There is special case of dj creating good mixtapes, and Dj Silenet Pressure do it very well. We’re living in a period the figure of DJ is missing. Most guys want to be producer. That’s ok ,but you know… there is a difference from be a DJ and be a Producer, you feel it on a mixtape. And when I listened to Bamboo Bass vol.7 I knew that DJ Silent was a real DJ.
Bamboo Bass is a tropical and fresh mixtape. He played sounds like: moombahton, zouk bass, rasterinha, trap, twerk, kuduro, dancehall and reggaeton, all of it in one mix. Sometimes I get me asking: How a guy from Berlin can dig musics from Brazil? Ok, internet – duhhh. But….you know the point rigth? Try to do the same thing, look for some special material from Berlin. It’s hard.
Thinking on that, I asked few questions to DJ Silent Pressure to know more about his work. Before you start read, play on this amazing mixtape. It’s tropical, so I sugest to you open a beer. I did it on second time.
Tell me about tour carrear, how do you started?
I started at the age of 16 with German rap, but quickly discovered the rough flavor of dancehall & reggae music. Short time after buying 12 inches, was replaced by 7 inches and I started spinning mainly reggae and dancehall for a couple of years. What I kept from hip-hop was the fascination for the art of cutting and scratching records which I always try to include when mixing all kinds of music.
Later, I opened up my selection discovering soca music which consequently let me to all kinds of African music which was also encouraged by traveling & playing in Ghana.
In my “early years” around 2006/07 I used to play around with some simple blends mixing dancehall with electronic sounds. This set was the first step into a more diverse direction which was getting more concrete when discovering the first Major Lazer, Douster, SchlachthofBronx and munchi tracks. My first Global Bass Tape “Firepower” gives a good overview about that time.
Over the years the sound developed including more and more genres.
After running the Bass dive party for a couple of years I founded the Bamboo Bass Party with a couple of friends in order to establish a regular party for Tropical Bass in Berlin. We had people like Uproot And, Murlo or Bomb Diggy playing with us.
In 2011 I joined the Berlin based SWS (sound with soul).
I traveled different countries in Europe playing my sound and playing shows with great musicians, such as Major Lazer, Uproot Andy, Serocee from Toddla T and many more.
How do you create your bamboo series?
The idea came up when we first started the party in December 2011. Being a little bit bored from only having dancehall-reggae partys, we decided to start something up to introduce a broader view on urban music & consequently establish a proper Tropical Bass in Berlin. As most of the Berlin party massive didn’t know what Tropical Bass was, so I wanted to give them that they could listen before they go out that night.
That’s when I started with the Bamboo Bass series. The concept is to illustrated how a selection on a party could look like and summarize the different subgenres of tropical bass in one fluent mix. In the beginning it was more about moombahton, UK funky, kuduro some Soca & dancehall tunes and that house influenced by tropical stuff as well as some cumbia and reggaeton. With the years and the rise of trap, twerk and zouk bass, our selection included those styles as well as the current bashment remixes from guys like Ape Drums. My partner in crime from tropicalbass.com with whom I m running the bamboo bass parties is moreover responsible for the latest zouk and afrobeats. All in all why try to give the people a very versatile danceable selection of global bass club tunes.
Unfortunately I couldn’t do a tape for each party so that the numeration isn’t exact anymore.
Bamboo Bass Party at Berlin
How do you search for new music?
Checking soundcloud + bandcamp from artists and producers, promo mails, checking the blogs of each (tropical) genre + portals like Juno and beatport. Plus exchanging tracks with DJ colleagues.
I Like sounds that are pushing and get people moving but are at the same time not to heavy and overproduced when it comes to the drop.thus I try to avoid the to crazy edm stuff. The tunes need to have a special balance and a catchy and still kind of organic type of sound. Traditional samples or original vocals are also a plus.
Rythymwise I’m a big fan of any kind of dem bow riddim adaption & currently totally up for all productions that mix up dembow & twerk beats like those great tunes from e.g. tropkillaz.
How is your creative process to create a mixtape?
I usually start with some freestyle juggling which becomes more concrete when I m preparing my sets for gigs. From that first ideas for certain cuts and smaller sets result. Then I work on the general concept and think about how the mix should develop (e.g. going from Zouk Bass to Bashment then getting faster ending up in Trap).
When I feel like having enough fresh tunes that fit I start sorting out the selection. Then I look for similarities in lyrics or special parts that could be good in a mixup and for samples to scratch etc. Afterwards I work on the cuts as long as I everything fits and record the tape, add the efx and send it to the mastering.
Tell me your 2 favorites tracks on Bamboo Bass vol.7
Actually there are a lot of personal favorites on that tape but if I have to name two I would go for:
– Prince Lokoni – Luku a meisje (Uproot Andy & Geko Jones Remix)
Because it perfectly blends those African vocals with trap sounds before switching to its uptempo kuduro-ish vibe. Moreover the drop of the trap part has this great kind of deep but still powerful but still not to overproduced sound that I miss in a lot of Trap tracks (which are to heavy for my taste).
– Tropkillaz – Alright.
Because of its great switch up between trap and dembow rhythyms as well as fitting in those feel good vocals (without being to cheesy).
If some one want to contract you, how they can find you?
Check me via my Facebook page (Facebook.com/djsilentpressure) or link me & listen all my mixes via soundcloud (soundcloud.com/djsilentpressure) or say “hola” via mail ([email protected]). If you re in Berlin you can find me at the dancehall party Bass Dive and of course at our tropical bass rave Bamboo Bass.
We are currently working on new dates and there is gonna be a Bamboo Bass compilation coming up. Stay tuned for more!