Known for his innovative electronic music masterpieces, Sub Focus (aka Nick Douwma) is set to release the new single Out The Blue featuring Alice Gold, on 29th April 2012! In our interview with this talented Uk producer, we capture his take on his music, performances, inspirations and future projects.
PN: To kick off-You’re London born and bred…How do you think this has influenced you or nurtured your style over the years?
Sub Focus: Yeah for sure, there’s so many sounds that have originated here over the years: Jungle, Garage, Dubstep and more. Being close to great clubs like the End and Fabric growing up has definitely been an influence too.
PN: What sparked your interest into making jungle and electronic music?
Sub Focus: I was originally in a rock band in my early teens then I got into production and dance music at the same time pretty much. I remember hearing early Prodigy and tracks like ‘Incredible’ by M-beat and was just blown away by how different they sounded to what I had heard before.
PN: What festival do you most enjoy performing?
Sub Focus: My favourite festival is probably Glastonbury, but there are a load of others I have also had a blast at.
Recently performing at Coachella was amazing: it has such a good setting – in the desert surrounded by palm trees with perfect grass and weather.
PN: Your new single out the end of this month is with Alice Gold- How did you come about working with her for this track and why?
Sub Focus: I was looking for a singer for this instrumental track I had been playing for a while, Alice just sent me a great idea for it and we finished it together.
PN: What’s your favourite artist collaboration you have done?
Sub Focus: My track with Alice is probably my favourite collab I have done so far actually, although working with Chase and Status on ‘Flashing Lights’ was also fun as they are good friends of mine.
PN: What can we expect from your new record? How does ‘Out The Blue’ differ from your first album?
Sub Focus: It’s pretty different sounding, more of an eclectic mix of tempos than my previous album and more vocal based. ‘Out The Blue’ is one of the most similar tracks to my older material – I wanted to start off with something more familiar.
PN: Is there a song from your second album you’re most excited about people hearing?
Sub Focus: There are a few I’m pretty excited about. The best way to hear them right now is by coming to see me play.
PN: How do you think you have advanced or matured since starting out in your journey through the industry in terms of the work you produce?
Sub Focus: Well I make much more varied music now than when I started, I have learned not to be too concerned over what the “internet’s opinion” is and to make what I wanna make.
PN: Which do you prefer: Remixing other artist’s work or creating your own?
Sub Focus: I enjoy both but creating my own new music is my favourite.
PN: Is there a really memorable live performance you can describe? Where and when was it?
Sub Focus: Most recently doing my new live show at Brixton Academy was a standout. I played a bunch of my brand new music as well as showcasing my new live show for the first time.
PN: Is there someone you’d really like to work with in the future?
Sub Focus: Yeah there’s a bunch of people – off the top of my head I would love to do a track with Amber Coffman – who sung the vox on the Hold On remix I did for Rusko, or more recently Major Lazer – Get Free. There are loads of others, too many to mention really.
PN: Lastly, if you were to nominate a film to feature your music as its soundtrack, which one would be most fitting and why? Or perhaps on a more fun note, which would you most like to be the soundtrack for?
Sub Focus: That’s a tough one as they already have soundtracks of their own. It’s something I would definitely like to do in the future, sound tracking something sci-fi would probably be well suited to my sound.
Can’t get enough of Sub Focus? Get his new single here and check out his websites below!
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