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Our special guest mix this month comes from London based Spindall. An accomplished DJ and an upcoming producer alongside partners Kalm and Diamond Eye, we got hold of him to find out what makes him tick and what we can expect to hear from him in the near future.
Can you introduce yourself for the people who don’t know you?
My name is Craig and I go under the artist name of Spindall, catch me on www.rudefm.com every Saturday from 6 til 8PM playing the best in underground D&B.
What made you want to starting DJing and what got you into Drum & Bass?
I got into it at the very start back in 1992 listening to pirate radio and tape packs etc. via older friends. Being a DJ culture genre it was what I wanted to do from the age of 10! My idols were Hype, Andy C and Randall. Listening to those guys made me want to do it myself.
How would you describe your sound/ethos?
Definitely on the deep side. I like the deeper side of the music and the darkside.
You are also developing a reputation as a producer. Would you consider yourself predominantly a DJ or beat maker? Can we expect to see any releases in the near future?
Producing is still very new to me. I'm still learning & lucky to have a sick engineer in Kalm so I would say at present definitely very much a DJ who dabbles in production . Myself and Kalm have an up coming release on Twisted Records very soon called Parameters. We're also gonna be starting a label called Nurtured Beatz so we'll be releasing on there too. Grab the free single now by myself & Diamond Eye from www.soundcloud.com/nurturedbeatz
You’ve put a guest mix together for our latest podcast. Can you give us a little insight into it?
The mix features forthcoming material from us, current bangers and also a few people to watch out for in the future. I like to feature new artists and you'll spot a few in the mix.
How do you feel about the general state of Drum & Bass at the moment?
Musically it is pretty strong right now, so much good stuff around at the moment it's unreal. It's also more diverse now than ever and that can only be a good thing. It will open the door too newer listeners.
Current top 5 tunes?
Ooh I hate this question because there are so many! Haha!
1. Charli XCX :: You're The One (Dub Phizix Remix) :: Asylum Records
2. Genotype :: The Good Turned Ugly :: Nurtured Beatz
3. Kalm & Spindall :: Parameters :: Twisted Records
4. Kyrist :: Delusions :: Broken Audio Recordings
5. Kalm & Spindall :: Thorn :: Nurtured Beatz
Any final thoughts or shout outs you’d like to add?
Yes, thanks for giving me the opportunity to do this . Big ups to Kalm, all @ RudeFM, Diamond Eye, DBR UK & all @ Broken Audio, Kolectiv, Donny & Robee @ Extent, Joe @ Twisted, Lucie @ The Drum & Bass Diaries, Ruffhouse, Codebreaker, Syrenz , Antagonist, Genotype, and anyone I missed (I could be here forever but big ups to all the peeps who've supported, you know who you are).