Drum ‘n’ Bass time. British duo Pola & Bryson take the decks this weekend on Beats 1’s weekly radio show, One Mix.
After releasing tunes on prominent labels like Hospital, Liquicity, and Spearhead, the London duo helped launch Soulvent Records, where they released their debut LP, This Time Last Year, an impressive production. Embracing change, they moved on to sign exclusively with Shogun Audio, one of the most renowned DnB labels around.
Today, they’re set to release their sophomore album, Lost In Thought. Contemplative and soulful, energetic and vibrant, the LP is an emphatic piece of work. Tune into the mix to hear goodies from the album like 24/7, Night Dawns, and Stratford Riddim.
Air Date: Friday 24th August 2018 - 21:00 LA / 00:00 NY / 05:00 UK
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The duo also spoke about DnB’s misconception of being all out aggressive and dark, lacking soul and depth. They recalled the time icy weather turned their 2 hour journey from Birmingham to London into a 16 hour nightmare, anticipated DnB rising ahead in the US, and doled out advice for new producers. Read on to see what they had to say!
First show experience?
Hosted our debut EP launch party down at our local pub down in East London, a really nice intimate affair with friends, family and a small number of lovely fans
First time you brought your mom to one of your shows?
Both our mothers came to the aforementioned EP launch party, they had a great time and it was actually the first time they had a chance to meet one-another which was nice. Harrys mum is very into her music and has come to a few festivals we’ve played at but Jacks mum hadn’t seen him play in a club until she decided to join us on a trip to Prague when we played there last year.
The artist who inspired you to become a musician?
We were both too young to really remember what made us become musicians but the artists who inspired us to specifically make Drum & Bass have to be High Contrast and Dilinja.
Go-to places for new music?
Probably other producers within our little circle of friends. We’re always on the hunt for new music via Spotify and Soundcloud etc, but most of the best new tracks we hear about are through word of mouth.
Guilty pleasure record?
Sum 41 - In Too Deep
Desert-island dance record?
London Grammar - If You Wait (Calibre Alternative Remix) - which we don’t have but wish we did
Dream B2B partner?
LSB & Calibre (there’s 2 of us so we get 2 choices)
Piece of gear you always need on the road?
Power Bank, we’re very antisocial at airports and there’s nothing worse than running out of juice
All-time favorite festival?
Sun & Bass, which we not only had the pleasure of visiting for the first time last year but also played alongside Etherwood, Nu:Logic and S.P.Y!
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Biggest misconception about dance music?
Dance music, specifically Drum & Bass has for a while had a stereotype of being very aggressive and dark. We love that stuff, but there’s plenty of producers out there making some incredibly soul driven and beautiful music, you just got to know where to look.
City with the most underrated dance scene?
Industry prediction for the next year?
We see more artists starting their own labels and more and more US talent gets welcomed into the scene, not only that but Drum and Bass continues to make more of an imprint in the US scene.
Best piece of advice for new producers?
Take what inspires you from all areas of music and combine them to create something unique and always take your time with your compositions yet stay committed if it’s something you really want to get good at.
Dead or alive, who would be your dream collaborator?
A unique travel experience you’ve had?
We played a show in Birmingham last year, we arrived at the club at around 1am and nothing seemed out of the ordinary. We played our set and headed back to the car at 4am to find a thin layer of snow had settled. We began our 2 hour journey back to London and the snow got heavier and heavier. We had to seek shelter at a service station for a few hours for the sun to come up and hopefully for the visibility to improve, which didn’t happen. It got worse and worse, we finally braved the poor conditions and continued our journey home. The icy conditions coupled with the traffic meant that by the time we got home it was 6pm! That was an absolute nightmare!
What's your favourite throwback track?
For Jack it has to be Logistics – City Life, just an all round vibey tune. For Harry, Chase & Status – Hurt You.
What's one track that fans always lose their mind to?
Of ours, it has to be Bad Habit. We always get a great crowd reaction from Calibres remix of Garden by T.E.E.D.
What was the first album you ever bought?
Harry’s was Dom & Roland – Back for the Future and Jack’s was Drum & Bass Essentials – Mixed by DJ Hype
Name one remix that you think is better than the original?
The Calibre alternative remix of ‘Hey Now’ by London Grammar, because it really is that perfect! So simple yet so emotionally effective.
What song would you want (god forbid) played at your funeral?
Eric Idle - Always Look on the Bright Side of Life
What's the perfect sunset track?
Kool & The Gang – Summer Madness without a shadow of a doubt
What song do you listen to cheer yourself up?
Shadow Child & Bodhi – Um (MJ Cole Remix)