Who: DJ Futurebound
When: Wednesday, Aug. 25, 10 p.m.
Where: Tommy Africa's
Cost: $5 before 11 p.m.
The renowned UK producer/DJ, Futurebound (also known as Brendan Collins), was born in Liverpool, England and raised on a steady diet of diverse dance music. In the late '80s, he tapped into that passion for music and began paving his way in the industry: DJing, hosting parties, and finally going on to launch his own label, Viper Recordings, in 2003. Pique managed to nail down this globetrotting DJ/producer for an e-mail interview before he makes his way to Whistler for a show at Tommy Africa's.
Pique: You've been tapped into the the breakbeat scene since 1989. What was it that initially drew you into that world?
B.C.: I got drawn in by the likes of Sasha, Grooverider, etc... and when I saw the crowd reactions to them I thought to myself, "Ya I want a piece of that." Me and some mates eventually started putting on our own nights and ended up losing thousands of pounds doing so! Then eventually I got into production with a few other guys and the rest is history, as they say.
Pique: In 21 years, the industry has evolved pretty radically; what are some of the best and worst changes that you've seen?
B.C.: Well, there are loads of different sounds and styles, which is great. Drum 'n' bass really is a worldwide thing. I've played all over the world, UK, Europe, North America, Russia, Australia. Every week there are thousands of people in cities all over the world going out to gigs, so it's great to see how big it's grown since the early '90s. Not to sound like a broken record, but the illegal downloading and decrease in vinyl sales has hurt artists and labels in terms of making money off releases. The other thing, which I'm not sure if your average person is aware of, is the percentage cut that digital shops take for each sale. So not only are you not selling as many copies as years ago, the digital shops also take a larger cut of the sale than traditional vinyl distributors do.
Pique: You went on to start your own label, Viper Recordings. Why did you decide to take that step?
B.C.: I was on J Majik's label Infrared and doing some A&R and things for them. I had been thinking of starting a label for a while, and then I did this tune "Blind Cobbler's Thumb," which was big at the time and loads of people were phoning it up for me so I thought, "Yeah, this is the right time to do it."