Trimer & Mark1 Interview
Trimer & Mark1
How long have you been making music for?
We started working together in 2008. I (Mark1) have been making hardcore since around 2004, then moved onto working with Trimer in 2008.
What got you started in music?
My dad used to rinse reggae and jazz music (mad combination) in the house and on car journeys. Also in primary school I started to play the recorder and then moved onto the piano which I continued till college!
But I first got into Jungle properly around 1994 when I came across some old Roast tapes my uncle had lying about and once then I was hooked on the beats and bass!. Also around that time I stumbled across "Eruption FM" and once a friend aquired some turntables, that spurred him on to start collecting/listening to Jungle / Drum & Bass.
Having listening to a DJ Sy tape from HelterSkelter 1996, I was hooked from the word go. Amens, piano lines, kick drums, the whole thing got me by the bollocks and hasn’t let go ever since. I also discovered Jungle / Drum & Bass in the form of a Jungle Mania tape, and the World Dance Experience mix CD. All the way through secondary school, blazer pocket full of different tapes ranging from Rave tape packs, or recordings from Pirate Radio stations such as the mighty Kool FM, Rude awakening, Eruption & Hyper I was an avid listener. It wasn’t until 2000-ish when I had my first go on a set of decks....There was no turning back.
What made you enter the Back 2 You Remix projects?
I went to Plasa music exhibition in Earls Court and saw Nebula II giving a talk on sampling and early days of production. They mentioned their ideas and the web address, and it was something I wanted to get into, so I checked out the site and it went from there!
Basically heard about the site through Trimer, and on hearing We Can Rise remix comp, we both thought it was a perfect project to work on.
Happy about the put come?
Errr, yeah...We won! haha. We're really happy with the outcome of the track, a lot of people outside of Drum & Bass are feeling our remix which is a bonus! We've had all round good feedback from it, which is good because we had a plan from the start and we were able to get it down and now people are feeling it which is nice!
Where do you see yourselves going from here?
After we’ve finished this, the chicken shop!
In all seriousness though, we really want to get into remixing for labels as well as writing our own stuff. We've got a lot of ideas in the bag for original stuff, it’s just a case of putting the hours in.
What would you say is a good remix?
Having us do it! :)
All depends really, with older tracks, we think its better to keep the original flavour and bring it into the modern style, i.e. faster tempo and bigger drums. Perfect example being the Shogun Remix of Jo's R-type or Bladerunners recent update of DJ SS "Black" With newer stuff though, its good to take the basis of the original, but give it a different slant, like Taxman's Evasion original, remix & VIP or Crystal Clear's remix of Zen's Full Effect.
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