Hey everyone, welcome back to another edition of Tipsy Tree Thursdays, here on Music you need. This week I’m featuring British producer 4Flexx. He is definitely a Dubstep producer, but can handle his own with some drum and bass. He answered some questions too, so check that out at the end. Let’s get to the music.
4Flexx’s Presence is a dark, smooth, and soulful Dubstep instrumental. Less wubs, more dubs. I love the stabs throughout and how much of a presence (get it?!) this track has. It is coming out via Bassclash Records sometime in the future.
If you’re looking for some sharper Dubstep, check out Face Off. The breakdown in this is amazing! It’s super heavy and will work in your main room set. It’s a free download, so grab it below via the “Buy this track” button.
Looking for some drum and bass? Check out a clip by 4Flexx called Falcon. It utilizes some catchy vocal samples and fills the entire spectrum with a wonderful bassline. Of course it’s a DnB track, so I must mention the drum work. It has a fantastic, tight rhythm and I love the drop. I know it’s only a clip, but I love this track! I hope he puts ties it together and releases it someday.
Twisted is where 4Flexx brings the bass. This snippet is dirty, heavy, and ready to kick some kids into a halftime frenzy. If you like what you hear, it’s released via Chronos Records on Beatport.
Another heavier Dubstep track is Free Your Mind. It follows 4Flexx’s style of grabbing some select key vocal samples and bringing in his synth and melody work to do the heavy lifting. This one has some snappy percussion. Check out the preview below.
This guy is intense! I love his WIP tracks like Rattlesnake and Falcon. I can’t wait to see more from him.
Remember to give 4Flexx some love at the links below and check out the exclusive interview with him below. Cya next week.
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Full Interview with 4Flexx:
How long have you been Producing? Do you DJ?
I’d say about a year and a half so far. Initially I never took it seriously so I literally opened up the DAW maybe once every 2-3 weeks until friends at school actually started to appreciate what I was doing, then after the first 2-3 months of just messing about I actually started to take it more seriously and see what I could do. In terms of DJing, I do not currently play live but I do intend to soon, but I can DJ. I use to mix jump up drum and bass on vinyl when I was about 12! Still have all the old school vinyls now! Drum and bass/UK Garage are my roots to the UK music scene which is where I eventually managed to get to hear dubstep around 2006 which I heard on Rinse FM, the first song I heard was Loefah – Mud and ever since like many people I’ve been hooked!
What are you currently working on?
The project I’m currently working on is a track for my Styx Recordings solo EP (My first ever EP) which should be put up soon as its nearly finished, and I’m also simultaneously working on a collaboration with the dubstep producer ‘Megalodon’.
I like what you did with Falcon. It’s extremely clean and I love how the vocal sample is used. Did you learn anything while making this track that you’d like to share?
Yeah actually I learned quite a lot, in terms of mixdowns/mastering I’ve never been good, its what I’ve literally been spending most of my time recently reading up on and practicing before I put out any more material, ever since I got my first play on BBC Radio1xtra from Modestep recently it suddenly got my back up about how serious this scene can be and ever since I’ve been putting maximum effort in to the quality of my material. With Falcon I learned a lot about reese synths, which I never really tried before, so that has opened me up to a new style which I’ve incorporated in many of my new tracks which no one has heard…yet. In Falcon I started to appreciate how useful the soundscape really is in a track, many producers are happy to just place anything anywhere just as long they have a ‘PHAT SYNTH’ but its amazing how some subtle panning or width can really add to the track, as well as making the mixdowns better. Keeping the sub bass, and the ‘focus points’ of your track such as vocals and the lead synth centered and all the wooshy splashy sounds such as cymbals and effects wide is I would say very important. The higher frequencies are very useful to give a track depth and width, and the lower parts should always be as mono as possible, meaning that it will come out at an equal volume on both speakers, because the last thing you’d want is your track played in a club, and only the left side of the club being able to hear the bassline/vocal for example!
How are you involved with/ how is the music scene in Essex?
Unfortunately not a lot, mainly due to me not playing shows yet, there are many great producers from Essex though who are currently tearing up the scene, but what I’ve always strangely noticed within the dubstep scene specifically in the UK, is most of the ‘bigger’ producers aren’t really appreciated in their hometown, yet they are absolutely adored in maybe another county and even abroad! Its so weird! They’d often be put on the bottom of flyers at a local club, but be put on top of the flyer in a set maybe up north/south from their hometown or in another country! Personally the way I see it in Essex, there isn’t really a whole lot going on for the dubstep/drum and bass scene here, there are a few promising nights starting up but it will take a good while before they start getting big recognition around the UK. What I will say though is there are a lot of good grime MC’s down here, which must have been influenced from the Grime scene in London which is very close to where I live, I’m even working with a local grime/hiphop MC for my Bassclash EP!
What is your DAW of choice?
I’ve only ever used FL Studio, but to be honest they all do the same thing. Each have their own strengths so my only advice for anyone would be to download the free-trials which all the main ones offer on their websites, and just give them all a go to see which one you click with. Youtube tutorials are a great help too if anyone is looking to get in to music production, that’s where I started!
What is your DJing method of choice?
If I honestly had the choice and the money, it would be vinyl, but I understand why they have been replaced by CDs, so personally for me I would use CDJs. I don’t like any of this laptop/controller technology, I understand the benefits and why its so widely used, but for me personally I’d rather be able to physically hold something such as a CD/Vinyl, just makes it more special. I like to keep it as ‘old school’ as possible, just the basic controls you need to mixing, but once I can afford some decks, I want to get in to scratching, mainly to record and put in my productions for some hiphop tracks I’m working on!
Anything else you’d like to share?
The only thing I would like to say is a huge shout out to all the guys at Styx Recordings, Bassclash Records for spotting me a while back and giving me an opportunity to make a name for myself on their labels which I will hopefully achieve next year!