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Glade Festival DnB Showcase; Mob Tactics Interview

Reported by Sam TID on May 15, 2012

On Friday 15th June, Trackitdown will be representing all styles of DnB at the legendary Glade festival. We’ve invited some of our favourite DJs/producers to showcase their take on the exciting sounds hitting the raves each and every week.

We’ve asked the crew to tell us a little bit about themselves in a series of short interviews and to give us a snapshot of the kind of beats they’ll be spinning!

Tickets for Glade are selling fast and we have them in the TID Ticket shop!

Next up in our series of TID DnB showcase interviews we have DJ and producer duo, Mob Tactics.

Can you please tell us a bit about yourself and your sound?

We’re Mob Tactics, also known as Luke Bugden & Mark Sims (The Funktion) to our mother! And we’re both from the South-West. Our sound would best be described as ‘the digital ramblings of a couple of pissed-up idiots’.

How long have you been in the game and what advice do you have for young guns wanting to make their mark?

Luke: I’ve been into Drum & Bass pretty much since it first started. A couple of my friends, Mark & Gord started up Chemical Records in 1997 and asked me to run it for them. I subsequently met a lot of people in the Drum & Bass industry through working there over the years, which led to lots of DJ work and various studio shenanigans, with people like Audio & Dylan. In terms of advice, I’d say to try and be as original as possible with your sound. I know that sounds like ‘music production 101’, but it really is key. You always find that the majority of successful producers out there are pretty stand-out in the fact that they didn’t really emulate anyone else to make it to the top. Dillinja, Ed Rush & Optical, Icicle, Total Science, Hazard, Bad Company etc. I’m not saying don’t draw influence from people you like, but make sure you put your own personal stamp on it!

Mark: I've been making music on and off since around 2004, started making it more seriously around 3-4 years ago. I'd say that the best advice I could give would be to get lots of feedback before sending tunes to labels. It might be tempting to spam labels with lots and lots of tunes but I think it's always best to get them sounding as good as you possibly can before sending them out.

Have you always been a Junglist? What were you into before you got into the scene?

Luke: Always! Before that I was into Metal, old Hardcore and Hip-Hop.

Mark: I've always been into a wide spectrum of music, and I like to incorporate different styles into my own music. I actually used to be into bands like System of a Down, Incubus, Muse, even bought a Slipknot CD once, but thought that was a bit too much for me! I’ve been listening to all forms of Drum and Bass since I was about 16/17 though.

What was your first introduction to drum and bass?

Luke: I went to a lot of free parties and raves in the early 90’s, and it was without question watching DJ’s like Donovan ‘Badboy’ Smith, Ratty & Easy Groove that just gave me the bug for it and led to me going out and getting my first set of 1210’s.

Mark: I had a friend at school that was really into it (although it turned out he was more into it for the MC's!) I'm not ashamed to say the first vinyl I bought was Pendulum ‘Another Planet’. My taste in drum and bass has progressively got a lot less commercial, since then though...

Are you a fan of other sounds either electronic or otherwise? Anything outside of DNB that is exciting or inspiring you right now and why?

Luke: Always been a massive metal fan. It’s still what I listen to more than anything else. Metallica, Slipknot, Suicidal Tendencies, Megadeth, Hatebreed, Anthrax, Slayer, Mastodon, Faith No More – I could go on forever! Also loving, M83, Band of Horses, The Black Keys and Ladytron at the minute.

Mark: I'd like to say I get the whole Dubstep thing but, I think I just respect the production side of things. I don't really like the commercial route it's gone down but I think it's good for electronic music in general. I like anything that's energetic and bass orientated, artists like Feed Me, Wolfgang Gartner and Disclosure are ones I keep an eye on outside of Drum and Bass.

Is this your first festival?  If so, what are you looking forward to? If you’re a veteran what advise would you give to first timers preparing for their 3 day stretch in the countryside!?

Luke: Been to many a festival over the years. My advice for first-timers is simple: BRING HAND SANITIZER!

Mark: I went to Outlook last year and it was an awesome experience. I'm looking forward to experiencing lots of different styles of music as Glade seems like it really caters for everyone. I've not seen Andy C's ‘Alive’ act yet so I'm quite intrigued as to how it differs from his usual sets.

What’s been your favourite festival experience and what’s been your worst?

Luke: Favourite festival was Reading Festival 1992. Nirvana, Beastie Boys, Public Enemy, L7, EMF, Ride, Mudhoney & Therpay. They don’t make festivals like that anymore! Worst festival is easy; Glastonbury 2007. It PISSED down ALL weekend. I had no coat…

Mark: The moat stage at Outlook festival in Croatia is one that I'll remember for a long time. The sound in there was immense, no matter where you stood. The worst experience was probably getting home from Croatia. It was cheaper to fly from Italy so we ended up taking like a day to get home. I slept at most opportunities, coaches, train-station floor. Because I kept sleeping I got really confused about where I was, didn't even know which country I was in at some points.

Will you been rocking the wellies and the Barbour look at Glade!? Have you got any essential festival gear you always pack?

Luke: I’m pretty sure I’ll go down the wellies route – judging by the fantastic weather we regularly receive in this country. Essential festival gear; again, HAND SANITIZER!

Mark: I'm not really a wellies guy if I'm honest. I'd say you need to cover for all eventualities. Raincoat and sunglasses,maybe!

Finally, we’re blasting out on a Funktion One rig set up around an ice cream van that’ll be our DJ booth! We reckon this could be the maddest set up! Have you ever played in some crazy places over your career?

Luke: Years and years ago, I played on the back of a trailer in a barn, slap-bang in the middle of nowhere. Turned out to be private property and the party was met with the sound of shotguns and tractors at 4 in the morning. Rave on, folks!

Mark: I think that will take some beating if I'm honest!

Thanks very much to Luke and Mark.

We hope this has got you all very excited!?

Tickets are selling fast and the whole Trackitdown crew will be there in full force – see you there!

Grab your tickets here and don't forget to download your free track with each ticket purchased form Trackitdown!