Cutline – Something To Feel
As remixers of other peoples music there’s no shying away from the fact Cutline are unquestionably some of the busiest and most in demand in the business. They’ve reworked the likes of The Prototypes, Ayah Marar, London Elektricity and even Roll Deep, plus Rudimental’s massive number one hit Feel The Love. They’ve laid down their big, bad bass heavy, edit laden sound to give numerous artists music that little extra kick.
It’s been a tad quiet in terms of original Cutline beats. However that’s all about to change with the release of Love That I Feel, their new single out on Eat Music. Leaning away from their Dubstep roots, Love That I Feel steers the Bristol based duo, Jeryl Wilton and Dan Wilberforce, down a rather house driven route though still keeping all of what makes Cutline unique as a production outfit.
They took some time out to talk to me about their new single, EDM, plans for 2014 and why their press shot requires you to take a little more than a second glance.
You’re predominantly known for Dubstep but new single Love That I Feel veers towards house. A conscious choice?
Well we actually started out making electro and progressive house under another name many years ago. We won an award for it, even though the music was pretty awful! Our DJ sets and mixes are always multi-genre and that’s what our original vision for Cutline was, loads of different styles and moods but all linked with a similar energy level. So, although a lot of people know us for our dubstep tracks, we’ve always made lots of different stuff and we wanted to come back to electro house but do it in a slightly different way.
Though unmistakably Cutline, Love That I Feel is stylistically very different. Having previously flirted with electro house, is it a direction you’ll be going down in future?
We’ll definitely be doing more of it and it feels like that’s the genre we’re most centered around these days. But it’s really important to us that we can do something different with it. A lot of people will have heard the Daleri ‘Mashleg’ which is a mash up of about 20 of the Beatport Top 100 electro house tracks and literally every track has an almost identical drop. We want to avoid that, bring some UK flavours to what has rapidly become known as “EDM” and is viewed as a very American style.
Would you say Love That I Feel captures what you’re about as producers? The heavy edits are a give away…
‘Love That I Feel’ is essentially a blend of deep house, garage and electro influences. So yeah, it’s all about mixing up the styles to try and create something new but also something that works within a familiar framework. When we started playing the tune out in our DJ sets it had a completely different style of drop, much more editing and heavily modulated bass noises, but we found that the crowd prefers it a bit more stripped back these days. With that in mind we went back in and created a version that’s more in line with where we’re heading musically.
You could see massive crossover potential with a track like this. Is that something you’d welcome?
Nah, we hate money and fame! To be honest we are fans of all kinds of music, from the filthiest drum & bass to horrendously catchy pop tunes. We don’t really worry about whether or not a track will cross over and it’s not something we try to have in our heads when we’re in the studio. For a cross over record to be credible it has to come from an honest place and so we just try to make music that we like. If it has appeal outside of a certain scene or genre then that’s great. If not, that’s all good too.
Earlier you mentioned the rise of EDM into electronic music culture but you made your name as Dubstep producers. How do you see the current state of the music? What’s your view on the whole ‘EDM’ explosion?
You know a lot of people get upset about the term “EDM” these days, but realistically good music is good music and all the labels that people apply to try and describe what’s happening are secondary. Maybe it’s because “EDM” is perceived as an American movement or because it’s become synonymous with a certain sound, but it’s actually very exciting that electronic music is having such amazing success right now. There will always be people who don’t like it when something they love is suddenly thrust into the limelight and everyone starts jumping on bandwagons, but for us it’s an exciting time with a lot of great music being made. There’s also a lot of shit music being made, but that’s always been the case.
You’re highly prolific as remixers. Do you want to focus on getting more original material out in 2014? Any remixes in the pipeline?
We are working on a remix for a friend of ours, but we are definitely focusing on original material. We had a long period where we weren’t releasing much music, for a bunch of different reasons, but now we’re trying to get as much original material out there as we can. We have a lot of music lined up, and we feel like we’re making better and more interesting music than we have before. We’re excited to get it out there!
Cool. You both have backgrounds in various bass driven dance genres. What’s your favourite to be involved in and make? Or do you embrace the differences of all of it?
I think both of us agree that nothing will ever beat drum & bass for raw energy and excitement value. It’s a rare thing when a track pops up in our inbox and it just completely blows us away, but when that does happen nine times out of ten it’s a D&B track. We love playing D&B in our sets too, always raises the energy levels by about 90%!
You’re not too shabby on the DJ side of things either. What’s expected in a Cutline set?
These days basically everyone is a multi-genre DJ, and that was always our outlook when we started the Cutline project. But the most important thing to us is not how many different genres we can squeeze into an hour, but the flow and energy that builds and drops throughout the set. It’s such a cheesy thing to say that you want to take the crowd on a journey, but I suppose it’s fairly accurate. For us it’s about making smooth and logical transitions between tracks and genres, it’s not enough just to shove a load of tunes together. We probably put as much energy into our DJ sets as we do our tunes. We always want those transitions to be perfect.
And the plan for you guys after this single has been released is?
More music. Lots more music.
Lastly: Does anyone look at your Soundcloud profile picture and get confused? It always takes a minute for my eyes to adjust…
[Laughs]. The guys at Ominous Creative made that awesome press shot for us. So many people comment on it. Some amazed, some confused, some disgusted. At least we know people are talking about it!
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