Viper Recordings is synonymous with drum and bass around the world due in part to their top-shelf artists and massive releases. The Summer Slammers compilation which started back in 2010 has become one of the most anticipated releases in the bass community each season. We recently got a hold of Intraspekt, whose track Exodus is one of the new and exclusive tracks to the 2016 Summer Slammers compilation, to speak with us on his release on Viper as well as other things going through his mind.
Q: Let’s get some background going. Where are you from and how did you get involved with Viper?
A: I’m from Winchester originally.. As anybody from Winchester will tell you, it used to be the capital of England…. We’re desperately gripping onto that. I got involved with Viper after making a few tracks with Callide a couple of years back. We fired over a couple and got contacted about ‘In Your Eyes’. Since then I’ve just been sending anything over I felt suited the label.
Q: What’s it like to grow up there? What’s the music scene about?
A: There weren’t any places in Winchester for Drum & Bass events, but as the southcoast scene was quite close-knit, I met Anil from the Tripp2 Record store in Southampton. I ended up working there when I’d just left school, made some good contacts and had the opportunity to play a couple of sets at Southampton’s biggest D&B nights at the time.
Q: Where did Exodus start? How long did it take?
A: It actually started off as a chilled liquid track believe it or not. It then just escalated and was one of those projects where the bare bones were down within about 12 hours, after being sat through the early hours of the morning with the headphones on. Another week or 2 were spent on fine-tuning certain aspects of it.
Q: How did you get the name Intraspekt?
A: I used to make jump up under the name Spekky… Not sure why I had that name, when I was 15 I just thought it sounded pretty bad ass… Looking back, maybe not so. I wanted to keep the ‘Spek’ involved in a new alias when I went onto a new journey of music. I’m quite an over-thinker with a lot of things, so Intraspekt seemed quite fitting.
Q: What’s your studio setup look like?
A: I use an iMac with Tannoy speakers and a SubPac, I used to have a lot more, but with moving into a smaller place I had to get rid of a bit. At this current minute it’s covered in empty crisp packets and hair pins for some reason. I live with 2 girls.. Hair pins / Hair bands are EVERYWHERE.
Q: Any favorite VST’s or plug ins that you used on this particular record?
A: I’d never really looked into FM8 before, but after speaking to Xtrah, he recommended it. I set myself the task to use mainly FM8. I had no clue what I was doing with it really and fluked most of the sounds, but sometimes that’s the best way to do it!
Q: If you had to pick 1 release from Viper to be your favorite what would it be?
A: DC Breaks – Halo. Still play it now.
Q: Is there someone you’re looking forward to working with or any artists you are trying to put something out with?
A: NC-17 and myself keep meaning to start something together, but with running a small graphics business I get little time. It WILL happen though. Sorry Pete!
Q: What’s it been like working with Viper Recordings on this Summer Slammers?
A: Good fun! I made sure I headed up to the Album Launch party in London, met a few of the guys I hadn’t yet met. Everyone is sound as!
Q: What has been your favorite show you’ve played so far? Any crazy experiences while being on stage or memorable tour stories?
A: Probably at Glade Festival a few years ago. Things got a bit out of hand after the set. (I think some stories are best kept to myself though haha.)
Q: Do you have any non-musical hobbies?
A: Graphic Design was one of them, but that has become my main income now. I’d like to start Skateboarding again, but quit after breaking my wrist a couple of years back. It’s quite hard to get an income with a broken wrist when you’re self employed.
Q: Tell me something on your bucket list.
Q: If you could go back in time and give yourself one piece of advice, what would it be?
A: Work harder with the music at a younger age.
Q: If you had one word to describe Intraspekt, what would it be?
A: I struggled with this one so asked my housemate. She said ‘Irritating’ I’ll go with that.
Check out some of the tracks off of Summer Slammers 2016 below!
Buy Summer Slammers 2016 HERE