We appear to sit at a multigenre cross roads at this moment in time within Bass music. We are slowly but surely seeing an increased blurring of the lines between surrounding genres and styles, with remixes and collaborations bringing us together in a fabulous boiling pot of themes.
Today we have an absolute treat for you as we have arranged a very exclusive interview and mix with none other than Dommix. As an artist he is a name that has gained quite a heavy bit of traction through clever bootleg mixes and reworks through SoundCloud. These remixes have pushed him into the line of sight of hard hitting UK names such as Darkzy, Skepsis and more, as well as worldwide tastemakers such as DJ Zinc and therefore: Bingo Bass.
We therefore couldn’t be more excited to sit down for a chat with Dommix about his forthcoming EP with the label, and everything else he has on the way:
Is there anyone in the music industry that has been particularly supportive in refining your craft?
Without a doubt DJ Zinc. He has given me a lot of valuable tips and advice for bringing my productions up to the next level, and I wouldn’t be where I am now without him. Also the producer friends I’ve made through groups like Lengoland. Being able to send each other work in progress tracks for feedback is really helpful.
What have you learnt in terms of DJing and producing from the artists that have supported you over the years, if anything?
I think when I see which of my tracks they’re supporting (or not) it tells me which of my sounds really resonate with them and so I try to create more tracks with that style to maintain the constant support. For example with my track on the Globes compilation, I sent Goof a previous idea that he wasn’t 100% on so I went back to the drawing board and tried to make something taking on board the feedback and pointers he gave me. This track was eventually ‘Pack Rack’ which he was really happy with.
What software do you use to produce on and why? Do you like to use anything else outside of that?
I use Ableton Live. I find it really easy to organise everything and it has some great built in VST’s which I use all the time. I’ve been using it so long now that it feels like the back of my hand, which is great as it means I can translate an idea in my head into a track really easily. Prior to using Ableton I used FL Studio, which is okay but I find it can be difficult to keep projects organised. But then again there are countless sick producers who use FL, so I think it all comes down to what you work well with.
Do you think it is important to study music at university in order to be successful at it? If not, what things can a person do to succeed? For example, how much should one practice and create? Do you think networking is important?
I think university can help in regards to having access to an amazing range of equipment and resources which you wouldn’t have in your bedroom studio, and also the aspect of networking with other like minded musicians. However in the end, I believe you can teach yourself pretty much everything you need to create high quality music, which is definitely the first step to becoming successful. Although I think being ‘successful’ half comes down to the non creative things like networking with the right people and marketing your products/self correctly. It’s one thing having good productions but if you aren’t getting them out to people efficiently then its hard for them to be successful. There is so many amazing producers that don’t get the recognition they deserve which I think is evidence of this.
Some people enjoy the ritualistic experience of purchasing music and listening to it in the comfort of their own home and others prefer to go out and hear it live or within a DJ set. How do you like to hear and discover music? Can you describe a time where you have listened to something and really revelled in the experience?
I’m a great lover of both. In fact sometimes I have better time blaring out a new tune in my bedroom than at an event haha! You can’t beat the atmosphere at a live set though, especially when the DJ drops an unreleased track that everyone is waiting to hear. One of my favourite moments was seeing Holy Goof drop Notion and Cecelia’s track ‘Real’ at MADE festival last year. At this point the track was still unreleased but there had been loads of videos of it online, I was hoping he would play it and it was pure goosebumps when it dropped!
Can you give us 3 tracks that you are rinsing at the moment?
HODA – Theory, NuBass & Deppz – Jenga and Steady State – Believing. Look out for these ones!
We were also lucky enough to grab an exclusive guest mix from the man himself, check it out here: