LessThan3: You readily mix lots of elements of rap, rock and electro into your productions. Do you think dubstep is particularly good at taking on bits and pieces from other genres?
Josh: That’s what dubstep is for me; it’s more of an amalgamation of all these different styles of music into one. I think that’s one of the reasons it’s so successful. There are a lot of things that you can put into a track at the perfect tempo, and yeah, like you said, it goes from hip-hop right across to heavy metal, so you get two different crowds coming for the same show. That’s why I enjoy it so much.
LessThan3: We seem to get a similar sentiment from a lot of dubstep producers.
Josh: We’re literally just producers that really love making music, and then dubstep just happens to pop up, and now we can all kind of do what we want. That’s why I think there’s so much fusion of different sounds.
LessThan3: Many American dance music fans got to know you this year from your explosive remix of DJ Fresh’s Gold Dust. What was the inspiration for this anthem?
Funny enough, the track that I’m working on right now is a collaboration between me and DJ Fresh
. But as for Gold Dust
, I sent him Got 2 Know
and then he kind of hit me up and said, “would you like to do Gold Dust
?” I was a really big fan of the track anyway. He sent me all the parts and I built it, but it ended up being a weird skeleton of what the track ended up being, and sent it over to him. He said “I really like it, but I think it could be a lot more dancefloor friendly.” and that made me look at the track in a completely different way. I went through some Bassnectar
tracks and some really good hip hop stuff, and I guess that kind of took the track in that direction. That’s what I was trying to do with it and seems like it worked alright. Pretty strange tune; it took me about two days when it normally takes me weeks. It’s one of those lucky accidents.
LessThan3: Is it true that you grew up with Trolley Snatcha and Doctor P? Did you guys all jump into production at the same time? If so, how did that affect your sound?
Josh: Trolley Snatcha lived about two doors down from me, and Doctor P lived right down the road. Obviously, we were just a bunch of mates; you know when you’re growing up it’s always big groups of friends. Doctor P downloaded a copy of Reason, and was like, “Check this out,” because we all played guitar and in bands together, and all of a sudden we could make music electronically without picking up an instrument. That’s the point where I realized that I understood what electronic music is, and ever since we’ve been sitting here writing tunes.
LessThan3: Dubstep didn’t begin with the wobble bass but it certainly took off when it was introduced. As a pioneer of some of the more interesting, melodic sounds in dubstep, where do you see the sound of the genre going?
It seems to be something a lot of people are talking about at the moment because it’s reached a peak in the sense. The whole nature of dubstep seems to be new sounds and new developments, so for that reason you can’t really put down where it’s gonna go. It can get even bigger, where one producer makes a really weird style of dubstep that in one year gets really massive, and now the stuff we’re doing isn’t so big anymore. Personally, I’d like to see a lot more live stuff, people playing instruments and singing, kind of like Pendulum
. The future of music is electronic; everything is becoming more and more electronic in one way or the other, but there is stuff that hasn’t been taken to the extreme yet. I haven’t really seen any bands that use iPads and iPhones and makes a crowd go wild. I’m sure it’s happening, but it hasn’t really hit the mainstream–that’s what I’d like to see. I’ll be doing it as well; I just bought an iPad.
LessThan3: What other kinds of music do you listen to?
Josh: I’m really into The Strokes and stuff like chill-out breaks and good acoustics. I really like jazz; my background is more based around there. Also a lot of hip hop. That’s the kind of stuff that gets me going.
LessThan3: If the world were ending in LessThan3 minutes, and you had an iPod with every song ever made on it, what would you play?
Josh: You can’t ask a musician that (haha). I reckon there’s a track called Glass from Julian Casablancas’s new album, the singer from The Strokes. There’s another one by a band called Cinematic Orchestra; they’re a really cool trip-hoppy band. They’ve got a track called To Build A Home, and I think it’s one of the most beautiful songs ever. It’s in my top three favorites.