Bassrush Records is back again with yet another jaw-dropping release, this time from the genre-bending bass wizard known as Champagne Drip. Surfacing on heavyweight imprints ranging from SMOG to Deadbeats to Quality Goods and Mad Decent, it should be more than obvious to those who know just how talented the producer is no matter what the vibe he’s flexing. Whether he’s crafting Balearic dreams and bringing on the goosebumps or straight hitting you with a razor blade and nunchucks on the streetwise tip, Champagne Drip is an artist who truly defies easy classification but always comes correct.
Take the latest pair of cuts he’s dropping on Bassrush Records as part of his Offworld EP. No doubt drawing from his legendary years in the drum and bass scene, the sci-fi darkness that permeates the atmospheres, orchestral elements, and straight up filthy beats on these cuts are geared towards causing maximum damage on the dancefloor.
While both cuts are dubstep-driven beasts, it’s obvious that Champagne Drip isn’t limited to one sound, one genre, and just as likely to be kicking it with the Circus Records crew as he is to be being brought on stage at EDCLV by Space Jesus (true story!). Preview the exclusive beats below—and snag your copy here—then check out an in-depth chat with the man himself and prepare to get Drippy!
It’s been a whirlwind year in what is already a long and storied career. We see you surfacing everywhere, from Circus to Wakaan; what’s the secret to keeping it fresh after all these years?
The best thing I can do for myself is to try to be humble about my music. The minute I start to relax and roll with what I already know, thinking that what I’m doing is good enough, is the minute I slip and fall back. I try to watch what other people do, dig into new techniques and samples and stay flexible and be continually learning.
Speaking of flexible, we loved it when Space Jesus brought you out on stage at EDCLV! What the fuck, dude? Tell us how this came together and what it was like standing up on stage and not having to stress about DJing for a change.
I was running errands around Vegas with Mike Lisanti, (one of my managers) and we were talking about our plan for the evening and when we should get to the racetrack and what not. I mentioned that I wanted to catch Space Jesus’ set and catch some video because I know he had been playing some of my recent tunes. I hit him up asking if he was going to play anything and he told me he was going to play “Screwup,” this unreleased thing I’ve been working on. Mike suggested I ask him to pop on when he drops it (I hate asking for things sometimes). We pulled some strings to make it happen (thanks Tony at Bassrush) but it ended up being a lot of fun and everybody was onboard. I was actually more nervous to jump on without DJing because DJing is my comfort zone and having that to focus on usually washes away any stage fright I get. Just standing there and enjoying him playing my new tune was a new kind of rush.
Anyone who doesn’t know what’s up on the Champagne Drip tip might be confused by the wide range of names we’re dropping. They might be asking themselves, “What is that Drippy sound? How do we classify this dude? Is he heaven trap, freeform bass, rail-riding dubstep?” What do we tell them?
I often struggle to come up with an answer to this. I love making music that excites me in the studio and that I think will be fun to spin out for a crowd. Sometimes I write something rowdy, sometimes I write something deeper or euphoric. I definitely don’t stick to one thing; that kills it for me. When I describe what I do, I try to think of elements that tie everything together. Most of my music is psychedelic to me in some way. It’s inspired by almost two decades of raving. Maybe it’s “psychedelically informed bass music.”
Most of my music is psychedelic to me in some way, inspired by almost two decades of raving. Maybe it's 'psychedelically informed bass music.'
This release you’re blessing Bassrush with may feel like some newfound aggression for those who don’t know. For the OGs that knew you from your aggro DnB era, this feels like a welcome return to your glory days in the trenches. Let’s start specifically with “Deckard” as that one feels like it could easily have turned into a 174 bpm banger. How did it come together and don’t be surprised when you see me dropping this one in my DnB sessions!
The music I’m writing now is a culmination of everything I’ve learned in the time I’ve spent producing bass music. Over the years, I’ve written DnB, dubstep, trap and dabbled in other things as well (thinking about my short stint with gabber right now). I try to bring everything together and mix it with what I’m currently inspired by. I learned how to slice “amen” breaks and make “reese” bass as a drum and bass producer so I still like to sneak that in there; I love big dubstep kicks and snares and wobbles, so those go in there; and I’m a huge fan of cinematic and ambient music so that goes into the pot as well. It is the perfect time to take a sort of hodgepodge approach to music production and DJing, people are currently very receptive to diversity.
“Hot Pot” is another filthy killer with a straight up chest-thumping bottom end. Tunes like that inevitably have all the producer-types out there wondering how you got such a fat sound. Drop a little production tip on us so we can try crafting our own.
I usually spend a lot of time painstakingly crafting new bass and mid sounds from scratch so it’s funny you bring up “Hot Pot” because the main bassline is essentially a Nexus 2 preset going into Ableton’s OTT setting on the Multiband Dynamics plugin. I didn’t build it from scratch, it just came out of the box like that with essentially one effect on top and a little EQ. It’s easily one of my laziest moments of sound design, but it sounds good so I figured “fuck it.” The riff is also in an interesting Hungarian Minor Scale which is unorthodox for dance music, so that’s kind of a fun twist.
Last but not least, Bassrush Records has been crushing it non-stop so this release adds to a long line of heavyweights. Tell us how you linked up with the squad and what else we should be looking out for project-wise in the future.
I’ve actually been talking to the team at Insomniac and Bassrush about doing something for quite some time so I was stoked to finally put together a record. I’m happy with how everything came together. Up next I’ll have some freebies and some bootlegs that I’ll be giving out as well as some collaborations and more work with Wakaan and Deadbeats.