Silkie (Deep Medi, Soul Jazz) @ Dubspot: Live Streaming Workshop 8/23 + Percussion Lab

On Tuesday, August 23rd, at 6:00PM (EST), London-based, Deep Medi Musik artist Silkie will come to Dubspot NYC to present a live, streaming workshop   (RSVP HERE TO ATTEND IN PERSON). Silkie’s workshop will be a special presentation, as Silkie will share his expert production insights into the PC-only FL Studio (formerly known as Fruity Loops). Accompanying Silkie will be one of Dubspot’s Ableton Live instructors, guiding our community on how Silkie’s techniques translate into Live’s format. This will be a unique opportunity to see the power of FL Studio through one of London’s foremost bass music producers, and see how his skills can be brought to users of both FL Studio and Ableton Live.

Silkie (a.k.a. Solomon Rose), like many of dubstep and UK funky’s finest, came from the late 90s, early 2000s era grime and garage scene—producing his first tracks at the tender age of 15. After spending his teenage years producing for his brother’s grime crew Unorthodox, Rose began attending the infamous FWD>> parties, introducing him to the emerging sounds of dubstep.

Bridging his grime foundations with dubstep’s low-end weight, Silkie quickly found a home with a growing sound that would take him around the world, and into a highly productive career as a producer. After emulating the sounds coming out of FWD>>, Silkie’s music found its way into the hands of Digital Mystikz (DMZ) co-producer Mala, who was immediately drawn to the Silkie’s unique style. From that point forward, Silkie would remain a fixture of Mala’s personal label Deep Medi Musik. Silkie has since released a number of split EPs and “12’s, alongside folks like Skream, Mizz Beats, Quest, and Goth-Trad.

Silkie – “Quasar” (DEEP MEDi MUSIK)

Among Silkie’s many releases is his City Limits series for Deep Medi Musik, a series of albums that explore Silkie’s dynamic range and depth as a producer. On the first volume of City Limits, tracks like “Quasar” reflects Silkie’s ability to channel everything from jungle, Baltimore club, and dubstep into something that is as ethereal as it is dance floor-ready. These tensions are central to Silkie’s sound; often building a track’s bass heft before overlaying interjecting synth squiggles, and always keeping an overarching element of soul and atmosphere as thematic glue.

Silkie – “Jazz Dubstep” (DEEP MEDi MUSIK)

These touches, whether it’s a sultry sax, or erotic electric guitar, are ones that put Silkie’s sound in conversation with jazz, opening his sound to a wider palette that makes his sound stand out amongst the often dark, aggressive sounds of his colleagues. In fact, on an earlier Deep Medi Musik “12 titled “Jazz Dubstep” patient piano keys flourishes come between ragga melodies and bass pressure that threatens to topple the whole production.

You can catch Silkie, Monday, August 22, the day before his Dubspot workshop @ One Last Shag (formerly Sweet Revenge), presented by Percussion Lab and Dubspot. Silkie will be joined by Pursuit Grooves (Tectonic), FaltyDL (Planet Mu, SWAMP 81), and DFRNT (Echodub).

  • Toombas
  • 8/17/2011

Is there going to be an archived version available for download?

  • Tom
  • 8/17/2011

I’m simple and i really dont wanna miss this.. what time will it be in the UK? I thought it would be 10pm but it hasnt started yet :/