Phenetic became part of the Drum and Bass / Jungle scene in 2002 by playing venues and underground parties in Denver, CO. He is now producing a highly anticipated documentary on DNB called "The American Jungle".
Other than playing regularly around Denver, CO Phenetic has been booked all across the US. He hosted the "Time Served" radio show with his crew the Turbo Alliance on dnbradio.com for 3 years. Phenetic established residency for "Breakdown" at The Church nightclub for a year while lining up things with Sonus Music for 2007 at club Vinyl where he participated in bringing out and playing for many headlining Drum and Bass acts. Now part of Sonus Music, DJ Phenetic is regularly booked for DnB shows and parties. Not restricted to DnB, depending on the crowd. Great atmosphere, clean flowing mixes and steady basslines are what you should expect to see from this cutting edge, underground electronic music DJ.
Phenetic has played for many major Drum and Bass acts such as Pendulum Live, Dieselboy, LTJ Bukem, Chase and Status, Total Science, Ed Rush and Optical, Mathmatics... and many more
Phenetic rep's Sonus, & The American Jungle with kru affiliations. You can catch this experienced and "up and coming" DJ playing quite often in and around the Denver, CO area. Now starting to tour with The American Jungle, Phenetic will be traveling the next year throughout the U.S. playing DnB as an American Jungle resident DJ. We caught up with DJ Phenetic prior to the filming of his 'The American Jungle' documentry and this is what he said..
Welcome to Futurednb Phenetic. Lets start with your name, what was your idea behind the name Phenetic?
Phenetic means a scientific classification of like things, usually organisms. To me it's more about music genre, fans, and the scene as a whole. People are organisms too. Grouping people who have the same love together only shows how awesome what that group believes is. Phenetic also to me is a phonetic spelling of phonetic. Phonetics derived is the way things sound. Grouping like things with the way they like their sound. I believe there is a string theory in people, music, and energy to manipulate.
What has been your greatest highlight since your were last In Session #033 on Futurednb?
The progress made with The American Jungle film/project has been my goal and highlight since, as well as my own revival on the scene.. dropped out for a bit for personal reasons... and it's not a kid ladies ;)
What equipment are you using for mixing, do you mix live vinyl or mp3's?
If I had an Ideal setup I would prefer Serato via the Rane TTM57sl with Technics 1210m5g's.... That means MP3 with live vinyl feel. Truthfully if records were the price of mp3's I would still be a pure vinyl loyalist. I even didn't play bookings that couldn't provide tables for awhile there, which made it hard on the promoters when I found out this info when I showed up to play... (You know who you are ;)). We all are victims of the machine tho and I find myself mixing a majority of my performances on cdj's now days.. In 2008 I battled a local DJ who didn't know how to play vinyl when the battle terms were to swap record bags... Needless to say that was my debut playing cd's and the first time I had ever tried to mix with them, no embellishing the details, I killed it, the kid didn't even try to play my vinyl tho after my set... LAME! Guess I won?! lol or does that mean I'm old? Haha fuck it, I'll just stick with ol school.
Tell us more about your documentary 'The American Jungle', what inspired you to take on this project?
The American Jungle is a brainchild of my long time partner on the drum and bass DJ Onket, it really is just a culmination of both our lives journeys. Basically me and Onket (Jeremy Ballard) have been Promoting/ DJ'n Drum and Bass nights for the last decade. He was attending school for video production and multimedia when the idea formed and since we have been rubbing elbows with a lot of major artists in DnB over the years it was a easy step to take to concept this project. I don't know if there could be people better suited to take on the task, we both are on fire for drum and bass and have a vast amount of connections to the scene. Our crew are experienced veterans on the scene. The main goal of the project is to promote the scene as a whole and familiarize everyone we can with the music we love through an immersive film. I call this a project as well because through the course of filming we will be hosting, performing and organizing a tour, the tour will include a highlight of each local scene we can hit in North America. For our upcoming trailer we have Knoxville, TN as a focus of a small town scene with a real love for the music. Denver represents our larger more developed scene perspective. Since our visit Knoxville has developed and been able to promote on a new level... We basically hope this happens everywhere. We will uncover the effect of Drum and Bass in America while providing a knowledge to the public of how it's roots came from the UK and moved to North America via Canada, NY, LA, etc.. Including major artist interviews, footage of massives(parties/raves), plus a look at the american junglist lifestyle though a reality show type of filming of me, Onket, our crew, and all the characters you can imagine who promote DnB in North America. This project is set to begin touring/filming this spring and throughout the summer. With a release date in early 2013. This is a project of my life, pure love for dnb music inspires me, and a feeling of I haven't completed my quest with dnb and music drives me forward with this project.
What can we expect to see from DJ Phenetic in the coming year?
I will be touring with the film project all spring and summer, so most likely I will be in a city near you... if your in North America haha
Apart from yourself of course, are there any other DJ's / Producers you think we should be looking out for in 2012?
On the grand scale in the UK I wanna see some more heavy tracks from Royalston, in the US, big things from Terravita.
Whats your views on the sustainable future for Dubstep, if any?
Good ol dubstep... Geez, this is a subject we will be covering in the film as well haha. I have had my opinion on Dubstep since it broke up my old crew Turbo Alliance in 2006... I've always been a Junglist to the bone as I watched a few of my old crew members renounce dnb to play big parties doing dubstep. Dubstep in my eyes lacks.. It's too slow or boring for my taste if thats all I hear in a mix, or a night. Its good for a heavy drop in a DnB set and that's all I got... I'm not gonna lie I do have a dub mix up on dubstep.fm it was a tag sesh with the dank dealz guys which was fun. I do switch it up to dnb for awhile in that mix tho :). Dubstep def has a foothold and I'm sure there will always be a fan base. I don't see it getting much bigger than it is off hand and to tell you the truth the guys I know that switched to dubstep from DnB (even my ol crew members) are now switching back to playing dnb more often or even entirely... I guess what I do see is that Dub and DnB have a lot of a similar fan base for obvious reasons. I can say my facebook status at one time was: Dubstep = a gateway to real bass music. I hope the crowds see it the same way. I see bass music, dub and dnb as more of a kind of mixture really being the future, definitely dub is included, but I don't the average person seeing a ton of difference. I was even joking with Mystical Influence about how a person from the crowd came up to him saying "I really liked that fast dubstep you play!" GAWD forbid if it starts getting called that! LOL
Tell us about your guest mix, what can we expect to hear?
You will hear filth, it will be disgusting with a trainwreck after each trainwreck. Tune in to listen to this DJ make a fool of himself publicly LOL Expect intense energy with build up's and break downs as well as dank hard basslines!!!! Play it on your system as loud as you can!
Anything else you want to tell us about?
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