One of the most important labels in the drum ‘n’ bass scene, Metalheadz celebrates it’s twentieth anniversary this year. The three founders – Goldie, Kemistry and Storm – wasn’t present at the Hungarian birthday party of the label, but thanks to the Bladerunnaz crew, we had Dom & Roland, who was responsible for some of the most memorable d ‘n’ b tunes of the last years, SP:MC, and the duo of Ulterior Motive who stepped into the game with one of the best debut albums, The Fourth Wall. We’ve asked them about the begining, the importance of funk and their favourite Metalheadz-releases.
How did the two of you meet?
We both met around 2000 – 2001 through mutual friends but didn’t start writing music together for a few yeard after that.
What have drawn you the two of you towards drum ‘n’ bass?
It has been a natural progrssion towards drum and bass, we both started out listening to underground hardcore and rave as teenagers and things have just carried on from there, its all been very natural.
You’ve said that it is important for you to put your influences into tracks. Why?
Its important to show what you are about and where you come from musically, people always draw on influences when creating art, whether they know it or not.
You’re very keen to emphasise the influence of funk on the record – are there any specific artits who stands out, or it’s more like the general feeling of funk?
It’s more a feeling of funk, we link to get the a good groove in a tune and hold it there. Funk is term we use for keeping things interesting and syncopated throughout the record.
The Fourth Wall sounds like an album with a very strong narrative, would you agree with it?
The real narrative for the LP is our journey through drum and bass until now as we draw on all the different styles and influences that make up Ulterior Motive.
Could you pick five of your favourite Metalheadz releases?