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Im Gespräch mit Dubar Sound

Ju hat sich vor ein paar Wochen mit dem sympathischen Drazen (Dubar Sound) in seiner Wohnung in Berlin getroffen um mit ihm über Dub, Soundsystem und alles mögliche zu quatschen. Was dabei rauskam, könnt ihr hier im Interview lesen.

Um Übersetzungsverzerrungen vorzubeugen, wurde das Interview in Englisch belassen. 

BCSM: Hi Dubar Sound. For our readers that don’t know you. Can you please introduce yourself?

Dubar Sound: At the beginning, I would like to greet and thank all the readers for taking the time to read this interview, and to you, the Basscomesaveme crew, for the invitation. My name is Drazen. I have been involved in dub production for many years. Somewhere around 2007, but let’s say that 2017 marked a new chapter in my work. That’s when my approach to it became more serious than it was at the beginning. When I say that, I mean that I started to better understand the basics of music theory, and changed my approach in mixing songs from „in the box“ to using an analog mixer and hardware effects.

BCSM: You recently released your first album ‚Dream Reality‘ on a 12″ vinyl record. How does it feel to hold your debut album in your hands?

Dubar Sound: The feeling is excellent. As someone who has always been fascinated by records and as a person who believes that records are still the best format and also provide a completely different experience in music reproduction, having my own stuff pressed on that format is truly indescribable. I would like to mention that this is my 4th record released on vinyl but the first record released in LP format. Everything before that were singles pressed on 7 or 10-inch formats for labels such as Warrior Charge Records, Woodland Records, and Homegrown Records.

BCSM: What is your understanding of dub? / What is your take on dub production?

Dubar Sound: I got introduced to Dub music in 2004 through Dub Syndicate’s album „Fear of the Green Planet“, and I fully immersed myself in dub after hearing certain releases from the French dub scene from the early 2000s and UK dub scene from the 90s and early 2000s. Additionally, I would like to mention some of the early songs from the Balkan dub pioneers Radikal Dub kolektiv and Radikal Dub Sound, whose members I knew at that time, not personally, but through other music genres. I was really drawn to the energy in that music, the whole soundsystem movement based on DIY principles, a certain message in that music, and that overall approach of creating, mixing, and the perspective on the music in general.

BCSM: What’s your musical background?

Dubar Sound: My musical background stems from hip-hop. I’ve also been involved in that music genre for more than a decade, and coming from a small town located in Croatia, on the border with Bosnia, in those environments, when it comes to subcultures, the only way to prosper is if all subcultures stick together. So, we, the people who were into hip-hop and tried to establish some sort of, let’s say scene there, went parallel with the people who were into Punk and who were trying to do the same with punk. At that moment, I also fell in love with punk music and the whole DIY movement, which, as I mentioned in the previous question, I recognized a few years later in dub music. I would like to point out that it has always been important to me that the music has some kind of background story. The story of how and why certain music started, the message and idea that runs through the whole movement , rather than something that serves merely an entertaining purpose.

BCSM: I recognized you play only instrumentals on the album. Is there any specific reason for it?

Dubar Sound:  Honestly, I haven’t really thought much about vocals before because I really love the instrumental side of dub music. I enjoy the musical ‚playground‘ that dub music offers in the fullest sense of the word — the ability to control even the smallest parts of a song in countless ways without any rules or musical templates. Of course, you can do that with vocals too but before I wasn’t that much interested in it. But I have to say that recently I’ve started thinking about including some vocals in my future productions. 

BCSM: Might this change in the future?

Dubar Sound:  Yes. As I said lately, I’ve been thinking about vocal collaborations. There are certain artists with whom I would like to collaborate now. In the beginning it will definitely be friends whose work I like and later, we’ll see. It’s also important to me, in collaborations, to have a certain type of connection with the people I work with. Of course, it’s not necessary that we know each other personally, but there definitely needs to be an equal desire for collaboration and interest on both sides. With my music I would like to remain in the circles where collaborations are based more on friendship, mutual support, assistance, and less on any businesses, collaborations based on money, etc. I have nothing against people who do that, but that’s not the path I want to go with my music.

BCSM: Where is your musical journey going now after ‘Dream Reality’?

Dubar Sound: As I mentioned in a brief review of the Dream Reality album after its release, with this album, I somehow closed the chapter of what we might call „digital dub,“ and now I want to move more towards organic sounds as much as possible. I also want to distance myself from the fact that I produce only one style of dub music. Up until now, it has been exclusively stepper. I want to explore different styles and musically improve as much as possible. Currently, I’ve been listening to a lot of rocksteady and ska music. Who would have thought, because, just a few years ago, apart from some punk bands that flirted with the ska genre (like PAIN, for example), I didn’t really like ska music in its original form. What I can say about myself is that I have always enjoyed the process of creation without any idea of how, when, and where the song will be released. So, there is no pressure or disappointment, and then, every little thing that comes back as a result of the effort I put into it becomes a very big thing and a great joy to me.

BCSM: Any advice you can give to new producers?

Dubar Sound: What I can say to new  producers, and what I believe is the only wise thing to say, is to be patient, persistent, and dedicated to work, and of course, to be honest with themselves in what they do. To do it with heart, and I give them my full support and wish them great success on their path.

BCSM: Some room for you to say something if you want.

Dubar Sound:  Once again, I would like to thank you for this interview. Thank you for showing interest in my work and for your support. Once again, thank you to the readers of the fanzine for taking the time to read this, and I hope to see you all at one of the future sessions.

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Interview by Ju Lion

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