Founder of Tectonic Records, Bristol’s Pinch is widely recognized as one of the key producers and label chiefs to create and define the genre of electronic dance music, dubstep. From its inception in South London in the first part of the last decade (or a bit earlier), dubstep has emerged as a world-wide force, filtered and translated into difference voices and national languages outside the UK, and has lately come to directly influence the course of mainstream pop and R&B.
In 2007, the year seminal dubstep artist Brittany Spears released her wobble-tonk "Freakshow" track [Jive], Pinch’s own album Underwater Dancehall [Tectonic] was released to wide acclaim, and it’s stand-out single "Qawaali" is widely regarded as one of the watershed moments in the development of the genre.
Since last playing in China (he's been twice before to Shanghai), Pinch released a collaboration album with another bassmuuussicc master, Shackleton, called Pinch & Shackelton, out on Honest Jon's.
Click here for an older mix Pinch did for RA.
Here's another mix he did as sort of an intro to his label, Tectonic. 2562, Distance, Distal, and more on that one.
Sub-Culture pres. Pinch this Friday at Dada. 50 beans to get in. Line-up: Pinch (Tectonic, UK), Yauman, Drunk Monk (Sub-Culture, SH), Sickstar + guests.
SmBj peppered Pinch with some Q's via email ahead of this shaker on Friday.
Pinch: I love playing in China. The crowds have been so responsive to the music I've played -- it's great feeling! I really enjoy the food I've had in China and all the people I've met. I get the feeling that the pace of progression in China is so fast -- there have been new skyscrapers put up every time I've visited -- I'm looking forward to see what else has been built when I come this time!
Pinch: Not so much -- but I'd be interested to hear...
Pinch: Same old... raining a lot at the moment!
Pinch: I'm increasingly interested in the new mutant house/techno music coming out of the UK at the moment and I've been making a lot of it myself. Labels like Swamp 81 are killing it right now!
As well as the house/techno tempo stuff I've been making I am currently working on a full LP in collaboration with one of my musical heroes, Adrian Sherwood of On-U Sound fame, which is a mixture of various different tempos and vibes. It's sounding really great -- I'm very excited about the project.
Pinch: This is a big question that you could write a book on! I'll stick to the easier part... We both dropped lots of early classics and unreleased tracks from the 2003-2006 period of dubstep -- when it was raw and experimental!
Pinch: I'll have to leave that for the listener to decide. Hopefully people will hear a progression in my musical development and not think that it went downhill! You can see in the early period I was interested in a kind of 'dark wobble' sound, later a more techno-influenced vibe and then a more kind of 'wonky beat' vibe... I think by the end of the CD there's a mutant combination of these influences!
Pinch: I think there are still people about who find the tracks relevant. I hope it stands the tests of time!
Pinch: No -- I don't think anyone did for a long time either!
Pinch: It bothered me a bit a few years ago but I'm long past that now. I think it's just important to focus on the things that matter and to me that's more about the music itself -- keeping things progressive and forward thinking -- experimenting and going with the flow. I'm not so interested in who can make the most money and be the biggest superstar...
Pinch: I guess I'd describe myself as 'influenced by the early period of dubstep music'..
Pinch: I am good friends with Sam and we both had a lot of fun making the album together -- it was a pleasure from start to finish. I'm really happy with how the album sounds and I've had a lot of people comment that it's a very special album for them. You can't ask for more than that!
Pinch: Watch this *space* : )
Pinch: Just dropped a new 12" from Vivek, next one is Roska and after that, Distance. Buy them all -- they're great!
Pinch plays Dada bar this Friday. Line-Up: Pinch (Tectonic, UK), Yauman, Drunk Monk (Sub-Culture, SH), Sickstar + guests. Cover is 50rmb. Starts 10pm. Check out his soundcloud here.