TiD&B Interview: dBridgePosted by Lady V on Saturday, April 7th, 2012
Darren White, aka dBridge, has been widely respected since the incarnation of D&B super group Bad Company in the early/mid nineties. Since then, his career has gone a long way and the veteran has been working on several other projects exploring different tempos and genres, including his Autonomic label, Velvet alias and the Binary Collective.
With A Bunch of Cuts taking on a new location in an East London warehouse this Sunday and dBridge selecting the line-up himself, TiD&B’s Liv Stroud caught up with him to find out what his favourite and worst venues are, how he feels the D&B scene is different to his definition and what little things matter to him the most.
TiD&B: A Bunch of Cuts has now set up home at the awesome Hackney Downs Studios . What have been the best and worst venues you’ve played in and why?
dBridge: The best is Womb in Tokyo. I’ve always loved going there and have been going every year since about 1999. I have a good relationship with the guys there. Something about the place makes me feel at home: good vibes when I play there, a good sound-system – everything’s on point and there are never issues or anything. It’s my favourite place to play.
The worst place I’ve played recently would have to be a Mix Shift tent in Kent. Some guy kind of started a festival on a farm. It was good enough vibes – that wasn’t a problem. But the set up was a little bit… I had to hold up the table whilst mixing. Wasn’t feeling it. So that’s been one the worst.
TiD&B: The first of five ABoC warehouse events is approaching on Sunday and in addition to choosing the line up including the five resident A Bunch of Cuts resident DJs and three MCs, you’ll also be playing a rare jungle set in room two. What are your top five favourite dubplates from the start of your love with D&B to now?
dBridge: Damn that isn’t easy! In no particular order and what comes to mind is:
• Acen ‘Trip To The Moon Pt 2′
• Dillinja ‘Deep Love’
• DJ Krust ‘Futures Unknown’
• Survival ‘Kensal Rise’
• Studio 2 ‘Who Jah Bless‘
TiD&B: Metalheadz’s 99th release saw you going back to more experimental and minimal D&B; do you have any more plans to produce this year?
dBridge: I’m in the process of working on a lot of new stuff. I took a bit of a break to push other artists on my label, but now it’s time for another selfish year.
I’ve got a lot of other stuff going on too. I’ve got a project called The Binary Collective, which is me, Convex, Consequence and Joe Seven. We all do stuff in the studio and pretty much have an album. I’m also working under a new alias, Velvet, making techno kind of stuff at 126-128. I’ve got a release on Convex’s label and working on an album for that. Then I’ve got a release with Convex on Martyn’s label, 3024. There’s also my own album, which I’m going to concentrate on…so there’s a lot going on! My album is going to be
exploring a new direction, including more singing – a full album of songs at different tempos. I’m not letting tempo dictate it. There will be some D&B stuff like ‘Inner Disbelief,’ but I haven’t done a full on D&B song in a while.
TiD&B: In reference to the title of your last release under the dBridge alias, what three ‘Little Things’ matter to you most and why?
dBridge: Manners go a long way – just please and thank you, a smile and not being so moody! We’re living in a time where everyone’s so closed off in some ways – very blinkered. We don’t look out for each other in any way and find it hard to smile. I went to America and they’re so polite as a nation – it was refreshing to have that. People were willing to strike up a convo with you! Over here in the UK, people seem to be taken aback when you ask how their day has been. Manners for me go a long way.
In terms of music, being honest with what you’re doing and doing things for the right reason matter too. Then thirdly…cooking for your missus occasionally. It’s the little things like that which matter.
TiD&B: What are your favourite pieces of soft and hardware at the moment and what would you like to be invented to make your production a lot easier?
dBridge: Software-wise, Native Instruments Maschine. It was the first thing to come along to make things easier and fun with the nature of the way it works with hardware controller – it’s a tactile way of making music which I like.
Hardware – Eventide Ultraharmoniser HS3000. I don’t like things to be easy which is why a lot of my stuff is analogue hardware. It’s not easy to work with as it can be quite temperamental… The Mini Moog is a beast.
In terms of making things easier… There is a plug-in I would like to be developed but I don’t want to say what it is because I can kind get it with what I’ve got, but I want a plug-in to do it so I can’t expand too much!
TiD&B: What would you say you are most experienced in, in regards to your line of work? What have been your hardest challenges over the years?
dBridge: I’d like to think producing. D&B has got very little to do with me anymore. Coming from Bad Company was my biggest thing in D&B and was fun, but it’s grown and developed and has little to do with me anymore and my definition of it. Coming to terms with that has been a challenge but at the same time, as a result, new flourishing scenes ease the pain a lot. We are living in a time where you do whatever you want but before the crowds were into this or that – they were quite staunch. Now audiences are a lot more open and accepting. My definition of D&B is very, very different to most others I think.
TiD&B: What would you most like to achieve this year?
dBridge: Finishing my album.
TiD&B: Following Exit’s latest releases – two separate singles from AMIT & Rani, what can we expect to see for the rest of 2012?
dBridge: More output from the Exit family, Mosaic Vol. 2 and an album from me. I’m doing the Exit stage at Dimensions festival. I’ve got Exit nights up and down the country and round Europe, and then I’m touring America in August. Consequence is going to be writing another album and I’ve got Joe Seven working on an album too. Really just working on releasing more albums within my crew and camp, with all of us trying to move forward.
TiD&B: Any final words for fans out there?
dBridge: Stay True To The Craft.