As a drum’n’bass/dubstep/electro girl at heart, I remember coming across Invaders of Nine a while ago thanks to the place where a lot of people know me from best: Twitter. @SpamellaB, super-keen music lover and always on the hunt for fresh sounds as well as following favourite DJs, artists and producers, in typical fashion spotted and made a connection with something that sounded interesting. In this case, it was with DJ duo and music producers Danny and Mark aka Invaders of Nine, hailing from Wales and on a mission to get their bass-heavy electronic sounds out there.
Since then, as a loyal fan I’ve been championing these guys, and was keen to introduce DMM readers and followers to them. Currently Invaders of Nine have come a very long way and established themselves all over, with their music gaining support from the likes of BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio Wales, amongst many other big UK radio stations. Not to mention a huge explosion of their fan base, alongside branching out into their new brand, Bass Rebels, a collective of artists all with the same aim – creating music that makes you want to RAVE.
Danny & Mark aka Invaders of Nine
So Danny and Mark, let’s start at the beginning. How did you guys meet and Invaders of Nine come about?
(Mark) We met at work (our day job) and found we both had a passion for great music. We come from very different musical backgrounds so it was really interesting to find out about each other’s music. Invaders of Nine was born out of a typical conversation that somehow got round to the idea of working on some music together – then trying to find a genre that satisfied both our interests.
How did you get into producing/DJing in the first place – is it something you always wanted to do?
(Danny) I started off DJing first, got myself some Numark tt100 turntables and away I went. First I was into all sorts electro, trance hip hop, hard house then got into DnB music. Once I got to grips with mixing I just had to get to the point where I could mix my own tunes together so got a copy of Fruity Loops studio and went from there. After using nearly all the music programs out there I finally settled with Presonus Studio One, just as I started producing music with Mark.
(Mark) I’ve been interested in producing music for quite some time, but apart from the odd attempt with my band at uni, I’ve never really got down to business with that side of things. So yes, it’s something I’ve always wanted to do and it’s such a great feeling to have our music out there and to know that people are enjoying it. As for DJing… I’d never even considered it before ION came along, but now I’m really excited to be adding it to my performances.
Do you both have similar tastes and influences or are they quite different? How do you bring your sounds together if so?
(Mark) Our influences are about as far apart as it is possible to be! My favourite music (apart from ION, obviously) used to be stuff like Skunk Anansie or Red Hot Chili Peppers, although I’d have to name Pendulum now as my biggest influence. Luckily we have similar ideas of what sounds good when it comes to DnB so it hasn’t been too difficult to work together.
(Danny) Yep what Mark said, I was into the electronic sound when I met Mark mainly electro and trance which you can hear in our Drum & Bass productions along with Mark’s influence of the more live sounds, guitar, violins, etc. which we think all work great to give our uplifting and energetic sounds.
What was one of the hardest challenges you came across when starting out?
(Mark) Figuring out what makes good DnB, and then figuring out how to make a track out of it. It was all really new for me!
(Danny) For me it was mainly being happy with my melodies as I loved creating sounds on Presonus but always struggled getting that certain vibe but once Mark jumped on the keyboard it all flowed and we had a load of sounds to use so started building tracks from there.
Don't Go - EP on Bass Rebels
2012: A big year for Invaders Of Nine
You guys gained a lot of support from the likes of BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio Wales – how did that come about? We bet that was a huge boost!
(Danny) I was just sat in my car and heard an advert on Radio 1 telling unsigned artists to send their music in so we uploaded some tracks and a few weeks later we got an email saying they had played, ‘Take Me Away’, on the show the night before, just as I arrived at work. I was really tired that day as I was up most the night with my daughter, but as you might expect I was quite excited after!
(Mark) After that it gave us a really great boost and a sign that we were making tunes people wanted to hear so we got straight back into the studio, then a few weeks later got another email this time from Radio Wales saying they played, ‘Solar Flare’, which made us feel great again!
What was one of your highlights as a duo of 2012?
(Mark) Performing live at our record label’s launch party, no question, especially mixing our own material into the set and for it to be so well received.
Tell us about some of the other DJs/producers you’ve worked with…
(Danny) We have mainly been trying to work with as many vocalists as we can and some bands which was a great collaboration which you will hear on our album. We are working closely with J Majik & Wickaman and their label, Infrared Music, which we are going to be putting several releases out on this year.
When you’re not in the studio making music or out DJing, you’re pushing your new brand, Bass Rebels. Can you tell us more, and about the collective platform, Bass Rebels Recordings?
(Danny) Bass Rebels started as a group of local artists just creating that bass heavy sound and we have always been into supporting the locals so all decided to start a record label to put out our music and do remixes of each other’s tracks as we all had our own style and just go from there. The Rebels is made up of Jay Robinson who is a firm favourite on Radio 1 and had his music played by the likes of Annie Mac, Laidback Luke, Fake Blood, Armin Van Buuren and more. Then we have local lad, Switch Fusion, who at only 16 was supported on the Fabio & Grooverider show on Radio 1. Last but by no means least, is the main man behind Bass Rebels, Mystery Shopper, bringing you some great futuristic electronic sounds.
Whilst it did start as a record label to push the sounds of the collective, we decided it would be great to test our sounds out to the local crowd and started playing at our local nightclub, Embassy Nightclub, thanks to Ed Mackie. We then got the opportunity to play alongside the world’s most elite DJs and producers like Jaguar Skills, Matrix & Futurebound and Scratch Perverts which was a massive boost for all of us!
Skyfall - EP
The guys behind the music
Which artists would you compare your sounds to?
(Mark) Ideally I’d like to say someone like Sub Focus or Chase & Status, but that’s probably just wishful thinking.
(Danny) Haha, yeah that would be ace! I’m not sure really… we have had a lot of people on Soundcloud compare us to Netsky which was really good to hear as we love his stuff and it is top level production. Nice to think that kind of quality comes across in our own production at some point!
How would you describe Invaders Of Nine in 5 words?
(Mark) Uptempo, energetic, fresh, dynamic and futuristic.
Which of your tracks/mixes are your personal favourites? What about other music out at the moment – any you want to big up?
(Mark) I really like, ‘Solar Flare’, and, ‘Move Your Body’ – which are out in March on Infrared Music.
(Danny) Mine has to be our remix of, ‘Charlie Wax (Sway)’, which you can all download free from our Soundcloud page.
New year, bigger things
Already your EP, ‘Don’t Go’, has featured in the Top 10 Must Hear Drum & Bass tracks on Beatport, which is a great start to the Bass Rebels label. Tell us more about your plans with this for 2013?
(Danny) We have our ‘Skyfall’ EP due out 4th February on Beatport then 18th February on all other download stores. After that for Bass Rebels Recordings we have Switch Fusion‘s track, ‘Corruption’, which will feature a remix from us and will be out April 2013. Then following from that will be an original track from Jay Robinson with remixes from all the rebels so follow us on Soundcloud to hear them first.
You’ve been working on your first album, ‘Life Without Sound’, can you give us a bit of an insight and what to expect?
(Mark) We’ve been working on material for a while now, and we’re really excited about what we have. Most of it will be new tracks you haven’t heard yet, but we’re hoping to make room for a couple of our existing favourites. As far as style goes, we’re hoping it will really show our versatility as artists, but still be the kind of stuff our fans expect to hear from us!
Having recently signed with Infrared Music, home to J Majik & Wickerman, how is that going to change things for Invaders of Nine for 2013?
(Mark) We have had great support from Infrared, and our first EP with them will be out in March (as mentioned above). We think this is the perfect partnership to push our music to the next level, and we’re hoping it’ll make big waves in 2013!
Finally, what would be your dream for Invaders Of Nine in the future? This can be as mad or far-fetched as you want!
(Mark) I could say things like making it onto the Radio 1 A-list, or playing to massive crowds at festivals, but my dream for ION is to be able to create music that people love, full-time.
(Danny) For me it has already happened with getting on Radio 1 so more plays would be massive but as Mark said to make music that people love as a full time job would be the icing on the cake.
Don't Go - EP on Bass Rebels
CHECK THEM OUT
Website – http://www.invadersofnine.co.uk/
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/InvadersOfNine
Twitter - https://twitter.com/InvadersOfNine
YouTube - http://www.youtube.com/user/InvadersOfNine
Soundcloud – http://soundcloud.com/invadersofnine
BEATPORT – http://beatport.com/artist/invaders-of-nine
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I am pretty obsessed with the whole Invaders Of Nine SoundCloud, but if I had to select a few of my absolute favourites, I’d recommend these tracks:
• ‘Take Me Away’
• ‘Move Your Body’ ft. Angie Brown
• ‘Solar Flare’
• Invaders of Nine Live @ Bass Rebels Launch Party