Vancouver’s Matt Cox going for big drum ‘n’ bass hit


Straight.com features an article with drum ‘n’ bass man Matt Cox who talks about the history of D’n’B, its movement from synths in the 70s to today’s PCs, the evolution of music delivery using technology, and much more.

“Drum ’n’ bass used to be an old-boys’ network in the U.K., a bunch of guys who’d been around since the late ’80s who had the scene locked down. But the Internet just blew that all out of the water. With AOL, it became this huge file-sharing thing where you could start sending personal messages to [big-name British DJs] Ed Rush and Grooverider with MP3s. Now every time I finish a new tune, I’ll just go through a list of 150 people and ask them if they want it. That’s how you get tracks played and that’s how you get them signed.”

These days, it is not uncommon to hear stories of superstar selectors checking their messages before show time, burning a bunch of new tunes to CD-R, and playing them out that same night. Contrast that to the way up-and-comers used to get their wares to the big boys—Cox recalls handing out DATs (which cost $20 each) to touring DJs when they came through town in the late 1990s—and it’s easy to see why the scene now boasts beat-making hotbeds in Ukraine, Australia, and New Zealand.

Read the full article: Local Motion: Cox drifts back to D’n’B

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