Interview – DJ Dox 02/16/19

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Introduce yourself and tell us a bit of the history behind DJ Dox.

What’s up everyone? I’m DJ Dox and I’ve been in the DnB scene just shy of 22 years now. All but 4 years were melting speaker magnets throughout Florida. I grew up in Pensacola, FL. I was playing DnB before most people at the clubs even knew what it was. Eventually settling in to Jacksonville where the majority of my career has been spent. Now living in Denver, I’ve been splitting my time between broken beats and straight beats.

Where did you get your name from?

So, when I first started out in ’97, I went by Paradox because I loved, mixing punishing DnB with female vocals. This was paradox to me that beauty and dirty went so well together. After a few months I learned of Paradox from the UK and shortened my artist name to Dox.

Who is your favorite non-DnB artist?

Gonna have to go with a few answers here. In the house realm, it is without a doubt Sasha. For techno, it’s a toss up between Adam Beyer and ANNA. Outside of electronic, I’m an avid Pink Floyd fan and still pick up my guitars once a week to knock out some David Gilmour solos.

What was your first experience with Drum N Bass like?

Life changing. I got into music at a very young age, particularly heavy metal before I was a teenager. This has always drawn to heavy bass & aggressive music. My first experience with DnB was when my brother, Greg, returned home from the UK with a mixtape of the Telepathy Crew. This cassette had to have been the tenth copy of a tenth copy. The quality was horrible, but the music sparked a passion in me. The tape played until it was dust. My brother is guilty of introducing me to Drum n Bass. Glad he did!

My first experience seeing DnB live was at Simon’s in Gainesville. My brother, his future wife Julie, and the girl I was seeing at the time all went together. Dieselboy was my first live show. Back when he was a shy guy who rarely looked up from the decks. Damian absolutely rattled Simon’s and everyone in the place. That solidified my feeling that this was the music I wanted to be involved with. I’ve always loved house and techno, but nothing got me as excited as drum n bass. Simply put, Drum n Bass is that wicked temptress that always has me running back for more.

Tell our readers more about your forthcoming release on Mad Rhythm Records.

My most recent release will be coming out soon on Mad Rhythm Records. The release date is still being determined. I did a remix of one of the DnB tracks on Binsky’s new album, “Deep” LP. I did a heavy yet melodic techno/house remix of his Drum n Bass tune ‘Familiar Sounds in Wrong Places. My release will appear on the album that hosts remixes of all the songs from the original album. The “Deep” LP is out on Beatport, iTunes, etc. The remix album will be available on those outlets as well.

What is you’re biggest break / thing you are most thankful for to date in your music career?

The thing I’m most thankful for is simply the memories. I never in my wildest dreams thought I’d get the opportunities to play with US DnB Royalty. Some of the most respected on this side of the pond; Dara, AK1200, Dieselboy, Future Prophecies, Evol Intent, and more. It’s quite a humbling experience to be rocking a club with artists you looked up to for inspiration. The other thing is the friendships. My closest friends to this day are all from the music world. Shout outs to Dorian, Chris M, Nate, Jason, Dustin, Mike, Jeremy, Taul, Chris S, Charlie, Ted, Chris B, Byron, Bea, Jacy, Geoff, Lavinia, Drew, Rachael, Nora, Kris and everyone else!

Who are your top 5 current Drum and Bass artists?

My producer friends aside, I’d say (in no particular order); L 33, Merikan, Mob Tactics, A.M.C. and Black Sun Empire. Black Sun Empire is still killing it after all these years.

If you could collab with any artist, of any genre / style, who would it be and why?

Currently, my production time has been focused almost solely on house and techno (there are a couple DnB tracks I’m working on). I’d have to say Maceo Plex would be a dream to work with. His style is just so different from everyone. Always top notch tunes. He’s one of the most prolific producers. I absolutely love Maceo’s work.

Describe your favorite bassline of all time, preferably by just describing the sound.

Gotta be that stinker bassline! The one where everyone in the club snarls a bit when it drops, like someone just crop dusted the dance floor. Picture the face of Koop in Human Traffic, when they’re dropping jungle in the store. Hahaha! Love it!

Tell us about the strangest / most embarrassing experience you’ve had before, during or after a show.

You could do a whole story just on my shenanigans. People have families and real jobs now. I’ll stick to embarrassing myself. After night of drinking and smoking, It was my turn to play. I was playing main stage at Club 5 in Jacksonville just after Evol Intent finished up. From what I recall, I was double dropping some track. I took the opportunity to look up and enjoy what the crowd was feeling. I picked up the needle on the record that was playing, instead of the one I just mixed out of. Thankfully silence was so brief no one really noticed. At the time, it felt like a huge pause. So I looked over at the club amps and pretended like it was some equipment glitch.

Where do you see / hope to see the sound of Drum and Bass evolving too in the next few years.

I see the sound coming back to the more gritty, circa late 90s/early 00s sound. Songs were not so polished. That being said, the production quality of late is absolutely top notch from nearly every release I come across. I guess the grit just brings a little nostalgia out in me. Also, I’m certainly hoping to see tracks that are a bit longer, with more progression in them to play with. I would also love to see some more genre crossover within DnB production.

What is one tip you would like to give to aspiring Drum n Bass artists?

Do whatever you need to be happy. Don’t get discouraged! I’m certainly guilty of getting discouraged at a few points in the last couple of decades. I think you really get into Drum N Bass because you love it. Don’t let equipment issues; poor turnout, low pay, no pay, scene politics, and all of the other minutia get to you. Trust me, it will rob you of what you love. Keep that head up. Be humble. Put in the work and have fun. Don’t be scared to take a break or explore other avenues. If you start to lose the feeling, stick around and eventually it’ll come rushing back.

 

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