Tantrum Desire + Tw!st3d!
“Unleash your dark side: a desire to make drum and bass jungalism. We’ll keep throwing tantrums until you listen”, is the best way to describe what Tantrum Desire brings to your subwoofers. Sitting down with Jay, half the kicking drum and bass duo, Tantrum Desire, Synba from your very own Control Freq Radio asks about how the two met back in 2004, the inside scoop on their new album and which track changed everything.
After being noticed by big name player Simon “Bassline” Smith, the two South East London based DJ/producers, Jay and Devin, are now signed with Technique Recordings. Listen in to find out how Jay feels about being an international drum and bass sensation, what artists are catching his attention, and what production software he uses to create the hypnotic drum and bass tracks that kick your eardrums with synthetic basslines and melodic introductions. After, stayed tuned for a special live drum and bass guest mix from the Victoria based DJ, Tw!st3d.
Synba interviews Jay Faleye of Tantrum Desire
[CFR] I’m Brian, I’m from Control Freq Radio. And your name is?
[Jay] Jay, from Tantrum Desire.
[CFR] You’re not the only one in Tantrum Desire. There’s another guy that works with you?
[Jay] Yeah. There’s two of us.
[CFR] What’s his name?
[CFR] How did you guys meet each other? How did you start out?
[Jay] We met back around 2004 at some really dingy pirate station that was just kind of local to us. We kind of just came together like that. He was spinning records that I liked. We were both into the same kind of drum and bass music. We both just stayed and took each other’s contacts at the time, and stayed in contact. We kind of had the same passion and kept going like that.
[CFR] “Unleash your dark side. A desire to make drum and bass junglism. We’ll keep throwing tantrums until you listen.” What does that quote mean to you?
[Jay] That is actually a quote from a good friend who’s name is Chronic Insomniac. He was our personal MC that used to perform with us.
We’re just wanting to get the sound out until you get sick of us, kind of thing. The unleash the dark side thing was just the aggression of the music, basically. We’re kind of putting across that kind of point. When Chronic was listening to the music, that’s where he was coming from. He came over here himself and just threw it in there, and it sounded good. That was a quote we were just kind of running with when we were up and coming.
[CFR] You mentioned that you met at a little pirate radio station. What role do you think underground radio like that has in moving electronic music forward? Or even more specifically, drum and bass?
[Jay] To be honest it was more.. big, back in the day. It was all kind of orientated. It was purely jungle vibes kind of thing. It was mainly just to get your DJ’ing out there and get your mixes and tunes going, but, things have changed quite a bit. The radio stations are still going in the UK especially, but it’s all kind of changed.
[CFR] Is there any one station that you worked at a lot?
[Jay] We were on a station, way before we signed with Technique called Cool FM. That was our way of getting the tracks out there. That did help out quite a bit. We started on slots like graveyard shifts, playing at 3 in the morning, hoping people would be listening. We did get some listeners, surprisingly. That was our build up to get the sound out there. I can’t say it didn’t help.
[CFR] In your bio you mentioned Bassline Smith (Technique Recordings) as being an early supporter of you guys.
What’s your relationship with him?
[Jay] Really good. He’s got such a great vision for the tracks. Obviously he’s behind the whole technique to recording his label. He’s pushed the tunes worldwide. We have a really good relationship. We’re always chatting on the phone, talking about this… He’s really open with ideas. Can’t complain, really. Everything going really good on the label.
[CFR] In terms of your career so far, is there any one moment that stands out?
[Jay] The biggest thing so far that stood out is the track ‘Reach’ that I wrote. That pushed up the ladder for a bit. As in career wise and profile. That was the jump, that track right there.
[CFR] Are you seeing many differences in the scene back home in the UK compared to what you’re seeing in North America?
[Jay] I just notice the different cultures. The scene is obviously still going in the UK and is really strong. Some venues are shutting down, but there are still parties that are keeping it alive. When I come to America and Canada, you just see so much people bring fun and love to all the events. It’s really overwhelming to see that going on in other countries. It’s really good to be representing drum and bass music in different countries and to see people appreciating stuff. I think I’ve seen the different in cultures and the way people approach the music.
[CFR] When you’re in the studio, what are you working with? Are you doing most of the production?
[Jay] I do all the production, yeah. I’m using Cubase. That’s basically the main DAW that I’m on.
[CFR] Do you work with any hardware instruments, or are you doing anything digitially?
[Jay] It’s all internal, to be honest.
[CFR] Who are you into these days? Anyone that you think is really pushing things along that you’re playing out in your sets?
[Jay] There’s loads of people that are just jumping into the scene and making loads of really good music.
[CFR] Do you have a favourite right now?
[Jay] There’s a list. I like what Delta Heavy are doing…Camo and Krooked are doing some good stuff. There are people that have been in the scene that I’ve always listened to and played tracks of… Sub Focus, the Pendulum guys, Chase and Status, those kind of guys. They’re really turning the scene around in a really good way.
[CFR} Is there anyone that you're looking to work with that you haven't yet? Any new collaborations that you have in mind?
[Jay] I’m just focusing on this album that I’m doing. I mean, there are a few artists out there that I’m looking into, i’m not too sure yet. I can’t really say right now. At the moment I’m just working on my own, on my own stuff, but I will hopefully be doing some collaborations. I’ve spoke to a few people, a few artists out there, but it’s not for sure yet.
[CFR] Can you tell us anything about that album? Is it going to be a full length album, or an EP?
[Jay] I haven’t really decided. I’m just putting loads of stuff together. It’s going to be loads of different genres on there. Obviously it’s a drum and bass focused album, but I have dubstep on there and a bit of house. Basically a lot of electronic stuff. A lot of weird noises.
[CFR] What about your life outside of music? What do you do in your free time?
[Jay] Oh free time… In my free time? I don’t really get too much free time. I’m always in the studio working on projects. If anything, I’ll try to get out and listen. I like to listen to a lot of house music, so that’s my kind of get away when I’ve got a weekend off. I like to try and get out and have a social life. It’s full time. Intense studio time.
[CFR] What’s next for Tantrum Desire?
[Jay] Pretty much the album. I’m trying to get so much material down. That’s the main focus at the moment.
[CFR] Is there a specific sound that you’re going for? What sets you apart?
[Jay] To be honest, I don’t even know what my sound is. I just like to make anything. I don’t have a set method of what sound I want. I just go in the studio and experiment. That’s what I’m all about, I like to experiment. I couldn’t really tell you what my sound is. I leave the audience to judge that. What they think it is.
Tantrum Desire Spotlight
1. Futurebound – Blind Cobblers Thumb (Tantrum Desire Remix)
2. ShockOne – Relapse (Tantrum Desire Remix)
3. Shimon & Sparfunk – The Smoker (Tantrum Desire Remix)
4. Tantrum Desire – Higher (Original Mix)
5. Wideboys Ft Natalia – Addicted to bass (Tantrum Desire Remix)
6. Tantrum Desire – Pay Your Own Way (Original Mix)
7. Tantrum Desire – Xenomorph (Original Mix)
8. Tantrum Desire – Reach (Original Mix)