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Such a pleasure to have Mirror State back on Disco Droppings. His steadfast tunes stay with me, and I find his depth as an artist very inspiring. The EP above is available for free via Bandcamp, my personal favorite is “Distress”. Mirror State holds down a show on, which you can hear Sundays from 7-9am GMT time (that’s Saturday’s from 11pm-1 Pacific time)..

DD Your new music, like the productions I’ve featured in the past remains sharp, focused and distinct. What helps keep your perspective fresh? 

MS Thanks. I couldn’t say really. Listen to lots of new and old music and make what you want.

DD Are you more introverted or extroverted? Do you get more inspiration from being social and out-n-about, or being more solitary? 

MS I would say I’m more introverted. I don’t really get more inspiration from either specifically, a lot of the time I think music is inspired by both. There is music made for the dance floor and for people to come together to, and there is also music for someone to listen to alone. I think I take a bit from each side. 


DD Does restricting or limiting yourself play into your approach as an artist? 

MS Not really, I normally wouldn’t have a point where I’d say “this is where I’m going to end up”. Sometimes though I find it can be useful when it comes to exploring ideas and finding out what you can do. 

DD What state of mind do you find yourself in when creating music?

MS I stay quite focused but open minded with my ideas. Most likely, I’ll have a small idea in my head. I’ll put it down as soon as I can, and let other things flow from there. I find when you’re really pushing yourself to do something specific, it’s not going to turn out how you’d like. 


DD Who are you most excited to share next on your Sub.Fm show? 

MS A lot I could mention really. I’d have to say keep an ear out for Ghostek and his new tracks. You’ll also hear new things from Neka (Part of Tape Echo in Bristol who also does a show on the station). Some of the deepest and most mesmerizing music around lately.

DD When you want to take a break from dance music, what do you put on? 

MS I would have to say I don’t stray too much from electronic music these days. What I listen to if I want a change you could still call “dance music”, but I don’t really think about it like that initially, just as music with a good rhythm. Lots of garage, drum & bass and ambient music. I still play Break’s album from 2010 a lot at the moment, also artists like Seba. I currently live with my twin brother who listens to a huge amount of black metal, so I listen to a lot of that when I’m just chilling as well.

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– Jimi Jaxon 


It’s been nearly a year since I last talked with Daega Sound and I’m happy to report, they’ve been very busy. This duo from Vancouver showcases powerful tracks in the dubstep realm , an expanded live pa and a string of excellent releases in 2012, into 2013. Extensive interview below..


DD I was just up in Vancouver to see XI, thought about you guys. What are you up to in Canada? I still gotta see one of your shows. 

DS Yup we’ve been busy keeping up with our releases and forthcoming releases, as well as writing LOTS of new music for 2013.  We have 8 tunes slotted for release at the end of 2012 and early 2013. We are super stoked for our latest releases, our tune “Fonica” and the seriously banging Fonica remix by DJG out on limited edition 10” as well as digital on Crude Records.  Also our remix of Longwalkshortdocks “You Berg” out on King Deluxe. Forthcoming we have 2 dnb tunes coming out on Loxy’s CX:Digital label, Mind Like Water. It’s a half time very textured dnb bit and “Flight” which is akin to the older school dnb steppers but with a melodic and layered up Daega sound. Also a 3 track minimal style dubstep EP coming out on Dat Pressure Records. Our collab with HxdB, which has been super fun, will be out on 12” and digital on Crude Records. You can catch the dub of “Spheroid” (Daega and HxdB) being snuck onto SubFM and RinseFM by a select few Dj’s. Also a couple remixes we have done, “Regenerate” by Moldy, a super sick proper tune coming out 12” and digital on Tuba, and a remix of the notorious Mat The Aliens “Hsptl Wobble”..a mad mid bass wobbler we totally daegafied, for his label Really Good Recordings. So keeping that going as well as getting to work other new projects. We are working with vocalist Lady Maroo on a couple tunes, who has worked and released music with DJ Madd, excited to see where that goes, she has a great voice. Outside of the studio we are starting to book in some shows in Vancouver and are looking at the spring for a North Amercian tour.  In the immdediate future we’ve got some DJ gigs and some Live PA gigs in Vancouver comin up!


DD Judging by your new productions, I sense a distinct production evolution (the forthcoming “Fonica” on Crude Records is tough!). How do you feel you’ve grown in 2012, and how to you hope to build on that progress? 

DS “Fonica” is a culmination of new inspirations within the bass music realm and our new ever progressing experience in the studio.  The more time we spend in the studio, the more we learn. New information and skills are very inspiring, the results are in an evolution of the sound. We are also looking at the overall organization of what it is that we do and what we want to do.  Looking forward and building on the foundation that we have, we’ll be spending a bunch of time in the studio writing and finishing new tunes, and we also plan to be getting ourselves out on the road more.  All the while, we’ll be upping the focus on making ourselves more accessible and organized online.

DD The Daega Sound remix of Longwalkshortdock’s “You Berg” has a sick rhythm. The change up between the intro and drop is very unexpected. How are you connected with Longwalkshortdock, and what did you hope to accomplish with this remix? 

DS We had been playing the same festivals as Longwalk for a couple years before we actually met. Always loved his live performances, totally off the hook awesomeness; he can produce,  sing, and really put on a show. Once we all met, and nerded out for a bit, we totally got along and now try to catch each other’s shows whenever we can.  We liked Longwalk’s version of “You Berg” with the vocals, he sent the stems over, King Deluxe wanted to do a remix pack with a bunch of other producers and it was on. The format of the song is unexpected. This tune kinda just came out like that, we liked the contrast of the smooth vocal lines and build up from the likes of the original tune, then the way it just fell into a very different drop, which is very us, but still heavily influenced by the original. We didn’t really have an agenda with the “You Berg” remix, it was more about getting a project going with LWSD, cause we like him and his music so much.

DD When is this DPR Recordings release happening? I love the fluid, epic quality of “Falsehood”, and “Whirpool” is tight too. 

DS Thank you! We were going for a full sound using minimal timbre’s and a stripped back arrangement. Master’s of the tunes are completed and they sound awesome. From this stage the tunes begin their journey to the label to queue up for promo, then onto worldwide distribution on all major online retailers. We are waiting for a release date from distribution for the EP, we anticipate a late 2012 release.


DD I was sad to see III Cosby, head of Car Crash Set move from Seattle to Washington D.C.  He released the “No Northwest Cycle 2 EP #3” in May, 2012. This features your tracks “Legion”  and “Winter’s Horse”, along with productions from Kid Smpl and Keyboard Kid. “Winter’s Horse” stood out to me, I would love to include this in a future DJ set of mine. What kind of connection do you feel with your close neighbor, Seattle? 

DS Glad you like the tune, of course put it into a mix, that would be awesome! Well, from the few times we’ve been to Seattle, we played with Shackleton there in 2010 and had a seriously good time, we both really like it. We were into all kinds of rock and grunge when we were younger and some our favourite musicians (Chris Cornell, Kurt Cobain to name a few) all come from Seattle, so it was awesome to play there..and think about how many amazing artists have performed or come from Seattle. The influence from all those artist is still very there for us.  We’d both really like to be there more and get to know the city better, haven’t made it to Decibel Festival, its been in the plans for a couple years, we’ve heard so many great things about the level of production, and of course the line up always looks so amazing.


DD To wrap things up, what’s the best thing that’s happened to you guys this year? 

DS We’re not good at picking favourites, there are certainly a lot of highlights. Some highlights would have to include: releasing a limited edition 10” with an absolute banger of a remix from one of our favorite producers and good friend DJG (aka Grenier), releasing on Loxy’s label is big for us , he has been a sound hero for us since we were teenagers. The success of our new live pa set at this years edition of Bass Coast featuring the debut of a bunch of our new DnB and integration of ipads into our live set up, honing in our production and work schedule (there’s something to be said for time management) and having some space and time to write and prepare for the future.

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– Jimi Jaxon


My producer buddies are on their A game. Tonight it’s all about Artek and his “Out of Touch” EP via B.YRSLF division. You can pick up the title track via XLR8R for free and/or purchase this fine release through Juno. Catch up with Artek below.. 


DD Back in December of last year I had you on Disco Droppings. In the interview you mentioned Hoodmode, who I was happy to feature recently. Thanks for the tip! Glad to have you back, what are you up to? 

A Yea still playing his tunes on the regular, still waiting on the new bits. Just trying to bang out loads of beats right now, got a few more projects in the works but can’t give any details as of yet.

DD Congratulations on the XLR8R feature last week, I remember posting “Out of Touch” last year, happy it’s getting some major support! 

A Yea probably is one of my strongest tracks to date. Happy that it’s been going down well, and that B.YRSLF went through the work to get it out there.

DD Your “Out of Touch” EP features 3 originals, 3 remixes + the bonus track “Zaalim”. This is some impressive music man! Where do you feel you’re at now as a producer? 

A I’d say I’ve improved a fair bit from about a year ago. Since all the tracks are very different, it’s cool to show people I’m not hooked on one sound. Just trying to get more “music” out now rather than stuff made for the dance.


DD How has the Sub.Fm show been going? G. Davies, who does the show with you, mentioned he’ll be stepping out. Has this changed the direction of the show? 

A We’ve always just played what each of us thinks is good in our own way, we have different tastes so it’ll just be like my section of the show…for the whole show. Quite a bit of good music coming out now and some from artists that have been in hibernation for a bit, which I’m excited to play.

DD Last words?

A Cop the EP so I can get some top notch flip flops for summer.


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– Jimi Jaxon 

I’m a big supporter of both these artists so I was instantly interested in sharing their upcoming radio event together. For the past year, Mirror State has been building a memorable program with music ranging from garage to 2-step, ambient to dubstep. James Arctic joins him in the studio, and I’ve talked with both of them about how they met and what the celebration will sound like. If you’re on the west coast like me, tune in to tonight at 10PM-1AM, UK peoples from 6AM-9AM.


Mirror State

DD How did you meet James Arctic? I have to say I’m sad I haven’t physically met the two of you, we connect well!

MS I met James through our music after moving to the same city – out at a small bar, and we just stayed in contact from then.

DD Your Sub.Fm show is celebrating it’s 1 year this weekend, congratulations! I’ve really enjoyed the shows I’ve listened in on. How do you feel the show has evolved since it’s start, and what will the 1 year episode sound like?

MS Thanks a lot. The show for me has actually stayed quite similar over the last year in terms of how I do it. Maybe I talk more.. maybe I talk less.. but the sounds will continue to speak for themselves! The 1 year show will be full of new music from all around, as well as a few picks from the last year.

James Arctic

DD You will be joining Mirror State for his 1 year party live. What do you hope to add to the program? Any specific songs your hyped to share on Sub.FM?

JA Grime, grime, grime! Thinking about doing a little history of the genre – from old to new of some of my favourite and most influential tracks. I’ll also be playing all the forthcoming material I have, including some past releases and some other artists who I’m digging atm.

DD What does pizza mean to you?

JA It brings happiness like no other. It’s warmth and soft texture creates a mouth watering sensation, oozing in flavours after every bite.

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– Jimi Jaxon

G. Davies is back, supporting his new EP, which can be picked up on Juno. Here’s a look into his current mindset regarding his tunes, show on Sub.FM and such.


DD To me, your “Mechanic EP” is a strong step forward. It has a distinct mix of energy and technique. How do you feel about the release?

GD All the tracks on the EP are at least 1 year old now, so to my ears they sound anything but fresh. Although in saying, this I am still pleased with ‘Crab Riddim’ & ‘Bacta’. Those being two of the better tracks I’ve produced to date.

DD What are your strongest non-musical influences?

GD Non-musical factors that influence my music? Loads really, depends what’s been going on in my personal life to a certain extent. David Lynch films are a big influence. ‘Crowbar’ on the latest EP features a sample from Inland Empire. I’m really into the vibe of his film’s. Proper dread. Would like to hope that carries over into certain tracks of mine.


DD How has your Sub.Fm show with Artek been going? I posted an interview with Hoodmode a little while ago, learned about him from Artek..

GD Sub FM’s been going alright. Handing over the reins to Artek for the next few months though. Taking a step away from the DJ thing to focus on writing songs for a band. It’s too difficult to keep up with new releases from within dance music, when my real passion lies in punk & hardcore. I wish I had a slot on a station where I could play whatever, a new dance tune followed by some grindcore or whatever. Bass music in general is hella saturated at the moment in my opinion, so I’m taking a hiatus as such from mixing, until I feel the urge again. Going through the motions is not the one.

DD What would you like to be known for?

GD Music wise, I’m not too bothered. Ideally to be in a self-sufficient touring band within the next year. Getting too old for this stuff, and don’t want to be one of those ageing hipsters you see hanging around at gigs chatting about how they saw some band 15 years ago. Aside from that I’d like my gravestone to say “Died Tragically Whilst Rescuing His Family From The Remains Of A Sinking Battleship.” Just like Royal Tenenbaum.

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– Jimi Jaxon