Interview: Subaske on Big Ape Tour
Posted on July 18, 2012 by Medicine Man
Over the weekend we were lucky enough to have a quick chat with one of the other spearheads of the Big Ape tour while he was enjoying life in Berlin, Subaske.
This week Big Ape celebrates its first birthday with its first ever National Tour. And what a line up to take on tour for your first birthday; Skream, Joker, Plastician.
For those who don’t this guy he is a renaissance man of all things music, dj-ing and producing not only Dubstep but also many other genres (if people want to label sounds).
His sound is hard to generalise as he adapts to so many different environments, going from dreamy, wispy vibes to things you would hear in deep dark dungeons. This guy is the coolest musical chameleon you’ll ever see in a club.
Here is how the interview went down:
PRIMO!: Hey mate, thanks for your time with Primo. What are you doing over in Berlin? Are you working on something special?
Subaske: Only if you count working on having good times in Berlin as special. It’s the last leg of my 1 month Euro-trip. The last month has been serious epic shit! But I have got a few things in the oven including a dark beaty remix of Sydney hip-hop crew Bingethinkers’ track Happiness. Should be able to hear it real soon.
Can’t wait! Especially after the remix of Oliver Tank’s ‘Last Night I Heard Everything In Slow Motion’ you did earlier on this year. Can you describe the process and how does it feel remixing a fellow Sydneysider?
All I did was show another take on Tank’s track. Added some, took some away. Layers, dreamy shit. You know? Beats. It feels right to be remixing someone from where I’m from. Large ups to Matty Blanchard at Yes Please records for letting it happen!
He is a good man for letting it happen. Speaking fo other happenings Dubstep has really blown up heavily over the last 2 years. How do you see the Sydney scene at the moment?
Over the past 2 years I’ve seen certain kinds of Dubstep, Electro and RnB influences put into the melting pot and as a result I can see how it’s turned out. The heavy bass weight isn’t really what’s going on anymore, I miss that. In my humble opinion, the golden era of Dubstep has passed.
As for the Sydney scene parts of it are good – at the core of it, everybody knows everybody and it’s good to have the same outlook as all of these people. No qualms there.
I agree, maybe that’s because we are old-fashioned. As a result of this explosion there’s been a lot of debate about the legitimacy of certain DJs expanding the sound. What are your thoughts on this?
Everyone is a DJ these days but I think if you REALLY feel like a certain sound should be heard, then get out there and mix it up. If you love it, love it.
What do you see as the next ‘big trend’ in EDM?
Not sure, looks like the melting pot of Dubstep, Garage, House, Techno and 2-Step is working for a lot of people. Maybe we’ll see some more Hip-Hop in there too?
Ha! One can only hope. Good God has been doing some massive shows as of late. How hard is this to do in the current climate which has seen local favourites like The Gaelic stop hosting gigs
Yeah! Blawan & Pariah was an unforgettable night. Good God know where it’s at. Even if the shows are small they’re always quality! Although I’m not sure how hard it is, I’m still new to that part of the world.
Well something you do know well is playing music. You’re playing on the massive Big Ape tour this week. What’s got you most amped about this show?
Mostly the fact that I can play before the founding fathers of Dubstep man. Dreams come true!
Are there any records in your collection that might surprise the audience?
My record collection is eclectic as fuck. Good music is good music anytime and I’ll nab it if it catches my ear. My most recent interest is Dead Skeletons who I saw at Roskilde Festival (Denmark). They played a 3am set and it was incredible! Before that I picked up a Boards of Canada album and Battles’ Gloss Drop (Remixed) in Paris. I really dig the Kode9 remix of Africaastle.
Last words to any fans out there?
Be open minded. That’s all I can say.
Tickets are on sale now through Ticktek and probably won’t last much longer so I’d hurry up and get yourself a key to one of the biggest party trains of the year. If you still need more motivation here is Subaskes most recent mix for FBI radio Sydney. This was on the same night that Ben UFO played in Sydney and was an ideal warm up for me before I walked into the club. Do it, treat yourself!