Inside BB Awards 2016 - One day with Aural Abuse - Interview

8th interview:BBA2016 -  Aural Abuse - Dublin - Ireland -
Interview with all artists nominated in the Breakbeat Awards 2016


Aural Abuse started out life as one half of Dublin band C-Quence (Alan Walsh and Steven Connolly). From Kilbarrack the duo embarked on a 12 year rollercoaster ride which saw them performing alongside some of the worlds biggest DJ's including Mickey Finn, Phil Jubb, Justin Garett, Eric Morillo, Paul Oakenfold, D:Ream etc. Most of the gigs took place in Dublin's Ormond Multimedia centre which was later torn down to make way for a hotel.

C-Quence decided to stop gigging as the gigs were coming faster that the material could be produced and this ultimately led to the duo writing their projects separately. Steven went on to form the hugely successful "Man in a Room" which resides primarily on the Queep label.

Meanwhile Alan went to the darker side of the world of music and started producing Nu Skool breaks under the guise Aural Abuse. The style of breaks produced vary from the dirty Botchit style sound to the more ambient beatless sounds found on some of the newer labels in the UK.

Can you tell us what your favourite thing is about your new track - production? 
A:I love the freedom that breaks labels give yo when remixing a track. There are no guides to follow or requests for a particular sound, just freedom of expression.



Can you tell us about new project you will be working on 2017? 
A: 2016 was a very very busy year for me and production took a back seat.  2017 will strt off as busy but I plan to get a lot of new tracks done from June onwards.  I weant to have a decent back catalogue

Imagine yourself walking into the studio; please may you talk me through a typical day? What are your habits?
A: I always start off by creating a few presets, then put in a basic beat for metrenome and build from there.  I look at lyrics and fx after i have created an intro but most if not all the parts from that first process are binned in the middle of the track.  The tune just evolves itself after a while.
How do you go about choosing what software and plug-ins you use?
A:I use renoise as I started writing on trackers back in the late 90's and just always liked that method of producing.  I try to use the least amount of plug ins possible, they are crazy expensive

What’s the one piece of DJ/production gear you can’t live without?
A: My Access virus C
Any particular artists/dj’s/ producers that really influenced you?
A: Freq nasty, Atomic hooligan,  all the early botchit and scarper stuff

How’s the  music scene in this moment in your country?
A: Dublin is my city, its mostly technoor house  in the clubs. A little drum and bass and also breaks but not much.

Often particular cities are linked to certain sounds and sub genres. Do you think living in your city is reflected in your music?
A: In a way, my early years were spent in the rave scene in Dublin so i like my hands in the air build ups