The DPMO Tour left nothing but pure madness across the states. Funtcase had finally headlined his own tour. selling out venues left and right, I had the chance of chatting with the legend on the brink of his huge accomplishment.
What was your first experience with Electronic Music? Video Games? Movies? Friends?
“My mom being DJ. I loved death metal and stuff when I was growing up until I was a teenager but then my mom was always a DJ and she was always introducing me into hardcore before drum and bass happened and when drum and bass happened she was a drum and bass DJ. I was surrounded by DJing my whole life.” -Funtcase
Having really been at the mountaintop of the dubstep scene for many years now, Describe your journey from the days back in 2010-11 compared to now?
“It’s been a strange journey. 2009 was like an instant blow up, cause that’s when dubstep was new. Anything anyone did was fresh as fuck and everyone was like all over it. But then … yeah, it’s been a whole big ride. It dipped and then it rose again and then it dipped and now it’s coming back up on the rise again. It’s been a long journey of a fight for the scene and maintain what we have and get ourselves bigger as artists.” -Funtcase
In your opinion, what do you think has helped you consistently be one of the best producers?
“Not sounding like everyone else I guess? I never ever EVER ever tried to sound like anyone and I never taken influence to any track. I’ve always influences, or make you know anything that makes me hype. I feel like I got my own sound? In a way? I like to think that, but I’ve never ever tried to be anyone else I like to go through my image and my sound and I think that’s helped me out in the long run.” -Funtcase
What keeps you motivated to be at the top of your game? What are some goals you still wish to achieve?
“I just want to leave a legacy in music, in dubstep. I want to be the guy that everyone goes “Hey he’s the dubstep guy.” I want to be one of the frontrunners of dubstep and always be mentioned. Let’s say it’s years from now and dubstep doesn’t exist anymore and someone goes “Remember dubstep?” and someone else goes “Yeah FuntCase” — that’s what I want. The dubstep world of fame. I wanna be that guy.” -Funtcase
Being that you’re Circus Records royalty, tell us a bit about your peers Flux Pavillion, Doctor P, Cookie Monsta, and what you’re relationships are like being that you’ve known each other for so long now?
“Pretty close. We play games together. Battlegrounds, Rocket League, every now and then we’ll play games and have a Whatsapp together. We’ve been on tour together. Yeah it’s pretty strong, We don’t get to see each other that much we just talk on whatsapp but when we do see each other it’s pretty fun.” -Funtcase
Switching gears over to music, you just recently released the ‘DPMO Vol.1’ compilation, what influenced you to release a massive compilation with an incredible list of talent?
“I’ve had all of this unreleased shit for years. Which no one signed up Like Bad Render by Flakzz I’ve had it for 2 and a half years. No one snapped it up which is one of the biggest tracks in my set. I was telling Circus that you know “this is a sick track this is a sick track” and in the end, they’re like here’s your platform. I get all this brand new music in and there are no labels properly snapping up these unknown artists because they want someone who’s a bit known…I think. I could be wrong but. It’s not a good enough platform yet, for everybody. They have to have some sort of name to be. I want to be free and open and get everyone. I don’t give a fuck a name if it’s a sick track then, obviously. DPMO Vol.2 is already signed and ready to go by the way, keep an eye out for it.” -Funtcase
What does DPMO mean?
“Don’t piss me off. It’s quite funny because it has two different meanings here in the states and over there in the UK.” -Funtcase
Long overdue but you’re finally on your first headlining tour, what does that mean to you having worked so hard for this accolade?
“It means a lot it means a lot. I’ve done tours where I’m A HEADLINER but I’ve never done my own tour where it’s focused around me. It’s a big deal for me man A lot of people say I was ready years ago but a lot of people say I’m still not ready. We go based on the age of things, apply numbers, and all that sort of stuff and they said I was ready. Its kind of a bit of an issue with the whole hurricane thing going on. It’s all good man, we’ve been patient with it and it’s going to build up for now on. I’ve got a brand now so it’s time to start building up.” -Funtcase
This is all pretty insane considering, and correct me if I’m wrong but, you didn’t really like dubstep much in the beginning of your producing venture when you were making Drum N Bass right?
“I literally didn’t like it. I was making drum and bass and then my friend had a dubstep radio show. He said to me and he says “oh you should make dubstep tracks” so I made [names his 3 biggest tracks] and I go “There you go here’s 3 tracks” and he was like “Holy shit” and this guy named Chrissy Chris, I became friends with him with drum and bass. He was premiering dubstep on BBC radio one. He was playing a festival for radio 1 and he had those tracks and started his set with the alarm, he dropped it. The crowd went fucking nuts. And he rewinded it twice on radio and I was like “This is happening right now”. I understood dubstep I didn’t really like it I thought it was too slow for me. I just kinda like my drum and bass sound. The more I made it the more I enjoyed it. And made my way into the scene.” -Funtcase