See. Hear. Read.
We have to ask, how did you get your name?
Me and my mate Perm (who now lives in China) were thinking of names when I made my first tune, which is cringier than anything ever. We were thinking about things from our childhood that we loved and pogs came up. Straight away P0gman was chosen and I never looked back haha.
How and when did you first find yourself getting in to dubstep?
I listened to a lot of Metal and Hardcore but always had time for Garage and Drum & Bass due to my older brother and cousins. The thing I loved most about these genres was the bass. So when I first heard dubstep in around 2006 I was amazed to find a genre that was completely driven by bass which I myself can relate to the 'drop' in Dubstep as I always enjpyed the breakdwon in Metal.
What's changed most about the scene since then?
The scene in my eyes has done what any scene does. It’s evolved and branched off in different directions. I love all types of Dubstep and hate the whole arguments between the 'deep' and the 'brostep'. If its good its good I think. If it makes you move and it sounds good in your ear then listen to it . But hating on different things is stupid. If you don’t like it don’t listen to it, end of. To me I think the genre is heading onwards and upwards all the time and is slowly taking over (especially when I hear Dubtsep on golf adverts and CBBC haha). All that needs to change in my eyes is the hate needs to f**k off.
If P0gman were a superhero/villain, what powers would he have?
This is a tricky one. I’m guessing I would have the power to turn people into Mr Soft-like characters when they hear my music. All just wobbling about the place and losing control. I’m kinda trying to work on this as we speak, hence why my tunes are very wobbly.
Who would you say are your biggest inspirations musically?
I try and take inspiration from all areas. I would say in the Dubstep world that Jakes and the Hench sound had a big influence on my wet wobbly sound. But I always looked up to the heads like Skream and Benga in my earlier days. I love all sorts of music and try to listen to a lot to get different ideas .
You've got some quirky illustration on your different releases, who does your graphics and what was the inspiration behind them?
The P0gman EP artwork was done by Eptic who is a f**king genius musically and art wise. I love to have a laugh and I try not to take life too serious so I enjoy quirky more 'fun' artwork. A close friend of mine, Jason Bryant, who is a graphic designer did my purple P0g logo which I am a massive fan of and he is working on more as we speak. The latest thing is my Run DMC themed picture which was made by Jasper from 12 Gauge (another massively talented musician and artist).
You’re playing at Dub-All Or Nothing as part of the Chronos Records takeover, are you looking forward to the night? Any tunes that you can’t wait to unleash on our soundsystem?!
I am looking forward to this night massively. I’ve heard massive things about Dub-All Or Nothing at Cable and can’t wait to get on the decks and have a sick night with you all. Got a nice few collaborations with some big producers that no one has heard yet and also a few remixes that I’m hoping will be done by the time I play . The 12 Gauge collaboration that hasn’t been put up anywhere and is always a good one to unleash and also I have many P0ggie dubs that no one has heard yet so you guys will get first dibs.
Lastly a seasonal question! If you could have anything for Xmas you would choose?
I would love more blank pogs for my pog maker so I could make pogs for you ALLLL. But they are so fucking hard to come by nowadays.
Pogman - Dub-All Or Nothing Promo Mix by cablelondon
Marger - My Thing (p0gman Remix)
Sub ANtix - Culture Shock (p0gman Remix)
Bukez Finest – Crackhead
Vodex - Gassed
P0gman - Shake (Sub Antix Remix)
Substantial Error - Wasted
Boy Kid Cloud - Forver
Habstrakt - Rough
12 Gauge & P0gman - First Blood
D-Jahsta - Monster Skank
Vodex - Wolf Dub
12 Gauge - PEW PEW
You’ve been hosting the Anti-Social show on Rinse FM alongside Jay 5ive for a while now, how would you describe the Anti-Social sound?
Melodic, sub bass driven and deep. Dubstep you can dance to!
Being a MC in a scene that thrives on instrumentals how do you try and cater for an audience who may not be so fond of MCing on DJ sets?
The key is to not try to compete with the music and talk/rhyme all over it. It's a bit like adding salt to your fish and chips - you add a little, never too much. You fill in the gaps, engage with the crowd and make them feel at one with the music.
As well as being an MC you also produce and DJ, which one would you say is your favourite?
I'd say I love MCing just as much as DJing. Maybe DJing a bit more as I don't do it as often and still get nervous, whereas MCing is second nature to me now.
We just had a look at some of the clips of you, Silkie and Quest at Outlook this year, it looked like a lot of fun! Have you got any funny tales of the festival to share with us?
There's always crazy things that happen over there each year. MC’s passing out on the beach, DJ's getting so wasted that they can't DJ on their boat parties and people falling off stages! We can all laugh about it afterwards and nobody has been seriously hurt so it's all good. It's definitely the best festival I have performed at to date.
It must be pretty hard to maintain your voice sometimes. What’s your tip for keeping you voice nice and sharp before shows?
Drink plenty of fluids, especially during the set (preferably Brandy/Rum & Coke!) and making sure that the engineer has set the microphone levels right.
You will be bringing your hosting talents to Cable for Viper this week alongside the likes of IC3, have you ever gained inspiration from some of the D&B MC’s?
I actually used to listen to him, Skibadee, Stevie Hyper D, Det and Shabba on Kool FM when I was a kid so they have definitely inspired me. It's great to see them still going strong all these years later!
In terms of releases, what can we expect from the Anti-Social camp in 2012?
Anti-Social are planning on releasing tunes on their own Anti-Social imprint so look out for that. Quest is currently working on his debut album, entitled Inner-verse. The tracks I have heard so far are incredible. Jay 5ive runs a label with Kromestar called Bass n Love which has had quality releases for a while. Their next release is due early 2012 produced by them. Razor Rekta has his own label called Cloqworq as well, which has had some amazing releases on it. The next release scheduled is 004 which should drop in Feb 2012. I've got a tune called 'The Highest' which is scheduled for 2012 also. Silkie has a track called ‘Unlimited’ that he's produced with Swindle which is coming out soon on Butterz.
G Double will be performing in Room 2 at Viper on Saturday 3rd December alongside Far Too Loud, Pyramid, Napt, Specimen A and more.
For the uninitiated – tell us what Itchy Feet is?
Itchy Feet is a roving party. We take our brand all over the country, on a mission to relieve people of their clubbing boredom. At Itchy Feet, our DJs and bands play a mix of rock n roll, funk, soul, rhythm and blues, reggae and ska to throw the ultimate vintage party.
Untitled by Itchy Feet Events, on Flickr
What makes Itchy feet different from other vintage nights out there?
I think the main difference is the variety of music. Most 'old music' DJs tend to be specialists in a certain genre (quite often R&B or Ska). They'll step up and play an amazing, but quite full on, set in their specific area. We've realised that at our parties, while people love the music, they're not enthusiasts, and therefore 2 hours of one specific kind can be quite full on. Our DJs flit between genres, and play to the crowd, rather than trying to educate them. The result is a much better atmosphere in the clubs, where people recognise records and DJs wont get chastised for playing a record that is well known!
Your moto is ‘hear something new’ – is old the new…erm…new?!
Yeah it is a little confusing. Thats why we like it! The moto came after about a year of doing the parties. People would come and up and tell us that its so fun to 'hear something new' in the clubs. I always liked the way that you had to listen to something hold to hear something new ... so it stuck!
Untitled by Itchy Feet Events, on Flickr
You say that you’re here: “to relieve you of clubbing boredom and the sounds of 'sexi club classix'.” Was Itchy Feet born out a dissatisfaction with the current club scene?
Yes and No. The night was founded purely so I (as a DJ) could play what I wanted to play. There was no commercial incentive behind it. I wanted to be in a club where you could drink and dance to Rock 'n' Roll all night, so I hired a club, and played Rock 'n' Roll all night. I suppose that if such a thing existed in Leeds (where I was living) at that time, there would have been no need to do it!
For clubbers that are more used to just shaking their arms around to techno – do we actually need to know how to dance or can we just throw ourselves around the dancefloor with wild abandon?
Of couse!! Itchy Feet is all about leaving your ego at the door. No one knows how to dance, no one cares if its a super rare R&B 7 inch playing or the Jackson 5 on .mp3, and no one cares about the etiquette of a vintage night. Its all about having as much fun and you possibly can. Some people can dance, and I wish I was one of them, but they're a VERY small minority.
If we want to attempt to be part of that minority - can you give us any tips? What should we be practising – Swing, Jive, Twist?
All I know about dancing is that if your elbows aren't above your ears, then you're not having enough fun!
What are 3 tracks that get the biggest reaction at Itchy Feet nights?
Tough to say - it really varies from town to town. Up north in Newcastle and Leeds, big ska and reggae tunes by people like Toots get everyone flying, whereas in London it can be a little more leftfield. Anything by Wynonie Harris usually does the trick. But I'd probably say: 'Higher' by Jackie Wilson, 'Hound Dog by Elvis', and maybe 'What'd I Say' by Ray Charles.
What track would you break your ‘no music from pre-1979’ rule for?
Anything by Kitty Daisy & Lewis!
We left our bow tie at home… can we still come in?!
Do you have a hat?
Yes we do! And finally – complete this sentence. The best cure for itchy feet is….
Itchy Feet takes over Cable on Thursday 24th November.
The WINNER of the Bass Bin of prizes will be announced on Friday! The prizes in the 'Bass Bin' are:
#1: Some top Tee's from Dub-All Or Nothing, Idiosynphonic, Ergh, Bad Taste and Cable.
#2: A very cool Fenchurch Faux Fur Hooded Parka (Medium) worth £95 to keep you toasty this winter.
#3: Some Citroen DS3 Racing shoes by Gio-Goi (for the boys) worth £120, and for the girls - a wicked Gio-Goi Jilted Jacket worth £79.99.
#4: 2 Tees, a sweater, and their trademark beanie, from New York Streetwear brand Mishka NYC.
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