TONIGHT: Let Dro Carey show you what he can do
If there's one thing you can count on in this life, it's that if you see Dro Carey live, he'll be sure to bring big bass kicks and huge hip-hop beats all night. The Sydney based producer has just gotten back from a huge European tour and is ready to settle down and start showing his home crowds what he's learnt. Amongst a very successful mix tape release, album and split EP with side-project Tuff Sherm on the way next year, Dro Carey is going from strength to strength. I caught up with him for a bit of a chat.
How long have you been producing?
A few years, I've been producing stuff that's been getting released for about a year or two.
Any thoughts on why people are moving towards that heavy bass kind of sound?
I guess it just reflects what generally going on, in Sydney and other cities both in Australia and around the world. People in Sydney have really received and responded to those changes in electronic music very positively. But really I don't know.
Why did you gravitate towards trap/bass music?
I guess it's just was I enjoy listening to, a combination of southern rap, trap and some really dark kinds of techno; also newer kind of stuff as well, then just thinking of a way to combine those influences into something. That's really what it's about I guess, creating something that’s based around what I'm into listening to.
People have often said that the Sydney bass music scene is hard to find, is this something you've noticed?
Maybe in the past it was a lot harder to find those sort of nights, but I think it's doing quite well know and there's a fair bit on offer; particularly if you know the right places to look. I wouldn’t totally agree with it anymore, there's just so much good stuff going on.
What do you like about living in Sydney?
I really like the music scene; I like what's going on. I really like the venues on offer, the variety of smaller venues and clubs that do quite ambitious things. There are quite a lot of really creative artists working in Sydney. I don't ever feel like I'm at a disadvantage not being over in London or somewhere else. There's plenty going on that's quite relevant to what I'm doing.
What's you're favorite thing about playing to a Sydney crowd as opposed to other places you've played?
The times I've played in Sydney have been really great, it's only been a few times so far, but all of those have been quite intense with quite intense crowds. Probably some of the best shows I've played, from a crowd response perspective. It’s a great place for people who are kind of willing to really get into it but not necessarily reject something too different either.
You released the band ambassador beat tape about four months ago. Can you talk us through that?
It's not specifically an album or anything, just a collection of tracks as opposed to a more club kind of style. That's was something I'd been doing in addition to the club tracks and I thought It would be cool to put it up as a free download to show a different side to the kind of things I was doing.
Any other releases in the works?
Yeah, I'm just finishing off a full length album of Dro Carey stuff on Wamp Recordings, in London, which should be out next year. I've also got another EP coming out here in Sydney on Templar sounds, which will include Dro Carey tracks but also tracks from my other project, Tuff Sherm, so I'll have both on the one EP. Other than that I've just been working on some hip-hop mix tapes which Young Clover, who's from a group called G-Side in Alabama.
If you had to choose any career besides music what would you do?
I quite enjoy writing. I've just written a comic book, it's an American series that continues each issue with different writers, so I've just done one issue; I think that's out in January.
What's one of your favorite tunes to drop into a set?
Just in the last group of shows I've played it comes down to particular producers even. I always find that the grime producer Youngsta, he's stuff is really amped up and fast paced. So when you've been doing a set of hip-hop and stuff and you move into that faster break kind of grime I think it goes really well.
If you get in fast you can catch Dro Carey tonight at the Civic Underground - https://www.facebook.com/events/1426050117618379/
By Layth Saeed