Loxy is a name that is synonymous with expanding the boundaries of drum & bass. Known as Andrew Campbell to his mates, Loxy sits down with VIBE to reveal his biggest influences, the Metalheadz label effect, his 2014 takeover and cementing himself as an influential innovator in the scene.
Listen to luscious "riddddummm" of Loxy below, then read our head-to-head with him after the jump.
VIBE: You've been such a vital force within D&B, can you tell us how you got into the scene and how it's impacted your life throughout the years?
Loxy: It’s become a way of life, without sounding cliché, music has always had a big impact on me so being involved with a scene from very early its bound to have an effect. Especially when it allows you to travel the world and explore your creativity with no restrictions, got to love that about D&B.
Who is your biggest inspiration and sonic influencer in the game?
There’s probably too many to count. I find influences in most things, and it usually comes down to my mood. I just like to express different moods and try and take people to different places whether it’s through producing music, or DJing. Movies and television seem to be my greatest motivation since I see making music as if I was making a mini movie of sound.
What/who are you listening to right now?
I’ve been listening to a lot of early ‘90s hip-hop like Rakim, Public Enemy, Big Daddy Kane, Nas, Mobb Deep, DITC, Wu Tang, Killarmy, etc. As far as new hip-hop I love what Skyzoo is doing Joey Bada$$ and the Pro era Clique, Kendrick Lamar, Torae also Common, Mos Def, Slaughter House, who are not new but still out there doing great music.
Metalheadz is celebrating their 20-year anniversary this year? How has that label affected your career?
Its been a driving force for me throughout their years, that’s my fam. Kemistry (RIP) & Storm were big supporters of what I was doing, which is why they got me involved with the club nights with Metalheadz from day 1. Naturally I feel that the association with such a cutting edge, pioneering label did a lot towards getting me noticed and out there.
How would you compare the UK D&B scene to the US scene?
I think it’s more open-minded in the UK in regards to styles for the type of music I play. I would say London and other cities in Europe seem to be more open to the deeper styles. Don’t get me wrong, the US is open to it in certain places but more so from my experience it seems to be more dance floor or old school orientated which is cool, so I tend to play more rolling styles and drop more oldies in a set in the US than if I’m playing in London.
There was a lot of buzz about D&B dying and now people are speaking about its resurrection. Do you think D&B really ever died? Do you think it is becoming more mainstream?
It was never dead just like hip-hop was never dead. It just wasn't in the forefront for a while, but if you searched you would still find good music. It’s just that new genres, and subgenres started taking off so in turn that made it seem like D&B was going into the background. Fads come and go and D&B/jungle has and always will be a permanent fixture in my opinion. Everyone seems to draw inspiration from D&B now within other music genres whether they admit it or not, you just have to listen.
What are some of the best festivals and best parties that you've been able to play or even throw?
Sun and Bass, Dimensions and Outlook Festival never seem to fail as they keep the most important factors a priority, which is sound and quality lineups so it’s always an amazing experience to play for these events.
Are there any upcoming artists that you identify as the future of D&B?
A guy named Overlook is doing excellent things, there’s so many others I could name because there’s always new talent dropping, different interpretations, and artists always pushing the boundaries so its hard to list. Most of the guys whose music I play and support I identify with, and they know who they are - RIDERS OF THE DARK.
Do you think there's a lack of female DJs out there? Why or why not?
Yes there is a lack of female DJs, or maybe a lack of female DJs that get the opportunity to be out there. But don’t be discouraged ladies, if you want to take to the decks, don’t let anything stop you if that’s the direction you feel is you. As for female DJs UK-wise obviously Kemistry (RIP) & Storm, MANTRA and up and comers like Kyrist are also doing good things.
Your sound is often deeper, darker, and very tribal. What allured you to this style?
It’s a style I've always liked. It’s funny people say you used to play harder, the fact is I still play just the same in my opinion, just more stripped back, more refined, its called maturing. Knowing that I don't have to stick so much in to make an impact, and not having to sample drums for everything I do. It’s a diff approach but the vibe remains the same. If you look deep enough I don't think anything allured me to this sound though, I have always preferred to play something a little different. It’s too easy to go in a club and just play music that you know is going to work. Sometimes it’s the risk factor and pushing what you believe in and to educate. Our scene was built on going against the grain and trying new things, educating the crowd is very important or the scene becomes stale, then you start hearing D&B is dead. But it’s a Catch 22 because sometimes when you give people something new they still complain. People are fickle, the best advice I can say is to be true to what you like and what you think best represents you.
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