LSD Magazine interviews Alex Prestige
Alex Prestige has a string of drum and bass hits to his name and now he brings that almighty force to the legendary Serial Killaz label with the ‘Insane People’ EP. You can expect a combination of dancefloor smashers and head rocking beats. We stopped Alex in his tracks for a few minutes to catch up…
You first started pursuing sports and became a Russian Karate and Boxing Champion, which is quite impressive. What was it that made you want to pursue a career in music?
Hi, and thanks for having me. Yes, sport was an important part of my life. Music has been always with me as well, since I remember myself, so everything goes naturally.
Born and raised in Kaliningrad, Russia. Do you feel where you grew up has had an influence on your music?
No, I don’t think my home town did something special for it. It’s a nice place, I met few people here which were into scene somehow, but I wouldn’t say it has had an influence on my music. But I liked one thing – the fact that I do something different living in this place.
What’s the drum and bass scene like in your home town?
It’s sleeping basically for a long time now. Kaliningrad is the last place you would choose to go out for a rave.
You’ve been experimenting with your sound for the last 5 years. What sound do you always come back to?
My first vinyl dnb release was in 2008 so I’d say 8-9 years for now. I try to not come back to something i already did, actually I even can’t do this literally as I’m getting bored of it too fast.
Who were your biggest musical influences growing up and what music did you listen to around the house?
Same influences as for many people and producers around – 90s techno and jungle music, big beats etc
Out of those music influences, who would you most like to collaborate with?
I’m happy with what I’ve got at the moment. I don’t think people need to collaborate with as much people as they can. Plus there should be something more than just sending samples to each other.
Who are your favourite producers are the moment?
Scene seems to be really healthy at the moment – many young and established producers around makes quality tracks. Noisia keeps making biggest tracks, also let’s see what Twisted Individual will be back with.
Your latest EP ‘Insane People’ is out on Serial Killaz this coming Monday. What inspired the B movie samples?
I’ve been working on this EP for the last 12 months. Wasn’t rushed to finish and release it, so being pretty happy with all 6 tracks in it. Big ups to Tobie and Graham for having me on their label.
It’s coming towards the end of the year, what can we expect to see from you in 2017?
Will be back into studio and let’s see how it works!