The Burner Brothers Interview (March 2021)

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Q:  Introduce yourself and tell us a bit of the history behind “The Burner Brothers

A: Collectively we are DJ Seen and CT Burners. We have been friends since back in the early nineties when we met skateboarding in various parking lots around our neighborhoods. We both figured out that we were going to the same raves and listening to the same music and started DJing together shortly after that. It naturally progressed into producing our own music in 1999 as The Burner Brothers with our friend DJ Wally aka: Pish Posh.

Q: Where did you get your artist name from?

A: Now that we are older it’s silly to say but we smoked A LOT during our studio sessions and someone just blurted out “The Burner Brothers” and it’s stuck ever since.

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

Seen: “I like how the sound evolved from jungle but my first experience with dnb has to be hearing Dave Charlesworth & Peshay – Rude around 1993. This also happens to be the first dnb vinyl I owned.”

CT: “Seen has been a junglist from day 1 but I was actually more into house back then. I remember going to an LTJ Bukem show and really loving the atmospheric vibe him and Conrad were doing. I started buying records like that but slowly got pulled into heavier stuff as I explored more about the genre.”

Q: How did you two develop your playing style of Drum & Bass?

A: Even though we got booked at all of the same local shows we’d always play separate sets. Then we started getting booked as DJ Seen and Chris Thomas a lot so we were almost forced to start playing similar styles because we were tag-teaming so much. I think the late 90’s hardstep style of D&B that was loaded with hip-hop samples played a big part in bringing our sounds together.

Q: What inspired you to start your label?

A: At first it was created as an outlet to put out our own music but we quickly started getting submissions from artists from all over the world. We shifted our focus to trying to incubate all of these amazing artists and give them a platform to release their music.

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

A: By far the release of our debut album “One for the Road”. If you look at the list of collaborations we have on there it really shows how far we’ve come and how many amazing musicians we’ve become friends with along the way.

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

Seen: Commix- Be True

CT: Origin Unknown – Valley of The Shadows

Q: Who are some of your favorite US Drum & Bass artists? Favorite USDNB labels?

A: There are so many but these guys come to mind quick: Dr. Apollo, Pish Posh, SST, KRISPE, Airglo, ESKR & CTRL-S.

-Labels:  Patrol The Skies, Play Me, Abducted Ltd, Liondub International , Boomslang recordings & Elm imprint.

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

A: Our Burner Brother Pish Posh all day! Before this pandemic we actually played a few back to back sets with him and the vibe was electric.

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

A: When we were young and getting booked at raves across the country we never had proper contracts. We would literally book shows over AOL chat rooms and weird shit like that. All of the crazy places we would end up sleeping or the countless strange “friends of the promoter” who would pick us up from airports were totally insane. We’ve seen some wild stuff in our day!

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

A: It’s hard for us to say because we try and span so many sub-genres in our DJ sets but I think sexy rollers are underrated. You have to walk a fine line with them because in our opinion if you play too many in a row it could suck the energy out of a set but if you drop them at the right time during an energetic set the impact is magical.

-Wait, wait, wait….Rollers are a genre? -Anyway,

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

A: I think the elitists and non-exclusionists (is that a word?) in the scene are a real bummer. A lot of people think that it’s mostly veterans in the scene who behave like that but unfortunately there are a lot of young bucks out there spreading that vibe as well. We all need to be pushing the sound as a whole! It’s all love from us and you can see that in the artists we push on PTSM.

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

A: We might get a lot of shit for this but we’d love to see it getting more attention in the main stream. More D&B acts playing big festivals, more radio and streaming revenue being generated for artists, and more collaborations and remixes with household names. That will bring more attention to this amazing music. A lot of people in the US talk about promoters booking more local talent but unfortunately they aren’t in those promoters shoes and losing thousands of dollars at shows when they try and do that. It’s not their faults and until the masses start appreciating the talent around them that won’t change.

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About Author

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.