Passion Meets Profession with Chris Durkin


Meet Chris, the passionate 20 year old producer from Manchester. We grabbed a few moments with him to question his musical talent and some of the up and coming releases he’s got planned.

1. Tell us a bit about yourself and your background.

I’m a music producer from Manchester UK, I make electronic/house music. My family love music so I suppose that’s where my love came from, although I’m the musician of the family. My life pretty much revolves around music, I do music production at uni, I make music, and I spend most of my time with musicians and producers.

2. Did you have a formal Music Education or did you teach yourself?

Well I learnt guitar at 12, and then started playing piano at about 16, but other than that I taught myself how to produce electronic music. I’m at uni now doing music production but that’s more aimed at recording rather than DAW based stuff.

3. What do you personally consider to be important moments in your journey as a producer so far?

I’d say the most important moment for me was releasing my music under my own name, I’ve had loads of other aliases and found it quite difficult to put my music out there as myself. So it’s gave my quite a confidence boost that people seem to like my music.

4. What do you usually start with when composing your music?

Most of my songs have a piano, so I usually start with that. Just messing around paying chords and finding a decent melody. If that doesn’t work I’ll make the drums and the structure ready for when inspiration hits.

5. Are you ambitious? If so, towards what ends?

I’d say I’m ambitious, I’d love to tour the world and have everyone listen to my music but I suppose what I really want is to be able to make a living off making music and for people to like what I produce.

6. Usually, it is considered that it is the job of the producer/DJ to win over an audience.
But listening is also active, rather than just a passive process.
How do you see the role of the listener when trying to communicate through your music?

Well I think that it’s always quite difficult to get someone to listen to your music, because no one really cares unless you have something to offer them. If your music is good enough though, then people will listen as long as it’s easy to find, everyone’s always looking for new music.

7. Do you mostly make music just for yourself or do you make it for others?

At first I wanted to make music for others and that’s all I thought about when making new tracks, but now when I’m making music I don’t think about the aim of what I want it to be, I just make something that I think sounds good and then hope people like it.

8. Which relatively new musicians have you been listening to or enjoying recently?

I’ve been listening to Ta-ku and Phaeleh recently and their music is inspiring. I don’t know much about them but the music they create is something I find really interesting and quite unique.


9. Tell us the story behind your releases with Atoma Records.

I got to work with Atoma not long after I decided to make a more professional effort with my music and promotion. So I started doing some promotion and trying to reach new people and the label emailed me saying they were interested in releasing some of my music.

10. If you were hosting a party or festival, what would be your dream line up of artists?

I’d probably want the likes of Koven, Flume, Nero, I love the more dubstep sort of vibe at a festival, with loads of energy.

Chris Durkin will be releasing his next set of singles, starting on the 19th June. Make sure you check out his work and pre – order the releases on ITunes HERE.

Dablekill – The First Shot EP

“Electronic music out of the wild Mother-Russia’s Siberian forests”!

This is Dablekill, the energetic and new age Siberian duo! 001

We interviewed this unique music act to find out more about their up and coming EP due to be released on the 22nd May.

When did you guys meet and how long have you been producing music together?

We met in university. We’ve been making music together for over seven years now,

What do you enjoy about making music?

Totally everything, Bro!

Do you see yourself producing similar music styles in years to come or do you think you’ll explore new options?

We experiment with the sound all the time. At the current moment we feel that we’re in this mix of genres. We produce this kind of music because it’s how we feel, and if we change some day, then most likely our music will change too.

When are you completely satisfied with your productions?

When record label guys say: “Hey, we want to release you!”


What software and gear do you use to produce? What would you like to have or use in the future?

For recording, about 60% of work is done on DAWs: Cubase, VST plugins and etc. and 40% on hardware. For live shows we use Ableton and Serato software and our live performance gear.

How does your partnership work when producing, do you have set roles?

Of course, the process is fully set. This is how it goes: Cherokee makes a preview of a track and shows it to Rami. And I’m like: “no, I don’t like this and this and cut this s**t out!” Then we have a lot of discussion and after a new version and new version and new version – we get the track. Then Rami records scratches and tiny little sounds that you may not hear but they’re really important, then the song is ready and it sounds dope!

What’s the biggest challenge for you when you’re producing/writing music?

The biggest challenge is to make our tracks sound soulful. Not to just make a track, but make music.

If you could collaborate with any other musician, who would it be and why?

Fred Durst from LB and those guys DOPE D.O.D – their music rocks. The energy is awesome!


Do you have any crazy stories you can share about producing/performing on stage?

Yeah, we have a couple. Once, back in the days when we were recording vocals for one of our elder tracks, and Cherokee was totally f* up. So, in order to record in a style that he described as being “maximum natural and emotional expressive sound” he just came in a vocal booth fully naked. yeah! And we were like: “Hmm..OK, whatever you do, just make us believe every single word you sing!”.

As an artist, how would you define success?

We don’t give a f*#$. We think that when we appear on stage, the most important thing is to fire everybody up, no matter how many people are in front of us. We want to make everyone feel the energy and dance till we all drop.

Can you explain what the Russian music scene is like and how/if you’ve been influenced by it?

Well, In fact, there’s a lot of popular artists in the Russian scene. Mainly in genres such genres as rock, hiphop and pop. But when we talk about electronic music, when we talk about breakbeat or DnB, most of those producers are only known within the underground scene, on rave parties that make up it’s own community.


We can’t wait for this experimental burst of creativity to be released on the 22nd. Check out Dablekills website HERE to get the latest info on the release and what they’re up to.


South African House – Kyle Maclean

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Kyle Maclean is a unique South African house/techno producer from Cape Town. We were given some of his time to ask some questions. 

1. What and or who inspires your music?

Everyday life really, I’m constantly getting inspired just by there being a constant influx of new music and new artists. It’s so easy to find and hear new music out there as everything is so accessible on line these days. I follow a number of artists and labels which keep me up to date with what’s fresh and what makes me want to take something I’m working on to the next level in terms of production and the feeling I’m trying to set. Also surrounding myself with people who are in the same industry keeps me motivated and inspires me to be the best at what I do.

2. When did you start producing music and for how long?

I started studying music production in 2010 at Soul Candi Institute of Music based in Cape Town. So all in all this will be my 5th year producing.

3. Tell us how you started producing house/techno and what do you enjoy about it?

What I really enjoy about producing is the fact that you can create something from nothing and you can take it in any direction you choose to, its very personal. Producing isn’t an easy task and can take hours/days to finish a project. The feeling of sitting back and listening to the final product is what makes it all worth while. I really enjoy learning new ways of doing things such as sound design, music theory and beat structure.

4. Do you see yourself producing similar music styles in years to come or do you think you’ll explore new options?

It’s hard to tell right now. I don’t see myself moving away from the direction I’m in at the moment. Producing changes in time, with styles and taste in what I’m wanting to release, so for now I’m enjoying what I’m doing. I do like to experiment, so I may start up a project file and create something completely different just to expand from what I know and create something new. This doesn’t necessarily mean it will be released. It’s all about learning new things.

5.  Are you ever completely satisfied with your productions?

I’m never completely satisfied with my productions. Well, at least at first I am, I will always listen back on a track and think of ways I could have changed it in terms of the production, layout, mix-down etc. However, there also comes a point where you need to accept its finished and move on. Another reason for me saying that, is that with producing your constantly learning and evolving at what you do which is another reason you may look back and want to correct something as you will have learnt new things along the way.

6. What software and gear do you use to produce? What would you like to have or use in the future?

I’ve used Reason, Fl Studio and now Cubase. I really like Cubase and have been using it for the past 3 years. I like the blank canvas feel and the versatility it offers you. I am also interested in both Abelton and Logic and plan on trying these out. In terms of gear, I don’t have any hardware unfortunately, plugin software is what’s being used at the moment. Of course I hope this changes in the near future, as I have a big wish list to fill. First thing I want to buy is the Mini Moog phatty or Moog Voyager.

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7. Do you have a favourite piece of music to date?

That’s a tough question. Off the top of my head, I would choose Paul Kalkbrenner – Sky and Sand. I’m a big fan of the track and movie. Another would have to be Nathan Fake – The Sky Was Pink (Holden Remix). Both great tracks!

8. What can we expect from you production wise in the next year, do you have any tracks on the way?

Production wise I have a lot of new tracks I’m currently working on, with a new EP and a few singles planned. I’ll also be working a few Remix’s, which I’m looking forward to as well as collaborations.

You can keep up to date with Kyle by clicking HERE

Vietnam trip: phenomenal footage

Many students decide during or after their studies to travel through Asia. Usually they travel toward Southeast Asia, so they can see and experience a lot for a little amount of money.
The two brothers from Moscow, Georgy and Daniil Tarasov, have made a 45-day trip through Vietnam and captured the whole journey on camera. The Vietnam trip begins in the train and then goes further through the cities of Vietnam. After this nature is explored by bicycle, a rowing boat and even a scooter. The images are truly phenomenal! This makes me so excited to travel myself. Can’t wait for the summer!

Music: ”My Home” by Talisco

Meet Sam Lyon

We interviewed Sam Lyon, an up & coming producer from York UK.


Sam Lyon – Alive ”Reminds us of the early Seven Lions”

1. What and or who inspires your music?

Artists such as Eric Prydz, Above & Beyond and Deadmau5 are big inspirations for me and are the main reason that I started producing. The inspiration I get these days really depends on what I’m listening to before I produce. If I hear a song that interests me, it will often influence my next track in some way.

2. How long have you been producing music?

It must be around 7-8 years now since I made my first ever track.

3. Tell us how you started producing? What do you enjoy about it?

I first attempted to make electronic music on an old play station game that I had, it wasn’t until around 2009 though that I discovered FL Studio and saw how much more advanced it was in comparison and the different capabilities it had. A couple of years later I decided to get some proper speakers and a midi keyboard and began to build a home studio. What I really enjoy about producing is the fact that I can open a blank project file and within an hour or so have a brand new idea that begins to really excite me, you just don’t always know how a track is going to develop as there are so many possibilities.

4. Do you see yourself producing similar music styles in years to come or do you think you’ll explore new options?

I’ve been a fan of EDM for as long as I can remember, so yes, I think I will still be making similar music in the coming years. My sound will probably evolve however, my tracks now sound very different to what they were like a few years ago and I am sure that I will experiment with different genres, but I reckon there will always be features of EDM present within my tracks.

5. When are you completely satisfied with your productions?

It varies with each track. Some tracks I find I can be satisfied with in a few days, whilst some can take a few months or even longer. I have many work in progress tracks that sometimes take me a while to finish or I can simply get bored of them and not want to work on them any-more. I find that generally it takes about a week or 2 after the track is finished and I listen back to it that I feel completely satisfied with it and by then I’m probably working on something else.

6. What software and gear do you use to produce? What would you like to have or use in the future?

My setup is quite simple and pretty much consist of my laptop, KRK RP5s, headphones, launchpads and a midi keyboard. My main DAW is still FL Studio, I find that I can work really quickly with it and haven’t found another software that I’m as comfortable as I am with that. I do also use Logic, however I only really use this if I am recording or doing a final mix/master of a track. My go to synths have to be Sylenth1 and I’ve lately been using Xfer’s Serum, it is pretty much just these 2 synths that you hear in my productions. In the future I would like to use some hardware synths within my tracks, but I’m not looking at getting one at the moment.

7. What’s your all time favourite piece of music to date?

This is quite a tough one as I like a lot of music not only within the EDM genre. However if I had to choose one I think my favourite piece to date would have to be Mat Zo’s track ‘The Lost’, which I think still sounds as good as it did when it was released and I never get bored of it.

8. What can we expect from you production wise in the next year?

Well you can expect to see a few tracks released on Atoma Records that show my progressive house style. I’m currently working on a few deep house tracks, which may possibly be released in the future. I’ve also got a few other work in progress tracks that have been unfinished for a while, so hopefully I will get round to finishing them too.

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Jack Ü feat. Kiesza – “Take Ü There” (Missy Elliott Remix)

Diplo and Skrillex’s team-up Jack Ü already had a decent hit with their Kiesza-featuring “Take Ü There,” but, damn, Missy Elliott just made it a million times better. It’s amazing, enjoy!

Jaymes Young – I’ll Be Good (Thero Remix)

Thero is back to provide some warmth in this cold time we’re having. Today he releases a superb new remix to Jaymes Young wonderful tune I’ll Be Good. He retained and chopped the guitar in a manner so as to complement the rest of the tropical-esque production nicely while holding true to his own sound. Grab your drink with the little umbrella in it, and cut through the cold with Thero’s fresh new remix.