An Interview with B Complex (Hospital Records, SK)

What have you been up to recently? What do you like to do to relax between productions and gigs?

Played in Kyjev last weekend, it was a wicked party and adventurous experience. I’d say making music is the best relax for me, but not every day you are inspired of course. I love sport, used to play handball, visited basketball grammar school. I often kill my time playing
computer games or watching tv shows. The best way to relax is to do it actively though, but sometimes it’s hard to lure me out of my lair hehe

Tell us a bit about your history and how you came to produce drum and bass. What is it about the melodic dnb sound that attracts you?

I always loved music, it was probably the only way for my parents to calm down a hyperactive child I was. I got first music making software when I was 12 years old and since then I’m sold. Originally I was happy if the sounds I was forcing my computer to create were related to music at all, but with experience it got better. In the begining it was mainly happy hardcore and gabber music that I was trying to do, great music for beginer producer I think, it has simple rhythm and melodies are maybe even naive, but you will grasp the basics easily. D&B got me around 2002, when I heard more techy sound, it’s tempo reminded me hardcore I did before and since then I focus mainly on this style. My “problem” used to be that as much as I liked melodies I also liked energy and heaviness of dnb so my music was often too hard for ones and too soft for the others, I think it’s good if you can whistle your favourite track anywhere and it can be recognised

Can you tell us a bit about the scene in Bratislava and how it has influenced the way that you approach your music

Bratislava scene is small but alive, we have several clubs in which d&b gigs are held, with a pretty wide range too, you can hear liquid, neuro or autonomic sound, our fans could see most of the big djs. There is a tradition for d&b here from about 96 or 98 so there are few generations of people who prefer different sound of d&b.
It’s a good thing because if you are open minded you can pick whatever you like from it. Slovakia has some very good djs, regular fm show and talented producers.
When I got to the scene you could hear Teebee, Concord Dawn, Ed Rush & Optical, I guess that’s where roots for my sound are.

How did your relationship with Hospital records come about?

When I made Beautiful Lies I was trying to find a good home for it, I sent demos to several labels. The track has special meaning for me and I wanted it to be heard.
I was doing music for some time already and I didn’t want to sign to first label that gave me an offer. For this tracks I received several but I decided to wait, I had a very solid offer for a vinyl release but while I was waiting for the confirmation, Tony got in touch and asked me to hold the track for them as they were just preparing the sick music compilation. I had to make a decision and ask the previous label to wait some more. Eventually the tune was released on Sick Music and I am proud for that, unlike some minor labels Hospital guys treated me right from the begining, and I’m glad that this cooperation is still going on.

You have some refreshing and interesting song titles, like Salad is OK and Little Oranges. Do these have a story behind them?

Usually there is some story behind every tune I make, I try to make them different, and I don’t want to be stuck on some pattern that I fill.
There is a girl who is very influential for my music, and the Salad is OK is kind of an innuendo that we created. Little oranges – well..
one day my good mate Inso was high .. he was holding the mandarines and had a very serious face examining them. He was wondering
how little those oranges were – later Little Oranges was a term we were using for something that was strange or different, and that’s something that came to my mind when I made that song.

You say that your main inspiration is life in general, and in particular girls. Can you expand on this?

As a producer you eventually get to a point where it is no longer about how to tweak your synth to get certain sound,
or what key to use to express what emotion.. You already know your tools and what you can do with them then you
need to channel this knowledge somehow. For me it’s important to experience life, to have some emotions that drive
this potential to the end result. When I make a song that has this kind of background it’s like it’s being written on it’s own
you don’t have to think, you just go with the flow. I think it’s easily understood that girls are best when it comes to
experience and emotions, Especially certain ones.

I read that you would like to score for films and that you don’t see yourself producing electronic music forever…what are your long term plans, or do you find your goals constantly shifting?

I would like to have my options open. I studied film faculty, and I always been a big fan of cinematic music, so I would be happy to do some scoring if I would have a chance for it. I don’t mind doing electronic music
even as a 60 years old if I would still enjoy making it. I’d like to build my studio, and be in touch with the scene, parties and what is connected with it. It would all be connected to music but from different angles.
The truth is that it’s hard to plan too long forward though, for example I am now considering to move to uk for some time so plans like wheter I should start saving for buying house in slovakia or something similar are
too big decisions for now.

What are you currently working on? Are there any plans for a full-length release anytime soon?

I have several tracks in progress, Some tunes that are “nearly there” and just need some more work, I do collabs with Ill-Esha, Pat Fulgoni and can’t wait to start something brand new when these are finished.
I’d love to do an album in future and I’ll be working on it, but if you ask for certain date there is no any at the moment.

You’re coming to Perth soon for Mayhem Festival…will this be your first time in Australia?

Indeed, and I’m very much looking forward to it. If you asked me before what my dream destination for djing would be – I’d say australia or new zaeland, and I’m not saying this just because of the promotion

I’ve seen your gigs described as “masterful”. What can we expect from your set in Perth?

I try to mix varied flavours of d&b but also some other genres here and there. I like to combine the musicality of liquid with energy from neuro. I like when people can both dance to the music but enjoy it musically too. When I see the audience is on a similar vibe as I am, I like to do some little jokes in between. The audience is very important for me, when you see that the crowd is enjoying your show, it motivates you to play and they can squeeze something out of you that even you did not expect

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