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.