We caught up with UK artist Blamhaus to discuss his music, label and production….
Thanks for joining us here at Music is 4 Lovers, Blamhaus. Your next B-Haus EP is releasing in February. How do you feel about it?
Thank you for having me. I’m very positive for B-haus011 . There has been a lot of great feedback from DJ’s as diverse as Cisco Ferreira (The Advent) to Plastician. I feel we are starting to be consistent, this release and the previous one (B-haus010) show that.
This will be the 11th instalment of your B-Haus series on which you have been releasing consistent dancefloor cuts. What can you tell us about this series and thinking behind it?
With B-haus I would like to put out music you truly feel, that hits you just right when you’re at the dance. When you’re at the club the drums and bass dominate. When I’m making music this is how I feel and I want those emotions/energy to translate through the labels output.
B-Haus is your label. Can you share the vision behind the imprint?
Bass heavy house and techno that doesn’t necessarily conform to set standards.We are not reinventing the wheel, I just don’t want to put out music that is exactly the same as everybody else. There is such variety in this world why would you want to limit yourself.
A wide variety of genres informs the Techno you are known for. What artists and labels have you been listening to lately?
I always revisit Drexciya, LFO, Claude Young, Carl Craig, Juan Atkins, UR, Kenny Larkin as well as old school dubstep (05-09). Currently im loving Vince Watson, Object Blue, Loraine James, Paul Woolford, Lone, Clarke. There are too many amazing artists putting out great work at the moment to mention. I listen to a lot of reggae and blues, alongside jazz, hip hop and electronica, they may not be as obvious but these genres also influence my music.
Can you share something about what you like to produce with? Any hardware or plug-ins you couldn’t live without?
Ableton is my go to DAW. I like to modulate parameters quite a bit so there are a few M4L devices that are constantly being used. All my drums are made using an Akai MPC2000xl. Its old school analog vibe adds to the high mids while having ample bottom end for the kicks. It’s got a unique sound. Plugin wise uhe zebra 2.5 is my go to. It is a great synth and most of my basslines are made using it.
The EP features a high energy remix from Rob Zile. How did you decide to work with him on this project?
Rob reached out a few years ago to say he was playing my music on his Kiss fm radio show. I did a deep dive through his productions, enjoying the quality and variety he showed. He is an excellent producer and I’m very appreciative that Rob contributed an awesome remix to this release.
Your label is based in South London, which is known for its tight-knit music community. Are you involved with the local scene there?
In 2019 I moved back to Ireland for family reasons. In 2020 we returned to London and as you know the pandemic has turned the live sector on its head so I’m a bit out of the loop. Now that we seem to be returning to normal I would like to set up a regular event. It is something I will pursue this year.
What are some of your favourite spots in the city to enjoy music or get inspired?
London is a great place to live. A cultural melting pot whose young diaspora are now stepping up to show the influence on electronic music. I’m constantly being inspired by people’s different takes on established genres. Clubs like Corsica studio and Phonox are great and consistent. Keeping places like them is vital for London’s (sub)culture as it is constantly changing and these venues provide a vital space for independent artists.
What can we expect next from Blamhaus and B-haus this coming year?
We have releases lined up from Buuk, TR One and myself that will take us through to 2023. I will probably release another slow techno ep for WOŁNO at the end of the year as well.
Blamhaus ‘B-Haus011’ comes out on B-haus 17th February
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