Thursday, February 5, 2009

An exclusive interview with FreQ Nasty!

We had the chance to do an interview with FreQ Nasty via e-mail and jumped on the chance. Below is the interview, followed up with some info about him and some music!

[DM = Dancefloor Mayhem / FN = FreQ Nasty]

DM: What is the first record you remember buying?

FN: I think it was an Australian bands' record called 'When the War Is Over', but it was on a Now That’s What I Call Music compilation. Not very cool, but a great tune still in an Aussie pub rock ballad kinda way… if that isn’t a contradiction in terms.

DM: You mentioned listening to The Beatles and a lot of Blues music as a kid. What other genres of music did you listen to growing up?

FN: My dad had some old Jazz records like Les Paul and Mary Ford, and some Fijian records too… kinda like Hawaiian. I've yet to incorporate that early influence.

DM: What artists have influenced you in your music production?

FN: My influences are always changing according to what I am listening too. There are always the greats that I come back to time and time again. Funkadelic, Billy Boyo and the Greensleeves catalogue, Public Enemy. I’m really feeling Clipse right now (DnB artist), Rezo, and Propa Tingz.

DM: If you could work with any artist to make a record, who would it be, and why?

FN: Tom Waites! His records and his voice are so extreme sonically, and he’s always pushing the boundaries. Never stuck in a rut, and you never know what to expect. He’s the ultimate.

DM: In your bio, you mention that your motivation to buying your first guitar was to avoid working shit jobs when you grew up. If you hadn't become a musician, what do you think you would be doing for work right now?

FN: Probably a chef. I love making good food for people. It's kind of like being a DJ - finding great fusions and blending them in a way that makes sense. A culinary DJ. A Food jockey?

DM: Could you name a couple of cities you have played that have had very receptive audiences and really embraced the sound that you play?

FN: Tbilisi in Georgia (ex Russian state), Australia is always phenomenal, Black Rock City too.

DM: If given the choice, would you rather play at a massive event with tens of thousands of people, or a more intimate venue with just a few hundred people?

FN: Small venue, low ceiling, big system turned only half way up, stage right in front of the crowd and lots of bass!!

DM: If you were asked to name your selections for the five best songs of all time, regardless of genre, what would they be and why?


1. Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On

It's hard to understand the impact of a record like this when it came out. The sound was totally different, it was long, experimental, political and conscious, and he sung like an angel. Sounds kinda schmaltzy these days I guess but I can only imagine how it changed peoples worlds back then.

2. Public Enemy - She Watches Channel Zero

Again a record that changed everything (It takes a nation of millions…) in subject matter, production and presentation. After the bragging macho rapping of early hip-hop, PE upped the anti and opened up hip-hop to be a revolutionary force, adding metal to the mix to give white kids a way in to the party. Genius. Off an album still regularly rated the best hip-hop album ever and in the top 50 of any decent music mags top 50 of all time. Classic for too many reasons.

3. James Brown - I’m Black and I’m Proud – or just about anything from late 60’s to early seventies.

Arguably where most of Public Enemy's inspiration came from. The sound is insane - percussive, bass driven, with minimal melody and a guys grunting his way through a radical manifesto for world change. Half of the blueprint for all forms of dance music as we know it are here.

4. Lee Scratch Perry - Blackboard Jungle Dub

The other half of the DNA of dance music. Instrumental using dub effects and bass heavy. Came from no where and proceeded to change the way we listen to music.

5. Funkadelic

If Hendrix had lived and joined James Browns' band they would have sounded like this. And the message was a haze of psychedelic wisdom from brothers who weren’t afraid to wear spandex and arrive on stage climbing out of a space ship. KISS had nothing on these guys.

DM: I read about the work you are doing with and I think that is awesome.

If you had the opportunity to appear before the UN and tell them one global issue that they should really focus on, what issue would that be and why?

FN: Wow that’s a hard question. I’m going to side step a little and say that the point of Giveback is to create a forum for the exchange of ideas and taking action so we don’t have to rely on institutions to do our work for us. Ultimately we want to be able to help people see something on the news that moves them and do something about it regardless of whether their government, or the UN or anyone else does. Its going to take some doing but the internet is grass roots first and Obama has taken advantage of that very cleverly, and the more we see examples of others doing it the more we will start to act of our own volition rather than waiting for others like the UN to act for us.

[end of interview]

I want to take a quick moment to thank FreQ Nasty for the interview, and also thank Justin Kleinfeld for his help in coordinating it.

The second portion of this post is taken from a prior posting, but we wanted to include the music and background info with the interview for those of you that missed it.

FreQ Nasty has been making explosive bass-laden broken beats for years, and is always pushing the boundaries of dance music. He recently mixed Fabric Live 42 and has been busy working with a slew of artists to churn out some amazing new material. This latest track he produced with Propa Tingz and it is a high energy dubstep bomb.

FreQ Nasty vs Propa Tings - Peacemaker (dub) [click to download]

FreQ Nasty is also involved with the charity, Giveback. He contributes music production and remix work to the site so that people can donate money to Giveback and download the songs.

One of the songs on the site is a really hot collaboration between him and Bassnectar called 'Viva Tibet (East and West mix)'. You can listen to the track below. Please go to the site @ and sign up as a member so you can download great music like this from the site!

FreQ Nasty vs Bassnectar - Viva Tibet (East and West mix)

Visit FreQ Nasty on MySpace

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