Take the opportunity to check out the Unorthodox EP from Skantia if you get the chance – we can assure you it’s worth it. The UK-based drum and bass DJ/producer put together the short collection for Program, and it features three seriously strong cuts. We chatted it through with him to find out more.
To kick things off, can you tell us a little about yourself for those who don’t already know… who are you and where are you currently based?
Hi, I’m Charlie, aka Skantia, 22 years old and was born and live in Newcastle Upon-Tyne.
How long have you been making music for?
I’ve been making music for near enough 3 years now.
What/who/where inspires you the most creatively?
Major inspirations have to be NOISIA, Culture Shock, Monty, Signal, there are too many to name. All my friends and living in Newcastle have had an impact on what I make as well, in a good way.
What are your favourite parts about being an artist? If you could change one thing about it, what would it be?
It’s satisfying being able to create a piece of music to your own taste. I don’t know what I could change about it, probably delete writer’s block from the face of the earth.
Your new EP Unorthodox is making waves on Program! How long ago did you start working on it?
“Unorthodox” & “Slapstik” came together quite quickly. It took around 3-4 days to complete each one with the arrangement, then the mixdown and mastering took a week or two. “Run” took around 2 months to fully complete. It became a bit of a pain but all in all, I had lots of fun making the EP.
Out of the three tracks, do you have a particular favourite?
I’d probably say “Unorthodox,” the mixdown on the drums plays a factor. The finished result of “Run” and “Slapstik” wasn’t quite what I hoped in terms of quality, but that’s what VIPs are for.
Which took the longest to make from start to finish?
Definitely “Run.” Jeez, that tune became energy-draining.
If you could collaborate with any artist on earth, whom would you choose and why?
I’d have to say Monty or Current Value because their sound is next to none.
What sets you apart with your sound?
I just want to keep going in the direction of making tunes.
Which direction do you want to take over the next year? Any plans you can share with us?
Not plans I can share out, but I have things in the works.