We Love Jungle presents: An interview with DJ Hybrid

We Love Jungle presents: An interview with DJ Hybrid

What does Jungle mean to you?

I think Jungle is a movement which has gone on to inspire many other genres of music not just Drum and Bass but many other types of dance music. I was always a big fan of breaks and hip hop so it’s not surprising that Jungle music appealed to me as I got older and started going to clubs.

Where were you in the ‘golden’ age of Jungle?

It depends what year you class as the ‘golden’ age of Jungle but around 1993/94 I would have been 7 or 8 years old so probably at school or playing Sega Megadrive.

Who are your influences, past and present?

To begin with I would say my influences were Aphrodite, DJ Zinc, High Contrast, Die & Clipz that’s what I was listening to when I first got into Jungle/D&B but more recently I’ve been taking a lot of influence from producers like Mr Explicit, Bladerunner, Technimatic & Sam Binga.

Has your approach to DJing changed since you first started out?

Yeah I suppose it has a lot as I used to just be a DJ and not produce and then for me it was all about having the latest promos and working out the sickest mixes to do in my sets, now it’s more about showcasing my own music and other music on my labels.

What’s your top Jungle tune to play out at the moment?

It’s hard to pick a favourite but I have been playing the Enei remix of ‘Lef Dem’ by Sam Binga in pretty much every set I have done so far this year, it’s a heavy tune and the remix has got a nice big bashy amen Jungle vibe to it which I really like.

What’s the most embarrassing thing you did at a gig?

Probably taking a USB out the wrong deck and cutting the track off in the middle of my set. I’ve not long made the switch to USB’s and CD’s from vinyl in the last couple of years so I’m still getting used to it and was doing a b2b set and completely forgot which deck the track was playing from haha.

If DJing wasn’t your job, what would it be?

Well I used to work in a record shop in Coventry and that was probably the best job I’ve had so I would like to think that, but because of the current state of the vinyl market I doubt that would be possible again. I also used to work as a chef so possibly that, although, I did make myself ill in the past from working 12 hour split shifts so it’s not the best long-term career.

Describe your creative process in the studio?

It depends on what ideas I’ve had to begin with, sometimes I’ll start with a break get a nice rhythm going and then build the track on top of that. Sometimes I’ll start with a musical element or bassline and build a track around that. I try to be as creative as possible and not get stuck into the same pattern or formula of making music for every track. I write a lot of ideas down and influences in a notepad so i will usually have an idea in my head planned out before i sit down in the studio.

How would you describe your sound at the moment?

I make a lot of different styles so it’s hard to sum it up but I would probably say like modern Jungle/Drum & Bass or revival Jungle but with modern sounds and techniques with little reminiscent nods to the history of the music added in there too.

Any new projects coming up?

Yeah! Loads of new projects to be honest! I’ve got lots of new music coming out on my own labels Audio Addict & Deep in the Jungle, I’ve also got my debut album in the pipeline for release at some point next year. I also have more new music and remixes coming out on labels such as Dread, Ruffneck Ting, K.L.P Records, Jungle Alliance & Digital Rootz.

Check out the latest from DJ Hybrid, here soundcloud.com/djhybrid or listen below.

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