Saturday, 30 April 2011

Submerse: A Catch Up

AS: It's been just over a year since I last interviewed you for Example Magazine. A year ago you were one half of Submerse, a Future Garage production duo. Over the year I've seen the name Submerse popping up all over the place; interviews, gigs, feature mixes & releases. What's been happening since we last spoke?

Submerse: So much has happened this year it’s crazy; busy none stop all the time! Well, soon after we last spoke I became a one man band, due to moving and work related things. I’ve been pushing out as many releases as I can and been playing gigs all over the show including US, Canada, France, Poland, Belgium, and all over the UK. I also wouldn't really call myself a Future Garage artist as such because I’ve been making pretty broad things the past 6 months from Bassline to House to Moe/J stuff.

The main points of the past year have been releases, having a track picked up by Pioneer for the new DDJ TX1's, gearing up for shows in Japan, producing with The Klaxons, guest mixing for Ministry Of Sound Essential Garage, signing to Faze2 agency, heaps of shows, sponsorship deal with Terratag, charity compilations, and watching so much anime it hurts my brain trying to recap what I have seen. Overall it’s been a super year and all the peeps I have met/worked with have been amazing! Lots of wicked peeps in the world!

AS: So it's been a pretty busy year then! Out of everything that's happened, what would you consider your highlight?

Submerse: Ahh thats a tough one, so many cool things I couldn’t really say just one. The year as a whole has been sweet.

AS: Haha, fair play man. A lot has happened in the bass music world within the last twelve months. A lot of new sounds and artists have been breaking through and absolutely smashin' it. Are there any developments that you have noticed that have got you excited or influenced you in your production?

Submerse: Yeah there is so much good music around right now its awesome, I’m really feeling so much different stuff. Really into Skweee, Witch House and autonomic stuff at the moment. I also think bass music is getting broader and broader by the day, it’s good to take influence from a bit of everything. I still listen to plenty of game music, ost's, a/j-pop/core but I think having such a wide taste in music can help expand your productions and make you want to dabble in a few new things. So many producers to name who have been killing it recently bit massive things coming from every country. It’s been a great start the year!

AS: What's the deal all the Japanese sounds/samples you use? & what the hell is J-Core & J-Garage?

Submerse: Well I'm heavily influenced by anime etc. so it always rubs off on my tracks. I make a lot of serious, kind of sad stuff so it’s always great to make play tracks with fun to them.

Haha, J-Garage was just a funny name to call my productions that have anime J-Pop samples, nothing serious, not a micro genre or anything; taken with a pinch of salt! J-Core is awesome, basically just Japanese Hardcore, not finished any tracks yet myself but it’s just full of energy and there are some great producers.

AS: J-Core sounds pretty interesting. For those who don't know (my being one of them) who would you recommend checking out.

Submerse: Check out DJ Shimamura, M-Project and M-Neko (Who is from the UK!)

AS: You studied Music Production at Leeds Met University. Obviously you must of learnt a great deal about music during your time as a student, and not just in the technical sense, you likely made a lot of good friends, contacts and discovered a lot of new things. Would I be correct in assuming this? If so, university clearly played a big part in your growth as an artist and as a person. How do you feel about the increased university fees and what effect do you think it's going to have, particularly in regards to art & music?

Submerse: Yeah that's all true and 100% correct! I think for myself going to uni helped me get to where I am now. The people I met from nights, other producers etc. were all essential for my growth... but that’s just me and I think it had such an impact because I wasn’t living in a city before. I didn’t know anyone in the scene or anything like that and uni was where I met people. I think it’s shocking about the fees, but just being in a city and meeting people will help you so much. As my old college teacher always said it’s just about getting yourself out there.

AS: Tell us a little but about Heartbeats.

Submerse: Heartbeats is compilation put together by myself, Andy Bee and Price. It’s on sale for £5 and contains loads of unmixed tracks from a huge amount of producers. All the money goes to Red Cross Japan. I couldn’t be happier with how things are going for it and the amount of people wanting to help out! We will be doing more compilations in the future so keep an eye out!

AS: Great stuff! What producers would you recommend people keeping an eye on for 2011, and what can people expect from yourself this year?

Submerse: Lots of great producers doing amazing stuff this year! Far to many to name all of them but watch new stuff from Resketch, Para, Kingthing, Silvanian Families, Kastle, Kanji Kinetic who all have great releases planned! But as I say there are far to many to name! It’s going to be a great year!

As for myself I have forthcoming tracks on Party Like Us, Well Rounded, Frijsfo, Night Audio, Bass = Win, Mutant Bass, Off Me Nut, Formant, Youngunz + more. Also rammo with gigs around the UK and you can catch me in Japan (April - May) playing around Tokyo. I also may be back in the US towards the end of the summer and I have a load of new things in the pipeline that I have to keep hush about for now.

AS: Sounds good man! What's the best way for people to keep up to date on your happenings?

Submerse: I always keep my Soundcloud up to date with forthcoming tracks and release info. You can also follow me on Twitter @submerse where i tend to spam a lot!

KoKo (Forthcoming Maltine Records) by submerse

Bubblin' (Forthcoming Frijsfo Beats) by submerse

contributed by Mickey Quinn

Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Abandon Silence Spring 2011 Mix

With our first birthday fast approaching, we felt it was about time to create a new mix.

With one recorded and waiting in the wings for a little closer to the birthday, I thought I'd release this one now.

Featuring some great tracks and, if I may say so, hopefully some nice mixing, this Spring mix is available for stream and free download below.


Spring mix by AbandonSilence



Burial & Four Tet & Thom Yorke - Ego

Jamie XX & Gil Scott-Heron - I'll Take Care of You

Jacques Greene - Tell Me (Kingdom edit)

Julio Bashmore - Battle for Middle You

French Fries - Merel (Lil Silva remix)

MJ Cole & Wiley - From the Drop

Jacques Greene - Another Girl

Amerie - One Thing (French Fries remix)

Redlight - What U Talkin' About (Roska remix)

Kingdom - Fogs

Kelis - Brave (Dark Sky remix)

Ramadanman - Glut

Blackdown - Crackle Blues (Burial remix)

The Abandon Silence 1st Birthday Celebrations

We are ridiculously proud to be able to announce our plans for the celebration of Abandon Silence's first birthday this June.

Without further ado, here you go...



plus support from every local DJ to have partied with us this year...

Rich Furness
Dave Clinton
Jake Daniel



For this party, tickets are limited to just 200 and will be issued in the following way...
20 Early Bird tickets £5 -SOLD OUT
Limited amount of tickets on sale NOW £6

from (
and in person in 3B records, Slater Street.


Oh my, how the last 12 months have flown by. Time flies when your having fun and all that.

We have decided to spend our first birthday in the presence of some special guests and some old friends.

We are more than proud to present our biggest line up yet, as we once again return to The Hold at The Shipping Forecast. Joining us is one of the UK's finest producers, JOY ORBISON. Since taking over the UK scene in 2009 with his releases 'Hyph Mngo', Orbison has gone from strength to strength, and we cannot wait to host him for our birthday.

Joining Joy Orbison will be ALIX PEREZ, One of the UK's greatest DnB producers, his recent move into 140BPM areas has seen a whole new fanbase come calling, and we are ridiculously happy to be able to host Alix on Thursday 2nd June.

As a part of our Birthday celebrations, we have invited every single local DJ to have partied with us this year back for a one off B2B session.

P.S. BE VERY AWARE that Early Bird tickets SOLD OUT in record time, so we recommend
buying early to save money and guarantee your place in the crowd for this special night)

Joy Orbison - Hyph Mngo [HFT009] by Hotflush
Unknow - Sicko Cell (Oneman XLR8R podcast rip) by Paul Ming
Alix Perez -Behind Time by ShogunAudio

Thursday Night!

This Thursday, Abandon Silence returns to the live sphere with the presentation of KORELESS's live debut show.

Since supporting Mount Kimbie with us way back in October, Koreless has gone from strength to strength. His single 4D/MTi was released on Pictures Music in March with support from Jamie XX, Gilles Peterson and Benji B to name a few.

We are so proud to have the chance to host Koreless, especially given the special nature of his live show. Support comes from local legends Rich Furness, Horza, Organik and Nate.

Advanced tickets are just £3, with a £5 charge on the door and takes place on Thursday 28th October at The Shipping Forecast, Liverpool, UK.

Koreless - MTI by Tsiabaannah

Koreless — 4 D by Dovydas ,LT -SE

Deadboy: An Interview

After Deadboy's performance with us at the end of March, we managed to have a few words with the man himself.

You can read the interview in full here