Clock is ticking and we’re 2 weeks away from unleashing R1C0‘s first single with us, ‘Artificial Light’ (you can pre-order it here). We thought you guys would like to know more about the mind and talent behind this beaut, so we had a quick chat with him.
Henry Skinner aka R1C0 working out of London, UK produces drum & bass, with strong elements of liquid and vocals, but a wide range of styles from deep and soulful, to dark and steppy.
Growing up in the south west of the UK, Henry has been producing music since the age of 14 and was playing the drums through the school years. Self teaching the technical sides of music production, gave way to work in a number recording studios around the south of England, working with the likes of Portishead, Paul Oakenfold and The Stranglers.
After moving to London, a brief music hiatus gave way to a renewed commitment to music production and drum and bass. In 2015, founding the Fat Badger Podcast with old schoolmate D.E.D and releasing his debut EP ‘On the Horizon’ on Subculture music. Since his debut, R1C0 has begun to establish himself on the drum & bass scene with releases on Soul Deep, Fresh Recordings, Skankandbass, and most recently two releases with Celsius Recordings.
R1C0 is heavily influenced by the early pioneers of drum & bass, such as LTJ Bukem, Goldie and Dom & Roland, producers such as Break, S.P.Y, BCEE and artists from many other genres including Burial, Massive Attack, Little Dragon, and Cinematic Orchestra.
What got you into Drum & Bass and what inspires you in the modern scene?
R1C0: Ages ago I happened to come across a documentary about Good Looking Records, and LTJ Bukem, just playing randomly on late night TV. Before that, I had no idea what Drum & Bass was, or much about electronic music in general. The music they were making blew me away. I went out the next day and bought the first CD I could find by Good Looking! From then on, I was hooked.
Today, the shear amount of great music still being made is really inspiring. People like Goldie, Alix Perez and S.P.Y continue to contribute greatly to our industry, and I’m really enjoying guys like Satl and GLXY. Hearing new and interesting stuff always inspires me to get to work on my tracks.
What is it like being a producer in 2018 compared to when you started in the 90’s?
R1C0: Completely different! Computers and the internet have changed the game. Software plugins were only just beginning to be a thing. They were very expensive and needed a supercomputer to run. Most people couldn’t afford a sampler or hardware synth, or didn’t know someone with a studio. The rest of us had our midi soundcards with about 12 different sounds, waiting for the next Computer Music CD in the hope that it had some good breaks on it! Goes without saying, made some pretty horrible sounding stuff back then.
Tell us what was your favourite part about producing ‘Artificial Light’
R1C0: For me, experimenting with the early stages of instrumentation, adding the drums and the bass. When the track starts to come alive, that’s usually my favourite part. But with Artificial light, it came much later. I had most of the track laid out, and I was fairly happy with it, but it was not quite there. I was experimenting, adding new elements and found the orchestral stabs. This gave the track an interesting tone and took it in a new direction.
In Step Right, I had been working with some great atmospheric samples which I really wanted use. When I managed to get the rolling style bass working with them, the track really took off and it was great fun from there.
What should Drum & Bass heads expect from you in the future?
R1C0: I’ve been working a lot over the winter, so there should be plenty more to come over the next year. With the tracks I currently have, looking at least about 3 releases, so stay tuned!