In our “portraits” series today Ackeejuice Rockers. Italian bass music producers are in the place !
GenBass : Who are you guys ?
Ackeejuice Rockers is King P and Ali Selecta. We are two Italian djs. Friends since 2001, djs since 1999-2000. We come from the dancehall, hip hop, reggae and caribbean scene. Ali has explored the soul and eclectic hip hop of Stone Throw Records and other historical labels for many years, while I was playing in the Italian dancehall scene with some of the most important international Soundsystems and djs.
GenBass : How have you got into tropical electronic music ?
It was around 2007-2008 and most of the riddims that Claudio (King P) proposed to me sounded so tuff, strictly from the Island, it was good shit! At the same time I began to rediscover the electronic beats, the 125 bpm samples of the ’90s, music I grew up with for a phase of my life. But we wanted to mix different styles, rythms, cultures, you know?
We were just waiting to be able to shake off schemes for which who play reggae had dreadlocks and who play club music, take drugs and bla bla.…Was the time and I think having introduced the use of Serato helped us to accomplish this, with a lot of different styles on tap. Before that, we walked from a train to another one, city by city with I don’t know how many fuckin’ kilograms of vinyls and cds. We can definitely say, we gave to the scene!
GenBass : Tell us about your work process.
King P: Usually we split up the work. I’m down with the production everyday in the studio and Ali searches for new tracks to remix. When I got a first bounce of the track I send it to him and we begin to talk about it. Often we discuss a lot before beginning. Sometimes a track is born and grows in one day without any brief.
GenBass : You’ve done some great collabs and even had your tracks remixed by artists such as Neki Stranac, Klipar, Ckrono & Slesh, and more. Can you tell us more about that ?
Well, we are not born as real club producers. We love club music but our setting is a little bit different. Our tracks have a “song imprint” or at least this is what we are searching for, maybe thanks to the world we came from. So, it’s automatic to choose cool remixers to integrate that club side which our project needs.
GenBass : What are the oncoming projects ?
We just got done working on a cool pop moombahton track with Alison Carney via T&A Records, news soon. We are working on a couple of tracks with Dj Javier Estrada. We also have something coming up for Tropical Bass, an official release. Then we got another cool 110 club beat that Udachi is workin’ on these days (Big Up Gregory)! Obviously some material for Overcooked Records as well and other riddims which are waiting to be sung on.
GenBass : What do you think of the electronic scene at the moment ?
A lot of confusion, not for the genres only, I think it’s a terrible moment. There is less and less quality and more quantity. More quantity of tracks, djs, producers…It’s a big sea full of fishes ! Of course there is a starting place for all, including ourselves Ackeejuice Rockers :-), but the more we move forward and more people will want to listen to something fresh, with a solid story behind, listening to that with cool support like on vinyl, on a stage with a real show and not only a dj set. We are not talking of a so far future !
GenBass : Is it difficult to get through in Italy ?
Yes, very difficult. Italy is not ready for moombahton, for the mid-tempos, dancehall etc. There is a solid reggae dancehall scene in Italy, but all born from the political social clubs and all dead in the political social clubs. In the other side, the cool italian clubs of night life spin electro, house, techno and it’s difficult to listen to something over or under the 125-128 bpms.. Naturally there are some producers who are changing this standard and we are part of it.
GenBass : Where would you see yourselves playing – like a dream place ?
To play on tour in the best summer festivals of the world of course!
Play our music in Jamaica would be amazing, achieving this, then we can return to more close places.
GenBass : Thx guys&thx to Niko Baritone from Overcooked Records for setting up the interview !
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You guys want to listen and download the lastest track from Ackeejuice Rockers ? We can help ! Check the link kindly provided by the band HERE !
Their remix of Club Cheval “Now U Realize” is a banger !