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First thank you for giving us this interview.
Drumnbass.com.br: Tell us how was the beginning of Symmetry Recordings, which were the biggest challenges and how can keep the music level for so long?
Break: I started the label in 2006. I had released music on many other DnB labels, and people had given me advice on how to start my own label too. I had lots of music to get out there so it felt like a good move to have control of some of my music and how it was released. The biggest challenges are really time and money these days. Choosing good music is the fun part, and there is always good stuff out there, but having the time and resources to compete with other labels to ensure a successful release is the main challenge.
Drumnbass.com.br: In 2013 you remixed Brazilian producer music Nitri who left the label Horizons Music, since you have heard of Brazilian producers and that suits you in productions made by Brazilian producers?
Break: I havent heard much DnB music from Brazilians that I know of recently. To be honest at the time I didnt realise that Nitri was from Brazil. I was a big fan of Marky and Patife when they were releasing music which had a strong Latin identity, I love Latin music in general and think the vibe and sound of it works really well when infused with DnB. Id love to hear more DnB music with these influences.
Drumnbass.com.br: Your catalog your stamp is quite vast, how do you choose your artists to be a part of Symmetry Recordings?
Break: I just choose music that I really like. The label just reflects my taste in music. It does help if its the kind of track I would play in a DJ set, but I would also choose music that has great content and talent shown within it regardless of playing it in a club.
Drumnbass.com.br: When we hear a song produced by you, it is inevitable the striking bass line and beats sounding right in the face. What is the secret to produce music over the years with quality above the average which equipment you have in your studio that help in his excellent end result?
Break: A lot of the sound comes down to taste and style rather than equipment. It is more the vision of how the track should sound and then using the equipment to reach that goal. I do like outboard analogue equipment that helps me to achieve an organic sound, but some digital plugins can do a similar thing these days. I use Logic 9 to make most of my music, it makes sense to me, I definitely prefer making music than being a computer programmer. It just comes down to practice and desire, I keep trying until I get it right.
Drumnbass.com.br: You moved to Bristol to 9 years, what made you leave London and establish residence in Bristol, which their participation in the local scene today?
Break: For me London died as a place to live. It was too expensive and too big to travel around, I still have family there so I visit often, but for daily quality of life, Bristol is much more my kind of place. Bristol always had a good culture for arts and music, so there are many like minded people that I meet, the nightlife is great for music.
Drumnbass.com.br: While you produce energy music for the dancefloor, we can hear in his discography songs that are synonymous with musical mastery, especially productions with Kyo, tell us a little about this partnership that has lasted years.
Break: We met in London 13 years ago, she needed a producer for her vocals and I was looking for a vocalist to work with. We both had very similar taste in music and both fitted well on each others work. We are both the same age so we both grew up listening to the same music, which has definitely influenced our work together. We enjoy dancefloor tunes, but love more musical work, trying to combine these is often the goal of our records.
Drumnbass.com.br: What are your musical influences within the Drum & Bass?
Break: Mostly artists that I grew up listening too such as: Dillinja, Konflict, No U Turn, Origin Unknown, LTJ Bukem and Bad Company, plus many more. I got into making DnB from listening to Jungle, so a lot of my inspiration comes from the mid-late 90s. There was a lot of good music then, in all genres.
Drumnbass.com.br: Outside the Drum & Bass know that you are a member of the Degrees of Freedom. Tell us a little about this project, and what inspirations you use to produce out of Drum & Bass?
Break:This was a band that I started with Kyo mainly to make music other than DnB. We started the band several years ago, because weve both always written other music other than DnB and wanted to represent our eclectic taste in music. Recently a talented guitarist called Mace has been working with us in the studio and at live shows and were starting to practice with a wicked bass player and a sick drummer to step up the live performances. Originally the influences of the band were Massive Attack and Portishead, who are both bands from Bristol, we also love Masters at Work and many Hip- Hop and Soul artists. Also our love of Dub/Reggae has been a big part of the sound, our first release “Children Of The Sun” was a Dub/Reggae song.
Drumnbass.com.br: Currently many artists use social media to communicate with your audience, some use very well, others not so much. How you communicate with your public and what is its relationship with social media?
Break: Im not a big fan of Social Media, in general I dont think it benefits society much in any way. Id rather connect with the audience through good music, or with an official interview such as this one, even better if its face to face. I think a lot of artists use social media for their own egos and insecurities, Id rather spend the time making and living music, than portraying an unrealistic image of that. Im aware that most people do use social media, so we do have a Symmetry Facebook page for sharing information with fans about events and releases, but hopefully thats as far as it will go for me. Whats sad is that these days the number of plays or followers is used by shops and the public to determine how good a record is.
Drumnbass.com.br: Have you had the opportunity to close some time to play in Brazil or South America? When will we have the honor to receive Break in South American country?
Break: I have not had the honour of visiting South America once. Its one of the few places Id love to travel for to visit and to DJ. I always here of amazing parties and wonderful people, I have talked to Marky recently about trying to organize a visit, so hopefully that will happen in the near future.
Drumnbass.com.br: Finally tell us a bit about the future of Symmetry Recordings and BREAK?
Break: We will continue to release quality DnB that we love and work with talented artists. Kyo has been working on an E.P. of her songs and productions which will feature a different DnB producer collaboration on each track. This will be released early in 2017. It may be a little while before another album as I want to focus on other music projects such as Degrees Of Freedom, but its hard to not make DnB, I already have a couple of sick tunes on the go which will be released next year.