FuntCase Brings the Claws Out for DPMO Volume 2
FuntCase Brings the Claws Out for DPMO Volume 2

Having earned a level of notoriety as one of bass music’s most influential artists through nearly a decade of releases, it should come as no surprise that FuntCase continues to work harder than ever behind the scenes to push the boundaries of bass music further and further. Known for obliterating venues and festivals across the globe, FuntCase has most recently been reveling in his role as curator of his DPMO series on Circus Records, which even he admits has been his most exciting project to date.

Since the first volume of the DPMO series was released, fans were left speechless and hungry for more as the ruthless nature of the project hinted at the next wave of what bass music’s finest were cooking up in the lab. Flash forward to the present and the barbaric DPMO Volume 2 has finally arrived and we couldn’t be happier. Packed with innovative sounds from budding producers backed by the impeccable expertise of FuntCase pioneering the creative process of the compilation, DPMO Volume 2 certainly doesn’t disappoint. If you were left with even a smidge of uncertainty about the longevity of the series, DMPO Volume 2 proves the movement is in full force and here to stay.

As DPMO Volume 2 marinates with the masses, we caught up with FuntCase for a behind-the-scenes look on the whole compilation, the vision for the project, and what’s still to come for the DPMO movement. If you haven’t had a chance to check out the compilation be sure to stream/download your copy here!

First and foremost, how’s life treating you at the moment?
Ah man, things are better than they’ve ever been, for sure. With sell-out shows, DPMO is really on the radar now and I’m getting some hugeproduction projects coming in! Definitely, the busiest I’ve ever been in my career.

Seems like you’ve been working hard to get this release off the ground.
Since DPMO Vol. 1 came out, I’ve spent the entire year collecting and signing the best tracks from my set—from artists that weren’t already tied to a label—and holding them ransom until DPMO Vol. 2 is released! It’s a hard job really, as I feel that a lot of music these days is kind of rush released. Nothing has its own hype value anymore. With DPMO, I don’t want that to be the case.

For instance, I’ve had “Impending Doom” by Lev3l and Sweettooth since justafter DPMO Vol.1 was released. That’s an entire year for one track. After a few tweaks on the original idea they sent me, it became the monster it is now, but it’s a track that probably could’ve, or maybe even should’ve, come out earlier. It was doing so much damage live that I had to build a hype around it, starting at Lost Lands 2017, where I first played it to a large audience. Since then, it’s been one of the tracks in my set that I had exclusively, and kept the people wanting it more and more with every show. Eventually, people were absolutely screaming for it; I call that mission complete!

Releases aren’t really like that anymore and I want to change that mentality with people because not everything that’s made has to be put out instantaneously. Let the recipe boil for a bit before you serve it!

Tell us a little bit about the vision behind the compilation overall.
DPMO Vol 2 is really just straight-up good music. It doesn’t matter who made it, if it’s a sick track, I want it on DPMO! Obviously having known artists is a great push for both parties, but at the end of the day, good music is what people want. DPMO will never be a compilation that chases music releases only catering to certain sized artists.

Not everything that's made has to be put out instantaneously. Let the recipe boil for a bit before you serve it!

Your fans have been anticipating this release for what feels like forever! What aspect of DPMO Vol. 2 are you most excited to show your fans?
I think the general diversity of the energy on the compilation. You’ve got the slightly older sounding, but kick and snare punch intensity of my remix of Dead Exit’s “Snake,” with the high intensity of “Impending Doom” by Lev3l and Sweettooth that mixes seamlessly with other vibes like “Sectumsempra” by Infekt and “Blood Out” remixed by Bloodthinnerz and Blankface—and pretty much everything in between. So it’s mainly high energy, but everything kinda has its place on the compilation.

What’s the process like when it comes to selecting songs to be a part of such a huge compilation?
It’s simple—a sick track will do it! I look for different vibes because everything has to have its place. Luckily, I’m the music collector, so I ask the artist if they would allow me to release on DPMO and then hand over to Circus to deal with all the contractual stuff! [Laughs]

What’s it like to do go from showcasing your tracks on compilations to curating them yourself?
It’s definitely different for me to select music and perfect everything in between. Much like producing, nothing is straight forward or simple. You get the stresses of mixdowns and perfecting a track, or finding out that the track you want is unable to release because of sample clearances, or another label was promised it. Ultimately, it’s a satisfying feeling when it is released though, and feels the same as an actual release by myself!

What is it like to come to a place where you can release your own handpicked compilation with Circus Records, a label you’ve come to be a notable producer on?
Yeah, it’s amazing! I’ve spent years playing music from new artists, but it was eventually going to waste and not seeing a release come out of it. It frustrates me, honestly because good music deserves to be heard. Now with DPMO, I can properly showcase these guys and maybe even make dreams come true. Especially with DPMO being released through Circus Records, it’s a label I know a lot of artists have the dream of releasing on.

Has leading a project like this been part of your vision since the beginning of your career?
Not at all, to be honest. I have thought about starting a record label, but I’ve always had it in the back of my mind that it really isn’t easy to do and can take up a lot of your time. I’ve always wanted to focus on FuntCase first and foremost.

In one word, how would you describe DPMO Vol. 2?

What’s next for the DPMO movement?
Right now, I’m just preparing a DPMO clothing label release. I’ve had the idea to release my own clothing label, that’s tied to, but not directly associated with FuntCase for a while now. I’ve always been creative in designing clothing and I finally have a platform to do it. We’re still in the samples process, but working towards having all the clothes made and delivered to the distributor in the next month or so. Shortly after that, it will be announced all over my socials. Very excited!

Before we wrap things up, any last shouts you’d like to give out?
Firstly, I want to thank all the artists involved with DPMO for allowing me to take their music on a new platform. I want to give a huge special thank you to Circus Records for giving me this opportunity and taking on all the tedious background work on so I can still curate the tracks, and still do FuntCase!