DYLAN RHYMES is a name synonymous with the genre defining tech-funk sound that has encompassed an eclectic mashup of all things electro, techno & breaks. Adding the exclamation point to the above statement is his label Lot49, founded and run with MEAT KATIE, with a mandate to push tech-funk to dizzying levels.
We were pretty stoked to ask Mr. Rhymes, known as Martin Beaver to his friends and family, a few questions.
Manalogue: So you’ve been around a little while, can you recall the motivation to start djing? When did it all begin and how did you get started? (Who influenced you back then?)
Dylan Rhymes: I started producing back in 1988 making acid house and my influences were mainly from 80′s electronic music from bands such as Depeche Mode, Kraftwerk, Nitzer Ebb and a lot of early 80′s Electro and Hip Hop that crafted my musical style. My Dj influences in the early days were guys like Colin Favor, Jumping Jack Frost and Carl Cox who were playing most of the big shows in the UK.
M: Was there a segue from playing records to producing them? How did that transition come about?
DR: Although I had decks at 15 and was bedroom spinning I started producing professionally before my DJ career took off. I was really big into drums so I bought an 808 drum machine and used to make beats and spin records over the top. I then went on to buy a 909 drum machine and slowly bought a whole studio and started producing. The DJing followed on later in to the 90′s and bookings were coming in off the back of my tracks that were getting released. This seems to be very different to most producer/DJ’s approach in the industry but I was always more into production than Djing.
M: And now you’re heavily involved in running a label too. What’s your role with Lot49 and how has it evolved?
DR: I run Lot 49 records with Meat Katie. We both are A&R and have a very simple approach with this. If we both like it then we release it. Running a label releasing underground club music as you can appreciate is not a huge money maker so our passion is what keeps us going strong into our 10th year of trading.
Definitely worth checking out some new and old releases on Lot49.
M: So you’re busy then? How do you balance everything – from djing to producing to running a label and home life?
DR: Things can get very busy but I think I have the balance right now. I have taken a bit of time out the last 6 months from the Djing to concentrate on running the businesses but I’ll be back on the road soon to promote our mammoth 100th release.
M: Has the business of running Lot49 interfered at all with djing and producing? What good has come out of it?
DR: The back end is very time consuming sometimes as all you want to do is write music and be out travelling playing music but I enjoy all aspects of the business and have met just as many cool people travelling as I have on the business side of things which makes it all worth while.
M: Rumour has it you’re working on a American tour? How’s that going? We’d love to see some Canadian dates too, any thoughts?
DR: Our 100th release is coming and it’s looking very tasty with tracks from myself, Meat Katie, Lee Coombs, Vandal, Dopamine, Chevy One, Electric Soulside, Black & Blunt and more so expect to see a North American tour from us in December.
M: When was the last time you crossed the Atlantic for a show? Have you done a tour Stateside?
DR: I have done many shows and tours Stateside. I was last out there in February where I played mainly in the North West and West Coast. I tend to go 2 to 4 times a year as it is my fave place to play and I have made some great friends over the years in the US and Canada.
M: Have you noticed any differences in crowds over here, compared to back home?
DR: Most definitely. I find the crowds a lot more up to party Stateside. Less inhibitions make for a great night and I love the way that the crowds are up for hearing different genres of music which is perfect for me as I like many different styles. I think things can get a little segregated back home on the music front.
M: Do you mind if we nerd out a bit? What’s your preferred format to dj on? What do you produce with?
DR: Djing I either use CDJ’s or I’d play a laptop set (or both) depending on environment and size of the show and whether or not I have had time to do edits of new tracks. I like to edit most of the music I play out so it is more exclusive to my sets. For production I am a Logic guy but will use Ableton while I’m travelling. Tracks always end up back in my studio on Logic for final mixdown as I just prefer it’s Sound Engine.
M: Finally, any guilty pleasures you can share?
DR: My biggest guilty pleasures are cake and watching football (UK not US). I love my weekends watching my team play and catching up on the Premier League and if I can cram a Carrot Cake or Bakewell Tart in my face at the same time, I’m all good!
Check out the latest from Dylan Rhymes, the Salty Remix EP, out now.
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