Brendan: "Luved it man it was a great crowd man, good sound system. When you come to Holland it's always guaranteed a good sound system and the crowds know the tunes, it's wicked."
Brendan: "It's about managing your time right. I don't get as much sleep as I’d like to. I guess everybody who's in this music game doesn’t. The thing about your ears is just not to hang too long on stage you know; just lay off give them a rest and chill. I just toured Asia, Japan and Thailand. It was quite a gruesome one, it was like 12, 13 dates."
3v12: "How is the response over there? How do the crowds compare?"
Brendan: "It's wicked. I kicked of the whole thing in and Japan and Tokyo. It was the sixth time I've been there. The crowds over there go off like every other crowd. But in general it's quite new to them. In Japan and Tokyo drum n bass has been big for a while now. It's great to go there. I have worked my ass off the last five years to make the label sound, Viper recordings, into a distinctive one so it's good to go out and spread it."
Brendan: "Looking at the way the whole thing gets taken in the UK at the moment. BBC’s Radio one have really taken drum n bass further. What I'm trying to say is that more than ever drum n bass is being accepted. It has always been like a fashion that comes in and out. When the magazines get bored of it, it's all like drum n bass is dead and stuff."
Brendan: "I have seen that like five times over the life span of drum n bass, jungle whatever you wanna call it."
Brendan: "That's what I was gonna say. It has definitely matured. The production is second to none these days. It's just as good as any top house production. People like Sub Focus who not only make great tunes but who also make it sound good on the label. That's the key to it. Production wise it’s going through the roof right now. If it keeps on going the way it is and it gets play by BBC Radio one, which is being listened to around the globe it will move to another level you know."
Brendan: "You guys got a real healthy scene! I played for the BSE’s (Black Sun Empire) guys’ night in Tivoli a while back. That was wicked!"
Brendan: "Yeah, I take my hat off to these guys. I found out today that Noisia also does it. Do they promote nights as well?"
Brendan: "Yeah wow man. These guys are going round the world, producing, much like me and Matrix, and they are doing an amazing night as well. Honestly I don't know how you do it. I used to do promotions as well when I was younger. I started doing nights in Liverpool. The scene was very house dominated. I traveled to London to hear the Micky Finn's and the Grooveriders of this world. That was back in ‘91 ‘92. I wanted to bring that sound to my city. It took me a couple of years to get that going. So I know how hard it is to promote nights. So I take my hat off to anybody who is doing that."
Brendan: "That stuff is still going on. Noisia and Black Sun Empire seem to do it like that. That seems to be the signature sounds from Holland. It's heavy, it's got a techy feel but it's got funk to it and that's important. The dark thing has been around since Optical kicked it off mid nineties; you still got that sound running today. You also got the sound that me and Matrix are doing, the more house influenced thing. It's our background our roots. You also got that jump up sound like Hazard tunes, they sound amazing as well."
Brendan: "Yeah that's what I'm saying. That's the great thing about drum n bass it’s got so many flavors to it."
Brendan: "Well I think they already have. For example in the UK you see a lot of nights where they are mixing it up. Dub step is not my thing; I just have to say it. But I do think that that's where it's going to, mixing Drum n’ Bass up with other styles."
René: "Laid back minimalist techno. All sorts of seventies stuff, classic rock like led zeppelin, metal and trip hop like Portishead or Massive attack."
Brandon: "It's important not to constantly listen to dnb or else you gonna get dnb'd out. I haven't got one Drum n Bass CD in the car man. I'm listening to house or I listen to The Doors, Pink Floyd or Gary Newman. Important to listen to other stuff cause you hear other ideas that hem guys were using and you can take it to the studio."
Brendan: "I do preparation sessions over the course of a couple of weeks where I prepare breaks, drum kits and sounds. So whenever I feel inspired I can go into the studio and just pull out a kit and blast it. I know matrix does the same. And we just come together and we bring out ideas together. He's in London and I'm in Liverpool so it's important to prepare stuff. He's a wicked guy and really easy to work with."
Brendan: "Hopefully, maybe we'll come to Enschede when we finished the new record. You know smash up the dance."
Jakuza: I'll ring you Brendan, We'll make it happen!
3v12: "Do you want to do some shameless self promotion? Maybe drop one name."
Brendan: "One name? I can drop ten if ya want to . It wouldn't be fair if my crew found out about the one name! So people on my label like Shock one, Metric, DC-breaks and also a guy called Furlonge who's just blowing me away at the moment. I played one of his tracks earlier, it just smashed it."
René: "I don't want to drop names just because they're from Holland. If music is good they're good. I don't care if you life round the block. If your music sucks I’m not going to promote it. You get tied to people who are into the same style. Right now we did collaboration with N.Phect from Berlin and of course we still love Telemetrik from America. Also we still work with ID from Holland, who is doing hardcore and dnb at the same time. I also like a lot of people from Hungary. The sound is very dark and techy and I like that."
Brendan: "Yeah, Hungary is amazing, SKC, Tactile and all of them guys. And they've also got strange dancing moves haven't you noticed?"
René: "Hmm no."
Brendan: "It's really hilarious, but I’m not going to even attempt to show it to ya cause I'll fall flat on my arse!"
Brendan: "Yeah really, it used to be a UK thing but people around the world started mixin’ it up and bringing all these new and different flavors to Drum 'n Bass."
René: "Yeah, we had our first tracks out when people from outside of the UK like Concord Dawn and Decay started. It was really good to see that it wasn't an UK thing anymore. It really bonded us together and gave us feeling like; we can do this too. Ever since then it has been crazy with talent from all over the world."
René: "If it's from the UK it still has something. It does mean you come from the centre of the Drum 'n Bass. For the rest it really doesn’t matter."
Brendan: "Hmm it's about both really, a DJ's there to make the atmosphere if he's not good enough it doesn't happen."
René: "The two are connected really. If I go to something else than DnB I know the producer and I just want to see him. You do have the occasional nights were it doesn't matter who's playing but most of the time it's about the producers and DJ’s."
Brendan: "I find myself drinking coffee to keep me awake, to be honest. I spend my time on motorways and airport terminals and I'm sure this guy does as well."
René: "Yeah a coffee addict here as well."
Jakuza: "How about drinking some 24 karat gold rum?" (Schenkt in)
Brendan: "Cheers everyone!"
Jakuza: "I hope the big guy didn't bother you too much?" (Doelt op bandid de levensgrote mascotte van het feest)
Brendan: "The blow up guy is wicked man. I just tried to give him a karate kick and a quick chop."
Jakuza: "People will get drunk from this moment on!"
Brendan: "Your welcome!"