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Logan D Interview

 

Come & get low down deep, as we dive into some interesting questions; answered by different artists from the label each month. And what’s the best way to start this off? Yep, that’s right, with Mr Logan D himself.

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What is your favourite place you have ever played & who was it with?

Has to be Low Down Deep at Privilege in Ibiza, it was a Low Down Deep night so I was with all the label crew.

What year was that?

I think it was 2012.

Where would you want to play that you haven’t yet & who with?

Definitely Boomtown with Problem Central.

What would you say your top ‘must haves’ in the studio are? that you definitely cannot go without?

Straight forward, the Mackie Monitors are the prime thing I couldn’t do without.

Any big releases or tours coming up that you can tell us about?

I’m looking to have an EP out later this year featuring 4 collabs with different artists.

And that’s going to be on Low Down Deep?

Yes, on Low Down Deep. Tours? Not really any Logan D tours coming up, but I have joined up with Majistrate to throw a joint Birthday Bash again in Bristol on 25th April. And of course Escape2 Festival in Kavos, with Breakin’ Science from the 1st to the 7th of July.

What other music, if any, are you into?

Hip hop I’d say is the number 2 for me after Drum & Bass, but the older hip hop.

Do you prefer Christmas Eve, or New Year’s Eve?

Now a days I would definitely say New Year’s Eve without a doubt.

If you weren’t doing music, what do you think you would be doing with your life?

I would still be an electrician. I was an electrician for 12 years, so would definitely be doing that on site now if I didn’t have the music business.

What was it that got you into the Drum & Bass scene specifically?

When I was young it was VERY underground & I think it was the buzz of it being underground that got me into it. I liked the fact not everyone knew about it, it kind of felt like you had a little secret compared to the average person.

What is it you enjoy most about Drum & Bass?

The community feel. Similar to the last question, although it is more commercial now a days, but it’s still got that underground element to it, it’s still very small. Plus, I like things when they aren’t popular, you’re a minority in that sound. What’s really good, is that it’s gone from the UK & travelled the whole world now. The second most popular place for it now is New Zealand, which is probably the farthest away you can get from the UK, right?

How did you come up with your DJ name?

I was writing an exam paper & the first thing I had to write was my surname & then my initial. I had been searching for a DJ name for so long at that point, so when that happened it just kind of clicked together.

If you could change one thing about the scene what would it be?

It would probably be having some of the old venues back that I used to go to back in the day, when I was living my first years of raving. The good clubs dying out is what I would change.

How do you feel about modern technology in the DJing world?

I think it has progressed to be honest with you, the sound has undeniably progressed, there’s no more jumpy needles that’s for sure! And it’s definitely saved us a lot, us DJs that is. Saved us without cutting dubplates every week, so 2 tracks would be £50 then, but now they’re nothing, they’re basically free.

Like, someone can send you a track over on a Friday night at 8 o’clock while you’re driving on the motorway to an event, you can put it on your USB & then play it at half 9 in a club! I think it’s all for the good, all been positive changes.

No more heavy record boxes!

Yeah, no more bad back, no more sciatica from carrying record boxes & dubplates!

What is your top tip for any up & coming artists?

Simple. Stay humble, that’s all I would say. Make sure no matter what, you stay humble throughout your career.

What one item could you not live without when you’re out on the road at weekends?

Hand gel haha

How many hours a day roughly would you say you spend working on music?

Probably about 10 hours, roughly.

And what is it you do away from the music, to keep a healthy balance?

Go to the gym, football or more specifically West Ham United & the obvious one spending time with the family & just chillin out.

Here’s a simple one, are you a tea or coffee man?

… Tea. Well, it’s like I would have a coffee in the mornings as my first cuppa & then tea for the rest of the day.

What do you put on your rider most weekends?

Would have to be Courvoisier brandy & that’s it.

Here’s a hot topic, vinyl or CDJs & why?

I’d have to say vinyl for fun & CDJs for practicality.

What are your thoughts on the Drum & Bass awards in general?

I think everyone’s a winner. Everyone who has taken part is a winner. It’s been nearly 30 years with this music & it’s constantly evolving, so we’re all doing something right.

Garage or dubstep?

Garage.

What is the most awkward thing that has happened to you at an event?

Running off the decks to go to the toilet, to then come back into the room 2 minutes later & Evil B making the crowd boo me, because I had run off the decks!

When was that?

That was in Southend, probably about 10 years ago, because it was still in the vinyl days. Back then you could afford to run off from the decks, have a quick number one & get back on them by the time the break down in the track had happened, so you could quickly get your mix in & no one would know. But these days it’s so fast mixing the tracks, you couldn’t run off the decks & get to the toilet before everyone gets bored & is looking at you like ‘where’s the next tune?’

Who would you say you’d most like to work with?

DJ or Producer?

Producer, absolutely anyone you would want to collab with?

Undoubtedly Shy FX, no questions.

Now, what would you say is your most useless talent?

Painting. My family are filled with painters & decorators, I just didn’t inherit that gene, I’m absolutely useless when it comes to that.

Have you ever dealt with performance anxiety? Like struggling with big crowds or anything like that?

Obviously in the beginning I did, you play one mix & you’re sort of off, which can add to the nerves, but your confidence grows. But in recent years it has been at Evil B’s Birthday bash, because he always wants something from me that literally has to be perfection, whether it is pressing a button at EXACTLY the right time when he is dropping a lyric & not a split second off either way. That’s the only time the pressure is on, because it’s his birthday & I don’t wanna fuck it up by doing anything wrong. Whereas if it was my birthday & I did something wrong I would laugh it off. It’s when it’s for someone else you have to ensure everything is literally precision.

Awesome, well thank you for your time & I’m sure we’ll have lots more questions from the fans when we next interview you.

That’s right, we wanna get you all involved too. Each month we will pick some of our favourite questions from you lot! Simply post your questions (the more interesting the better!) on Facebook, using #questionsfromthedeep & we will pick a handful to ask. So keep an eye on this page as your question maybe answered very soon!