Transforma Interview (April 2021)

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Transforma

Q: Introduce yourself and tell us a bit of the history behind Transforma:

A: Hi guys & gals I’m Neil and I produce music under the name “Transforma”. It all started back in 2012 when I bought my first copy of Ableton Live 8. I was already DJing at the time so I wanted to take that next leap. I started out writing dubstep for a few years & then switched up to glitch-hop/neurohop and then found the courage to attempt my first neurofunk track in spring 2014 hahaha….The rest is history.

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

A: Well it definitely wasn’t from transformers just to clear that up 😂. Nah I actually decided on the name because at the time I was literally playing multigenre sets and cos’ I was a big fan of Cookie Monsta that’s where I got the use of the.

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

A: Back as a resident in local clubs in 2012, I was introduced properly to the genre as the main club I was a part of had loads of different bass music nights and no crappy mainstream shite haha. So I was billed to support Phetsta as my first ever dnb support and then Tantrum Desire not too long after that. And I guess I just fell in love with it the more I was around it.

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

A: I had friends who were making bass music at the time and after a bit of a jam over at theirs I just wanted to have a go at making electronic music myself. I always had a soft spot for it even though I come from a metal/hardcore/rock background and years playing in bands. Over time I learned more and more about the characteristics of neurofunk and my guess is that my style just naturally came about. The fact that I already was from a musical background helped a damn lot.

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

A: I would have to say finally releasing my dream label in Blackout is #1 for me. I couldn’t believe it at first haha. Also being billed for LIR in 2017 was an absolute highlight for me as well! And most definitely getting my first break after Ed (Optiv) discovered me and brought me onto Red Light and then C4C….Forever thankful for that legend….R.I.P ❤️

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

A: Next up is my return to Blackout 🙌 But that’s all I’m saying atm. I have my 3rd EP on Bad Taste coming shortly as well. An EP coming for Code Smell, more tracks on Korsakov, 0101, Boomslang, Abducted ltd, a few remixes on some other labels. And planning to aim for some other personal goals this year too ;).

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

A: Konflict – Messiah

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

A: Black Sun Empire, Mefjus, Noisia, State of Mind, Joe Ford, Hybrid Minds, Magnetude, Jade, Gydra, Imanu, Buunshin, Freshney, Burr Oak, Redpill, Waeys…Far too many lol

As for labels my fav 5 are definitely:
Blackout, Vision, Eatbrain, Shogun & Korsakov

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

A: Would absolutely love to work with Magnetude guys as I feel our style and the way we bring melody into a tune would really compliment each other so well. Joe Ford as well as the man is a genius!! And Black Sun Empire; they are one of my biggest inspirations

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

A: Dropset hands down. Absolutely killing it at all his recent releases & such a top guy. Karmasynk, Bad Syntax & Noize Komplaint is another 3 who are total workhorses and put in 110%

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

A: Thomas (TR Tactics)! Man’s a beast.

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

A: Screechy Jump-Up or Foghorn 🤣

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

A: Make sure that the revenue for all of us independent artists royalties/streaming was a hell of a lot more legit & fair. And not a complete rip off *cough cough* Spotify

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

A: I am really enjoying how a new generation of tech is coming back fast and how it’s implementing in future sounds/techno sounds. Like that DIVIDID/Vision kind of sound. I am loving it and I’m writing a lot of it atm 😝


Transforma‘s strong innovation in drum & bass/neurofunk is turning heads constantly with solid releases, heavy basslines, and precise synths. Stay tuned for awesome results!

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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.