. Olie Bassweight, Perverse & TZR - Condemned [DUB]*
15. Truth - All Over [DUB]
16. Perverse - Hallidome [DUB]
17. Olie Bassweight & Dubfonik feat. DMG MC - The Message [DUB]*
Tracks with * are from the forthcoming album
Download the mix here
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