From starting from the bottom, to now being signed to CRE8DNB – these boys are definitely making some serious moves in the scene. Sublimit have been about for quite a few years, but right from the start, you could tell they had something special. Now, we get to watch their hard work start paying out, and this definitely isn’t the end for them – they have much more to come.
With their recent moves, and a rumour of an EP on the way, I thought now would be the perfect time to have a sit down with them and find out what’s been going on. So ladies and gentlemen, lets get on with the interview!
As a little introduction to the people that may not of heard of you guys before, who is “Sublimit”? Where are you from, and what do you do?
We are Liam Baxter and Karl Finlay, from Corby, Northants and we’ve been making DnB together for 6 years, we started off as solo producers with little know how and decided to work on a track together and try move forward. The first track we made got signed, which was a mad surprise, and from then we just decided to work and progress as a duo and we haven’t really looked back.
How would you describe your music to someone that hasn’t listened to it before?
We’ve always aimed to go with the dark techy sound, but with so much love for the genre as a whole we’ve struggled to stick to just one style when producing, so we’ve spent a lot of time concentrating on making “our” own sound, we try not to sound too generic and keep things interesting and fun in the studio to stay inspired.
Who are your influences within the scene?
Alix Perez, Noisia, Calyx and Teebee, Break, Phaction. Benny L, QZB, Monty, Bredren, Philth, Kyrist. Just to name a few.
So, with all the introductory questions out of the way, let’s get on with the good stuff!
We’ve recently seen you working with the label Cre8DNB, with your most recent track “Snake Pit” being released on their label, and also their “We are Cre8 Vol 5” album. How did all of this come about? We have known Blackley for a number of years and liked what he was doing with Cre8DNB, and what he has planned going forward. We had sent him a few tracks around the time he was putting the album together and Snake Pit seemed to fit nicely with the rest.
So we have heard rumour of a forthcoming EP from you guys, are you able to share some details? 😉
Yes, we have a EP forthcoming on Melinki’s Four Corner Music label, called “Tunnel Vision EP” its coming very soon, so be sure to keep an eye out for that!
Is there any other future things you are currently working on, or about to start working on?
Yes, We are working on a solo EP for Cre8, Including a co-lab with Blackley that’s almost finished which we are really excited to reveal, and again we have another co-lab with Melinki which sounds sick, they’re both seriously talented producers as well as DJ’s its awesome to be working with such people.
Talking in terms of the future, what artists and/or labels are you wanting to work/collaborate with?
We’re happy to carry on working with Cre8 and Four Corners, Although we do aspire to work with the likes of Lifestyle, Flexout, Dispatch we’ve had encouraging words from the Cyberfunk crew also, it would be a dream to release with any of these!
What’s been the major highlight of your career as Sublimit, so far?
So far, it has to be the radio 1/1xtra support from Rene La Vice with Snake Pit, but with the possibility of a huge artist we cant name yet remixing our Co-lab with Blackley, it looks like there’s more to come!
Seeing as you’ve been in the scene for quite some years now, do you feel as if the industry for Drum n Bass has changed? How do you feel the future will be for Drum n Bass?
The scene has definitely evolved since we first got into DNB, its a defined genre now and will continue to grow and there will always be fresh talent coming through to keep things interesting so we aren’t too worried about the future.
What tips can you give others who are looking to get in to either producing or DJing?
The things that have helped us most in recent years was going to masterclasses that Melinki had set up with Philth, Kyrist and Phaction, its quite unique to get in the studio with such artists and pick their brains and focus on areas you struggle with, so definitely make the effort to learn from the pros whether it be something like that or Tutorials or even Live mentor sessions. Make sure your constantly practicing on the beats, remember its ok to sound poor at first before you put yourself off and also be prepared to loose some sleep!
So there you have it! Be sure to follow Sublimit, and the moves they make. There is more on the way from these guys, and trust me when I say, “You do NOT wanna miss it!”.