Alix Perez has all the time been often called a legend within the sport of drum and bass and bass music, est. 2005. Since then he’s persistently put out one of the vital attention-grabbing and various our bodies of labor in D&B with each strong solo releases and collabs. Since the creation of his personal 1985 label imprint in 2015 and his hooking up with Eprom to kind the deep bass halftime juggernaut that’s SHADES in 2017, the tapestry that’s Perez has solely develop into extra wealthy and advanced.
In 2018 Perez, 1985 and SHADES solely obtained stronger, with a number of huge releases coming from all three entities. SHADES’s In Praise of Darkness LP hit the scene like a literal bass cannon and their units had been persistently ranked as a few of the better of any competition through the season. Towards the top of the yr Perez attached with Monty for the sudden breakout EP Spatia and 1985 put out a few of the most progressive releases of the yr, full cease.
2019 is shaping up to be one other huge one for Perez. 1985’s second compilation LP Edition 2 due out March 1 is full of as a lot variety as it’s with attractive, deep bass and it can simply be among the best compilation albums of the yr. Another collab observe with Monty known as “Good to Me” has already been launched as a teaser for that comp and has been praised closely, so the portends is fairly good there.
Perez can be getting a leap on the competition season with a B2B set with Skeptical on the Rampage 10 yr anniversary with which takes place March 29-31 in Belgium. If that weren’t sufficient, SHADES are additionally engaged on a follow-up EP to In Praise of Darkness, due out someday in spring and Perez himself has already collabed with Red Eyes and Icicle on tracks.
Given all this, Your EDM thought it was excessive time to sit down with Alix Perez and see if he might help the bass scene at giant get its bearings on all issues Perez. His solutions had been like his beats: insightful, to the purpose and with plenty of affect.
So we’re developing 1985’s four-year anniversary and it looks like it’s actually created a novel area of interest in bass music and D&B that wanted to be there. How do you assume the label has grown from its unique idea in your eyes?
The label’s journey to date I believe has been very natural and pure. We’re very targeted on what we undertaking sonically and visually. I’m particularly explicit in my decisions and very selective in regards to the music we put out however I believe that’s a optimistic and leads to a refined output. I’ve all the time had a transparent imaginative and prescient for the imprint and we’re constructing a bit household of artists that encapsulate what we do. It’s a collective effort.
Speaking to the purpose of your imaginative and prescient for 1985 and its collective nature, what was you impetus for placing collectively compilations like Edition 2 and its predecessor final yr Edition 1?
With bigger our bodies of labor like Edition 1 and 2 I really feel it provides area for exploration and additionally time for a story. The approach these VAs are compiled is like an artist album, with some development and depth all through. It’s like slotting items collectively till they develop into one. Diversity is admittedly essential to me generally and I consider these LPs actually give us the possibility to pursue this.
Winding that out a bit, what sort of really feel had been you going for within the second Edition? How did you resolve which artists to characteristic?
When I ask artists to put music ahead for these LPs there’s no prerequisite. I’m simply searching for experimentation within the music. It might sound cliché however I do know one thing is true after I hear it.
Everyone is speaking in regards to the collab with Monty on “Good to Me”. How did that come about?
When I collaborate I a lot desire being in the identical room however that isn’t all the time doable, particularly with Monty residing in France and me in London. On this event he despatched me an concept and I developed it. It got here collectively actually fairly naturally.
Your solo observe within the compilation is kind of the mix of types. I hear some SHADES in there and some old fashioned Perez, however is nearly seems like a brand new fashion you’re creating. Is that considerably consultant of the place you may be going sooner or later, or simply loads of enjoyable tinkering?
It actually is simply having enjoyable within the studio. I’ve to hold issues diverse to hold myself excited and recent when writing. I believe it’s actually wholesome to achieve this. Having different initiatives like SHADES permits me to disconnect and write from a brand new perspective. If I used to be to write the identical vibes on a regular basis it might in all probability drive me insane.
Speaking of SHADES, that new EP is upcoming as properly. Can you give any information on the fashion or SHADES evolution that followers can count on with out giving an excessive amount of away?
We have a brand new EP on the best way following on from our debut LP. It’s a continuation of our experimentation in sound. I’m actually enthusiastic about this new one, I believe it’s a few of our greatest work to date, personally at the very least.
Another thrilling factor upcoming for you is taking part in Rampage this March. How did that every one come collectively?
As easy as being supplied to play. When it comes to B2B units, I like taking part in with Skeptical. We actually join on a stage musically and having SP:MC on the set might be a heavy combo.
What are you most trying ahead to about taking part in at Rampage?
Playing our sound to such an enormous crowd. It’s fairly nerve racking to be sincere. Nervous is sweet although, retains you in your toes.
Any different releases developing that you could focus on? Any different excursions/festies?
I’ve a 140 report popping out in April on 1985. Pretty enthusiastic about that. Looking ahead to taking part in Lightning in a Bottle as SHADES this yr and a bunch of different festivals. The final Outlook in Pula can even be very particular this yr.
1985’s Edition 2 compilation LP that includes Alix Perez, Monty and tons extra is out March 1 and may be bought on Beatport. For extra information on the Rampage competition this March in Belgium, click on right here.