Anex interview + mix

I recently had the chance to ask up and coming Nottingham producer Anex some questions and he was also able to hook us up with a badboy mix. Check the interview out and make sure you download the mix and tracklist below, it’s a biggie!

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself, name, where you’re from, and how you got into producing?

I’m Jon, 20 from Nottingham. Got into production around 2 or 3 years ago while I was at college.. I was messing around with Reason and Logic and I started figuring out how to create basslines and process drum loops. My production at that time was a bit like a Fischer Price “My First Dubstep” toy…

For the people who haven’t heard your music how would you describe your sound?

I never know how to answer this without sounding like a dick.. Probably just bass driven music. I try and work in as much musicality as possible, but obviously you have to get that rolling bassline in there!

Who are your main musical influences both in dubstep and outside of it?

I think the biggest influences I have are the people around me. Content, Demon, Pheral, Perverse the ICU lads… They’re always raising the bar and this makes me want to raise the bar as well.

In terms of influence on my music, I’ve always been a big fan of Madd.. The guy’s a machine when it comes to producing. Tune after tune after tune, and they’re all sick pieces of music. I get a lot of influence outside of dubstep from Prog Rock bands as well though, like Pink Floyd and Rush.

Last year saw dubstep rise up rapidly into the mainstream, where do you see the scene heading in 2012?

I genuinely haven’t got a clue.. I don’t think anybody can say in all honesty they can predict the trend of dubstep. I apply the boom/bust theory to the mainstream side though – it seems to me like its just a passing trend which has hit its peak. I’ve got big respect for those guys though – they’re doing their own thing and making money off it, so perhaps they’re having the last laugh.

There’s been a big debate for DJ’s, which is the “Vinyl Vs Digital” one. It seems to be a regular topic for dubstep DJ’s in particular, what are your views on it and what do you mix with?

I mix with CDs myself, but I’m a vinyl enthusiast. I’ve recently gotten back into buying a lot of vinyl, even though I rarely play it. I think its good to support that part of the scene. I don’t think its entirely important what people use though, as long as the tunes are good. Too many people have got a stick up their arse about that in my opinion.

For people who have never been to Nottingham, can you tell us what the scene is like there? Is there a following for the deeper side of dubstep? What are the events to look out for there?

In my opinion? Its shit. There’s like, 2 dubstep nights to speak of, both of which are ran by the same company. Obviously you’ve got Detonate to keep an eye on, they’re always coming with ridiculous lineups. Basslaced as well.. For me, the best nights are the thursday nights at Dogma.. most recently there’s been Distance, the week before was Icicle, and the next Dogma night is Girl Unit.. I mean, for a relatively small night in a smaller venue, thats sick. I love those nights.

Who are the producers/labels you would say to look out for in 2012?

If you haven’t copped Content’s release on Innamind, you’re silly. Both of these are gonna blow up. Pheral are worth watching, then there’s obviously Perverse. Keep a beady eye on Beezy as well. That guy’s got some awesome things coming up this year – mans a friggin’ machine!

Have you got any releases forthcoming that you want to share with us?

Drowsy and Afflict are forthcoming Gradient Audio, and I’m in talks with a couple of labels about possible releases, so yeah 2012 should be a good year!

Lastly is there anything you’d like to add?

I’m starting my show on Rood Fm soon, will be on every friday between the hours of 4 and 6 (gmt) the afternoon. Big thanks to Rood for having me.
Big thanks to everyone whose supported me through 2011, massive shouts to Ill Sessions for having me too. Bigup everyone sending the tunes over, you can always hit me up on aim with JonAnex. I’ll give anyone the time of day!

Big Ups to Anex for taking the time to talk to us and record the mix.
You can hear more from Anex over on his Soundcloud and also go like him on Facebook.
Download the mix and full tracklist here

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