Last month, XLR8R launched a new feature series, Ask the Experts, which gives our audience the chance to pepper established artists with questions and hopefully acquire some useful production information in the process. Our first edition of Ask the Experts appeared last week, and found veteran German duo Modeselektor doling out studio and music-making tips to curious readers from around the globe. For the series' next installment, we've enlisted UK producer Om Unit (a.k.a. Jim Coles).
The Om Unit project has been active since 2010, and over the past few years, Coles has been a key part of the UK's embrace of juke and footwork sounds from across the pond. He's also been at the forefront of combining these sounds with elements of jungle and drum & bass; his work under the Philip D Kick moniker flipped numerous jungle classics into modern, footwork-flavored tracks, and this combination was further explored in his collaborative Dream Continuum project with Machinedrum. Jungle elements have increasingly crept into his work as Om Unit as well—he even released a 12" for the venerable Metalheadz label last year—but his style has more often been tagged as slow/fast, a sound which combines elements of dubstep, jungle, and footwork into a uniquely dynamic brew. Just a few weeks ago, Coles' own Cosmic Bridge imprint issued Cosmology, a compilation showcasing some of slow/fast's brightest talents.
Despite of all this activity, Om Unit has offered to carve out a little time and share some of his know-how with the XLR8R audience. If you have a question for him about production, touring, remixing, traveling, or pretty much any aspect of being an artist, email it ASAP to firstname.lastname@example.org. We'll send all of the entries along to Om Unit, and he'll select a handful to answer. His responses will be posted in the latest edition of Ask the Experts later this month, which will be followed by a new chapter (with a new artist) every month thereafter. Start sending in those questions now.