There isn’t a country or culture that hasn’t been touched by the DnB outbreak. SouthAmerica is certainly no exception and has given up some real talent over the years. Semitone hails from Columbia and keeps the standard high for his continental peers. Check out my review of his ‘Backlash’ EP out now on Faded Music, after his interview below.
How did you get into Drum and Bass?
Well, I was always into music. I had a drum set when I was a kid and I played all day long. Then, MTV got me into The Chemical Brothers & The Prodigy and from then on I think it was a natural progression to discovering Drum and Bass. It’s a funny story because I got into drum and bass back in 98 without knowing what it was, I just liked that
music. I randomly bought the Roni Size/Reprazent – New Forms album at a Virgin megastore in Miami and used to play it on repeat while playing Need For Speed games on my computer. It wasn’t ’til a few years later when I met someone who would become a good friend of mine that gave me a Dieselboy mix, he said, “This is what you like. It’s called Drum & Bass”. I think it was ‘The Sixth Session’ CD the one that intro’s with Konflict’s “Messiah”, bless him for that.
What is the scene like in Colombia? Is it big? Is it mainly in the cities?
It’s been a long but fun process in spreading the sound and educating the crowds and I’m proud to say that the movement here is finally becoming a scene. As part of the RE.SET collective, we have been promoting drum and bass in Colombia, mainly Bogotá
for the past 8 years bringing DJs like Icicle, Ed Rush, Ant TC1, Raiden to name a few. RE.SET also makes part of the biggest festival for underground music in South America, ‘RADIKAL STYLES’. An event that holds 3 thousand people and recently had big names in the scene like Audio, Current Value, Ulterior Motive, DLR and Goldie.