Bass Interview #43 : Megalodon (Eng)

It’s been almost a month since the first Hallow at the Bikini where we had the chance to interview the one and only Megalodon

Hey Megalodon ! Thanks for having us. So for the past two years, you have been with FuntCase, one of the artists that have played the most in France, you were at Animalz this year and you were at last year’s Dream Nation and Splash. So what is it like to be back?

It’s always good to be back and it’s great to be here and be accepted, especially since France is probably the one place to be at the moment for Dubstep in Europe. It’s just that between Belgium, Germany, Paris and the South of France, there’s some kind of battle to figure out who’s got the best club and France definitely is in the driving seat and it really makes me happy.
Plus it’s very cool to be here, especially in the South of France because I’m from California so it is very similar and it feels like home, of course, I’m not talking about the wine or the food. So it’s always great to be back.

Quick question, did you see the huge shark at the beginning of your set?

Yeah ! The visuals were crazy and I totally loved the shark. I tried to stay focused and not be distracted by the shark but I was like «wouah».

What’s it like to play on a smaller stage for a smaller crowd compared to stages like the ones at EDC?

Honestly, I’m in one of those industries that makes you very humble, you can play for 200 people on a night and the night after it’ll be 3000/5000 people but we never think that the bigger crowd was the better one, cause some of the smaller ones I played for were the crazier ones!
When you can feel the sweat dripping off of them, their energy, and then you put on a song and they’re all like «OUUUUUH».
This crowd in Toulouse was like a medium size I would say, obviously it wasn’t like the Animalz but it wasn’t like playing for 2 people in a bar.
Right now I’m on a tour with FIGURE and some of the places we play at are very very small but also very cool cause you can really connect with the public and interact with them.

Today there is a lot of new artists. For example, you and Xilent have been in this for quite a while now so what do you think about all those new emerging artists like Svdden Death, Mastadon, etc…?

It’s amazing, actually, I was just talking with The Others about that because we’re from that older generation and you know, we have to know and admit the ut’s time for us to take a step back and allow those kids to be under the spotlights and shine.
It honestly is an honour to know that our generation has been an inspiration to those kids, a big enough inspiration to motivate them. And the fact that we can support them is amazing.
Nowadays and for the past 5 or 6 years you can find videos on youtube about how to make dubstep, back in the days, we didn’t have any of that and that’s what makes the meeting point of all those generations so interesting to watch and be a part of.
Another interesting thing is the Riddim slowly arriving in the US and it is fascinating to see how Americans read to the Riddim. It first became from around Jamaica and we used samples over there, whereas now we hear more cartoon samples and stuff like that, and it’s more American, more violent sounds. And it’s easier for them to identify themselves in this because they didn’t grow up with Garage or Dancehall so it’s interesting to see how the culture has been brought into it.

Do you have any favourite artist among those newly arrived shinning artists?

I really like Mastadon, I know he’ll be playing at the Ambassad tonight and I’m sure he’ll kill it. He’s doing great, not only with his music but with who he is as a person. A really good guy, somebody with who you can talk and a very humble guy. It’s not about the fact that you have to show respect to your elders but a lot of those young artists won’t even grant you a minute when all you wanna do is support them and tell them that you love what they’re doing. So it’s really nice to see someone who not only has huge bangers but also a hard-headed person.







We kinda saw a difference between for example «Dutty Skank» , and this kind of old songs, and your last two EP, what can you tell us about that?

The thing is that the next wave of tunes is gonna be a lot of Riddim. I’ve played a bunch of new songs tonight. Because I always wanna innovate. I’ve reached the point where I’m tired of those very large kicks and snares and heavy bass noises that I did during a couple of years. And people who know my music know that back in 2007-2008 I was more on gangsta shit or Brostep. So you can’t tell me «you can do this or this kind of songs etc…».
I think if you ask me or if you ask guys like BadKlaat or SubFiltronik if we tried to create this song, we’ll answer by saying «No, this is what happens when we do Dubstep». I wanted to make songs like Borgore, I would have loved to do that, and as an artist, when I finally got that song, I used it to create something that changed me as a musician.

Huge thanks to the Regarts team for allowing us to do this interview and huge thank you also to Megalodon for answering our questions. We’ll see you soon for some new adventures!

Photo credit: EMP Media


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