Monday, 12 November 2012

Exclusive Interview with Boomsha Recs, Daz Breakz and Bay B Kane

The rise of Future Jungle continues with new and established imprints putting out quality new tunes on almost a weekly basis, amongst those imprints is Boomsha Recs who have had a No1 in the trackitdown breaks chart recently with Bay B Kane’s ‘Everybodys Gotta Learn’, we caught up with label owner Daz Breakz and the legend that is BBK to share some Future Jungle related thoughts with the blog……….

Daz Breakz:

So tell us, who is Daz Breakz?, what's his history and where is he at right now in the world of music?

Well.... First and foremost im a DJ,i mainly play on internet sites and put together mixes for download.I have always Deejayed in some way,shape or form since the age of about 15 learning my craft in the early days of electro and hip hop but soon fell in love with the dance music scene when acid house exploded onto the streets.I spent my youth playing at house parties, small clubs and illegal raves,anywhere and everywhere i could and if I wasnt deejaying i was partying at one of the many now infamous rave nights of the early 90's in London...being a youngster caught up in the evergrowing rave scene i was just too busy having a good time to fully persue a career as a DJ and this was something i regretted later on in life!
Anyone caught up in the scene in those very early days will remember that feeling of knowing you was a part of something very special, the start of something very big, the start of something that spawned all the genres and sub genres we have today.....bringing us to the point where we are now....the underground dance music scene is still as fresh and exciting as it has ever been, and the Future Jungle sound is proof of that!
Future Jungle is a melting pot of the past, present and future and this has big appeal to me... This is exactly where im at right now,i love this sound and it has been FJ that has spurned me to start a label and get more involved with the scene,to help push new producers aswell as already well known producers and help push things forward!

The first few releases on Boomsha have been trend setters, quite varied and have introduced relatively unknown but very talented producers to a wide audience, is this going to be a continuing pattern with the label?

Most definitely!...As well as future releases from names that everyone on the scene will know,there is plenty of stuff in the pipeline from more up and coming producers that havent before had official releases as such and theres more to come from the likes of Rocksted-E and Stiggy -G.
One producer that is fairly new to having his stuff released is Aitch ,Bay B Kanes brother,I've already put a couple of his tracks out recently Jungle drumz and The essence and he has a 4 track EP forthcoming in the very near future aswell as working on some remixes for Boomsha too...
Aitch makes some amazing stuff and is definitely one to watch in the future!....... Its always good to find new talent and help these guys get their music out there for everyone to hear and at this point i got to say that Bay B Kane plays a big part in scouting new talent for the label and as you can imagine he has a very keen ear and has found some amazing producers that are going to be releasing stuff with me very soon!

One producer who needs no introduction is Bay B Kane who has had a release out on Boomsha, how did this come about?

Ah yes, the legend that is Bay B Kane.....well this just kind of  happened out of the blue really, BBK sent me some of his dubs to play on one of my radio shows, we got talking about his music and I thought I’d chance my arm and ask him for a release to which he accepted and sent me over the tune 'Everybody’s Gotta learn' that he had made already but it didn’t have a home so to speak, well when I heard it I jumped at the chance to release it, and when people hear it they will know why, his use of a classic vocal from the Korgis is astounding, what he has created here is nothing short of a future classic, a track that in years to come will be classed as one of the biggest tunes of the future jungle era, no one makes tunes like this man, in my opinion he is untouchable, he puts so much into his tunes, he’s just a lion of a producer. Everybody's Gotta learn' has proved to be the success that everyone who heard it as a promo said it would be. Within 3 days of being released on, it had reached the number 1 spot in the breaks chart, this is backed up with his sublime slightly faster 'Music Styles’, another track that he had posted on soundcloud    and had received some great feedback and another track that I jumped on the minute he offered it to me...The relationship that me and BBK have forged since has become more than just label and producer and I will be releasing more of his stuff if all goes well, the man is a constant source of musical wisdom and his experience and knowledge of the industry is second to none....

So far, you've been putting out primarily 140-150bpm Future Jungle tracks, what attracts you to this style?

The 140-150 bpm style is something that has great appeal to me, I think it’s mainly because at heart I’m an oldskooler and  in the good old days when jungle was kind of being formulated by the likes of BBK and others the tempos were a lot slower than the full on jungle sound that came later, I personally prefer the tempo of  the new future jungle sound, for me it’s more of a natural pace, anything slower can seem sluggish and kind of fails to hold my attention..

We would be interested to hear what future releases you have lined up on Boomsha?

Well I’ve got some great stuff in the pipeline from Boomsha,we've recently had a major success with BBK's release 'everybody's gotta learn' which has been followed by releases from Rocksted-E, Otter for the USA both of this had remixes by Visible sound,who incidentally has just done a remix of another USA producers track for me,Sixfootunda,who shall be releasing an album on boomsha very shortly which will have at least 3 or 4 more remixes on it by some other big names from the FJ world....there’s stuff coming from Time Travel and D-audi both with remixes from BBK,more stuff from OTTER, there’s 2 releases from Schoco very soon and a very special ep called 'Brotherz in Armz' featuring BBK & Aitch and Time Travel & Mshcode..and both Aitch and BBK have there own ep's coming too and Visible sound is working on his own release for Boomsha as we speak!

And of course theres releases coming from the fresh new talent I spoke about earlier. 

Who else do rate highly right now in terms of Future Jungle Imprints and individual producers?

Well apart from the producers on my own label, at the moment some of the producers who are hitting all the right buttons for me are Visible Sound, he has made some great intelligent stuff, his 'Tear it down' track from a while back now is one that I regard as a future classic and he has recently started his own label 'Digital Acetate', the first few releases have been amazing from D-Audi, Insa 241 and  Soundshifter. Also the Quantum Progressive Audio label is another fave of mine, the man in charge there 'Dan Bright Lights' is releasing some great tunes. Dub Chamber have released some great stuff from the likes of D-audi, Meanstreak and OTTER..
I'm not everly keen on the tearout or ravey stuff,or stuff that has too much of a dubstep influence,i tend to listen too tunes from producers and labels that are putting out music that has more of a proper jungle influence and style, as anyone who has listened to my radio shows will testify to.

Lastly, where can we hear more of Daz Breakz on a regular basis and stay in the loop with Boomsha?

To keep up with what is going on with Boomsha recordings you can find us on Facebook and soundcloud, all news and clips of forthcoming releases and the occasional freebie will be posted on these pages. I’m currently having an official Boomsha website designed, which should be up and running very soon, and details of this will appear on the Boomsha Facebook page. You can also catch me doing radio shows on  every Friday at 10pm and on  every Saturday night at 10pm.!/daz.breakz  

Also check out the Bay B Kane release 'Everybodys Gotta Learn' and 'Music Styles'

 Bay B Kane

Readers will need no introduction to the legend that is Bay B Kane, your single, 'Everybodys Gotta Learn' is out now on Boomsha recs, what’s the story behind this great track?

First of all Thank you very much for the kind words. Yes, the single is out on Boomsha Recordings and exclusively available from  for the first 2weeks then from all good download outlets.
As for the story behind the track, It’s a track that I have always loved, the vocals are so deep and meaningful so I thought I would give it a go and see if I could bring it back once more and this time for the Future Jungle massive and I think it turned out really well or at least that’s the indication  judging by the many positive comments and reactions I have witnessed especially on Sound Cloud where it has been a massive favourite with the clouders.
 And how did you link up with Daz and Boomsha recs?
You know what I’m not entirely certain but I think it was when I sent him a promo out of the blue and I think he was so surprised that he hit me up on FB chat to say thanks and we got chatting about you do!
After like 5mins I remember thinking wow!. It was as if we had known each other for years plus I was impressed with his knowledge of the music and the scene in general so it all progressed from there really.
And I just want to add that I’m glad that Facebook is good for something now and then as I generally can’t stand Facebook and try to spend as little time as possible on there but will admit that it’s good for promotional purposes & on the rare occasion for linking up with someone such as Daz who really is a Top fella & a great DJ.

 You're clearly an advocate of future jungle, a genre which has drawn both positive reactions and for some been a bone of contention with some complaining about the 'future jungle' tag, as a veteran of the scene from the early days of the 90's, what’s your slant on this new sound?

First and foremost I have to give someone credit for turning me on to Future Jungle and in this case credit is definitely due to Mr Lucas Morris, The Boss man of Top Drawer Digital.
Lucas hit me up one day well over a year ago now and asked me if I might be interested in doing a track for an upcoming compilation he was planning at the time which was Future Jungle Expeditions Vol 2 , although I was a little uncomfortable with the BPM restrictions of 140 to 150 Bpm I agreed to give it a go and I’m so glad now that I did.
I think Future Jungle is different things to different people but whatever the case it is good for Jungle music in general.
It’s that Back to the Future type of concept within it is what drew me into it because although the sound is somewhat looking back towards the beginnings of jungle, the focus of the sound and the direction its heading in is without doubt forwards directly towards the future plus I’m a firm believer in the fact that in order to really know where we are heading its essential to know where we have come from therefore Future Jungle definitely works for me.

 Asides from your ventures into future jungle, you have a number of on-going projects in the realms of classic 170bpm Jungle including showcasing new and upcoming producers within the scene, can you tell Hushmag a bit more about that?
As one of the founding fathers of the sound of Jungle and having been involved within the scene for a very long time now I feel that it’s my duty in a way to at least try to help some of the many great up and coming producers out there because let’s face it, someday I’ll be gone for good, although not anytime soon I should add but inevitably one day I will be and when that happens I would like to know that this sound will continue to move on and evolve with the changing times, in order for that to happen we have to give some of the many great young producers a chance to come through and develop their skills and their sound so I try to help some of them as and when I can
For instance a recent LP I compiled and released with the help of my good buddy Chili Banks who owns Junglist Manifesto Recordings, This LP called Bay B Kane Presents...The United Nations Of Jungle( featured 19 producers and apart from myself, all relatively unknown but massively talented and from all over the globe. Germany,Holland,USA,Belgium,Canada,Eritrea,UK and that’s just what I can remember off the top of my head.
Its opportunities like this that help up and coming producers to get their name out there and have their music heard and often it’s the only way they may have a chance to move forwards and become maybe the legends of tomorrow.
I’ve also recently brought 2 up and coming producers to the attention of Boomsha Recordings...DjJ Aitch & RF Project and I believe we will be seeing both artists releasing new material on Boomsha shortly which is a great feeling for me because without someone putting them forward so that they can be heard its extremely for them to get anywhere...Sadly I can only help so many & of course there are so many more but if a few more well respected names from the scene took time to do similar promotion for some of the other promising young producers it would help strengthen this scene quicker.
I should also say that there are a few oldskool legends who really are doing great things & exposing new talent & helping young producers develop careers but there are many more unfortunately who have their heads so far up their own bottoms that it’s impossible for them to see anything I guess!

lastly, where can we hear more of Bay B Kane and stay updated with your new releases?
Well one way would be to tune into Dazbreakz's show on on Saturdays 10pm to 12pm & Pirate-Revival Radio on Fridays 10pm to 12pm
Also check out any and all mixes by Tariq Ziyad as anything new by me always seems to appear in his mixes...Bigupz for all your support my friend.

Alternatively check out my personal digital music store Where you will find most of my music including a whole bunch of free downloads & rare releases which you won’t find anywhere else.
Also Check me out on & on Facebook where I have a personal and an artist page.

Big ups to future jungle blog for the opportunity to have my say & Massive shout out to Daz Breakz & Boomsha Recordings...Peace!

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