When it comes to experiencing proper bass response at 140BPM, look (and hear) no further than the dubstep-don Cyrus. A living legend amongst dubstep aficionados, his tunes have been spread across some of the most influential electronic labels in recent history (Planet Mu, Tectonic, Deep Medi), he’s been a staple in the rooted sounds of proper dubstep. Keeping him stablized through the rise and fall of the genre, he’s still pushing what’s important of the genre; the ultimate vibe. We speak with the man about his take on what’s going on with dubstep, along with his involvement with Mala’s Deep Medi imprint, and of course, highlight his exclusive mix for URB.
URB:You’re a stalwart in the purist dubstep community. What’s your take on dubstep’s mainstream acceptance and/or its production decline?
CYRUS: I can’t help but look on the negative side to this as I’ve seen what happened to jungle/DnB and UKG. It just squeezes the life out of what made something popular in the first place. It loses its originality and becomes watered down; I suppose being part of its foundations you become protective of it.
URB: You’re a veteran of this sound, to put it simply. Do you feel like the same foundations of dubstep are still found in certain pockets of electronic music today? Or does it feel disassembled at this point?
C: Once a song becomes popular people seem to latch on to that specific sound. It becomes a safe bet, a formula and I think when ‘dubstep’ came along it gave producers from other genres a push to try something new.
URB: You’ve obviously still been making tons of music since 2004. You haven’t stopped and you’ve stuck to your signature sounds. What’s different of the Cyrus sound nowadays as opposed to two or four years ago?
C: Not too much really. I mean my overall sound has Improved as I’ve progressed and gained more knowledge about production and engineering But for me, dubstep was and always will be about originality, the low end and that’s what I continue to push. It’s not the most ‘fashionable’ style of ‘dubstep’ at the moment but I won’t compromise on something I believe in just to be popular.
URB: Deep Medi is a home to genuine 140BPM music to many; what was your reason to put out this record on the label?
C: Mala signed me to the label last year with my first release being “Manhattan Blues” (released earlier this year). We spoke about me maybe doing an album so I sent a bunch of new tunes over to be considered. After listening to them we both decided to do a string of 12” singles with “The Calling” and “Visions” being one of them. Deep Medi is one of the biggest and most respected labels in the scene so to be part of it is an honour.
URB: Finally, what can we expect of Cyrus in the not-too-distant future?
C: Now that winter is on its way, I plan to lock myself in the studio and get next years releases written. Summer time and the studio don’t go well together, as I like to be outdoors so I’ve been a little slack the last few months. I have a little something special planned for next year but I don’t want to say too much until it’s set in stone. I also work alongside Darkside and his brother Ashley co-running the biggest source for all things dubstep ‘Getdarker.com’. As well as our best selling ’This is dubstep’ compilations we’re currently doing a Get Darker tour around the UK & Europe with talks about making it a world tour.