We caught up with the Cardiff based Grime DJ & producer, Dubtza, for our latest podcast installment.
As well as hosting his very own show on Mode FM, Dubtza has also just recently released his latest 4 track EP ‘Danger’ which is now available to download from dubztabeats.bandcamp.com. You can also check out our exclusive mix from the Grime DJ & producer packed full of dark, moody Grime sounds.
When did you first start getting into the production side of Grime and what was going on at the time in Cardiff?
I first started making beats on music 2000 on the PS1 when I was around 13. That’s when I first got into DJ’ing but i started taking production seriously when I got my first release on Project Allout Records which was a collaboration EP with Adam Mac called the “Speed EP” which featured the original track, My VIP, a vocal version from Row D and remixes from Moony, Hoax Beats and Triple S. There’s never really been a big Grime scene in Cardiff to be honest but hopefully that will change in the future and I will have a part to play in the process.
Give us some more info about your latest show on Mode FM and what we can expect over the coming months?
My Mode FM show is the last Saturday of every month from 5-7pm. My show is mainly Grime but I do play some Dubstep, 4×4 & Trap beats in my sets as well.
If you had to give 3 words that describe your beats/tunes what would they be and why?
Dark,moody & electronic. I prefer making darker stuff but not always and I say moody because my music always depends on my which mood I’m in. To be honest I think the best beats I’ve made so far have been when I’m pissed off and electronic because its all made on my shitty laptop with no instruments at all.
Give us some examples of the gear/equipment/inspirations you use etc when making a track from start to finish.
The DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) I use is called Fruity Loops 11 and I mainly use Sylenth1, Nexus, Orchestral and Massive, VST wise and samples for everything else such as drums and 808’s etc.
I normally start a track and finish it in the same session then come back to it the next day to give it one last mixdown with a fresh head and pair of ears.