WEM mini-series | September about why he chose Warm Ears, sound design and the scene

Josh Tighe, known as September, is one of our dearest producers and DJs. He traveled through his drum and bass journey alongside Re-Adjust, pushing each other for the better, exploring various producing techniques and styles and collaborating. The result? September released his first E.P. with us – Straight Bass. A beautiful piece of work that received a lot of praise from people across the industry.

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September’s passion for drum and bass lit up when he was only 14 years old, digging through his older brother’s vinyls. He went behind the decks for the first time in 2006 at a festival in Shoreham. Naming a few DJs and producers who have inspired him, he noted Break, Hazard, Spectrasoul, Alix Perez, Skeptical and Calibre.

What do you usually start with when preparing for a set?

I usually start by selecting a combination of brand new and classic tracks, from the dark all the way to the liquid side of it. I try to combine them as methodically as I can for an enjoyable set across the full dnb spectrum.

Why Warm Ears Music?

I love the whole ethos of Warm Ears Music – good people coming together to create good music and support the scene. I resonate with the music being released, the nights they organize and the versatility of everyone in it.

Great group of people running it and contributing towards it (producers, dj’s etc).

What are some of the most important tools and instruments you’re using when producing?

My most important tool would be Sylenth Nice Sunth for creating just about anything on, followed closely by the Stacker and Sample Magic. It’s a perfect tool for layering drum hits and synthetic noises. There are a lot of programmable options that help me decide what plugin I should use.

In terms of creative process, I usually have an idea in my head and recreate it within the DAW, normally starting with sound design and writing the music part first, then building drums and mixing the track.

I mix it as a whole while progressing the tune along. Sometimes I have entire sessions of sound design, drum building etc and use the result at a later date.

What would you like to see more of and less of in the dnb scene?

I’d like to see more of a combination of different genres of dnb, especially in the production side of it.

I’d like to see less indifference in style and quite frankly, snobbery from “some” people in the scene who are always opinionated. The scene is small as it is…

We should be setting aside our differences and combining the incredible amount of talent from all sides of our culture.

Catch September spinning some vibes at our anniversary on the 1st of July @ London.


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