Real Playaz Ltd has long been a favourite label, and club destination for drum & bass fans nation-, and indeed worldwide. Aside from head honcho and junglist king DJ Hype, the imprint is also home to DJ/producer Original Sin. This Monday sees the issue of his new EP, ‘Move’, featuring six meaty d&b and dubstep bangers. We caught up with OS to find out more.
Please can you introduce yourself, to any readers who might not be familiar with your work.
Hi, my name is Adam Tindill, professionally known as Original Sin and/or Monstar. I make d&b and dubstep for Real Playaz Ltd and also own and run a label called Image Muzik.
Your new EP is out on Playaz. Can you tell us a little about the tracks on it, and some of the ideas behind them.
I really don’t put that much 'thought' into it, I’m very creative and have an over-active imagination.... A lot of my ideas come from scores of movies I watched when I was younger, and I find things capture my imagination less as I get older. Both my brother and I have a condition which means we see very clearly vivid shapes (in my case) or colours when we hear sounds. This is something that I use when designing sounds as it is easier to visualise - like drawing a picture with noise I suppose. I always wanted to be a graphic designer or an architect when I was in my teens but I was told i couldn’t and wouldn’t be as I’m partially colourblind but music was always my first love anyway .
Can you give us an insight into your studio set up? Do you use solely software, or does any outboard equipment add to the Original Sin sound?
It’s a common misconception that in this day and age outboard is still better than in the box. Most of the movie scores you hear now are written, composed and performed by one person and a Mac/PC. I’m all in the box and i keep my VST list to a minimum as I’d rather know a few quality instruments and signal processors really well than have 3000 that I sort of know how to use. I still use Zeta for most synthesis and Oxford EQs, reverb and dynamics. I’m not saying they are the best but they are definitely my favourites.
How do you feel about the drum & bass scene(s) circa 2011? Are there things you’d like to see change or improve?
I think I’d be pointing out the elephant in the room to be saying things are changing. I find underground dance music very exciting right now, it hasn’t, in my opinion, been this open and eclectic since we first discovered music doesn’t have to come from live instruments. I think dubstep is the evolution of drum & bass, I think they are actually one and the same and its only our desire to pigeonhole everything and form little tribes with opposing views so we can war it out that seperates the genres.
Can you let us know about any other music you are working on at the moment?
Well on the EP there is a dubstep track entitled Air Raid featuring the vocal talents of MC Element, that’s a good indication of what else I’m doing... From this point forward and indeed for a year now Original Sin is about d&b and dubstep, I make and love both. I also have the 'Monstar' dubstep project which is currently gathering momentum in the UK and the States.
Who are some of the best people you’ve worked with so far, and are there other people you’d like to work with?
I haven’t really worked with anyone outside of the camp but would very much like to. I’m in talks with Caspa and also Fresh at the moment both of whom I have a lot of respect for.
Who are some of the other tracks and artists who are moving you at the moment?
D&b-wise I’m loving Culture Shock right now, also my sets wouldn’t be complete without Taxman, Subzero and Supreme Being ( signed to my label Image Muzik - this guy has a lot of talent and will be hard to ignore I promise you that).
Finally, any messages to the readers or shouts you’d like to give?
Approach music with an open mind... It’s just a bit of fun after all. Big ups to everyone at Playaz: Hype , Pascal, Taxman , Subzero. Also big ups to Supreme Being and MC Element.