Starting of December's interviews we have none other then new label Carbon Recordings owner, Butcher Boy.
Many know Butcher from the trio Omega3 with Captain Tinrib and Steve Arnold, however Butcher Boy himself is making a splash in the hard house sence with releases on Tonka Trax, Carbon Recordings, and most recently Oktane with his own EP. With all of this happening in such a short while, it seems to be that Butcher Boy will really be one to look out for in 2008
The Beat Ranch proudly presents, Butcher Boy
We will start of with the usual question, where abouts do you reside?
I live in little old Chrischurch, New Zealand
How did you come up with your name?
I used to be a Butcher by trade, so when I was living in London and first started djing all my flatmate's started calling me Dj Sausage haha which I wasn't very happy about.So it forced me to think up something more appropriate, and someone suggested Butcher Boy and thats was it.
How and when did Omega 3 begin?
Well the first tune Steve and I did with Jon was in June 2006 and that was 'We can Fly'the we made "Farkin Old Skool" just after that then Jon mentioned doing a album together and forming a new name for us all. After throwing round different names we decided on Omega 3 and 11 tracks later the album is done and about to be released.
What was it that, got you into hard house, over other genres in the scene?
Because ever since I went to my first Frantic event in London, I have been hooked, I love the scenethe friendly people and going to house party's. It's been 8 years now and still have a massive passion for the music, and the Hard House sound.
Do you engineer all your own tunes?
I engineer all my tracks under the Butcher Boy name, when it comes to Omega 3 Jon does the engineering and Steve and I write the rif's etc.Which seems to work well we all have something to bring to the table when it comes to Omega 3and have a great time doing it.
What programs do you use to produce with?
I used Logic
Any favorite VSTs or plug-ins that you use?
My favorite would have to be the korg legacy, I love the massive trance sounds this beast can make.
Who or what have been your biggest influences?
When I first started out I would have to say Paul Glazby, but since I started production I would say Alphazone, Defective Audio, and James Nardi, they are all at the top of there game and have a very unique style, which stands out for the crowd.
Who ha been your favorite artist to collaborate with?
Omega 3 of course we always have alot of fun in the studio.
Who would you like to collaborate with in the future?
mmm hard choice, Jamie Nardi I reckon he has a great sound.
Where do you see the the scene going in say the next 5 years?
Five years is a long time in this game. I don't know what will happen in 5 weeks! There's no doubt the scene is experiencing a bit of a recession at the moment. The days of Djs and producers are gone. Now you need to be both to survive. The retirement of some of the pioneers of hardhouse, changes in taste from the clubbers, the decline of vinyl, all these factors are changing the shape of our genre. The great thing about hardhouse is it can survive a recession because the people who are into it love it so much. It's intoxicating. The music coming out now is as good as it has ever been, so in that respect the scene is still growing.
What are your best/worst moments performing?
Best moment would have to be playing at a squat party in London at the main time to 1000 people andand not missing a beat, the best up for it crowd I have ever seen.
Worst moment playing at a rammed house party and having the table that the deck's where on snap, and the deck's falling to the ground and everyone steering at me as though I did it. I couldn't play after that it totally wrecked me, had the shakes haha
There has seem to be in a bunch of new vinyl labels starting up, like Oktane, Kung Fu, and of course your own, Carbon, what is your take on digital labels?
My take on digital labels is that there is very few that are releasing good quality tracks, and most releasing stuffthat wouldnt even be on the market if it wheren't for digital online shop's.I do support it but I think even digital sales aren't that great at the mo either.So for me vinyl is the way go to and if you want to stand out for the crowd its got to be done.These new vinyl labels that are starting up will put some fresh life into a scene that needs it.Its a good start for 2008 and I hope it carry's on that way.
Speaking of Carbon Recordings, what can we expect from Carbon in 2008?
Well first up is a Omega 3 'The Squeeze' and 'Manta' a Tinrib classic remixed which is already getting loads of plays by the big boys. Also featuring later in the year will Equinox, Iridium, Butcher Boy, Scuba Steve and a few other's to be confirmed in the coming weeks. I am aiming for 6 vinyl releases in 2008 and releasing digital only tracks, lat the end of the year you will see a Carbon cd hopefully in time for xmas.Our online shop should be up and running by the end of January.And its pretty much all go for us Steve and I have been working really hard to get this label going and we are here to stay.If you need more information please check out our website www.carbonrecordings.co.uk
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