When it comes to examining the newer breed of American bass music producers, Saule shines as an artist who uniquely delivers a fresh sound that simultaneously aims to recount the story of dubstep’s rich history while continuously administering productions that never cease to remind listeners of the powerful roots from which the sound has originated and grown from. Known best for an output laced with rude boy swagger, quintessential wobbly basslines, and dancefloor grooves that pack a heavy punch, Saule’s massive soundsystem-rupturing music has already taken the underground by force, having received DJ support from the likes of scene heavyweights like Joe Nice, Mala, Beezy and N-Type and releasing on noteworthy labels such as Gourmet Beats, FatKidOnFire, Dubs Alive Records, Subquake Audio, Dank ‘N’ Dirty Dubz and, most recently, Infernal Sounds.
Saule’s latest contribution to the underground dubstep genre is his three-track release with Infernal Sounds, the Cure Dem EP (IFS007). Featuring two originals from Saule as well as an undeniably tough remix of “Suede” from Mesck, Saule’s roaring release serves as the newest addition to Infernal Sounds’ impressively dynamic catalogue; providing further evidence that the UK-based label shows no clear signs of slowing down its upward momentum. Boasting spacious low-end might and tastefully sparse vocal elements to enhance the mood, Saule’s Cure Dem EP offers both laid back vibes with strong attitude and promises of foolproof, dancefloor detonation. We caught up with Saule to discuss his latest release with Infernal Sounds (out today) and also gained some insights about his creative inspirations and the path that has lead him to where he is today.
When it comes to the discussion of this new generation of American dubstep producers, your music stands out as always delivering a strong taste of the genre’s rich history and sturdy roots in dubby, soundsystem music influences. What would you say has you gravitating towards nurturing this specific style with your musical output more than all the other forms of dubstep that are out there today?
I think what attracts me most to this style is the freedom to explore new sounds and ideas. There is such a strong history and culture in this music and hopefully we can keep pushing sounds that inspire a younger generation of producers.
How and why did you decided to put “Cure Dem” and “Suede” together for this release with Infernal Sounds?
I’m honestly not sure how we decided to put those two together, but I think they go well on the EP because they’re drastically different from each other. I had produced both of those tracks last summer if I remember correctly. I do remember making “Cure Dem” in one sitting, though; it was one of those tracks that just kind of wrote itself. I definitely had my eye on Infernal Sounds since they started their YouTube channel. I think I had hit Aneurin up to do some promo for “Cure Dem” and he ended up liking it so much that he wanted to sign it. He had a twinkle in his eyes about it and I knew we were bound to be together forever.
What made you decide to commission Mesck, whose style is admittedly vastly different from your own, to create the remix of “Suede” for this release?
I always wanted to work with Mesck. He’s a good friend of mine and I knew he would absolutely crush the remix. He did it so darn tootin’ good that it makes the original sound like shite!
Can you recount how this whole production journey start for you? How and when did you first start producing and how did you end up where you are currently with your music?
I remember messing around in my dad’s studio in my early teens. He had an old version of Sony Acid Pro…of course I didn’t know what I was doing exactly but it was fun to mess with it. Then I remember my family bought our first Mac computer and it came with Garage Band, so I would make really terrible hip-hop beats on it for my friends. It then progressed to downloading Reason and from there on I have been trying to get better and better with my production.
Do you have any go-to sources for inspiration or secret studio weapons that help you get started when you sit down to write something new?
My secret studio weapon is definitely having a clean room. I can’t make anything with a messy room, I swear. The setting and mood I’m in really has an effect on what happens in the DAW. I also sometimes wear these weird hats that I own to be a total badass in the studio. Other than that, I would say having loads of random vinyl to sample from always helps me.
What artists would you say inspire or impress you the most?
I would say anything coming out from the Encrypted Audio camp.
What would you highlight as one of your biggest milestones as an artist so far? Do you have any more excitement on the horizon after this release with Infernal Sounds that you can share?
I’m extremely happy with where I am at right now as an artist. Getting to put out records with all these guys is amazing and I want to continue to do that. I have a couple more 12-inches out this year so be sure to be on the lookout for those!
The full EP is out now so lock yours in at your preferred retailer below: