FURTHER TO THEIR HUGE SUCCESSES LAST YEAR, SIGNINGS TO GIANTS SUCH AS DIGITAL SOUNDBOY, BISCUIT FACTORY, GGD ARE HOSTING THEIR OWN NIGHTS (GOONIE ISLAND), CLUB ROOMS, AGENCY, AND RELEASING MUSIC THEIR OWN LABEL….
HERE’S AN INTERVIEW WITH THE CREW FROM 2011
OH MY GOD WHO ARE THEY???? I hear you yell as their beats bleed out your eardrums & their subs fumble through your bones…..
GANGOON DUBZ is the name, Brighton’s the terrain, and spearheading their Dubstep productions are three hot new producers named Hurley, Dismantle and Hizzleguy.
The full crew was co-founded by Hanzone, the female rep, who handles all of their managerial, administrative, PR and artwork, and also includes members King Zaius, Rudy Reds, Gandizzly aka Jumanji, and 184 Lockdown.
What is refreshing about this budding collective is that not only is their music bold, wild and rabble rousing to the extreme, not only does it encompass the sounds that are driving the jump-up side of Dubstep right now, not only are their beats being championed by the likes of Youngsta, Chef and Kutz, but they are all fully aware of how the industry works, and view their collective and its’ creative output very much as it should be viewed – as a BUSINESS.
The collective is a lively bunch of dedicated, fun-loving creative ‘goons’ who have grown up together and always had the idea to turn their passion for music into a business, with raw enthusiasm and talent to match, they have done exactly that as we now witness their debut releases hitting the Dubstep streets! As described by Joe Muggs in MixMag, Hizzleguy’s ‘Bot Worm/Retro Warrior/Ow (EP), released on J da Flex’s ‘Thriller Funk’ digital label are “Zinging rave-up tunes with real class”.
When asked to describe their influences, Reggae, Hip Hop, Grime, Dubstep and DnB are firmly in the frame, “from Goldie to Buju Banton!”, with certain members bringing their own angle, “Rudi has done a lot of Hip Hop, and we’ve all been musically orientated from early – GGD has been about for four or five years – we knew peeps in the scene already – everyone involved has their own take on what GGD music is!”
It’s safe to say that Hizzleguy and Dismantle’s beats can be described as tear-out, with bouncy head-nod drums and huge elastic industrial bass lines that twist your head up and sounds that you’ve never heard before. The drops can be subtle or immense but they will inadvertently have you making shapes like Zebedee on crack whether you meant to or not.
Hurley’s beats are more musical, they still have the GGD characteristic of crisp hard drums and firm chords, but with an almost 2-step feel to them with clever use of vocal samples and harmonies, and inventive percussive sounds. Again the production is clean, unambiguous and a delight to mix. It’s fair to say that as a DJ you can rely on a degree of quality in the GGD sound that is unusual for a newcomer in any scene.
All three producers use Reason, and Hurley also combines Reason with Logic. When asked to describe the type of Dubstep they make the answer came back: “Kung-fu style Goonstep – no categories – it’s ‘Dubstep’ at the moment.” GGD are clearly aware of the infancy of their musical works and already see themselves as pushing boundaries free from the constraint of genre, which again is inspiring and refreshing in equal measure.
They describe their individual artists as “holding down big moves” currently: the clues are emerging as we speak! For those who follow Get Darker TV, their recent appearance with Hatcha and the Sin City gang was a big one…
Not only will they be joining forces with Sin City, but also N-Type’s Wheel & Deal, Walsh’s Biscuit Factory, Terrain Records (Dismantle/N-Type), Evergreen Forest Records (Brighton) and last but not least, GGD Digi – their own label, which they are looking to develop into vinyl releases too.
Clearly psyched by their initial successes, they don’t take their eye off the ball for a second, and late summer brings a slew of events, mixes and promotional activity all based around getting the GGD sound moving around.
GGD play regularly in Brighton at Subsplash, Supercharged, Super Dubpressure, Big Bang, Skank, and various other venues that cover the Brighton base camp.
GANGOON DUBZ TOP 3 DEEJAYS:
1. CHEF “3-decks – he’s serious – more of DJ – he’s mixing on 1210’s”
2. ANDY C “best DJ in the world – 4 deck mix no headphones – no crossfader”
3. N-TYPE “skills – his mixes are on point and his selection”
GANGOON DUBZ TOP 3 PRODUCERS:
1. EMALKAY – “Every tune he’s made is sick”
2. SKREAM & BENGA – “broke so many boundaries, including other forms of music – everyone jumps on their shit – commercial and underground”
3. JOKER – “vibes and skillz”
4. JAKES – “hard”
OK, that’s four, well, five…
As if all that wasn’t enough, GGD have plans to expand their business to include Gangoon Anime and soundtrack, tee shirts, artists, lifestyle, in a style akin to the empire building Jay-Z, in short a wide ranging production company/brand fuelled by their outrageously energetic music.
GANGOON DUBZ BIG UPS:
JAKES – “Shouted us out first on Radio 1’s Dubstep Wars”
J DA FLEX & EL B - Check their forthcoming releases via Dubsep originators Ghost
HATCHA – For supporting and promoting their beats
DAN – Hove YMCA
NTYPE & WALSHEY
KUTZ – “Heard him drop one of our tunes at Subsplash”
CHECK THE GGD SOUNDCLOUD FOR SOME INSPIRING FREE DUBSTEP DOWNLOADS