Aug 02, 2011
Doctor P

Doctor P is tearing up shows in the US and worldwide as well as running UK-based Circus Records, making his influence on dubstep undeniable. Read about his childhood friendship with Flux Pavilion and how file-sharing made his career in our exclusive interview.

Doctor P & Flux Pavilion - Stinkfinger (Original Mix) [XS]
LessThan3: Tell us about your childhood friendship with Flux Pavilion. How did that influence your own personal development as an artist? Do you still have a creative or personal camaraderie with him?
Shaun: We met when I was about 16 . We were both into similar bands, and we both played guitar and produced electronic music. None of my other friends at school were really into that stuff, so we naturally started doing musical stuff together. When we first met we didn’t really know much about music; we just made stuff up as we went along, and taught each other what we had learned. It was Josh (Flux Pavilion) that got me into dubstep in the first place, so you could say he influenced me pretty heavily! We still discuss all the music we make with each other to try and improve it, but as we live so far apart we don’t actually do many tracks together anymore. We co-run Circus Records, and tour the world together, so our friendship has been tested many times!
LessThan3: What place do websites such as UKF Dubstep and LessThan3 play in the overall promotional efforts of your music?
Shaun: The whole industry is based online nowadays – we do no advertising at all for our music; instead it’s purely YouTube, blogs and handing tracks to other DJs, so they’re very important to us!
LessThan3: What kind of technological developments in the industry enabled the kind of music you produce?
Shaun: I would be nowhere without file sharing. I buy my software now, but when I was fourteen I couldn’t afford to spend thousands of pounds on software I didn’t even know how to use.
LessThan3: What’s an awesome Doctor P track that even some of your most loyal fans might have missed on their radar?
Shaun: My remix of Lies by Fenech Soler.
LessThan3: If dubstep didn’t exist what would you produce?
Shaun: Drum’n’bass, I expect!
LessThan3: What instance/event on the evolutionary chain of dubstep do you feel was the thing that sparked dubstep’s mainstream popularity?
Shaun: I think dubstep represents what young people want to hear–it’s certainly the music I wanted to hear when I was a teenager, it just didn’t exist then! I’ve felt for years that people are getting sick of watered-down mass-produced music, and most dubstep is the total opposite of that.
LessThan3: When people tell you to call the doctor, who do you call?
Shaun: Ghostbusters!
LessThan3: Your remix of Tetris is absolutely brutal. Did you play a lot of video games growing up?
Shaun: I played a lot of Tetris; it was the only game I had on my Gameboy.
LessThan3: How did you produce the wicked basslines in Big Boss and Watch Out? Did you already have an idea in your head or did it come about purely out of experimentation?
Shaun: I just make noises until it sounds good to me. I never plan anything really, but instead I just try and feel it as it happens.
LessThan3: Define dubstep.
Shaun: Youth in revolt.
LessThan3: You really seem to enjoy melodic dubstep, like in your remix of Love Goes Down. What’s your inspiration for that?
Shaun: I’m not a big fan of glitchy, all-over-the-place music. For me it’s all about the melody and the groove, and I’m not great at slicing up audio, so I just play to my strengths and use MIDI.
LessThan3: If the world were ending in LessThan3 minutes, and you had an iPod with every song ever made on it, what would you listen to?
Shaun: Kathy’s Song by Simon & Garfunkel.
LessThan3: Describe your sound in LessThan3 words.
Shaun: I like music.
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