Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Interview With Nick Deekline

Hi Deekline, you have recently just set up Booty Farm Samples. Tell us about Booty Farm, who is involved in this project, and what made you want to start up a sample library label?
The Booty Farm is a new our new online shop. Loop masters is a sub division we set up to our resources and contacts in the sample CD world. We aim to offer the listener a new experience and cover new ground other sample CDs haven't covered.

Your first two releases have been Ragga Twins Vocals 1&2. What was it like working with the Ragga Twins, and where did you record them?
It was a pleasure to work with them. They are very professional and easy to work with. They are great at free styling with the vocals and worked very quickly in the studio to our needs

You and Ed Solo made a pack for Loopmasters in 2009. How did you approach creating a sample pack, and how different was it to producing songs?
A lot people were always very interested in where and how we got our beats and bass from, so we felt it was time to give something back to the up-and-coming music producers. Firstly we took a look at some of our classic's and pulled them apart. We then produced some fresh beats and bass and chopped up some new breaks.

Aside from Booty Farm Samples, what else are you working on?
I am in the process of setting up a label with Central Station in Australia (A sub-division of Ministry). I have just completed a remix for Heavy Feet and The Utah Saints. We are also setting up a new super DJ team called the Hot Cakes Allstars that consists of JFB, Ed Solo and myself. We will be using live sample triggering with Ableton and Serato as well as video mixing.

How did you first get into music production?
I was always a music enthusiast and production was always the next natural progression. When I was seventeen I hooked up with Donna D and I brought an Akai S2000. She very kindly passed on her knowledge and trained me up on to how to use it.

What five pieces of studio equipment would you say determines your sound?
Logic - This is where everything is programmed from. The ProTools plug-in is wicked, we occasionally write our beats on an MPC to get a vibe. The NI Massive is also pretty awesome.

Who are you listening to at the moment, any new artists we should know about?
Dodge and Fuski, Ill eleven, Keith Mackenzie, DJ Fixx, Dustin Hulton, Sporty-O, Reid Speed, Wizard, Ivory, Stripper, & Tim Healey are doing pretty interesting bits at the moment.

How do you feel about the Breakbeat scene at the moment?
I feel like it has gone around full circle. A lot of dance music genres have gone back to hardcore roots and are using funk breaks and no matter what fancy sub genre name people like to come up with the bottom line's still a break beat. I feel that it needed some fresh talent to give it a new perspective.

What's next for Booty Farm?
Well we are in the final procedure of launching the site. It will also have a clothing shop built in to the site, along vintage clothing store, videos and load of exciting goodies and exclusives. Look out for Ed Solo's Bass Lab, Deekline and Wizard's Present Booty Breaks Volume 2 and Ill Eleven All Stars to follow shortly :)

Do you have any advice for the budding producers out there that are trying to make it in the competitive world of the music industry?
The Loopmasters samples are a great start. If you choose an artist whose production you like. Good sounds are the key best to a solid tune