The Stateside heavy-hitter known as Des McMahon returns to center stage with a massive EP on Reid Speed’s Play Me Records and we’re more than stoked to be premiering the title cut ‘Dread & Despair’.
As an added bonus we sat down to chat with Des for a glimpse not only into the tune and the EP, but into the head-space of the ever-impressive artist as he continues to evolve and look to the future. So check the short Q&A followed by the Bassrush premiere of ‘Dread & Despair’ below.
In many ways this EP not only builds on but seems to represent a kind of evolution of your sound. Is that a fair assessment and something you were conscious of going in?
In 2019, I made a decision to level up my sound. From an emotional perspective, dark drum & bass has always been what I’ve related to the most and with time I’ve grown into a much more stripped-back minimal sound. Basically doing more with less. In addition to that, I wanted to open up an avenue that would allow me to go back to writing other forms of electronic music I really enjoy such as garage, 2step and deep dubstep in conjunction with dark minimal drum & bass. In many ways this has always been my goal. I feel like the deeper sides of these niches represent my day to day life a lot more than any other sound has.
That deeper vibe definitely comes through in a way that hints at more than just an evolution of your taste as an artist. Give us a sense of the kind of head-space this project emerged from.
Des McMahon’s Dread & Despair EP is out July 15 on Play Me Records so pre-order / pre-save here.