Interview: Catchment (Free Download)

You heard their tunes on Radio One, maybe even caught yourself having a solo skank to their Rinse FM mix. Now’s your chance to get to know Catchment (or Alex Tyley and Chris Haggett as their mums know them), the ambitious Bournemouth/ London duo whose bassy house is storming the airwaves and moving hips across the country.

You’ve had releases through a variety of names, what exactly is your label situation currently?

Alex Tyley: Well, Incentive is our Management Team – they also manage Lena Cullen, which is how the remix of Timeless on Food music came about. We have been massive fans of Shadow Child [Food Music head] since his first release on DirtyBird, so it was a total no-brainer.

We were fortunate enough to have been approached by Fat! to include our track “Together” in their 11th free EP release, also featuring Low Steppa. Another producer we are fans of. So it’s all been very positive, each step progressing us forward which has been great.

Chris Haggett: We’ve been very fortunate with our management team at Incentive – they’ve kept us busy with a decent amount of reputable work, and aimed our original tracks in the right places. The release of our Lena Cullen – Timeless remix on Food Music was a big day for us; we’re big fans of Shadow Child and the work his label puts out so we were pretty chuffed. It was also a great step forward for us to have our track ‘Together’ included on a Fat! Records EP. We are currently unsigned at the moment, but we have a few tracks to be released through a couple of labels in the near future.

How long have you been creating music, by yourself and as a duo?

AT: Personally, I’ve been ‘producing’ from the age of 14/15, but I wouldn’t call it that. I just didn’t have the money to pay people to record the things that I wanted to make, so I had to record myself. I’ve always played drums, dabbled on the piano and on the guitar. I was also very fortunate to have an old Yamaha 4-track cassette recorder in our loft that my older brother left behind when he moved out, so I used that.

It wasn’t until my late school years that I learned sequencing on a really old copy of Cubase. I think this is what got me into producing, as I was able to see that you can do everything on a computer.

CH: I guess since the age of about 13? I got a guitar for Christmas and that was it. A close friend would teach me the basics after school until I was able to teach myself. Since then I have picked up Bass, Drums and Piano and still like to get my hands on anything I haven’t come across yet. As Alex mentioned, we used to record our demos on an old school 4-track cassette recorder, which I guess is how we got into producing. As we got older our music tastes developed, and we discovered the Dance scene. It didn’t take much time for us to realise that we wanted to start producing together properly.

On Soundcloud you describe yourself as ‘bass music’, is this to avoid pigeon-holing your music?

AT: We are both pretty open-minded when it comes to music and our tastes are pretty diverse. But I guess that is just the best way to describe what we make.

Do you feel any affinity with terms such as ‘deep house’ and ‘jacking house’? Is there any way you would choose to describe your sound?

CH: Ultimately, we make house music that gets its energy and momentum from the bass lines and fidgety drums. Like Alex said, whilst we both have similar music tastes, they can both vary a substantial amount from one another. This means our influences come from different places, encouraging us to try out new things in our tracks. But at the end of the day, it’s nice to have our options open and develop our sound as we progress.

What’s been a highlight of your career so far?

AT: I would probably have to say our track “Integrate” spin from MistaJam on 1xtra as that was our first radio play. That is a pretty unbeatable feeling and is where it all started for us.

CH: I would definitely say our first ever radio spin on 1xtra. I remember sitting around the radio with a load of uni friends waiting for Integrate to come on. Such a surreal feeling. Being featured as the guest mix for Shadow Child’s Rinse fm show was a real treat as well!

Are there any particular artists or sounds that have influenced you and your music?

AT: For me, Foamo, Dusky and Martin Ikin are currently the best producers. Every release has phenomenal production; they’re catchy and are real dance floor bangers.

CH: I would say the origins of my influences come from the majority of stuff on Ed banger records, or Boys Noize, Simian Mobile Disco and the Chemical Brothers. They were the artists that initially got my into Dance music.

What are your plans for future releases?

AT: Currently we are working on a few things for different labels but can’t really talk about them yet. I can only say to check out our Soundcloud and Twitter for information on what’s to come for the near future.

What are your plans for performances in the future, such as festivals this summer? What artist(s) would you most like to DJ alongside/ produce with?

AT: We aren’t playing any festivals this summer yet, but we have a few things lined up that we are pretty excited about and yet to announce. So again, keep your eyes out for that. I guess a dream line up would be supporting My Nu Leng or Gorgon City. But to be honest, getting to play alongside any of the Black Butter artists would be great. We’ve seen the events and parties they throw and they’re always going off!

CH: I guess a dream line up for me would be a huge b2b session with loads of artists at the warehouse project in Manchester. Names like Eats Everything, Dusky, My Nu Leng and Daniel Avery spring to mind plus many more… I guess chucking Daft Punk in the lineup isn’t too unrealistic is it?

You often use sample or remix singers, are you planning to work with vocalists of your own in the future?

AT: We actually have a few demos with a vocalist called Melanie Reid. She has a great voice and is a huge talent, so we are hoping that they get to see the light of day at some point.

CH: Yeah, we have been working with our friend Melanie Reid, she has unbelievable talent, someone to keep an eye on in the future. Really excited to get the demos finished off and out into the open.

Grab the free track ‘You Know’ and keep an eye out for upcoming releases and show dates on their Twitter and Soundcloud



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