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Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Freefall Collective: Exclusive Free Track, DJ Mix and Interview

Like most awesome things in bass music, the Freefall Collective originate from the south coast of the UK. They draw their influence from all sorts of places and fuse it together into their own unique concoction of dub, reggae, funk, glitch and breaks . . . and as you can probably guess, it is right up our street, their live performances have been rocking all of our favourite festivals!!

We caught up with the Freefall guys to talk about their new release, Game Control, but also the other very important things in life, including afterparties, Beatrix Potter, mental Spaniards, ass-shaking, and the best bits of Glastonbury! We also persuaded them to give away an EXCLUSIVE FREE TRACK as well as an EXCLUSIVE FREE DJ MIX, only available here on Funk and Filth!
So press play on System Check below, or the Exclusive Game Control DJ Mix, and then read on . . .
(Read to the bottom of this post for free download links and tracklist for the mix!)

We’re roughly halfway through 2013, and you’ve already been chucking out some great tracks and mixes. What has been your highlight of this year up until now? What else have we got to look forward to from you guys before the end of the year?

We’ve had a great time this year so far, we’ve just been to Beatherder Festival up north – that’s a great festival, brilliant vibe. We have just released a remix on The Pooty Club of a Baymont Bross track called “Come On DJ” – we are really pleased with how that remix turned out, so check it out!

What do you use as the main inspiration for your music? Was there a particular genre or artist that you listened to a lot of when you were a kid? Do any of you have any particularly embarrassing skeletons in your musical closet?

The first Vinyl LP I bought was “Reggae owes me money” by the Ragga Twins on Shut up & Dance. But I we like anything that makes the you shake your ass basically…. Always gets the dance floor going!
There’s a few random records in the collection that have been sampled along the way… such as the tales of Beatrix potter!!!! (however I do have “weird science” on vinyl and I am not embarrassed about that at all)

Where do you go to discover new music for your sets, and where do you actually buy music from? Are there any particular sites, stores or people that you get your music from?

We get sent a lot from mates/producers and there’s a lot of people giving away their music for free music with the current state of the industry. Also if there’s an after-party at ours and people are rinsing sound-cloud and youtube then it’s quite interesting looking at the browser history the next day! . We also use Beatport quite a lot, but things often get edited up for DJ sets.

Are there any awesome up-and-coming musicians/producers/DJs/artists that we should look out for on the bass music scene? Anyone that we might not have heard of?

Its more on the Glitch vibe – but check out Shamanic Technology, Kursa & Skope…. Some heavy Bass going on there.

You get to perform all over the place, to crowds of all sizes. What’s your favourite venue/festival/event to play, and what makes it so special? Is there one country at the moment that’s more mental than all the others?

Spain! We’ve done some massive parties in Spain, and without a doubt they are the most mental! Some of the Raveart festivals out there have got to be some of our favourites to play.
We have also been lucky enough to play on the Arcadia Spectacular stage over the last few years which have been the best shows on our home turf….. check out the videos below from 2010 and 2013 when we collaborated with aerial performers and some of the best AV guys in the world to produce one of the highlights of Glastonbury!!

We bloody love a good music festival!! What would be your one tip, your most important bit of festival wisdom that you would impart to Funk and Filth readers?

Just go to hang out with your mates and have a filthy time, you might not always see the acts you want to see… but often you discover something new. And always take a loo roll!

Is there that one special, never-fail tune that you always have in your back pocket, ready to drop into a set to destroy the dancefloor?

Our tune Supafrequency always seems to be a winner. Its 8 years old now and still works a treat!!!

If you could trademark your own dance music genre, what would you call it?

We have gone through a load of genres since we started: hiphop and funk, which lead onto breaks. What are we doing now? Bumstep? Filthcore? Who gives a shit as long as its good tunes and they make people dance?!

You can do a back-to-back set or track/remix collaboration with any artist or DJ in the world. Literally anyone. Who would you pick?

We’re well into our dub so it would be amazing to make a tune with a legend like Lee Scratch Perry.

This is a big question now . . . not musically related but very very important to us! Footwear. What’s the coolest pair in your footlocker at the moment? Help us feed our footwear fetish!

Er..still rocking some Etnies that are a few years old! Have been saving since 1987 for a pair of the trainers out of Back to the Future 2 though..

Music production and DJing aren’t easy to be awesome at. What would be your one tip for an aspiring artist, DJ or producer? What is the most important thing to get good at?

Listening. Your ears are the best piece of equipment you can learn how to use.

. . . and finally, an important question, when you woke up this morning, were you feeling more funky, or more filthy? (Musically of course!)

Absolutely filthy for sure!


Game Control by the Freefall Collective is available now on Beatport. It's the perfect summing up of the Freefall sound. The original is full of energy and good vibes, but still manages to hit hard with dirty bass lines and beats.
The package also comes with an instrumental (for all the DJ's out there that prefer not to have vocals in their sets) and a Dub version.. and when we say Dub, we mean DUB. Not dubstep, Not brostep, not drumstep but... DUB. Playing heavily off MC Manics vocal, this version will have you skanking out like Lee Scratch Perry!

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1. Keep Dancing (Freefall Collective Remix) – Seed – The Pooty Club
2. Get Together feat Beatsmack – Black Blunt – Passenger
3. Renegade (Freefall Vocal Refix) – Freefall Collective – Rat Records
4. Rump (All Goodfunk Alliance Remix) - Ursula 1000 – ESL Music
5. Raw (Stanton Warriors Remix) – Big Daddy Kane – Cold Chillin
6. 31 seconds / Crusader – Emalkay (DJ EDIT)
7. Ganjaman (Deekline's Swagger Jackin VIP mix feat Rubi Dan) – Freefall Collective- Rat Records UK
8. Rave – Zeds Dead – Mad Decent
9. Damage Funk (Freefall Collective Remix) – Mata – Music Dark Records
10. Game Control – Freefall Collective – Supafrequency
11. Game Control Dub – Freefall Collective - Supafrequency

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