I’ve spent the higher a part of an hour making an attempt to determine tips on how to begin this album assessment, bouncing backwards and forwards between eloquent similes and haphazard comparisons, solely to reach at one conclusion: Conrank simply dropped one in every of my favourite albums of the yr, What’s A FKNG Conrank. On the finish of the day, what extra must be mentioned?
Effectively, tons, in all probability. The 16-track album out now on Circus Data is likely one of the truest examples of a pure dubstep file launched in 2019. It pays homage to the classics and appears ahead to the long run in a single concise, well-executed bundle that’s not solely extremely artistic in its manufacturing and presentation, but in addition rattling enjoyable to take heed to. Skits are interspersed all through the album á la The Slim Shady LP, giving the entire thing a deeper, extra private really feel. Conrank additionally collaborates with a lot of his contemporaries, together with Dust Monkey, Mark The Beast, Charmae, and extra, infusing What’s A FKNG Conrank with variety and additional taste.
Conrank has been within the recreation lengthy sufficient to understand the place dubstep got here from and see forward to the place it’s going. And this album, lengthy in manufacturing because it’s been, is a pertinent instance of what dubstep can do when it’s in all probability tended to.
Take heed to the album and skim on beneath for our interview with Conrank, asking him about previous and current influences, what the skits are all about, and extra.
A number of dubstep as of late is pushing the brand new 150 BPM normal, however you’re wanting again to the style’s roots — your personal roots. Do you are feeling such as you’re taking a chance on this, being your debut album, or do you are feeling such as you’re staying true to your self?
They day I made a decision to do music full time was the large gamble, and the explanation I began making music was to remain true to myself, so I imply it’s a little bit of each, being a musician is a every day gamble, however the one strategy to actually make it by, I imagine is to remain true. I like the music i make, and that i wouldn’t do it another approach. I couldn’t think about making music simply because I assumed it’s what I needed to do, reasonably than needed to do.
There are some tracks particularly, like “Degree eight” and “Buk Em,” that capitalize on that early dubstep sound. How did you go into producing these tracks to offer them a nostalgic really feel with a modern-day polish?
It’s not likely one thing I sat and deliberate, I like the vibes of early dubstep, so after I’m making a patch for instance I subconsciously veer in the direction of these vibes. It simply occurs. Then I keep on messing with it the best way I’ve at all times messed with tracks and that’s actually the place my present sound comes from. The merging of two worlds in my head haha. I attempt to not suppose an excessive amount of within the studio, which is tough cos I normally overthink all the things. I work quick, and keep artistic, typically I neglect how I even got here up with stuff.
One of many extra artistic tracks on the album that doesn’t essentially look to the previous is “OI!” with Illaman and Onjuicy. Although, it type of is on the identical time because you’ve labored with Illaman previously. Did you go into the album eager to work with a foreign-language vocalist, or Onjuicy specifically?
Illaman is a straight G and has turn into a extremely good good friend, I’d work with him anytime anyplace, so it was superior to have him on this observe. Relating to ONJUICY I’m at all times on the look out for dope mc’s wherever I am going, and final yr i performed a present in Tokyo and met him. His stream is so sick, he’s unimaginable, so I needed to make it occur. I didn’t have a imaginative and prescient essentially of working with a overseas talking MC, it simply occurred, and I didn’t know the place the observe would go, however after I began serious about the album i knew right away this was it’s house.
“Bullet In The Gun” is my favourite dubstep tune in years. It’s superbly melodic and intensely highly effective, and the bass is completely relentless. How did you produce this one to offer it such a strong sound?
Thanks 1,000,000 occasions. it’s robust with tracks like this as a result of it’s a observe pushed by emotion. It’s not a rail rider observe it’s a smile ear to ear, shut your eyes and dance your little footwear off observe, however that makes it even more durable, as a result of i need to discover the steadiness of heaviness and energy, but in addition ensure that it has the feels. i should have combined this observe 100 occasions looking for the steadiness, it was actually arduous as a result of i wasn’t meters and making an attempt to be technical with this, i used to be simply making an attempt to offer myself chills, there’s no plugin or meter for that sadly. haha. The unique has an actual place in my coronary heart so i needed to do it justice.
At what level did you give you the concept of doing the skits on the album?
The thought to place the skits on was apparent for me, I actually needed the album to have an album really feel, like Doggystyle haha, lil humorous sketches and issues that present a little bit of my character away from the music. I used to be promoting merchandise earlier than a present as soon as and a woman was like “Hey what’s a fucking Conrank” it was hilarious and I liked it and that was it, the entire idea was born… and a large shout to CONRANKS ARMY for being concerned too!
What took this lengthy to place out your debut LP?
Not feeling I used to be prepared, not feeling I used to be in a spot the place I may actually categorical what I needed to precise or create one thing that I liked finish to finish… nevertheless it lastly occurred. I’m actually happy with it, and I wouldn’t have completed it another approach.
Do you see a shift happening in dubstep proper now? Whether or not that’s the scene, the music, and so on. (Open ended query)
I imply, issues shift always, all I’ll say is that I believe persons are actually opening their minds as much as totally different sounds and kinds inside dubstep and it’s lovely. The scene is fairly vibrant rn.
In case you needed to describe the face you would like folks would make after they hear this album, in 5 phrases or much less, what would it not be?
Hmmm, that’s robust, however this gorgeous a lot sums it up : https://www.pinterest.com/hodgson1248/gurners/