Deviant Drums: I Wannabe on Drum & Bass, Growth, and a Brand New Mix.

Deviant Drums: I Wannabe on Drum & Bass, Growth, and a Brand New Mix.

After exploring the different sounds and flavors of the world music scene in the wake of the CIS collapse, I Wannabe began creating electronic compositions of his own.

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Short Stories & Strange Interludes: Eschaton On His New Two-Part LP.

Short Stories & Strange Interludes: Eschaton On His New Two-Part LP.

The label head of the outstanding Omni MusicEschaton, is leading the charge with some of the best underground Drum & Bass currently being released. The first ever mix for Inside the Rift was done courtesy of Eschaton, and I was excited to hear that he was releasing a brand new two part LP entitled Short Stories & Strange Interludes

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Drumming Your Dreams to Life: Oded Kafri On Drum & Bass, Music, and Travel.

Drumming Your Dreams to Life: Oded Kafri On Drum & Bass, Music, and Travel.

Oded’s frenetic style and vibrant energy helped him secure a spot in the hearts and minds of his healthy fanbase.

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Five Tracks That Sparked My Interest In Drum & Bass.

Five Tracks That Sparked My Interest In Drum & Bass.

I was sitting down recently and I decided that I want to start a series where I talk about albums, tracks, or instances that sparked my interest in a particular discipline or genre.

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Interview With Electronic Musician, John Beltran.

Interview With Electronic Musician, John Beltran.

Lansing’s John Beltran is an electronic musician hailing from Lansing, Michigan. For the better part of two decades, John has been releasing tracks tinged with deep ambient and balearic influences that have all melted together to give him a futuristic, but earthy sound. He began to elevate to prominence after his debut album Earth and Nightfall garnered attention and praise in the Detroit Techno scene.

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Interview With DJ and Label Owner, Jason Battle (Chocolate Buddha)

Interview With DJ and Label Owner, Jason Battle (Chocolate Buddha)

With his A.Muse brand, Jason wants to connect, inspire, and motivate artists who are passionate and dedicated to their crafts, not unlike what I aim to do here at Inside the Rift. Jason has been working tirelessly to get the label running and as a result of this, the Calfornia based label has begun releasing what is sure to be the first of many musical projects.

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Interview With Electronic Producer, Lone.

Interview With Electronic Producer, Lone.

England's Matt Cutler has infected the musical strata with his varied and intricate productions. After receiving critical success for his first album "Lemurian" ( a love-letter to the old school boom-bap Hip Hop patterns of old infused with his own personal flare), Matt has solidified himself as a methodical, but unpredictable musician; Two traits that have helped him elevate above many of his peers in an ever growing sea of electronic releases.

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Interview With Label Owner and Producer, Eschaton (Pt.II)

Interview With Label Owner and Producer, Eschaton (Pt.II)

Icaros, like much of his catalogue, tries to replicate and depict the mystical concepts and disciplines that are interwoven into practices like Shamanism and Buddhism. The album itself is a stellar blend of what we've come to know and love from the virtuoso (furious breakbeats, deep bass, and swirling synth layers) but with a touch of experimental flavor in certain spots. 

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Interview With Producer and Owner of Offworld Recordings, LM1.

Interview With Producer and Owner of Offworld Recordings, LM1.

Scotland's Alan Cowie has been releasing deep, atmospheric Drum & Bass under the name of LM1 for years now on his label, Offworld Recordings. With a sound blurring the lines between old school Jungle and the more liquid contemporary stylings, LM1 has managed to put together an outstanding operation over at Offworld and as such, managed to amass some outstanding talent.

Offworld's eerie and often paranormal leanings (through the artwork, atmosphere, and titles) gives them a distinct edge that has, without question, set their releases apart from many other labels releasing today. With Alan's vision, dedication, and sheer talent at the helm of the project, it is no wonder that it has become one of the most popular underground Drum & Bass labels around and will continue to be so for the foreseeable future. 

I spoke with LM1 to learn more about his past, ideals, and what is in store for us down the line.

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Interview With Drum & Bass Producer, T.G.M.

Interview With Drum & Bass Producer, T.G.M.

England's Toby George Martin (or T.G.M) is quickly making a name for himself in the underground Drum & Bass circuit by way of his stellar productions. Layered pads coupled with heavy breaks and gritty bass round out the sound of the Bournemouth product. 

His work has not gone unnoticed as his Divinity Searching EPs have been signed to Omni Music and Monochrome Recordings respectively. Despite his age, Toby has a very mature sound that harkens back to the days of old. Now living in California, T.G.M continues to evolve his sound and artistic flare.

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Interview With Electronic Musician, Outsource.

Interview With Electronic Musician, Outsource.

Jeff Fletcher is an electronic producer operating out of Los Angeles, California that is putting out some impressive, intelligent Drum & Bass for many of the notable indie labels under the moniker of Outsource. While initially interested in Hip-Hop, he found himself immersed in Drum & Bass after listening to some of the "Golden Era Greats" like Photek, LTJ Bukem, and Goldie. 

Outsource has been privileged enough to produce for Video Games, Television, and Documentaries. A prolific and highly skilled DJ frequently providing mixes for Podcasts and Live Sets, he has been able to secure a spot amongst the heavy hitters of underground Drum & Bass with his brand of cerebral jungle. 

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Interview With Drum & Bass Producer, Thesis.

Interview With Drum & Bass Producer, Thesis.

Hailing from London, England and producing under the moniker of Thesis is electronic musician, Matt Anderson. Specializing in atmospheric liquid Drum & Bass, Thesis is doing a fantastic job of infusing an older flavor into a genre that has opted to imbue a more contemporary pop sound. His most recent EP “The Bridge” features an impressive vocal display from Canadian songstress, Anastasia. Describing himself as a perfectionist, Thesis is more concerned with putting out quality tracks that remain true to himself and his particular sound, as opposed to releasing tracks for the sake of quantity. 

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Interview With Producer & Label Manager, Eschaton.

Interview With Producer & Label Manager, Eschaton.

England’s brilliant Omni Music label (helmed by producer Eschaton) is quickly tearing up the underground Drum n Bass scene with it’s quality releases. Eschaton has successfully managed to group together up and coming talents like The Drumkilla (check out his interview here), Kasious, and Mutants. As well as some heavy hitting legends like Pete Rann, Voyager, LM1, and one of my personal favorites, Aural Imbalance. By seamlessly amalgamating old and new, Omni has become something to behold for listeners who prefer the more classic atmospheric stylings, as opposed to the contemporary Pop based DnB structure.

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Interview With Drum n Bass Producer, The Drumkilla.

Interview With Drum n Bass Producer, The Drumkilla.

About a month ago I discovered the fantastic music of Russia’s Kirill Koloshnitsyn (aka The Drumkilla) after browsing through Omni Music’s Bandcamp page. Anyone that knows me, knows that I am a huge Atmospheric Drum N Bass head. I absolutely adore it and much of the LTJ Bukem era stuff has had a big impact on my own musical tastes and productions. To me, it represents the perfect blend of chill but intrusive (and mostly danceable) beats for enjoying and potentially droning out to. After hearing The Drumkilla’s track “Planets Around” I decided that it would be a perfect track to use as the introduction theme for my Youtube channel (which will be coming as soon as I finish the damn thing. Adobe After Effects is unforgiving as hell) so I contacted him and he was more than happy to allow me to use it. Some time later, I contacted him again and asked if he would be interested in doing an interview for the site, and thankfully, I received the same response!

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