FLeCK has just dropped his debut release Man A Badman / Refugee on Sub Slayers. Kicking off the single is the heavyweight sound of Man A Badman, a gracious intro with heavenly pianos lead smoothly into a quire fire amen ragga tinged drop – and man is it a badman drop. On the flip we have Refugee and words simply just are not enough for this beautifully crafted track. Blending, bending and fusing genres Refugee takes you on a road never traveled before.
FLeCK says the release is a special one for him as it’s his own original music. We caught up with the Greek Junglist and had a quick chat.
1. Thanks for taking the time to chat to us today. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Thank you for the opportunity to have this chat with you! I’m FLeCK, in real life Christos and I’m from Athens, Greece but I am currently living in Italy. I love making music in my free time and that’s what I do since I was 16.
2. Born in Athens, how do you find the music scene there and what’s their reaction to the Jungle / Drum & Bass sound?
In Athens the electronic music scene has always been quite small and underground but it is a solid scene and there are a few people pushing it constantly forward. Most of the people though prefer to listen to greek pop or folk music and I think Jungle or DnB is just noise for them. But Jungle is getting bigger and looks like more and more people are enjoying it. It attracts people from different scenes and when they come to the parties they usually leave with a smile.
3. You started producing in the early 90’s making a variety of electronic music. Do you think Jungle is the most natural genre for you to produce?
Yes definitely. Jungle was the music that made me want to start making my own productions. From the early hardcore breakbeat days, that sound influenced me so much that I started asking around a few expert people how could I do it at home and what kind of gear I should use. So I got my first cheap equipment and started experimenting with sound, chopping amen drums and all that! When I produce other music genres means that I just want to take a short break from Jungle!
4. What was it that initially sparked your interest in Jungle?
Pirate radio stations in Athens! I used to spend my entire weekends listening to radio shows that used to play freshly arrived records from the UK. That sound was so fresh and interesting and had a vibe that I couldn’t find anywhere else!
5. Who were your biggest influences at the time?
Too many to mention! The Suburban Base & Moving Shadow school and all their artists, Bizzy B, Kenny Ken, Ray Keith, Hype are just a few names that come in mind first. The whole UK breakbeat & jungle scene was a constant influence for me!
6. You’ve just had your debut release on Sub Slayers – Man A Badman / Refugee. Can you talk us through this?
It is a special release to me because I rarely have time to make my own original music. I usually work on remixes which occupy most of my studio time. So when I find a moment to do my own thing and express myself at 100% it is always great! These are two tunes with completely different flavours. “Man a Badman” is more of a dancefloor tune with an old school vibe. “Refugee” explores ethnic territories, mediterranean sounds and contains a strong message, that’s why we wanted to make a video for it.
7. So it’s release on the 26 May, what’s the support been like so far?
The support has been great till now! It had some great reactions from artists like Leeroy Thornhill (The Prodigy), Aquasky, Ray Keith, Nicky Blackmarket, Marvellous Cain, Noisia, Logan D, TC, Black Sun Empire and many other big artists in the game! I’m totally excited about it!
8. Did you have any albums or artists that were your soundtrack while you writing this release?
Not something specific. I prefer to empty my head from everything when I start writing!
9. You’ve collaborated with some big names – Mungo’s Hifi, Chopstick Dubplate, Ed West and Zion Train just to name a few. If there was anyone who you could produce a track with, who would it be and why?
Yes I’ve been lucky enough to work with these guys! If I had the chance I would love one day to get in the studio with Bladerunner. I think he is a very talented producer with good technical knowledge!
10. What can we expect to see through the rest of 2017?
I’m working on another release for Sub Slayers, an EP on Dread Recordings, remixes for Top Cat, Dub Pistols, J-Man, Bazza Ranks, Mungo’s Hi Fi, Ancient Astronauts, a collaboration with Soom T and Mistafire, a tune that we wrote with Aries for his forthcoming album, releases on Serial Killaz, ODG and Roots Records and many other stuff that will be coming out soon!
11. Any last words, shouts?
Thank you for this nice opportunity to have a chat with you! Big up all junglists!!!
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