In the event you’re of a sure age, you possibly can most likely keep in mind the origins of dubstep, this tremendous wonky style with a slower tempo and pitched and distorted synths popping out of the UK. Nearly 20 years later dubstep has developed into one of the crucial standard genres in dance music on each side of the pond (extra on that later.) We bought the possibility to speak with UK dubstep veteran FuntCase. Hailing from Bournemouth, the DJ/producer James Hazell, higher referred to as FuntCase, has been a mainstay on Flux Pavilion’s Circus Information, maybe the UK’s premiere bass music label.
Earlier this 12 months, FuntCase launched his first ever music video for his track “Flames.” This was one thing of a shock for his followers, because it strayed from his often filthy dubstep sound. However, as we mentioned, James will not be a person to be tethered to at least one style. James and I chatted about longevity as an artist, his DPMO model, new music, and his newly found ability as a gamer.
Hey James! Thanks for chatting with us. You’ve been on the UK bass scene for over a decade. Inform us the way you first bought into making music, how the scene’s modified through the years, and the way you’ve modified with it?
“Yeah, 14th 12 months as FuntCase now which is actually fairly insane. Not numerous artists make it past a sure shelf life and even handle to remain constant so I’m eternally grateful. So, ever since I can keep in mind, my mum had been DJing and I used to be all the time round listening to the stuff she performed, which was just about largely drum n bass. Till I used to be 18, I didn’t even just like the style, not to mention attempt my hand at DJing. However earlier than I bought into it, I used to be all the time messing with this music making program on the ps known as ‘music’. I’d emulate tracks I favored, like ‘track 13’ by Blur and different tracks. I made my very own tracks right here and there however I most popular copying tracks. Someday, my mum had met this new man who was additionally a DJ and we went spherical his home in the future and he launched me to purpose. This was fairly thoughts blowing on the time as a result of the ps video games had been extraordinarily restricted and purpose was big as compared and free to make something I needed…and from there the remaining is historical past.”
DPMO has all the time been your model, however you correctly launched a label again within the coronary heart of the pandemic. Inform us what made it the best time to launch a label and what’s it like operating a label?
“It was all the time a dream of mine to personal a clothes label and my very own file label, so it’s all the time been a aim however it correctly began forming in 2017 once we launched not solely the primary clothes label season however the first DPMO compilation, which was born out of the concept that there was a lot good music from new artists that it wanted a house. After speaking to my administration and Circus, we felt like a compilation was a fantastic concept for this, very like the compilation Andy C had in drum n bass known as ‘Nightlife’. We actually felt like there wasn’t a dubstep model of this and we determined to kick begin it off, as I had a lot ridiculously good music from artists that simply weren’t discovering houses. The label itself was absolutely launched on the finish of 2020 with a collaboration EP with a bunch of artists I actually favored the model of. The timing was nice as we felt like there was sufficient expertise on the market that we may contribute correctly, with out being a direct competitors to different labels in our class.”
What sort of new music are you engaged on proper now? I do know you branched out into extra melodic territory with “Flames.” What are you drawing inspiration from now?
“‘Flames’ for me was actually a COVID occasions impressed monitor. I used to be writing numerous musical stuff throughout these occasions as we DJ’s had no exhibits to play, subsequently any of the angrier energetic stuff we weren’t capable of take a look at out within the golf equipment and gauge in the event that they labored. Was a tremendous monitor to work on, one thing totally different for me and one thing I actually loved having Dia Frampton on as she’s such a tremendous singer and particular person. Proper now I’m engaged on a bunch of latest stuff of all several types of kinds. I’m working to complete two EPs, one can be a solo EP and one collaboration EP for DPMO. My solo EP will even have three dubstep, one bass home and one drum n bass monitor on, so I’ve been actually having fun with working with all several types of kinds.”
I do know you simply performed Misplaced Lands, which is in fact the mecca for bass music right here within the States. What makes that occasion so particular and what differentiates the US crowd from the UK crowd?
“It’s type of referred to as the ‘Dubstep Superbowl’ and that’s actually so true. The group there, are there for just about the entire line up, so all the things tends to be excellent musically. Additionally artists like myself went there, even once we weren’t enjoying, simply so we may hang around and community and watch some wonderful new abilities. By way of US to UK crowds I’ve mentioned this loads and it rings pretty true nowadays, however the USA crowds are much more concerning the picture of issues in order that they costume up and nearly have headbanging competitions on rails, which is superior. The UK is a little more stripped again and the crowds dance to themselves, however when a monitor goes off it REALLY goes off and so they demand rewinds and go mad, which is a few of my favorite reminiscences within the scene as a complete.”
Talking of European festivals, I do know you’ll be enjoying Rampage in Amsterdam (November 4-5). Inform us what followers can count on and clarify to an American like me what makes that gig so particular?
“Rampage as a model is simply excellent and we should always all be pleased about its existence fairly actually. I’ll be enjoying a Drum n Bass set there as one thing totally different but in addition it’s in a brand new metropolis for the model. Rampage as a complete is only a European mecca for dubstep and drum n bass and everybody ought to dream to go there a minimum of as soon as in the event that they haven’t already.”
I heard you’re an enormous gamer too! What do you play and inform us concerning the on-line gaming neighborhood that you simply’ve turn into part of?
“So, over COVID I mainly grew to become a full-time twitch streamer and it was superior. I’ve been a gamer since I can keep in mind however my latest go to video games are Rocket League and League of Legends…I play a complete heap of video games however these are my foremost go to. I additionally backed a recreation on kickstarter years again known as ‘Prodeus’ which is mainly a modernised run and gun model recreation just like the basic ‘Doom’. The sport has a stage designer in it too and over COVID i made a decision to attempt to study it and make ranges and now i design ranges correctly on it! The primary map I made on there was truly ‘Peach’s Fortress’ from Mario64 and it’s now the best downloaded community-made map on the sport!”
Thanks James! Any phrases or recommendation for the followers?
“Thanks from the underside of my coronary heart for supporting me all this time and conserving me round for this lengthy. I hope in time I can develop to a stage the place I can deliver you some tremendous wonderful distinctive exhibits and past!”
Get your tickets for Rampage right here and keep tuned for updates on FuntCase’s upcoming EP. Take a look at this video of his efficiency at Rampage Open Air to get a style of what’s to come back!