Robin Wylie creates music that works in all settings and transcends genres. His openness to a wide range of sound is what has both made him a widely loved favourite, but also someone who operates in his own parallel musical world. We had a chance to talk to him, so enjoy your reading and check out his latest releases.
Can you tell us a little about your experience? Where are you from / how did you get into music?
Yo, I'm from Belfast. I came up through metal and hardcore in the 80's and then got into a lot of Industrail stuff late 80's. I think that's where I got my 1st taste of synths and drum machines being used in production, though I had no idea what they were then or how the sounds were being made. This deffo paved the way for finding dance music in the early 90's, once I went to my 1st raves in the Art College here in Belfast it all clicked. I lived in Birmingham for a few years too, until the late 90's and I was introduced to a lot of new sounds while I was there. How is your sound evolving? What artists and genres do you enjoy mixing right now?
I have a short attention span, I like to bounce around as many styles as possible these days, my Sub FM radio show has the same sorta vibe. I normally play from house and garage through to breaks, grime, dubstep, footwork and jungle. Whatever I can fit in those 2 hour slots. Always something in my sets from the Lmajor and Mani Festo at the minute, Stones Taro stuff is really 1st class. How do you feel that your music influences or impacts your listeners?
I really hope it imparts some sort of emotion, music can hit people in different ways so long as they feel something. I don't really care if people hate it, you can't please everyone, it's all subjective. What projects are you working on right now? What can you tell us about your last job?
I'm putting the finishing touches to a 4 track EP, some dark 2 step bits and some breaks. Hopefully out by the end of the year. I have a local vocalist called Becky McNeice on one of the tracks, she is really amazing. It's not normally a track she would put her vocal on, but she is always up for a challenge. Keep an eye out for her. I always have plenty of mixing and mastering work that I do with local artists in Belfast.. it keeps me out of trouble ;) Has that sound changed a lot in recent years? What is your musical criteria?
I don't think much has changed that much, I hope my production skills have gotten better. The bass heavy element is always constant in my tracks. Do you feel safe now to play a more experimental sound?
Oh yes completely, when I go to a club or event I'm always looking to hear new sounds. It's the same with my own productions and dj sets, I like to keep it fresh and evolving. Saying that there is always a nod to the past in there. We all know that the digital revolution has affected sales, but has it affected creativity?
There is more music being released now more than ever, it's so easy to get a digital release out there now with the likes of Bandcamp. Ditto or Distro Kid will hit all the streaming sites for you with very little cost. The problem is filtering out what's good and not. Can you tell us what your present and future projects are?
I'm putting the finishing touches to a 4 track EP, some dark 2 step bits and some breaks. Hopefully out by the end of the year. I have a local vocalist called Becky McNeice on one of the tracks, she is really amazing. It's not normally a track she would put her vocal on, but she is always up for a challenge. Keep an eye out for her. I always have plenty of mixing and mastering work that I do with local artists in Belfast.. It keeps me out of trouble ;)