First Listen: Von D – ‘Cross Of Hendaye’ (Infernal Sounds)

Esoteric bass from the Parisian innovator.

Originating from the suburbs of Paris, Von D is renowned for his ability to pack dancefloors across the world, with the producer drawing on his background in reggae and his love for analogue production.

Following on from the success of last year’s  Castle Life, Von has bought his ever-eclectic strain of bass weight to Infernal Sounds, who have been making waves since their debut release with Perverse, which has been followed with records from Sepia and Causa and Shu. Von has brought a very ‘Infernal’ sound to IFS004, blending analog production techniques with expansive caverns of noise.

You can listen to ‘Cross Of Hendaye’, the A-side of IFS004 below.

With the release of IFS004 near, we caught up with Von D to chat esoteric symbolism, travelling the world and analog sounds.

What was it that first got you into music production?

I grew up with Music everywhere around me, my dad had a drum kit and some equipment so as a kid I was playing with all this stuff.

Later on, I joined a group of friends who had started a studio in my hometown, so that’s where I started really getting involved in drumming professionally, and also learning how to produce music, it was only hardware equipment at that time (1996).

Were you always into electronic music and reggae growing up?

Yes for sure as well as other music from drum n bass to concrete and abstract music to whatever that can be heard really, music is just vibrations anyway… But yes reggae and especially dub have always held a special place in my music world.

There are a lot of influences running through your upcoming release on Infernal Sounds, What was your creative ethos behind the release? What were you influenced by on this release?

I wanted to create some heavy sound system dubstep with a subliminal vibe and with some real analog dub effects and these are exactly made like that. Good elements mixed and effected thru analog machines.

What’s behind the esoteric symbolism in the track names on IFS004? Do they have a deeper meaning?  

It refers to certain old books I have in my library.

You don’t seem to stick to one particular sound within dubstep, what’s behind the huge variance in sound between releases?

To me, there’s no huge variance in my sound just a different expression of my own sound, but I’m back in the more dub side of things in 2016 and it definitely feels good!

So expect some heavy tracks like Analog Sound (on Scrub a Dub) and even this Infernal Sounds release that sounds really infernal.

Dubstep isn’t typically a genre which incorporates conventional vocals, where did you get the idea to do so so prominently on the Castle Life LP?

I always liked to work with vocalists and musicians as it’s natural to me, but since I finished my last album I wrote a lot of new music without vocals, more dub in fact.

Arguably your big break was Skream’s remix of ‘Show Me’, how did you first get involved with Skream?

Well when my bro DJ Chefal played ‘Show Me’ featuring Phephe for the first time on Rinse FM it changed my life for real, this tune became an instant classic and so Skream was interested in a remix it and so it did happen.

From that moment I was friends with everyone in the scene and the Croydon crew welcomed me with open arms and I was there a lot for a period of time, I was the French guy in the London family.

You’re very well-travelled as a DJ, what’s been your favourite country to play?

Well over many countries I would say that New Zealand stays the most magical place I’ve ever been to in my life on many levels, there’s a real good vibration floating in the air, it’s really strong.

As a member of the dubstep scene often credited as being very forward thinking, what do you say to the proposition that “dubstep is dead”?

You can’t catch music, music is eternal so music can’t be killed, dubstep is not dead at all.

IFS004 is out October 14th on Infernal Sounds, pre-orders coming soon here.

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