NC-17 Interview (April 2021)

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Q: Introduce yourself and tell us a bit of the history behind NC-17:

A: I am a DNB artist (Producer/DJ) based out of Toronto, Canada. My first releases date back to 2007 on the mighty DSCI4 recordings & have been releasing steadily since then on various labels.

Q: Where did you get your artist name from?:

A: The name NC-17 comes from the American Film rating. I am a huge fan of cinema & the NC-17 ratings always represented films that were too daring for your regular multiplex cinemas. Also, my favorite film Bad Lieutenant was rated NC-17 so that helped contribute in coming up with the name.

Q: What was your first experience with Drum and Bass like?:

A: I first felt in love with dnb when I saw Vinyl Syndicate (Mystical & Sniper) play in Toronto in 1997. They introduced me to all artists and records that I love and play now.

Q: How did you get into producing? How did you develop your style of Drum & Bass that we know today?

A:I first got into producing sitting in the room with Corrupt Souls (Impulse). Once I had a taste of that creative process I was hooked for life.

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

A: Hooking up with Ant from Dispatch Recordings

Q: Tell us about your upcoming release(s):

A: Most Violent Year on Dispatch Recordings – It took me a year to write this album. It was a very emotional but therapeutic experience

Q: What is one dnb track that never gets old for you no matter how many times you hear it?:

A: Ram Titan and Side Effects Kracken

Q: Who are some of your favorite Drum & Bass artists? Labels?:

A: Artists: Konflict, Keaton, Ram Trilogy, Dj Die, Bad Company,
Labels: Renegade Hardware, Ram Recordings, Full Cycle, Virus

Q: Name an artist you would like to work with in the future. Why them?

A: Its very hard for me to answer this question. To me it’s about the chemistry. I’m more excited to work with someone I have chemistry with instead of with someone I look up to. I don’t look at it this way. There are artists that I look up to. When it comes for working relationship it’s more about the vibes and chemistry.

Q: Could you name up to 3 different USDNB artists that have caught your attention/deserve spotlight?:

A: ZereKlippeeDr. Apollo

Q: Let’s say you’re playing a b2b set with a homie. Who are you calling?:

A: DJ Myth

Q: What is one D&B subgenre you think doesn’t get the attention it deserves?

A: Anything technoid.

Q: If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?:

A: Less insecurity and more people working together.

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

A: It’s very hard to say because it will be evolving differently in different places in the world. Right now, in Europe, UK and the rest of the world dnb is really popping. I hope one day it could be recognized by mainstream media as a form of high art.


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With at first being a Drum & Bass connoisseur, I inevitably became an artist; establishing my own selections and style of heavy, dark, & chaotic neuro. Taking initiative, I started the #TeamNeuro project; rallying dnb artists from state-side to across the globe in support of the genre as whole -Humbly breaking the barriers/limits as an American.