It's hardly surprising that with the ease of COVID restrictions on the horizon, new music has started to make it ways to the ears of the listening public. So far, we've seen Flow State, Riley's Cove, Lizzie Pawsey and Flic Keirle releasing music in the space of just over 2 weeks, and today, we bring you another local act releasing their debut EP.
Elliott Saloman, a Weymouth based Drum & Bass Producer, released his debut EP 'Jungle Minimalist' on Austrian label IN;DEEP on the 5th of March this year. We spoke to him about his release, and talked in depth about his production style.
Frazer Mitchell; Elliott, nice to E-meet you! I hope you’re keeping well through lockdown?
Elliott Saloman-Carter; Hey! Yeah I'm good, just finishing off my degree at the moment, plenty of work to keep me busy.
FM; So tell us a bit about yourself, what got you into producing Drum and Bass music, and how long have you been producing?
Elliott; I've been producing Drum and Bass for about 4 years now, it all started as a bit of a joke really. I wanted to make a meme with a quote from Peepshow and turn into a sort of Drum and Bass parody (It was awful). After that though I started playing around with breakbeat samples and fast forward a few years now I spend pretty much all my free time producing Jungle
FM; One thing I did notice when listening to the promo you sent over is the clarity in your work - it’s very well produced, in the sense each instrument is crisp and clear. Tell us about your set production set up, what equipment do you have? Where is your set up?
I produce at the dinner table in my flat, so nothing special or out of the ordinary. I have a pair of Yamaha HS7s (speakers) and some Beyerdynamic dt 880 pro headphones. To be honest I think I rely on the headphones more than anything, they give the most accurate sound in my opinion.
FM; How do you go about making a track? Is there a set way of making something, or does it change each time for you?
Elliott; It really depends each time I guess. Sometimes I might get an idea from another song and think I really want to recreate a certain sound or element, so I will just download that song and open it up in Ableton and just try and work out what's going on. Sometimes I just find a sample I really like and manipulate it until it sounds like something new and then I start writing the drums. If I'm honest, a lot of the time I start with the drums, with Jungle music (more so the old-school stuff) the drums are often the lead element and they often deliver the narrative so it's best to get those right from the get go.
FM; There are quite a few producers who are also DJs, under normal circumstances, would you be out and about gigging?
Elliott; I like to think I'm more of a producer than a DJ, although I have played a few gigs and supported big acts like Wilkinson and DJ Q, I think there's a few others I'm probably forgetting. I do enjoy DJing, but for me it's all about producing. These days anyone can blend a couple tunes together, especially in the digital age where pretty much everyone is a DJ. It's good fun don't get me wrong, and I probably wouldn't turn down a gig either -I just don't find it as rewarding as production.
FM; Who would you say you are influenced by? Is there anyone you think we should be listening to?
Elliott; I'd say my biggest influences at the moment are Deadman's Chest, Sully, Coco Bryce and Tim Reaper. There's a few others, but in my opinion these guys are top tier when it comes to Jungle music.
FM; Lastly, what does the future hold for you as a producer? What would you like to see happen over the coming months?
Elliott; It would be nice to see a few more tunes released, I've got a couple bits that are pretty much confirmed so looking forward to being able to share those release dates at some point. I'm also launching my own Jungle label too (Choppy Waters) further in the year, which is really exciting, but again more details about that will be confirmed later in the year.
FM; Thanks a lot for getting in touch with Antix and letting us chat to you today, all the best for the EP, and I’m sure I’ll see you around!
Elliott; Thanks for having me!
#GetInvolved with Elliott’s New EP Jungle Minimalist over on Spotify, and check out his Instagram.
Frazer Mitchell - Producer, DJ, and Events Coordinator at Antix Music Network