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The Strange Algorithm Series

Here at dubstep.co.uk, we like to shine a light on up-and-coming producers we find on our day-to-day trawls of the interwebs. One such producer who caught our ears recently is the curiously named The Strange Algorithm Series, a Portuguese purveyor of beats who dresses like a dinosaur, wears a dust mask and is a bit of a mystery really.

“I am a dinosaur and a producer of electro and dubstep,” he says. “People call me Dino!”

We don’t know what all that is about and we certainly don’t believe he’s 240 million years old, as claimed, but what we do know is that he has tidy back catalogue of rude tunes like this one:

Decent. We wanted to find out more about the man behind the music so we asked him a bunch of questions.

What’s your background?
Well, I’ve been working in electronic music since I can remember, but I’m also easily influenced by other genres, ’cause I’m always listening to different kinds of music. I played in a couple of bands and groups, from noise to post-hardcore, but EDM was always in my mind, especially when dubstep came out.

How long have you been making tunes?
I’ve been making music for the past 10 years or so. I began in the 2000s, first with sample-based programs and later with more professional ones, where I had the ability to create and record my own stuff.

What does your name mean?
The Strange Algorithm Series (TSAS) represents a genetically modified DNA that resulted in a mutation and birth of a new being. That’s how I was born.

What’s your take on the current dubstep scene and how do you fit into it?
Well, dubstep started to emerge in the late 90s, south London if I recall, but the sound and culture changed a lot. Now most people can’t distinguish the original dubstep from the more Americanised dubstep (or brostep), or even the bass music of today.

I think my stuff fits more with this “late-dubstep” or brostep since it combines some dubstep elements, for the drop and monster bass, with electro-house and trance elements, much like what artists like Skrillex began to do around 2008. What I love about this genre are the monster bass growls, or dinosaur growls, as I like to call them, where you can hear a powerful bass that sounds like a deep voice or growl.

What’s the scene like in Portugal?
When people ask me I often answer: What scene? Don’t get me wrong, but electronic music isn’t taken very seriously. We have some DJs, which helps to spread the EDM culture a bit, and that’s a good thing, but almost no producers. And when we start to talk about dubstep it gets even worse I’m afraid. I hate to think like this, but most people have that mainstream idea, that “dubstep is bad” without even listening. I never understood that.

Needless to say, It has been very hard to share my stuff with the general public here. Thank God for internet and social networks! If it wasn’t for my fans out there I probably would have given up.

Where do you play out and what’s a DJ/live set from you like?
My shows are usually a mix of electro-house and dubstep, telling a story made of music with a non-stop rhythm. Most of my songs are remixed live, with some mash-ups also, especially in transitions between songs to get that nice fade, almost unnoticeable, avoiding that end-of-song feeling.

I managed to play in some bars/clubs so far. It turns out that when people hear my stuff, even dubstep, they really like it and it leaves me happy. In my live sets I often use my computer, a midi-controller (with a few pads and knobs) and a DJ deck, so I can remix and apply lots of effects in real-time.

Top musical influences?
Daft Punk, Skrillex and Deadmau5. I have others but these are my main influences. I thank each one of these artists for their music and inspiration! Hope to meet them all some day.

Thoughts on the popularity and commercialisation of dubstep?
It’s cool to see that a lot has changed since dubstep appeared and people love it. I think dubstep brought that idea of a major-huge-drop of bass in the middle of a song. There are some great labels out there that deserve some attention for the promotion they are doing, like OWSLA, Dub Police, Monstercat, Big Beat and many others.

What do you have planned for 2014?
At the moment I have one thing planned for 2014 that would be a great step for TSAS, which is to find an international management agency and start touring. This is my goal!

Once I find one interested in TSAS I would be able to tour and meet most of my fans from Facebook, Twitter, Soundcloud. It’s awesome that some of them started asking if I have plans to go to their hometown (in Canada, US, UK, France, Croatia, India). I hate to answer that it is not possible right now, but one day it will be.


You can check out Dino’s latest album here on Beatport (and other digital stores).
Follow him on Soundcloud / Facebook / Twitter

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Planet Mondo Interview: King & Joker

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Recently, Planet Mondo had the opportunity to talk with EDM and dubstep djs King & Joker who are featured right here on our website. We talked dubstep and more. Don’t forget to check out their page right here on Planet Mondo.

Planet Mondo: What best describes your music & why it’s unique?

King & Joker: “Our music is definitely bass music… like a mixture of Big Room and Festival Trap”

Planet Mondo: Who are some of your biggest musical influences?

King & Joker: “ur influences are very far apart and that ‘s what makes it work we guess… The Joker gets inspired from big trance heros like Tiësto en Above and Beyond, genres these days are  going from Big Room to Bass music…  As the King Gets his inspiration from Trap and Bass producers like Troyboi, Marshmello, Jack Ü, Major Lazer”

Planet Mondo: What are you currently listening to?

King & Joker: “Big Room to Bass music… Troyboi, Marshmello, Jack Ü, Major Lazer, KSHMR, Blasterjaxx”

Planet Mondo: Do you have any projects you are working on?

King & Joker: “of course… ? its a secret ”

Planet Mondo: Your coolest experience thus far (performing or recording)?

King & Joker: “finishing the first track as King & Joker and getting more than 22K plays”

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Planet Mondo Interview: Dylan Heidt (TNLTTRWRD)

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2017 is already proving to be an incredible year of dubstep music, which is why we are stoked to share with you an interview with one of the dubstep djs featured on Planet Mondo, TNLTTRWRD.

Planet Mondo: What best describes your music & why it’s unique

TNLTTRWRD “I believe my music sounds the way that it does, because I find inspiration in so many different areas and avenues of life. I grew up listening to artists like The Doors, Bob Marley, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, The Eagles and Steely Dan (thank you Mom and Dad, haha), but as I grew older…probably around the time I hit elementary school…I was introduced to Hip-Hop and Rap. I was a huge Shady Records fan (Eminem’s record label), but also listened to everythingfrom Ludacris, UGK and T.I. (Southern Hip-Hop/Rap) to West Coast stuff that was out at the time like E-40, Mistah F.A.B and Snoop Dogg. That was really my first taste of production that I ever got and to this day what I believe to be the driving force that made me want to get into music production in the first place. There are still songs from the early 2000’s that I hear and immediately get chills down my spine, because of how good the production on said song is.

When I got into middle school, I went through a bit of an odd phase for a year where I listened to metal and that was about it. Bands like Black Sabbath, Metallica and Motorhead dominated the rotation of songs on my IPod as I would be walking the halls of my school with friends. When I was in 8th grade though (my last year of middle school) one of my best friends, his older brother
played us a Datsik song…I want to say that it was, “Nuke ‘Em”…but as soon as I heard it, my life was changed forever. I didn’t know how this guy was making the instruments sound the way that they did, but I knew I wanted to know more about this new kind of my music and thus began my journey into the world of electronic music.

After I broke free from my Metal phase and throughout high school I went back to having a pretty wide variety of music that I love and would listen to on a daily basis and to this day that’s exactly how I am. One minute I could be listening to the filthiest Dubstep record out at the moment, the next I may be listening to a Sublime song and from there I might throw on some Miles Davis, haha. To sum it all up, I have big ears and if I didn’t, I don’t think my music would sound in any way, the way that it does today.”

Planet Mondo:Who are some of your biggest musical influences?

TNLTTRWRD “My biggest musical influences? Hhmmm, it’s tough to say, but if I had to narrow it down and pick a few, Steely Dan would definitely have to be very high on that list. From there, on the production side of things…Hip-Hop/Rap- wise anyway…I would say everybody from J. Dilla, to FKi 1st, TM88, 9th Wonder, Ant (from Atmosphere) Metro Boomin and Zaytoven have all been very influential to me in one way, or another and some of those guys are relatively new in their own right, so that’s pretty cool.
In terms of electronic music production I would have to say that artists like Herobust, Flying Lotus, Hippie Sabotage, Cookie Monsta, DVBBS, Datsik, RL Grime and Zomboy have all made a pretty big impact on me in one way, or another as far as influence goes.”

Planet Mondo: What are you currently listening to?

TNLTTRWRD “Currently I’ve been listening to Post Malone’s debut album, “Stoney” on repeat actually, haha. Other than that I’ve been getting into a producer by the name of P Buddy who is pretty sweet and other than that it’s been just my usual mix of Classic Rock, Reggae and Hip-Hop/Rap.”

Planet Mondo: Do you have any projects you are working on?

TNLTTRWRD “At the moment, I don’t have any real projects that I’m working on. I did release my debut studio album, “Situational”, not long ago though and even more recently I put out a Hip-Hop/Rap instrumental EP titled, “For What They Know Not”.

I do have a couple of pretty big remixes coming out within the next month, or two here, so definitely keep an eye out for those! Both of those projects that I talked about above can be found in their entirety on my SoundCloud account, so definitely go check them out.”

Planet Mondo: Your coolest experiences so far (recording or performing)

TNLTTRWRD “I’ve had a handful of pretty cool experiences so far throughout this musical journey that I’m on, but by far the coolest happened when I was living out in Los Angeles for a little while. I was able to meet and hang out with (on a number of different occasions) legendary songwriter, producer and a plethora of other things, Jerry Goldstein.

Just being around somebody who has been in and made such a monumental impact on the industry for as long as he has and listening to the stories/soaking up the knowledge that he shared was an incredible experience for me.”

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Planet Mondo Interview: Dj View

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With the holidays around the corner, there are plenty of parties on tap to keep your head bouncing and your body moving. We recently sat down with Dj View and discussed a number of topics in this exclusive interview.

Planet Mondo: What best describes your music & why it’s unique

 

Dj View: When I envision my music as subject matter, something concrete, I see a machine yielding a machete stomping through the jungle hacking at all that’s in its way.  Some could say underwater robots/aliens for the drops but I like to base my introductory and break elements off of feelings from past experiences, mostly in dark wooded areas.  When I was young I would put on my headphones and walk through the woods at night all alone.  There was something overwhelming about it that I really enjoyed and looked forward to throughout the day.
It was like a drug; very intense at first but after a little bit I was in my comfort zone.  I always try to replicate that intensity that I felt in the intro/break/outros of my compositions.



Planet Mondo: Who are some of your biggest musical influences?

Dj View: As of right now the artists that have my attention are Kadaver, Sudden Death, Ecraze, Graphyt, Emoxx, Samplifire, MurDa, Evilwave, and Oolacile.  These dudes are taking over the scene with their next level sound design and brilliant arrangements.

Planet Mondo: What are you currently listening to?

 

Dj View: So I produce so often that I tend to get sick of hearing all these loud wubs.  When I take a break from production to work in my painting studio, I tend to go back to my roots and listen to a lot of DNB and hip-hop.  DNB artists such as Black Sun Empire, State of Mind, Calyx & TeeBee and as for hip-hop artists I am a huge fan Gucci Mane and Pouya been on the come up as well, I’ve had his UU album on repeat for 3 weeks now.”



Planet Mondo: Do you have any projects you are working on?

 

Dj View: “Yes of course!  I try my best to always stay busy.  If you are on your grind you have a chance to shine, without the grind you’re literally taking away any chance to grow as an artist.  Music wise, being an independent dubstep producer is competitive, you literally have to be one of the best to get any kind of recognition so I always try to reach out to relatively newer producers that I see are trying their best because I know we can make a great track together and that’s all I ever wanted when coming into the scene was to make good music and enjoy the process with other like-minded producers.


I currently have works in progress with Antima (Italy), DWARV (Wisconsin), Novice (Minneapolis), ORBiTE (Sweden), Kasework (Michigan), Calladore (Ohio), Bootyswag (Pennsylvania), and I’ve recently reached out to Kill OG and Pandemic after having a good time with them at a recent show.  I love collaborations but I also like to work on my own productions as well.  As of right now I have 13 unreleased dubstep productions compiled in a folder; currently in the demo process.


Being brought up listening to Dr. Dre and Ludacris, I have an undying love for phat 808s.  I am also a hip-hop producer for Cleveland based record label and marketing, Associate Records.  I work with artists, Mopacino, Corey Bapes, Layzie Bone, and Denise Monroe.  I have produced over 30 songs that are all unreleased for Corey Bapes and have 8 productions coming out on Mopacinos’ album which should be released first quarter of 2017.


Music aside, I am a geometric abstraction painter; some would call me an Op Artist.  I fell in love with painting not too long ago, during my undergraduate program at Kent State University.  I used to draw a lot in charcoal but once I was taught how to work with color correctly, I begun to see the limitless possibilities and started my endeavor as an abstract painter.  Over the past 2 1/2 years I have been exploring different ways to create optical effects with color.  The process is long yet meditative and through my system of application, my imagery yields unexpected results.  I have visions of what I want to create but through my process my ideas become dissected.


A good friend of mine and I have been working towards creating sound activated animations of my paintings that can then be projected onto stage setups during my live shows.  You can check out some of my paintings here”:  http://alexjesko.com/paintings/)


Planet Mondo: Your Coolest Experience Thus Far (Recording or Performing) ?


Dj View: “Recording the albums with the crew at Associate Records was a blast.  It was great to meet the engineer and just have a good time doing studio tings.  Performance wise, I’d say my favorite show I’ve been a part of is one I did with Trollphace and Boogie T.  Those dudes are real chill, Brock got the best sense of humor for real that dude is hilarious + they killed their sets!

Performance with Squnto was dope too!  Not surprisingly, he was the one that got me into chopping during my sets.


Pre show, we were watching Shiverz chopping the f*ck outta his sets in Montreal and it really got me thinking of ways to introduce new compositions to create new experiences for the audience during live performances.”

You can check out Dj View‘s music on his official Planet Mondo artist page right here.

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