#032 – Haxby


It’s a new month, and that means a new mix from another one of the North East’s top tastemakers. This time, we’ve recruited Dilate don and drum and bass producer HAXBY to go behind the OHOD steel wheels and deliver a mix of dark, tense, and uncompromising drum and bass music. First, though, we chat production, promoting, and also go deep into whether or not with great beard comes great responsibility. Enjoy!

Hello mate, and thanks for taking the time to speak to us. To any of our readers who might not know, can you please introduce yourself to our readers and tell us if you were a fish, what fish would you be and why?

Its an absolute pleasure! Well my name is Connor and I’m a resident DJ for Dilate Newcastle at World Headquarters. If I was to be a fish I would probably be a Manta Ray, they’re pretty sweet.

How did you get into drum and bass in the first place? Is there a story behind it or did you just hear it one day and think ‘Shit the bed this is sick’?

It started off when a friend of mine showed me ‘Caspa – Rubber Chicken’ and I loved it! So I started going to Heavyweight and That Dubstep Night. I then heard the Apex remix of ‘Just One Second’ by London Elektricity which lead me on to going to the greatest night ever to hit Newcastle, Turbulence. The love for drum and bass grew from there really and has progressed to what it is today.

And what was it that made you start DJing?

Firstly my love and passion for the music and, secondly, I wanted to be the one that provoked that sense of excitement within a crowd.

Everyone seems to have a horror story about their first ever DJ set up. What were your first one and do you have any stories about it going wrong at the worst possible moment?

My first set up was a Traktor Kontrol S2 and I used to just take it house parties. Back in the day I had a laptop which was fairly slow and there were numerous times it would freeze, so I got myself a MacBook and the problem was solved!

We’ve caught a couple of your sets around Newcastle before, and your sets tend to slide towards that hard, unmistakably gritty sound of jump up. What is it that attracts you to jump up and why do you think it works so well on the dance floor?

I find that jump up has that unmistakable style and I see it as a genre that you can really experiment with to create a unique sound that no one has heard before. When you put that into your sets and drop tracks that people may not have heard before you get that reaction from the crowd that really is indescribable.

Here’s a hypothetical question. Imagine Stephen Hawking is asleep listening to a physics lecture, and you are given the choice to play any jump up tune through his earphones to scare the shit out of him. What tune would you pick?

That’s an easy one: ‘Original Sin – Radical’

Now, you’re one of the chiefs behind the ever impressive Dilate at WHQ. Back when yous started off we had a little chat then, but looking back, did you ever think you’d get to the point you’re at now? Over a year going strong and regularly pulling good crowds in?

I think the whole team will agree that at times it has been hard and there have been learning curves along the way, but it is those learning curves that has made us stronger as a team and as a night. I never thought that we would get to where we are but the hard work certainly pays off. We managed to sell out our Birthday Bash and are expecting full turn outs for the events we have lined up this summer.

Over the months you’ve been doing Dilate, is there one tune that always reminds you of one or all of the nights? One tune that you think sums up what you guys aim to offer?

My favourite thing to do is play ‘TC – Get Down Low’ and the drop it into something totally different. The reaction form the crowd and the feeling of the mix works so well, love it!

Let’s chat production for a bit. There’s been a couple of new things on your Soundcloud over the past few weeks, most notably ‘Impavid’ and ‘Switch’. What sort of gear do you produce on and how do you normally go about starting to make a tune?

I use Logic Pro 9, KRK Rokit 6s and your bog standard apple midi board. That majority of time I produce my tracks through my Sennheiser HD 25IIs and then do my final mix downs through my KRKs. I start my tracks off with my drums on an 8 bar loop and the gradually add layers using Massive & FM8 to create my tracks. Once happy with the loop I finally focus on arrangement.

How do you feel your production has come on since you first sat yourself behind a monitor and tried to make a beat?

Considering I have never studied music production and everything is self taught, I would say my production has came on a substantial amount since I started. If there is one thing I have learnt it is that good music doesn’t come easy and you need to have the time and patients to produce. I have just finished a remix and it is totally different to what I normally do and I like the change, a possible corner turned!

Is there any forthcoming releases or scary new dubs you have in the pipeline that you can tell us about, or will we have to come down to the next Dilate to find out…?

As I say, if you listen to my remix of ‘Tove Lo – Talking Body’, you will notice a change in my style and its certainly one I am enjoying. I’m currently working on a load of new material and I’m aiming high with it, so I guess you guys will have to wait!

Lastly for this section, do you see yourself ever making a living out of music, or do you think it’ll just remain as something you do purely for the love of it?

It’s most definitely my biggest ambition in life to make music production and DJing my career, so I guess it’s just a matter of time and hard work until it pays off.

The questions we ask everyone

What’s the most prized record in your collection?

DJ Hype – Ready or Not

What one tune would you like to have been a fly on the wall when it was being made?

Nearly every track by Konichi, the sounds that guy comes up with are insane. But definitely his ‘Field of Vibrations VIP’ if I had to pick one.

What’s your food heaven and food hell?

Food heaven would be granola cookies from Sainsbury’s and my food hell would be chicken korma.

In a four way Hell-in-a-Cell battle to the death between Sonic the Hedgehog, Spyro the Dragon, Crash Bandicoot, and Super Mario, who would win and why?

Its a tricky one but I’d probably say Crash Bandicoot, mainly because it was my favourite game as a child.

What one piece of advice would you give to anyone who wants to start making music?

Start of with the basics and don’t worry about fancy equipment, everyone starts somewhere and the equipment comes with time. Also make sure you be patient and put in the hours needed to get lost in the world of music.

And finally…

We can’t resist asking this one but you have a great beard. Do you think with great beard comes great responsibility to destroy dance floors? Or can the beardless destroy dance floors just as effectively?

Well lets just say my beard hold powers like no other, the main power being a change of identity. I have a totally baby face without it so it must stay, however it is most definitely me that destroys the dance floors, the beard is an added bonus!

Summer is of course approaching now. What’s the plans for both yourself and for Dilate in the next few months? Any milestones you’ve set or anything you’d like to achieve?

Well for Dilate, we have a sick line-up for the summer with two events, one being Guv and Harry Shotta on the 20th June and the other being Majistrate and Mr Traumatik on the 7th August, both of which I’m sure will go off! There’s also a few other things in the pipeline but you guys are just going to have to wait for all that. For myself its going to be a summer of hard work and fun with my production, trying to achieve the goals I have set myself. I also have a few other gigs with my partner in crime Dan Cox (Danox) but again, you will just have to wait and see!

Very lastly, can you whizz us through how you went about putting this mix together for us?

I like to first go through my library of music and select the tracks that are best suited for the occasion. For you guys I have toned it down a little from what I usually play at Dilate, however I still have a strong jump up theme running throughout. I have had real good fun with this one so I hope you guys like it!

That’s everything. Huge thanks for speaking to us and for delivering the mix, if you’ve got any final thoughts or shouts the time is now…

Massive thanks for having me, it’s been an absolute pleasure. Big love and respect to all the ravers that have kept Dilate and myself going strong over the past year, you have all made it what it is today! Don’t forget to get your tickets sorted for the next events, Guv and Harry Shotta on the 20th of June and Majistrate and Mr Traumatik on the 7th of August! Once again thank you, peace!

Tracklist

PHACE & NOISIA – MDP
DAMAGE REPORT – BIDDA
BTK – LET IT HIT EM VIP
HAZARD – TIME TRIPPING
FRE4KNC – CARIOME
FREAK – COBALT 60
ROWNEY & PROPZ – 2 BIRDS 1 STONE
RAZ – DOJO
RUFFSTUFF PROBE & FRILLER – SLEEZY
ANDY C & FIORA – HEARTBEAT
NOISIA – REPTILIANS
DANEE B – NOT AGAIN
PREMIUM – GOODFELLAS
GUV – DEAD MAN WALKING
TOTAL RECALL – SNOWFLAKE
MUST DIE! – HELLCAT (ANNIX REMIX VIP)
CALIDE – DROP BOMBS
DIMENSION – DIGITAL WORLD
ORIGINAL SIN – STRONGER
KONICHI – THINGS GET DARK (DUB)
AKOV – MANTRA
RUSKO – EVERYDAY (NETSKY VIP REMIX)
NOISIA – INCESSANT
KONICHI – FIELD OF VIBRATIONS VIP
NOISIA – CLUSTERFUNK
JAYDAN & UPFRONT – BLOW OUT
PASCO – WE MAKE WEAPONS
SUPREME BEING – YA FASSY OUT
METRIK – WANT MY LOVE
DJ PHANTASY – 44 MAG (SUB ZERO REMIX)
HARVEST – LOCKDOWN
TRAUMATIZE & RODEO – BADGE FLASHER
NOISIA – LEOPARD SLUG
DUB PHIZIX & STRATEGY – BUFFALO CHARGE
MOB TACTICS – WHATCH THE BEAT
HARVEST – EVEDENCE
FRICTION & DIMENSION – KINETIC
ORIGINAL SIN – TETRA
SUB ZERO – INSIIDE THE BEAST
DAMAGE REPORT – BETTER SOURCE
CERN – TIAMAT
NOEL – 3 STEPS
SIGMA – NOBODY TO LOVE
ORIGINAL SIN – RADICAL
KONICHI – PYRAMID (DUB)
JILLIONAIRE & SALVATORE GANACCI – FRESH (RENE LA VICE REMIX)
IVY LAB – SUNDAY CRUNK (MEFJUS REMIX)

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