The MyDubstep team caught up with Mydas this week. He tells us about his latest EP, his name change from Slof Man to Mydas, up and coming projects and his plans for the future.
1. You just released your debut EP (which is a brilliant CD by the way!), what was your biggest inspiration for it?
Thanks! I guess the biggest inspiration was to just create a solid piece of work that I was really pleased with, which showcases what I’m about. I saw it as a chance to put down my mark, make an entrance and show everyone what I can do. So I tried to make sure all 5 songs sounded different, demonstrated different aspects and showed the different sounds that I’m into at the moment.
2. Slof Man was your former alias, why did you change your artist name? And is there a meaning behind the new name ‘Mydas’?
I changed it because I wanted to make a clean start, I was finding my feet and put out a lot of songs that I don’t really like now, I wanted to separate myself from that. Also I feel I have found my sound and want to cement that with my new name. Slof Man was just a jokey name I started out with, not given much thought at the time, and so I wanted to change it to mark a step forward and chose a name that has more of a presence and sounds more like I’m taking this seriously.
3. Your style also evolved from ‘Slof Man’ to ‘Mydas’, what were the major influences on that change?
Yeah, I feel the main influence was getting signed to Dub Police because it made me realise ‘right I have to step my game up’! But also I still wanted to add more musical elements to my production and find a sound that I was happy with. The major influences have been the way dubstep has evolved itself and the fact it has a much wider audience now enabling for more varied production styles. Also the new influx of garage/house/techno here in the UK which I’m really feeling at the moment
4. Which artist is the most important for you and your music right now and in the past?
There are many! Right now im listening to a lot of Rustie, Actress, Disclosure, Bonobo, Synkro, Dismantle, KGB and many many more, there are so many new artists coming on to the scene I’m constantly hearing great new music. In the past I used to listen to a lot of rock music and play the guitar myself so that’s where I think many of my influences come from. I like music that either hits hard or grabs you emotionally and if it does both then even better!
5. Do you have a tour planned or any upcoming shows fans have to know about?
At the moment I’m currently working on my second EP my next gig will be Dub Police at Fabric on the 31st August with Caspa, Trolley Snatcha, The Others, Subscape and many more.
6. What are your plans for the future? Are there any big announcements to come?
Out side of my new release and video for “What I Do”. My Plans are to release my second EP on Dub Police, gain a wider audience & play out more to take my music to as many places as I can! I advise you to keep close to my social networks to find out all the new stuff www.facebook.com/mydasuk & twitter.com/mydasuk
7. How do you feel about the dubstep scene and it’s evolution? What is the essence of dubstep for you?
At the moment the scene is so healthy I think its growth has been amazing, and really rapid. Like anything that becomes popular there are always going to be people that aren’t happy with certain things but the genre has continued to grow bigger and better regardless, and is evolving into such a large genre, with such a wide scale of different music being incorporated. A lot of listeners complain about artists ‘selling out’ but I think its a good thing to be able to produce music you love whilst reaching a wide audience. The essence of dubstep for me is the evolutionary nature of it. It started from something small and is growing into a whole new era of music, inspiring a whole new generation of people whether they’re into pop through to rock.
8. You are from London right? So how does the dubstep scene there differ from the scenes in other cities and countries? Why is London the ‘capital of dubstep’ in your eyes?
London is where it began! And most of the dubstep pioneers are from London. There are so many clubs in London, which means the music scene is so diverse and provides the perfect platform for genres to appear and develop. I think the scene is strong all over the UK. I must say though from what I’ve seen from playing in other cities such as Copenhagen and Brussels its equally as strong in some parts of Europe too. I look forward to traveling the world to play my style and sound of the music.
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