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Introducing one of the most exciting Drum & Bass stars for 2013: DJ Missrepresent!

DJ Missrepresent, one half of the dynamic duo Silent Code, has been making stunning progress over the last couple of years.

She’s had tracks of hers such as “Dutty Gal” played on BBC 1Xtra and she has also played to huge crowds when supporting artists such as Pendulum as well as headlining her own nights.

She now manages her own record label, Sliced Note Recordings.

We had the opportunity to catch up with her to find out how things were going. The full interview is below. Enjoy!

DJ Missrepresent
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Hi Missrepresent, and thanks for taking the time to do this interview.

Firstly, how did you discover Drum & Bass and what attracted you to this particular sound?

I used to listen to Hardcore, and went to lots of free parties. I stumbled into the Jungle rooms at The Sanctuary (RIP). I got engrossed in the big warm basslines and intricate drum patterns, and it went from there. I’ll never forget the day I heard it.

You’ve started using CDs instead of vinyl in your sets. What are the biggest challenges that you’ve come across by doing so? Are CD decks more difficult to work with or easier?

I think CDJs are easier. Music is getting switched up more and CDJs are easier to use, and convenient for music which is mostly sold online now. I still play vinyl, and still prefer it – I also think abroad people love to see it. I always take it with me when i’m out, and try and drop a few classics. I’ve had a few CDJS conk out halfway through sets, like at Jayfest I remember the tent was so heaving, there was literally sweat dripping off the tent roof onto the CDJ which tripped it out. Thankful for vinyl on those occasions.

You are very active on social media, such as Twitter and Facebook. How do you attract new fans? I personally found you many years ago by doing a Youtube search.

I don’t really try to attract new fans, but more try to keep the current ones happy. People are really cool, if I haven’t posted a mix for a while someone pops up and reminds me, and I love that. Some people have been following me since I started mixing, and even if their music taste has changed, they still link me in posts – and I guess that’s what keeps me going.

Which is the biggest club night that you’ve ever played and can you describe how the night went and how you felt playing to that many people?

Bedlam Valve Sound System nights which were held in Bristol Academy and Swindon Brunel Rooms. Every night was heaving, wall to wall and vibes were wicked. The sound system itself is one of the easiest systems to mix on, Dillinja and Lemon D seriously know how to get it right. The promoters always used to stand there with a smile, watching people having a good time – all the right people doing it for the right reasons, and that in itself makes you feel good. Being able to play there was life changing for me.

Have you ever felt that a mix wasn’t working out and changed the entire tracklist in the middle of it?

I guess I did when I started out, I used to plan sets. Bad move! I got more confident after a while and now can pick up any tune and play them. You need to be able to read a dancefloor and adapt. Planning sets is ok for Radio, but in a live environment, it doesn’t work for me.

In relation to that question, have you ever entered some kind of “panic mode” when mixing two tracks together where the timing wasn’t right and how did you overcome it?

Again I guess I used to, but it hasn’t happened for years now. Most people won’t notice it anyway unless you make a major 3 minute clang-a-lang. You can hear a mix going out after a few beats, either fade it out, get it back in time or switch the track. If you’re new at mixing, and you’re trying to overcome these moments – just make sure the next tune you play is a banger and most of the time you’ll be forgiven!

What are your views on the recent Dubstep movement, and what do you imagine will be the “next big thing”?

I have a lot of friends that switched from DNB to Dubstep and are doing really well. Because of that, Dubstep to me is DNB’s little sister.  I guess Trap is currently getting really popular, but in terms to DNB, I would like to see a future jungle revolution – only because i’m a bit selfish and want that warm subby sound back. I don’t have a crystal ball, and just go with the flow. Move with the times or stay put, both works if you’re playing good music.

You’ve started your own record label, how are things working out?

Dean and myself (Silent Code) set it up in 2012 – Sliced Note Recordings if you don’t know. We’re just on the 2nd release. (March 11th 2013). It’s going great, but it’s still early days. I have a great friend (Pascal True Playaz) doing the distribution, the man is a legend, helpful, inspiring and really cool – I couldn’t ask for anything more, and thank you to everyone who is buying and supporting our new music.

Thanks for your time, Missrepresent!

You can keep up to date on all her latest tracks by following Missrepresent on Soundcloud.