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Guest Reviewer: Delta Heavy

Reported by Sam TID on February 18, 2013

Andy C approved Delta Heavy have been tearing up the bass scene for the last few years, with their headline set just over the horizon for the first ever Ram Records warehouse party we thought it was about time we caught up the guys to find out what's been the key to their rapid rise to the top.

Thanks very much for taking time out to speak to us! Can you tell the readers where you are in the world today and what you’ve been up to over the last 7 days?

We’ve been settling into our new studio in London where we are in the midst of working on our debut album.  

Can you tell us a little about the early days of Delta Heavy and what have been your three personal highlights since bursting onto the global scene in 2009?

A few highlights so far would include playing festivals such as EDC Las Vegas and being nominated for 3 awards at the UK Music Video Awards.

You’ve been a key act in the Ram Records crew for a number of years now. Can you tell us how you hooked up and what that connection has meant to your career development?

It’s been great to have a solid backing with such a legendary imprint.  Having that brand behind us really helped kick start our career and with that foundation it has allowed us to expand and evolve our sound to what it is today.

This year you gave your fans the chance to download one of your tracks ‘Empire’ for free to reward them for the support they’ve given you. Does this support help you through though times?

We feel incredibly lucky to be doing our dream job; quite simply, without our fans – we couldn’t do it!

‘Empire’ is a prime example of your heavy bass productions with roaring synths and crunching basslines. I’m sure all our readers would love to know what you guys use to make these killer tracks?

We use Apple Logic on a Mac with a couple of hardware synths. We use a variety of plugins by the likes of Native Instruments, Spectrasonics, Soundtoys, Universal Audio and Izotope.

Talking of the studio, can you give our readers a tip or trick that you regularly use to consistently produce these bass heavy bangers?

The best tip we can give is practice, practice, practice!

You’ve been releasing tunes together since 2009, how has your relationship developed in the studio over time? Do you have different roles? How do you go about starting a new tune?

Ben is more technical and Si comes from a more traditional music background so it’s been a good mutual balance. We basically learnt to produce together. Tracks can be born from anything really – be it an inspiring synth preset or sample. We often like to start a track with a definite concept or theme in mind

Finally, now that you’re established headliners, can you tell us who you’re watching to be the next big talent on the scene?

A few names to look out for: Dimension, Chords, Maztek, Mefjus, Fred V & Grafix, Torro Torro, GTA, Oliver, Kill Frenzy, Kove and Sion.

Some sound advice there. A big thank you to the Delta Heavy lads for taking the time out to speak with us.

You can catch Delta Heavy performing along side Andy C, Loadstar, Wilkinson, Calyx & Teebee, Dub Phizix, Break, Die, MJ Cole and many more at the first ever Ram Records Warehouse party in London on March 16th.

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Delta Heavys Recommended Tracks:

Artist:
Remixer: Baauer
Label: Fool's Gold Records
Genre: Dubstep (Trap)
Release Date: 2012-09-04
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Been a staple in our sets for the last 6 months. Baauer’s set to explode in 2013. Proves you can make a massive dancefloor tune from just a few simple elements.

Artist:
Label: OWSLA
Genre: Dubstep (Glitch Hop)
Release Date: 2012-11-06
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DJs Supporting: 21

Collaboration from 2 of the most technically-adept producers out there.  Mixdown is top class, a real dancefloor weapon.

Loving the house and garage revival that the UK is seeing at the moment.  Like String Thing, this is simple yet very effective. Got a rewind at Fabric last week!

Artist:
Label: Party Like Us Records
Genre: House / Electro (Electro)
Release Date: 2012-06-12
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DJs Supporting: 29

Another track we played every set for months.  Big, bouncy, chunky electro house. Sounds huge on a big system. Look out for these guys.

Favourite house track of 2012, an anthem.

Artist:
Label: Dirtybird
Genre: House / Electro
Release Date: 2012-12-18
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DJs Supporting: 3

Dirtybird is one of our favourite labels and is incredibly consistent.  This is one of the remixes of Justin Martin’s killer LP, a wicked subby minimal groover.

Artist:
Label: CYN Music
Genre: Drum and Bass (Electro, Jump Up, Neuro, Techstep)
Release Date: 2013-02-04
MP3 320kbs$ 1.63
WAV$ 1.94

DJs Supporting: 22

Signed to our pal Jon Cyantific’s new imprint, Rob Dimension is one of the new breed of DnB producers coming through. Funky, energetic and musical.

A twisted, techy DnB roller. Production is superb and it sounds massive in the club.

Artist:
Label: Pilot Records
Genre: Dubstep (Trap)
Release Date: 2013-01-06
MP3 320kbs$ 1.63
WAV$ 1.94

DJs Supporting: 8

Pilot UKF mastermind Luke Hood’s new label. Love how this combines the bounce of trap with the styling’s of older dubstep.

With his Outrun LP about to drop had to include something from one of all time favourite producers. Been sneaking this into our sets recently too.

Keep up to date with Delta Heavy on the following portals:

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