TiD&B Interview: TaxmanPosted by Lady V on Monday, September 26th, 2011
Fresh from releasing his monster track ‘My House’ last month, featuring undoubtedly one of our favourite drops of the year so far, teamed also with the infectious ‘Thr33′, we thought it was high time we had a natter with Playaz heavyweight Taxman…
TiD&B: Hey Dom, how are you and what are you currently up to?
Taxman: I’m good thanks, and you? I’m currently sitting at my kitchen table writing out this interview, and then off out for my mates leaving party…I sense a hangover coming up!
TiD&B: What is a typical day in the life of Taxman like?
Taxman: Get up, check emails, cup of Earl Grey and a cigarette, get showered and dressed, jump in the Tax-mobile and drive to the studio. I usually work until about 6pm if I go in early, but if I go in late, I’ll stay until early morning…And repeat!
TiD&B: Let’s talk about your recent release ‘My House’/'Thr33′ – both tracks mark a significant shift in your sound, vearing away from your trademark jump up style and dirty wobbles, but still equally just as heavy dancefloor smashers – has this change been a natural development in your sound?
Taxman: Yeah it’s been a natural progression with age I suppose – I’m nearly 30 and I’m starting to see things differently now to what I did five years ago; I know what I want now and I know what I need to do. So yeah, I’m just broadening my horizons – there’s only so much that can be done with “jump up”…
Taxman ‘My House’
TiD&B: What’s inspiring your music at the moment?
Taxman: Life inspires me. It’s just a great feeling creating something that didn’t exist before. I love being in the studio, sometimes you don’t even know what’s going to happen. It’s inspirational every time you make something new, it just makes you want to keep doing it. I’ve got quite a few old hardware synths and they are very good for inspiration too – I don’t have to turn on the sequencer, I can just have a play on them to get ideas, and then I’ll get started on something.
TiD&B: What’s your studio set-up like? Has it changed significantly from when you first started writing tunes?
Taxman: Yeah it’s changed a lot. I first started out with a 2.2ghz single processor PC and one speaker in my bedroom. Now I work in a nice big studio that’s all acoustically treated, got a very powerful computer with three powercores and a few old analogue synths. The software that’s available these days is amazing too. I try not to use too many plugins though, just a few different types of EQs, compressors and reverbs, and about five or six soft synths. It’s good to get to know what you use inside out, rather than just scratching the surface of one plugin and then getting the newest thing that’s come out.
TiD&B: We’ve heard you’re currently working on your debut album, do ‘My House’ and ‘Thr33′ hint at what’s in store for us on the longplayer?
Taxman: Yeah, thats kind of the sound I’m aiming for at the moment, and also some stuff at different tempos too.
TiD&B: Cool, will you be dabbling with the kind of styles explored on last year’s ‘Penamana EP’ release with Original Sin? Can you give us any more info about the forthcoming album?
Taxman: To be honest, it’s a long way off from being completed – I haven’t been able to get into the studio as much as I needed to this year due to several reasons, but yeah, there’s going to be a few different tempos in there. I think it’s quite narrow minded to just stick to one tempo. There’s so much that can be done if you change what you’re doing every so often.
TiD&B: Having got hooked on D&B from a very young age and been involved in it as an artists for over half a decade, are you still as passionate about it as you were when you started? What are your thoughts on drum and bass at the moment?
Taxman: I’m very passionate about it, but there’s also a lot of shit out there…as there is with any type of music I suppose. People don’t need to be signed to a label and pay for pressing anymore, they can just start up another digital label and saturate the market with shite. But yeah, I’ve been doing this for a while now and I know where I want to go and how I want my music to sound so I don’t really let it bother me. The electronic music scene as a whole has changed so much the past few years and I think it’s great, there’s freedom to do whatever you want and it’s acceptable.
TiD&B: Finally, if your house was burning down, what three items would you save and why? (see what we did there?)
Taxman: Probably my laptop, watches and clothes….because everything else is too heavy to carry! I might have to take my yucca plant too as I’ve been growing him for a while and he’s getting big now and I’m proud of it, haha