A bonafide Bristol big bass legend, TC needs no introduction! He's headlining the incredible One Nation & Innovation event in a couple of weeks time so we were very lucky to take 5 and see what he had in store...
Firstly thank you for taking the time out to speak with us. Can you please tell all the readers where you are in the world right now and what you’ve been up for the past 7 days?
Nowhere too glamorous this week, Cambridge for Warning and Bristol working in the studio!
Can you tell the readers about how you got into DJing and producing and what/ who were your main influences in the early days?
I mainly started with production and then DJing after! Loved The Prodigy and Dillinja and the early Ninja Tunes stuff. Check it out…
The first big release we heard of yours was ‘No Escape’ which was released on Valve Recordings back in 2005. 7 years on and you’ve had an abundance of heavy releases and even launched your own record label. How has the scene changed since the early days and do you think it’d be easier to get a break now if you were to try and make your mark over again?
The scene is much more internet and image based now compared to when I started when a good tune could make your career. I think now it’s so much harder to make a mark. There are a lot more people making tunes and everyone wants to be multi-genre. This means there are a lot of jacks of all trades and masters of none.
Not only are you a producer, DJ and a label boss, you’re also a vocalist! You’ve featured on tracks such as ‘Hold Your Colours’ by Pendulum and many of your own. How did this come about and was there ever a point in your career when you considered focusing on becoming a front man?
I was a front man in my band for a while! I am not discounting it, so watch for my next album!
Recently we’ve seen a lot of DNB acts go for the money with side projects and pseudonyms that are popping up on Radio One and beyond left, right and centre. Have you ever been tempted or are there actually some guilty secrets in the studio you can share with us today!?
No guilty secrets but I love song writing and do it every day. A lot of times my DNB tracks are actually remixes of songs that I have written.
After running with some of the most influential DNB labels of all time, a year ago you launched your own label called Don’t Play. Why was this and how have you found being a label manager as well as an artist? Is it something you’d recommend to producers reading this?
I am loving running my label! I wanted more control over my creative vision and as I know where I want to go with it, having a label gives me great freedom.
You’re from Bristol which as the world knows is a pretty creative place to be! Do you hang out with other artists and swap studio tricks and tales from your tours? If so, who are the TC mid-week drinks mafia!?
I link with a few Bristol people on the regs but I’m not really a name dropper though! Having said that, Joker, Jakes, N3gus and AM:SO are the mid-week drinks mafia…
We very excited about your set at Bass Heavy with One Nation & Innovation on Sunday the 26th of August. What can we expect from you, any surprises or new tracks that you’ll be road-testing?
For Innovation it will be a drum and bass double droptastic track a minute barrage to the senses!
The line up hosts some killer DJs from the DnB scene including: Hazard, Original Sin, Majistrate, Sub Zero and many others. When you’re playing on such a sick line-up, does it ever get competitive when it comes to dropping the heaviest basslines!? If so are there ever DJs who you know are gonna always come with the baddest new beats?
Hazard is the bassline king. I have always been his biggest fan! I think secretly we all check out each others sets when we get a chance and sometimes run up to whoever is playing and say what’s this!?
Its mainly all love though. There is a lot of respect and etiquette when it comes to DJing drum and bass, with a few rules to follow;
1) Never touch the next man’s headphone plug. When he unplugs his headphones its your turn and not before.
2) Always play a last tune to give the next guy a chance to set up.
3) Be polite and don’t be an asshole!
Finally, as a bass aficionado, what are your favourite 3 basslines of all time and why? Got to be Warhead right!?
1) Bad Company - The Nine – was the biggest dnb tune of all time I think.
2) Andy C – Night Flight – just so sick!
3) Krust – Warhead (TC rmx) – yeah warhead!
Sadly that is all we have time for but you can catch TC at Bass Heavy on Sunday the 26th of August at Proud2. To buy your ticket click here!
TC TRACK RECOMMENDATIONS
One of the best tracks from this year, it’s a dance floor moment that every DJ needs in the box!
Need a double drop in D# then this is your reach for tune! Rene is one to watch for 2013
What can I say about Tap Ho, its my tune lol, you need it! Get it!
Netskys album is an absolute smash, so many good tunes hard to pick one but this had got to be the dance floor reaction one for me.
Always does the business!
With heavy DJ support this tune will mix with anything I swear!
On an old school flex, fool even the hardest drum and bass fan into thinking you know your s**t! ☺
From old school to super new school, love him or hate him Skrillex makes the people move!
In the same key as Tap Ho I play this every set and it never fails to bust up the place!
From Bristol Critical impact is one to watch for me for 2013, I know he has some tricks up his sleeve and this is just bass perfection to my ears!
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