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Formed in 2011, Phobia, Sato & Tyrone are the Newcastle based Drum and Bass trio, Chroma. Already they have released on Klute’s Commercial Suicide label, Phobia’s own Coded imprint and most recently they released Andy C’s new ProgRam label. It’s safe to say that these guys are going to be a big deal in 2013 and we caught up with them for a little chat… How does it feel to have a record out on the mighty Ram Records? It’s a label with quite a history… Well, being involved with Ram is obviously great and to work on a new project with them is very exciting for all of us. Program is a great platform as it provides the backing of an established major label and everything that comes with that but it feels like something new – which is great.   How did you guys hook up with Program to begin with? We sent Ram a demo via Soundcloud – it really was as simple as that. They got back in touch, laid down the concept of the new label and it went from there. Where did the name Chroma actually come from as a crew moniker? We spent a long time trying to think of a name, it was taking us an age to think of something so eventually as we’re all into vintage studio gear we started to look at bits of gear that we all covet. One of the things that particularly Sato wants is a Rhodes Chroma, we all liked the sound of it and that was that.   What music, D&B or otherwise are you feeling at the moment? DnB wise we’re into all sorts as you can tell from the mix. We’ve always been big fans of the likes of Total Science, Die, Break & Calibre and more recently people like Foreign Concept, Mefjus and Skeptical. Outside of DnB anything goes really from Justin Martin, Blawan to Wu Tang and we’re all into 80’s electronic music. You all hail from Newcastle. Have you never felt any pressure or been inclined to move to London? No, not at all. We like being disconnected from it all – being distanced from London lets us just get on with our own thing. Having said that Newcastle has a decent heritage when it comes to drum and bass and it’s a very close-knit scene up here where everyone gets along well.   You’re all pretty established individually. What’s the dynamic like when you get together to write music? We’re all friends outside of music so it’s quite easy really. We do have a process that we tend to stick to as it can be hard for three people to write music at once and also co-ordinate the time. We all come from different musical backgrounds and different elements apply at different times in the process. Phobia is the most experienced producer, Sato is responsible for the musical content of the tracks and Tyrone tends to develop a lot of the ideas and as he handles the DJing side of thing his input on arrangements is always critical.   After So Alone/Acetate, what’s next for you all musically? More of the same really, we have a 12” coming on CIA, more music on Commercial Suicide & Renegade Hardware and obviously more 12”s for Program.   2012 has been another strong yeah for D&B. What do you see for the scene in 2013? Hopefully more emerging artists, last year saw a lot of strong artists coming to the fore. The scene is nothing without new producers coming through. It’s also good to see albums becoming the norm and being backed with proper press & PR. If we are to progress as a music and appeal to people outside of the singles market it’s essential.Chroma will be playing with the Ram Crew at Fabric in London on 1st Feb – make sure you get yourself down for that one.

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Grahame Farmer

Grahame Farmer’s love affair with electronic music goes back to the mid-90s when he first began to venture into the UK’s beloved rave culture, finding himself interlaced with some of the country’s most seminal club spaces. A trip to dance music’s anointed holy ground of Ibiza in 1997 then cemented his sense of purpose and laid the foundations for what was to come over the next few decades of his marriage to the music industry.

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