You can get the lowdown on an artist’s current happenings and read plenty of juicy gossip about them at way too many other places on the interweb; but we’re not having any of that here. Instead, The Count-Off aims to reveal a never-before-seen side of the top dance music names on our radar, by inviting them to share five songs, four things, three albums, two people and one wish.

Every time Gavin Harris and Nick Hill turn the corner with a new cut, you should expect to get sucker-punched right in the gut. The Bristol-based duo is known for catching heads off-guard, as they consistently pump out diverse drum & bass productions that always put out. They’ve been ripping floors to bits with rollers and stompers of unquestionable quality, which is precisely why RAM records has had their back from the beginning. For their latest single, “Keeping Me High,” the gents pulled off a crossover trick that further proves they are experts at shifting their sound without compromising any character. As the buzz continues to build behind these beat specialists, we tapped Loadstar to go down the list for us.

5 songs I wish I’d made: 

1. Fresh “Signal”

Probably my all-time favourite drum & bass tune!

2. Ed Rush & Optical “Alien Girl”

The bass sound and drums on this tune still sound incredible. How did they do this back in 1998?

3. Dillinja “Fluid”

Dillinja, the bassline master. This tune is one of his best!

4.Roni Size “It’s Jazzy”

When I first started going out in Bristol, this was the absolute anthem. I love the vibe of the tune, and the samples are sick.

5. Origin Unknown “Truly One”

Probably the first tune I heard from RAM Records and Andy C. I always loved the simplicity of the tune—it’s all about that sub-bass!

 

4 things I’m happy I did:

1.Buy the Chemical Brothers’ first album

I got this in 1995, and it really got me into electronic music.

2. Go to my first rave

This was a drum & bass party in Bristol, and I only went as it was the only place that would let us underage kids in. It was going to these nights that made me fall in love with drum & bass.

3. Give up my day job working in a bank

I feel immensely lucky to have been able to do this and make a living off doing the things I love.

4.Play at EDC Las Vegas

The best show we’ve ever played.

 

3 albums everyone should own:

Chemical BrothersExit Planet Dust 

As I said before, this got me into dance music.

Roni Size – New Forms

Mercury Music Prize-winning drum & bass album, and a stone-cold classic!

Leftfield Leftism

Another classic album from my childhood.

 

2 people I wish I could hang out with: 

1. Prince

Musical genius, and one of the coolest guys on the planet.

2. Valentino Rossi

I’m a massive MotoGP fan, and he’s the godfather.

 

1 thing I wish everyone knew:

Drum & bass isn’t fast dubstep!

 


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