Fresh Kicks 98: High Class Filter

Since launching on the finish of 2017, Reprezent Radio resident High Class Filter and Definite Party Material's Ian DPM’s Scuffed Recordings label has been going from power to power.

Having launched EPs from breakthrough artists like DJ Ronald Reagan, Chungo, Stones Taro, in addition to their very own productions, the label has been championing an off-kilter kind of techno that pulls lovingly from UK storage, dubstep, grime and breakbeat. Tracks from the label have been gaining loads of traction, with the likes of Skream and HAAi being simply a number of the famend names to choose up gems from its steadily rising catalogue.

High Class Filter – actual identify Will Gulseven – does a lot the identical together with his units and productions, swerving from fierce laborious drum to warped storage and techno and again once more. His musical evolution, nevertheless, developed fairly removed from the dancefloor.

“Growing up I used to be a large metalhead and was obsessive about enjoying guitar,” he tells DJ Mag. “I used to be truly fairly good at it and performed in a few bands, and I nonetheless write plenty of melodies and chords for my tracks on guitar. I additionally performed video video games lots as a child, and I feel that’s had an enormous affect on me too; undoubtedly a few of these catchy theme tunes to video games like Castlevania and Monkey Island, after which soundtracks to video games like Wipeout and Tony Hawk which opened me as much as plenty of new music.

“I’ve been DJing about seven or eight years and began taking manufacturing extra severely within the final couple of years,” he provides. I see myself as a DJ at the beginning so I’d say my method to manufacturing is principally no matter will work finest in my units. I play plenty of totally different genres (which I attempted to not go too wild with on this combine!) so I typically write music that can work as transitions between genres and tempos.” 

A core member of London’s mighty Reprezent Radio crew, the impartial station has carried out a lot for progress as a DJ and producer, in addition to linking him up with like-minded people who share his dedication.

“Sounds very cliché however there’s an actual household feeling at Reprezent,” he says. “It’s a correct hotbed of recent expertise, and there’s so many individuals concerned there which can be doing unbelievable stuff each out and in of music. Also met so many nice associates and artists via the station, gotta ship explicit shouts to Naina, [previous Fresh Kicks selector] Sherelle, Dobby, Mo, Benteki and anybody else I might need forgotten – you already know who you're anyway!”

Looking ahead, each Scuffed and Gulseven himself have lots within the pipeline, with new artists set to launch on the label in addition to new signees and a primary foray into releasing on vinyl.

“One of the issues I’m most pleased with with Scuffed is that for lots of our artists, it’s been their first full launch - I’m actually completely satisfied to have the ability to give people who platform, whether or not that’s assist from DJs, press protection, or simply getting paid for his or her music”

“In the following couple of months I’ve obtained a monitor approaching Moveltraxx, and a collab EP with Leda Stray on Symbols - you'll be able to hear tracks from each releases on this combine. I’m additionally planning one other solo EP on Scuffed, however the draw back to releasing by yourself label is that you would be able to let the deadline slide!”

For his Fresh Kicks combine, High Class Filter has served up an hour of supercharged rhythms, off-kilter bass and percussive UK techno with a frankly very good Ariana Grande edit thrown in for good measure. Dig in.