Saxxon, who just dropped his biggest release to date by way of Liquid V with trumpeter Jon Scott, talks to the DNB Vault about this massive LP project, his upcoming releases with Liondub International, Natty Dub and his plans to take a hiatus from touring and dj’ing while he works on a top secret project.
What first got you into drum & bass?
The people at a little local record store when I was very small – I went looking for rap records & came home with some jungle!
How did you come up with the name Saxxon?
This name has a few personal connotations for me. It helps reminds me why I do what I do.
What was your first release and how did you go about getting linked up with that label?
My very first release was on a joint label I ran with a friend of mine called Billy. It was off the back of our club night at the time. This is before I realised if I wanted to be serious about DJing & production I had to leave these all-encompassing and time consuming endeavors to somebody else!
Your latest EP on Liquid V features Jon Scott who is an amazing trumpeter. How did you come to work on this project with him?
A friend of mine, George took me to see Jon play years ago and I knew then he was extremely talented and he always hit that right jazz tone. We met again and I took the opportunity to play him some tracks I’d been working on. Luckily for me he was really feeling what I played him and after we got those two worked on we decided to make it a true collaborative project. A very exciting move and one I’m so glad we made. This was Jon’s first true experience of drum & bass and I’m pretty confident to say he’s now a little hooked. You should see him work the crowd on our live sets. Serious skills.
Is this the first time you’ve incorporated a live instrument into your productions?
Ive definitely worked with specifically recorded parts before but this is the first time they were results from actually jamming together and both having our say in the end result. There’s plenty more to come from Jon and I in all styles of drum & bass tunes from darker jungle styles and even some party style rollers. This was also probably my favorite vocal to ever work with too – Wednesday’s style and vocal flow is just beautiful and she’s totally at one with the tune on this.
How has the new EP been embraced so far through the promo push?
I did not expect it to resonate with some of the people that gave it full 5 stars – people like Logan Dee and Dj Sly were a surprise. It’s really encouraging to see they have their ears open for vibes far and away from what they generally champion. Roni Size, Doc Scott, TC, Dillinja, Rene La Vice and N3gus were other unexpected supporters. That alongside liquid heads Blu Mar Ten and Tendai. Big up all heads on the really positive words too.
Do you have any new projects that you’re currently working on?
I love making music every day so there’s always something. Next up is party -infused EP for Natty Dub. Followed by an EP for Liondub International . Then a collaborative EP with Kenny Ken to relaunch Mix n Blen and an EP with TI. After that I think it will be the EP for Spearhead and some other stuff you’ll hear about soon.
Do you have any plans to tour this summer?
I’m taking a long-planned time out from gigs till the end of July to work on a yet-to-be-announced project for one of my favorite labels, am heading to the sun to make the music I feel the project needs (and hopefully to spend a little time reversing my long term studio tan) After that a little Euro tour which includes Antwerp Cityflow Festival then it looks like I’m heading further after that (Keep an eye on my Facebook page) Also the awesome lot at Rawdio in Bournemouth have just made me their resident guest DJ. So big up to all of them!
Are there any final words you’d like to say to the reader and fans out there?
Love how the right music at the right time can elevate any situation, we hope this EP finds itself in a position to elevate lots of moments for people this summer. Salute to everyone doing it right. Thanks for getting in touch DNB Vault!