Inside The Track w/ Sam Dungate (Whartone Records)
With ‘Is It House’ via Sonny Wharton’s imprint Whartone Records out now on Traxsource, we sat down with the man behind the music, UK artist Sam Dungate to get an indepth look ‘Inside The Track’ and more with this featured interview.
1) Congratulations on the release of your “Is It House” single. How is it being received in your sets? And how are other club DJs responding to the release?
I’ve played it out a few times now and have been really happy with the response to it. I actually played it at Gigalum in London one Sunday evening and it went off. I know a few other DJ’s have been playing it around Europe and their feedback has been really positive.
2) Tell us more about “Is It House”. What was the main inspiration behind it and what prompted the musical direction on this?
Ok, I was in High School throughout the early 90’s, back then it was all the early Hardcore and Jungle stuff that my mates and I were listening to and was getting pumped out of our Walkman’s on the way to school. Back then we were still way to young to be getting into any raves but it was those mix tapes that really inspired me to DJ and I suppose what really made me feel passionate about music, even though our parents would argue that it wasn’t music. So you could say that old sound has stuck with me and inspires to this day me to this day. I think you can hear that in a lot of my productions.
When I do a track I try to think of where I will be playing the track. I play at a few different venues in Ibiza throughout the summers, and each venue is quite musically different. I wanted to do a real peak time banger with that old underground warehouse feel. I’m sure you will agree that this has certainly been achieved within this track. I can’t see me playing it in my sets at Ocean Beach Ibiza, it may be a little too much for it in there. This one was made more for my own underground night I do over there called ‘Futures History’. I’m really looking forward to dropping it in one of the bigger clubs that I’m playing at this summer out there. I didn’t want to just make a fashion track that the kids are getting down to at the moment, with this one I really wanted to go for something I would love the sound of and I suppose show where my inspiration has come from.
3) Production wise, what is it about “Is It House” that makes it work?
I’m big of a fan of the Rob Papen’s SubBoomBass, I’ve used it for a few of my tracks now. That’s where that big chunky bass came from. I think those old school stabs are really what sends it back to the era of what I was aiming for…
4) What is the one machine, program, sound, drum machine, technique that characterizes your sound?
I’m on Ableton, it’s what I learned on. I don’t really use much outside of Ableton apart from obviously the SubBoomBass and a few other synths. I use the ANA synth quite a bit that I got from Sonic Academy as its their own Synth so I grabbed it whilst learning from their tuition videos. I keep it real basic to be honest. I’m trying to get my head into Logic x for collabs with friends who are using it. As for drums, I usually turn to the 808/909 drum kits.
5) What is the one piece of kit that you simply cannot do without?
I’d say at this moment in time Ableton 9. But like I say I’m trying to get into Logic X so who knows, ask me that same question in a few months, and the answer might be different.
6) Any advice for your fans on how to make it in today’s fast paced game?
I’m still trying to work that one out myself, haha! I would say just listen and try to take in as many tips and as much knowledge from others who know their stuff. If your learning via Youtube, etc. don’t just watch one persons tutorial on Youtube but subscribe to a few channels to get different tips from different producers and not just in one genre. When I’m out, where ever I may be, I listen to tracks completely different than before I was making tracks. I look out more now on how the crowd are reacting to certain parts and what sounds within the tracks are really standing out in a club. The main message from me, from past experience is to take constructive criticism on the chin, listen to your peers, don’t give up when you’re told no, better yourself & learn from it. I did a track a couple of years back called Steel Drums, I sent it to someone and the feedback was, well not great at the start to be honest. I went away changed a few things within the track and sent it back & he signed it, remixed it and also grabbed another couple of great remixes for the package. The track ended up being played and supported all around the world by some of the biggest DJ’s. The feedback was amazing (from it) in the end. So like I say take the the criticism on the chin and better the track from it.