In anticipation of his killer forthcoming release on Dispatch LTD, Sustance answers some questions about production, his influences and what we can expect moving forward.
Hi, can you tell us a bit about yourself?
Hi, yeah my name’s Oscar, I live in London and split my time between my studio in Hornsey and working as a set builder on movies.
How long have you been producing and how did your journey into the world of music production begin?
I’ve been making music since I was about 13. I used to play guitar and sing in bands when I was in school. My brother is 8 years older than me and always had decks. He always spun jungle & dnb and I used to sneak on his decks when he was out. I got crazy into turntablism and learnt how to scratch and beat juggle when I was about 18. It was a natural progression from then to wanting to make my own beats so I bought an Akai MPC2000XL sampler. I only ever knew how to make beats from sampling records for years. I eventually ended up getting a computer and got really into synthesis. I think having the sampling knowledge helped me a lot because it was natural for me to take the sounds I had synthesised and put them into samplers to play in my tunes. I probably still make more hip hop and downtempo stuff than anything else to this day.
Can you tell us a bit about the creative process and inspiration behind your forthcoming Allow (It) EP on Dispatch LTD?
After getting consumed by the technicalities of tech d&b for years I kinda fell out of love with the sound. All the “neuro” scenes tunes sounded crazy over the top to me. I’ve always listened to more stripped back minimal and soulful tunes than any other style of d&b. My buddy and I share a studio which has a Moog Little Phatty mono synth and I decided to try and make a really simple tune just using that. That was “Rugged” forthcoming on Dispatch LTD. After that it just felt natural to try and make an EP in the same style and try and progress with that sound.
The second track on the EP called “Signals” features Illaman. How did this collaboration come about?
I’ve always loved all styles of tunes with vocalists. I’ve worked with loads over the years on different alias/genre projects. I’ve know Dave (Illaman) for a few years now. He’s an amazing MC, host, writer and he’s also one of the nicest people I’ve ever met too. A genuine don. I made “Signals” and he came to the studio one night and wrote and recorded everything in under two hours. Total professional and fucking hilarious too. Big love for this guy!
What is your current studio set up like and do you have any go to synths or plug-ins that consistently find their way into your tunes?
My studio at the moment consists of my Adam A77X monitors, Virus TI2 synth and my computer. I’m very lucky to share the space with a mate who has the aforementioned Moog Little Phatty. He’s also just added a set of Barefoot MicroMain45’s to the setup too which I’m currently making my first tune using. They sound incredible. Definitely recommended if you’ve got a spare £6.5k!
Who are some of the artists that inspire you musically?
I’ve got an endless amount of different artists that have inspired me over the years and to this day. Too many to mention them all but I suppose a few are DJ Premier, Portishead, Omni Trio, Metallica, Alchemist, Konflict, Masta Ace, The Winstons etc etc… the list is truly endless.
Finally what can we expect moving forward?
After this release I’ve got another d&b EP signed to a big label for later this summer. It’s got a couple of quite emotional soulful tunes as well as a couple of dirty minimal tunes. It’s got probably my favourite d&b tune I’ve made on it too… it’s called “Shiv” so you can look out for that. Apart from that I’ve just finished a 6 track downtempo EP under a different name that I’m in the process of self releasing. Keeping busy for sure!
The Allow (It) EP is currently available for pre-order from the link below. https://www.dispatchrecordings.com/product/disltd034-sustance-allow-ep
Early Dispatch Store Release date: 22/05/2017
General Release Date: 26/05/2017
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