Crucast doesn’t put out music that’s weak, thin or otherwise not suitable for the dancefloor. Zero‘s new track ‘Barry White’ is a testament to that, it has some serious heat and the release overall is certainly on the sharper end of the spectrum. The bass really nails things to the wall. Big, big movements here.
Listen to ‘Barry White’ on Spotify!
- Tell us about the first track that put you on the map in the electronic scene and the journey since. How did you get started?
The first EVER track I put out was literally this ‘future bass’ style, overly happy and chord-filled A-level project I made back in 2014. It took me quite a while to realise that UK bass was what I wanted to pursue, but my first year at the University of Sussex pretty much solidified this decision. I spent the whole year making loads of random genres and not having any luck with any of the tracks I put out/sent to people. It was during the summer of 2016 that I tried my hand at some 130bpm bass stuff and secured three releases out of the four tracks I made over the holiday. I still didn’t have a clue that this was what I wanted to do, as I had always just produced for fun. It was only really midway through 2017 when my tracks started to gain support from other DJs, and that people were enquiring about live shows, that I started to take it more seriously.
- Tell us about your latest project ‘Barry White’ on Crucast
‘Barry White’ was one of those tunes that literally came together in the space of a day. When I wrote the melody I thought it was average to start with, and put it to one side in the project. I didn’t manage to come up with anything else then so I just ran with it, and I think I must have chucked a little preview of it on my Instagram story, ’cause I remember people saying they really liked it, so I thought “oh go on then I’ll keep it as is”. The main sample is Slowthai spitting some acapella freestyle thing I found on Youtube. At the end of the video all the music dropped out and as soon as I heard him solo with no backing track, I knew I had to use it. The other rasta-like sample is actually from the most hilarious video on Youtube. Just type in ‘Marvin through the roof’ and see for yourself.
- Tell us something we wouldn’t normally find out about you?
I can play the trumpet, haha. For some reason when I was like seven years old I just decided I wanted to play it for no apparent reason. I enjoyed it for like a year and then it just became a chore, but then everything’s a chore when you’re a kid if you’re not outside playing with your mates. To be fair, if it wasn’t for the seven-year-old me making that decision, I probably wouldn’t be doing what I’m doing now, or even have any kind of musical knowledge – so nice one to myself for making that very random decision as a kid.
- What single night out has been most memorable for you as a DJ and producer?
Since September there have been some really insane nights, but if i had to choose one, it would probably be Crucast at Printworks last year. Best crowd I’ve ever played to. I was so nervous as I was literally the second artist to play out of about thirty others, and I was sure that it would be a dead atmosphere, but honestly, I have never seen energy like it. Just pure chaos start to finish. And to top it all off, loads of my close mates who don’t even like bass music (they all like techno and disco) came and watched me play for the first time in like three years, so that was really nice.
- Give us the name of one track that never gets old for you no matter how many times you listen to it?
SG Lewis – Warm. It’s not bass music whatsoever but I’ve been listening to that track solidly for about five years and I can’t see it ever getting old. It’s just perfect.
- Dream collaboration and why?
There’s three main ones that I would absolutely kill to do. JOYRYDE, Habstrakt and My Nu Leng. Arguably my three biggest inspirations from the start. Definitely will have a track with each of them one day, they just don’t know it yet :). One that probably won’t ever happen would obviously have to be Skrillex. The guy gets a lot of hate but he really is a genius. One of the best producers to ever exist.
- If you could play any festival, which would it be?
Probably Glastonbury if we’re talking about the UK. Overseas, probably EDC Las Vegas or something. Or Holy Ship actually, that looks like so much fun. Literally hundreds of producers and DJs all drunk on a big cruise ship playing absolute bangers start to finish. Unreal.
- How do you get a track started? Tell us about your production process
Something I’ve always done is just open my latest project and save as new, so I keep all my sounds and drums from whatever I’ve been working on most recently. That way, I can then save time (in terms of keeping some MIDI already drawn out) and also it means I’m never going backwards (in terms of sound design/mixdown/processing etc.). I’m always progressing from work I’ve just made prior. I’ll keep the serum patches there but then tweak them further until they sound different but still familiar, and processed the same if not better than the last track I just made.
- Latest project? What are you currently working on?
The main track I’m currently working on could be my biggest yet to be honest. I started it just as we went into lockdown, and have been fine-tuning it for a few weeks now. It’s the first track I’ve made that I genuinely feel could be a radio hit as well as a club banger. It’s really exciting. I feel like UK Bass/Bassline needs to have a bit of commercial success for it to fully become an established and respected genre, similar to Drum & Bass. It’s something that I’m actively trying to nail at the moment; crossover bass tracks that appeal to everyone and can be played anywhere, not just in the club. All I’m saying is, watch this space.
- The relationship between a DJ and the audience is crucial, and yet it seems to be a fragile one – how do you see the balance between giving the crowd what they want and treating them to something new?
Definitely. I value my fanbase so highly and try to reply to every single message I get. I think it’s so important to interact with your followers. I hate the notion that DJs and producers are unreachable/off-limits for you to chat to or have any contact with. I get that for some it’s literally impossible with the number of messages and stuff they get, but at the moment I can manage it so I try my best. In terms of giving them what they want and something fresh, I think yeah that’s pretty much spot on, just do that! I do a mix of more generic yet tasteful, easy to digest bass tracks that haven’t got too many crazy sounds, and then as well, a more obscure side, with absolutely nuts sound design and weird samples. Not everyone likes everything I put out 24/7, but as long as you’re putting out good music and keeping the majority of your fans content, I think you should just do what you want. If you’re enjoying yourself and are happy with what you’re creating, the bulk of your fanbase will be too.
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Zero – ‘Barry White’ is OUT NOW! via Crucast