We catch up with long time beat junkie and sound renegade Chris Inperspective. True to form, the man himself tells us how he sees it. The Inperspective Records and Technicality head honcho puts us straight.. Here we go!
Throughout the early noughties you were a instrumental figure in the breaking of several now prolific artists. Through Inperspective Records you created a platform for the likes of Fracture & Neptune, Equinox and Breakage. A period that saw the emergence of what became known as choppage, what legacy do you feel that era had both on yourself and drum & bass in general?
Well I would hardly say I was instrumental but thanks! It was a fantastic time as like you say, it saw the emergence of many a great artist. I don't really think I promoted anything new. It's just that, for me, something was lost in drum & bass and the music was too simple and formulaic. I just wanted to bring back certain sounds.
In terms of legacy? I guess I was and still am very passionate about having as many diverse ranges of drum & bass out there. I was reluctant to conform and there were people around me that felt the same. I'm proud that the work that I and others did opened peoples ears up to listening to more chopped beats and this, for example was one of the things that Nick, Paul and the guys at Jungle syndicate said they heard from the mixes I uploaded back then. Made me proud!
I want to make it clear. I'm sure the likes of Jungle Sindicate and others like Rupture would have done what they did anyway, but it's always encouraging when you feel like you're alone in your taste in music to then discover someone out there doing something similar already.
Actually will have to mention Rupture again, they have taken this sound to reaches that I personally haven't been able to do. I have the up most respect for the hard work that Double O and Mantra have done and they have effectively taken choppage to another level. They lost the "chin strokey" vibe that many accused Technicality of having (even though that wasn't there) and made it very cool to listen and enjoy different beats! Long may they continue!
Also with labels such as Subtle Audio and Scientific Wax and others producing ground breaking music it can only get better. I think people out there are more open to listening to different things now and are not afraid to try something new.
You have an open approach to music, while simultaneously staying true to your breakbeat roots. Drum & bass has seen several generations of listeners over the last 20 or so years, how do you see the importance of tradition and legacy through the music?
You have to respect the past, but I do think it's important not to live in it. Over the years I have had people come to me spouting about the amen break for example. No denying it the the cornerstone of drum & bass / jungle/ hardcore etc but it's not the be all and end all.
Technicality was and is about representing the unrepresented. A place where artists and DJ's can come and play music that wouldn't be seen as "the norm". I do think it's important to know where the music you like came from but I also respect the fact that some of the new artists of today basically don't give a shit and want to do what they are doing. Tradition is important to me and others I know but over the years I've come to realise it isn't everything! "respect the past but look to the future" I say!
Many people may not know that the first Inperspective release came out in 1997 and was not followed up until 2000. Since those early heady days competitive breakbeat manipulation how has the nature of what you do evolved? Both as a producer and a DJ?
The speed is one thing! Tunes are made a lot faster now to keep up with other styles which sometimes works and sometimes doesn't if I'm being honest. Also technology has enabled artists out there today to do some mental edits that weren't so easy to do 5 or so years ago. I remember when I first saw the DSP called Glitch, Blew my mind, but you still have to know how and when to use it. Otherwise tunes will just sound like a mess of edits!
I have never considered myself a producer, but I love to make tunes and sometimes i get lucky and make something considered playable to many people. the strange thing is that the music i make isn't indicative of the music I play and promote. To date "Heathers Hot Waffles" on Exit is my biggest release but I would have never put it out on Inperspective!
I got a lot of DJ gigs off the back of that tune and there were people out there who saw me as an Exit artist (which is lovely, I won't lie - LONG LIVE D-BRIDGE!!!) but had no idea of what I had done before, no idea about Inperspective or Technicality. In fact there have been a couple of occasions where promoters have expected me to play in that style and have been horrified by the tearing beats I've played instead! Well bollocks! they should have done their research and not just booked me because I was on what they (quite rightly) saw as a big label. It's probably why I rarely get repeat bookings! I would never book a DJ for Technicality under that basis but that's just me!
Your an outspoken guy, with big opinions and a reputation for telling it how it is. Drum & bass is a genre, permanently under self scrutiny, criticizing and passing comment on it's own growth and progression... Is there anything rubbing you up the wrong within the music at the moment?
bwoooooooy! you trying to stitch me up???!! This is why I've written this sober!
Well for a start those FUCKING HATS YOU WEAR ALEX...... !
nah not really.... ok...
There is one thing that bugs me. the "minimal sound" confuses me to be honest. Don't get me wrong, I love some of it to listen to, I play it on my show on Jungletrain.net (every Monday 2230-0000 GMT - don't miss it) but that's the right place to play it in my opinion, on radio, or at dinner, hell even when you're fucking I guess! It just doesn't seem like music to party to.
People have likened it to the GLR/ Logical progression sound back in the day and I say fuck no! That had vibe, that had actual breaks in it! If I want to listen to something that minimal I'd rather do a load of mandy and go to a techno night! Or do a load of mandy and connect a game of Pong to some big speakers!
I think there are some DJ's and producers who get it right though, they have just enough toughness in a tune to make it very danceable. Loxy is a force to reckoned with in that regard. I played with him in Oxford last year and alot of the tunes he played were amazing but seemed to have fuck all in them. Don't know how he does it! In my opinion he is the top DJ for that style.
What can we expect in the not so far away future from yourself and Inperspective Records?
Well I have an album that's been coming from Profane which is some of the best music I've heard in a very long time! Releases from NCQL, Sinistarr, Senses, Antidote, Tim Reaper & Parallel, Infest & Quasi and would love to get some more stuff from the old guard if they're not too busy snorting coke off strippers chests! (Well I guess that's not gonna happen now!).
I want to continue with Technicality and keep finding ground breaking artists to play at them. Also want to be the best dad possible to my young son Jacob! Teach him how to mix, manipulate breaks etc... That's it I guess!
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