Sub Focus is one of those DJs who always has you leaving the rave feeling utterly worn out. He started out making drum n bass, but these days he’s more associated with the sound found in the grey area between dnb, dubstep and UK bass. He spent most of last summer touring the globe rocking festivals – see some of his shenanigans in his new video above – but is working on a follow up to his 2009 self titled debut right now! New single ‘Falling Down’ is a taster of what to expect…
He took a break from adjusting levels, pressing buttons and monitoring outputs (or whatever it takes to make an album these days) to answer a few questions about what he’s up to.
What are your hopes for 2012?
To create something really special with my next album. I am also completely redesigning my live show setup, with the first show showcasing the new set up at UKF Bass Culture at Brixton Academy in March.
It’s hard to pinpoint your sound. How would you describe it?
Hard hitting and melodic.
There are many artists making similar non-generic music right now. Who do you regard as your peers?
I guess acts like Knife Party, Chase and Status, Nero and Skrillex, but the list could go on for way longer, are people I regard as my peers. There are lots of us pushing a more eclectic, anything goes sound now.
How are you approaching the production of your second album – will it be much different to ‘Sub Focus’?
It’s sounding pretty different so far, I’m expanding on what I started with the last album with more of an even mixture of different styles – Drum n Bass, Dubstep, House music and more.
Your last LP came out in 2009 – will the new album reflect your journey from then to now, or capture how you feel at this moment?
It’s more a snapshot of where I am now I guess – it will be more towards a listening experience whereas the last record was very much based in the clubs.
You’ve worked with few different people before on album tracks and remixes, how do you like collaborating compared to working alone?
It makes a nice change to work with other people, but I never get creative differences on my own.
Falling Down is released on February 6th