If this is where we are at now, where do you see drum and bass going in the next ten years?
Bassi - I think it just goes round and round in circles. You know, it’s 25 years deep now, the deep techy stuff has been done before. Liquid has its own massive following, these various branches get popular and then die down for a bit. The dark stuff will get popular, and then it will get boring. Jungle has come back again and has had a huge resurgence. All these different branches have always been around, but to me it just seems to go in a loop. Although there has never really been that wonky halftime stuff till recently, that seems to have been a new branch.
I constantly change my mind but at the moment I want to take the record labels sound and make it more progressive, so it’s almost like deep house/techno at 170bpm. Where you almost have to mix it like house music, and the tracks are really progressive and evolve. My favourite artist at the moment is a guy called 'Missing'. His stuff is so progressive that the tune just keeps evolving over 5 minutes, meaning you can almost just let that tune play for the duration. And with DJs now trying to mix so quickly because they are scared of losing the audiences attention, I think it's really cool that you can put on a tune and let it roll for 3 or 4 minutes.
Dan [Data 3] - But it sounds like you are mixing as well because there's so much going on.
Bassi - Exactly. For me personally, there just needs to be either soul, groove, or this progressive nature. That's the sort of music that I'm looking for with Flexout.
we've got our yearly thing where we'll set a week aside and book a house in the middle of Wales, or in the middle of nowhere, and just get lashed up and make tunes for a week.
Do you see your music as somewhat separate to current trends in the wider scene then?
Bassi - Yeah totally. I think the best way to do a drum and bass record label is to not listen to any other drum and bass if possible, just listen to some jazz, soul and stuff like that. Get your influences from outside of drum and bass, that is the key. If you're getting your influences from drum and bass then I think that's where the scene can start to stagnate.
The latest big release on Flexout is the 'Tyrant EP' from Data 3, with Data 3 consisting of you [Dan], also known individually as ‘Mark Dinimal’ or ‘MD’, Alex Kostyakov, and Harry Bryson from ‘Pola & Bryson’. How did you three all meet and decide to form Data 3?
Dan - It basically started when I had my 21st birthday party. I'd met Harry and Alex before this because they used to be in a dubstep duo called 'Syrum’… not 'Serum’ [laughs]. I asked them to come play at my birthday party where we then we got chatting and became good friends. Basically, they soon got fed up of me saying 'We need to speed the tracks up to 175 and put a snare either side of the one in the middle.' It was a recurring thing, so we were like 'right, let's just make our own alias'. Data 3 came about like that really. The name itself came from the Axiom pro keyboards, which have a little label on one of the keys saying Data 3, so we thought that was perfect.