Few DJs have risen through the ranks as fast as, and indeed as young as, Dutchman Signal. With music released all before the age of 20 on imprints such as Critical, Invisible, Shogun, and now on his newly founded label DIVIDID (run by himself alongside ABIS and Lars from Triple Vision) the young producer is a definite force to be reckoned with in the Drum and Bass scene.
Combining a unique dark and brooding yet sparse style of Neuro with sleek production, it is easy to see why – you only need to listen to his remix of ‘Black or White’ by Camo & Krooked, or his 2016 Critical release ‘Parallax EP’ to grasp the talent of this individual. Following a string of strong releases on DIVIDID and two very well received sets at Czech festival Let it Roll, including hosting an in-demand bus party, we were lucky enough to catch up with Signal to discuss album plans, young talent in the scene, plans for DIVIDID, and more.
Without further ado… Lets get on with the interview!
We have seen a lot of young faces crop up in DnB recently – K-Motionz and Hedex on the jump-up side of things, Keeno, Whiney, and Unglued with Hospital, and of course yourself. Why do you think this is?
100% because it is much more accessible now. Back in the day it was a huge investment to start producing music, and now all you need is a laptop and an internet connection to get going.
Most of the names above have either put out an album in the past 12 months or are planning to do shortly. Do you have any plans for a debut you can let us know about?
There’s definitely plans but you’ll have to wait probably at least 2 years 😀 I feel like my production level isn’t at “album level” yet. I would want it to be a listening experience with a shelf life, and I’m simply not ready for it yet.
Are there any other up and coming musicians you can see following a similar trajectory to success as you have? Either in DnB or beyond.
One of my favourite newcomers in DnB is Missing. We recently signed some stuff from him for DIVIDID.
Apart from Missing, who else is likely (or confirmed) to have releases on DIVIDID? Is there anyone in particular you would like to release music from?
Not much I’m allowed to say yet on this subject, other that I’m working on an EP with Icicle for it. 🙂
What made you decide to start this new label, DIVIDID, instead of rebranding your old label, Fumei?
Fumei was just a fun thing with friends, and we didn’t know what we were doing. With DIVIDID, we are taking everything seriously and are working towards an established brand.
What future plans do you have for the label? If you’re ready to release some details…
We are working on some label nights with some of our favourite artists and promoters and we’ve got some sick merch coming up, with designs from UNO and Museum!
A lot of young people, not necessarily producers, are getting into DnB. You have to show them one track to get them properly hooked – what is it?
This a tough question because in my opinion, Drum and Bass is the most varied and wide genre there is. My mum for example doesn’t listen to any dance music but does enjoy some Lenzman or Ivy Lab tunes. I think the track I’d go for would be The Upbeats – De-Evolution, as that tune has a “punk” attitude while keeping some emo musicality in the intro and outro as well, which might appeal to a wide audience.
How would you describe your production ethos?
I simply try to create what I want to hear. That’s all there is to it. (I don’t often succeed)
We have seen you put together a few collabs recently, notably with Disprove and ABIS so far this year. Are there any more on the horizon?
Definitely! I’m working on an EP with Icicle, and am working on tunes with Audio, Document One, Emperor, Fre4knc, Synergy, Current Value and am gonna do some stuff with vocalists like Dope DOD and Sarah Hezen as well 🙂 Super excited for all of it!
So you’ve confirmed that you are remixing ‘Together’ for Mefjus’s ‘Manifest’ Remix album. When can we expect to get our hands on that?
You’re asking the wrong person I’m afraid! All I do is write the music.
What are your favourite dubs that you are holding on to at the moment? I’ve heard you’ve had some come direct from Noisia before…
Some of my favourite dubs at the moment are 2051 by Phace & Subtension, ID by Noisia & Phace, ID by Alix Perez and Icicle, and Vertigo by Missing.
The DnB scene has always been musically diverse. However, some people say that this diversity is turning into division. What is your take on this?
I try to not pay attention to this.
A very mature answer. You signed to Critical at 15 and have been winning awards since you were 17, and are managing to keep up production whilst at uni. How do you manage balancing all of this?
I actually dropped out after a couple of months of uni, it was impossible to manage balancing it! I hope that wasn’t too disappointing of an answer.
Can we expect to see you head over to the UK more often?
I’ve got a few UK shows lined up here and there 🙂
Do you have any other major aims for the future?
My #1 goals are releasing on OWSLA, Vision, and doing a collaboration with Noisia.
Thank you so much for taking part in this. Just one more question – how can we all keep track of any news about Signal?
You can stay up to date with me on all the standard social media, and in a group that will be announced soon! Peace x
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