With a hot new EP, "Meatball Mafia," now out on dubstep label Never Say Die, we decided to catch up with its producer SPAG HEDDY. A serious talent in both production and DJ worlds, take a read below to get to know him a little better.
First things first, please tell us a little about you... who are you and where are you currently based?
Iʼm a Dutch boy living in the beautiful Barcelona, Spain.
How long have you been making music? What made you first want to write it?
As soon as I could hold sticks I played drums, and later on in life learned to play chords on the guitar and piano. I grew up in a family of musicians so it went automatically. When I was a teenager I got rather obsessed with hiphop
and made beats for local rappers. A few years later I discovered drum & bass and techno and such, and then when dubstep started coming up I fell in love with it straight away. Making it myself became a new obsession. However Iʼve always had the need to make music, but never aimed or pictured myself making actual money with it.
What do you enjoy most about having music as your career?
The best thing about it is obviously that I can make a living of what I love doing most. Next to that is there almost nothing as good as playing your music in front of a crowd, in any place in the world, and see people enjoy it so much.
Where do you mostly draw your inspiration? How would you describe your trademark sound to those who havenʼt heard it yet?
Iʼve always drawn lot of inspiration from just listening to my favourite artists. In any genre. Now that Iʼm touring, a new source of inspiration is the shows. The vibes I get on the nights from what me and the other DJʼs play and how the crowd reacts... The stuff I make is straight up for the dance floor so thatʼs where it should work. Thatʼs also how I would describe it to others; itʼs loud, high-energy dance floor music to go hard on. A wild ride through bass
and melody. Honestly Iʼm not sure what my trademark sound is - I guess itʼs the combination of the sound design and patterns and melody lines that make a certain vibe. I feel like Iʼm always sort of in between the melodic and aggressive ends.
Youʼve just released the banging “Samir” on Never Say Die and we love it! How long did you work on it for? Are you happy with the final result?
"Samir" was actually the intro for my last yearʼs US shows. However the drop was only 8 bars, before mixing it into a next track. I never planned on actually releasing it until SKisM heard me play it and was like "we need to release that." As Iʼm a flow worker I always struggle with finishing old projects, and "Samir" also took quite a bunch of night sessions to get it done. So all in all, I do feel a little extra proud of the result!
Where do you see your sound progressing over the coming months/ years?
Iʼm into at least like 10 projects all the time, and got some really cool bangers laying ready to drop for the near future. At the same time, I wanna throw back to my earlier style of productions - more melodic. And Iʼm working on some other genres too, but honestly I donʼt plan much ahead, I love to just jam and see what comes out of it.
If you could work with any artist (alive or dead) on a track, who would you choose and why?
Skrillex. Needless to say heʼs a huge source of inspiration to all of us producers, and is already a living legend. I have huge respect for his skills, vision and how he build the entire empire he has right now.
What do you have coming up next in 2017? Are there any more releases in the pipeline you can share with us yet?
I canʼt really go into details about that, but I can assure that while this EP is just coming out, thereʼs plenty new originals laying already. Next to that, Iʼm working in other genres too, and always love doing remixes and bootlegs. The cooking never stops...