V.I.V.E.K (DEEP MEDi) @ Dubspot: Dub Influences, Soundsystem Culture, and Dubstep

London-based DJ/producer and DEEP MEDi recording artist V.I.V.E.K visited Dubspot in New York City recently to talk about his past, his inspirations and his music. Demonstrating his sound design and production process in our live streaming workshop, V.I.V.E.K. discussed the importance of dub influences and bass culture on his own sound and dubstep as a whole…

Hosting the now infamous event series SYSTEM with DEEP MEDi labelmate Mala, V.I.V.E.K has found a home in the bass-saturated sound of dubstep and its offshoots. Stressing the importance of dedication and the patience required to produce original music and develop your own sound, he suggested intimately learning one synthesizer or software to begin with and then applying that knowledge to other synths and plug-ins.

Today’s electronic music scene revolves continuously on hype, and there are few artists and label camps that can rely almost entirely on their musical content to do their talking. Mala’s DEEP MEDi camp and V.I.V.E.K are noted exceptions to this rule.

Influenced by the golden years of drum and bass and a steady diet of dub and roots music, V.I.V.E.K has been honing his musical construction skills since 2004. Progressing naturally from DJing to production, and originally beginning to build music around the 170 tempo, 140 BPM was the pitch that worked for V.I.V.E.K to shape his unique subterranean groove.