Interview: Dysart

Dysart is a London based DJ/Producer who specialises in pounding Techno that hits the spot. With a recent release ‘Crazy Delicious’ just out on Dense & Pika’s Kneaded Pains imprint, we caught up with him to find out some more about where his sound has came from, and what led him to being released on such a sought after label…

Hi Dysart, how’s it going? Can you tell us a little more about you for any of our followers that might not be aware?

Sure, I’m a DJ / producer from London, currently releasing music under my Dysart alias on labels such as Kneaded Pains, Intec, Phobiq and Detone. I also own a small production studio complex in Shoreditch, East London called Scrutton Street Studios.

How has 2018 treated you so far?

2018 has been immense, my girlfriend and I are expecting our 2nd child in May, and what with Kneaded Pains, Intec and Phobiq labels all signing EP’s it’s been such a great start to the year. I’m not sure how the second half of the year will compare.

We’re digging the release on Kneaded Pains! What is your relationship with the label? How did you come to release with them?

Thanks, the feedback from many tier 1 DJ’s on the release has been really overwhelming. As with many of the bigger labels the lead times for tracks being released is many months (if not longer). I originally sent a stack of tracks to Alex Jones via an old friend of mine Demi, who is Danny Tenaglia’s European Tour Manager. He got them to Alex back end of last summer and we hadn’t heard anything for months and then suddenly out of the blue I get a response saying Crazy Delicious had been “doing serious damage” in their sets and they wanted to sign it to the label. Now I’m just working on as much new music as possible to see if I can get a follow up release sorted with them. They have a distinctive sound they are looking for which is unique and really cool to be a part of.

Being from London, what are your thoughts on the current scene there? Would you say it has changed?

London is tough, I grew up clubbing in London spoilt for choice with clubs like The Cross, The End, The Key, Turnmills, Bagley’s all regular nightspots delivering the best clubbing experiences in the world outside of Ibiza (in my opinion). This has significantly changed in the last 10 years. London is becoming massively gentrified by developments and offices. That said there’s still a thriving club and warehouse party scene in London, which is not to say it’s not enjoyable, it’s just different.

How would you describe your sound?

That’s a really tough question! To be honest one which is best answered by people like yourselves. But what I would say is that I try to make the music as Peak Time as I can, full of warmth, energy, stomp and a good measure of distortion. I would also add that I like to add different styles and influences into my productions (hence the breakbeat section in Crazy Delicious). I used to produce breakbeat back in around 2004/5 and so this is still a sound that I love to bring to the fore in DJing and production every now and then.

Were you always musical growing up? What drove you towards this sound?

In terms of musical instruments no, not really. I have quite a short attention span so sitting down and learning things like piano was really hard for me so I never progressed with it. However I spent years of my youth recording singles from the radio and piecing them together into mixtapes so I didn’t have to listen to the talking or ad breaks over the music.

My sound has definitely evolved (and always will be evolving) but I’ve definitely worked extra hard over the last 3-4 years to develop the version of techno I make.

Where do you take inspiration from before you get in the studio?

I don’t always work in studio sessions as such, I’m always working on tracks, existing and new music as and when I get a chance. It’s a kind of therapy in some ways to be able to jump on the laptop at home and start building out an idea in ableton without having to go to the studio. To me working that way feels more creative than trying to force it into a studio session. Although I do that as well. To answer your question about inspiration, it can take many forms. Crazy Delicious I went into the studio knowing that I wanted to make a dub inspired techno track but also including the breakbeat you hear in the break. Tribaleee on the other hand came together really quickly with the groove and feel of the elements starting from scratch without anything actually in mind and the track just developed from there.

What gear do you use to produce such a sound?

Ableton Live, and a host of plugins. You can’t beat the Soundtoys and UAD plugins plus outboard synths – Moog Slim phatty, Arturia Micro brute and some of the roland boutique units, JU06, JX03, TR03. I’ve got some older bits of kit too like the MS2000 and the legendary JP8000 but I haven’t used them much of late.

We hear you have a summer release coming out on Carl Cox’s intec! How did this come about?

I have been sending Carl tracks for nearly 4 years now. I’ve DJ’d for Carl at Burning Man for the last 3 years as part of his Playground camp under my Soul of Noise guise (with SoN Dj partner Grant Nichols). After the first year I started sending tracks to him for Intec, it’s taken countless tracks to finally make the breakthrough.

What are your 5 favourite records right now?

The answer to this changes weekly as there’s so much new music coming out but I’d say these are my current top 5

MATRiXXMAN, Setaoc Mass – Vortex
Pleasurekraft – G.O.D. (Gospel of Doubt) Part 2 ft. Casey Gerald
Dense&Pika – Casino (Truncate Remix)
Slam – Disconnect
Miss Kittin – 1993 EACID (Truncate Remix)

What do you do to unwind outside of the studio?

Unwinding isn’t really in my make up. I always need to be doing something, but taking my daughter out to the park or on a little trip to the coast is really good for getting away from the intensity of London life. That is something which helps clear the mind.

What does the rest of the year hold for Dysart? Any further releases or gigs to keep our eyes peeled for?

A while back I really scaled back on DJ’ing to concentrate fully on production and getting my sound in a place I was happy with. So I’ve not been Djing that much for quite a while now, but later in the year I’m definitely looking to get back out playing live shows for sure. In terms of production, obviously there’s the Intec EP, then i’ve got a release coming out with Phobiq later in the year – although we’re still working on which tracks will make the EP at the moment so the date is TBC. I’ve also got a second release on Darren Emersons DETONE due out in August,