This week’s interview sees us across the pond speaking to Candian dubstep DJ/Producer, Abstrakt Sonance. With releases on reputable labels such as Sentry Records and Deep, Dark & Dangerous, we were keen to hear what he has to say.
SSC: In your own words, who are you and what do you do?
AS: I go by Abstrakt Sonance, and I make music for a living. My music is inspired by sound system culture and is music from my soul. I am blessed to be inspired daily, writing music from whichever headspace or emotion I am in… never limiting myself to genres… but my music mostly tends to be at 140bpm.
SSC: So, how was the journey? What started it all off and how did that lead you to where you are today?
AS: It started when I moved to a small town called Salmon Arm, in BC Canada… when I was 20 years old. I did not make music up until this point. I started producing hip hop and throwing shows in my home town.
SSC: Who are the main influences for you, musically?
AS: Dose One, Buck 65, Swindle, Jack Sparrow, Truth, Harry Monson, Culprate, Noisia, Amon Tobin and Sir Spyro.
SSC: What do you consider to be the highlight of your music career so far, and why?
AS: Too many moments to say… Was epic touring Canada with D Double E and soaking up the knowledge of the grime don.
SSC: Any moments you’d rather forget?
AS: Yes, but let’s not speak of those! Hahaha!
SSC: Hailing from Canada, could you tell us a bit about the scene for sound systems out there? Are there many or are you often travelling down to the states?
AS: There isn’t much of a scene for sound systems in western Canada. There is a stronger following day by day for the culture, but as for roots and history, there isn’t an overly strong one.
When you head out east to Toronto, you get a few sound system crews – 40hz, Iron Lung and of course, the legends PK SOUND. They came into being when sound system music was really taking off in the West Coast… so by the time people were inspired to make sound systems, there was already an amazing, affordable (to rent and buy) sound system: PK SOUND.
Crews like HI SOCIETY (Kamloops) are really pushing the sound system culture out west. Crews like Sub Chakra, Digital Motion, Future Roots, and Bass Coast. At one time you would have it on the poster, and the sound system itself would sell out venues… now its almost impossible to find a show without PK Sound. It is amazing what these guys have done for sound, not only in Canada but on the world scale.
As for the USA, I had my work visa for the USA last year. It was a fun year. I look forward to getting another visa and to start touring America again.
SSC: Who should we be keeping an eye on? Any artists or DJs standing out to you right now?
SSC: Other than bass-focused music, are there any other genres or artists you’re feeling at the moment?
AS: I never really listen to bass music when I am not composing. I usually listen to really weird music and jazz/orchestral type stuff. Weird hip hop, hip hop instrumentals, and really soulful cheesy stuff haha.
SSC: What’s on the horizon for Abstrakt Sonance? Anything exciting coming up?
AS: Tons! My debut LP! Info about the release coming soon.
A couple of vinyl releases coming out early 2020.
I also have a Canada tour with Vandull in Spring 2020 and solo Europe Tour in Fall 2020.
SSC: And finally, if you could give one piece of advice for those wishing to follow in your path, what would it be?
AS: Stay true to yourself, and create from the heart. Don’t care about judgement. Look for wisdom and be vulnerable to grow. Support your community, and love your neighbour.
Big thanks to Tyler for taking the time to chat with us. Keep up to date with all things Abstrakt Sonance here: https://www.facebook.com/AbstraktSonance/