Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve experienced the ruckus that the Never Say Die One Hundred compilation has been causing in the bass music scene. Designed to celebrate the 100th Never Say Die release since its inception eight years ago, the massive project features a series of exclusive cuts from all the label’s heavy hitters. In addition to name-checking all your favorite artists, each and every track on the album showcases the fam’s heaviest work to date, making for a bass-drenched project sure to leave you speechless and hungry for more all at once. Paying proper homage to what the label has accomplished since their humble beginnings, the release also offers a glimpse into what the future holds for the entire NSD crew.
With all of the above in mind, Bassrush caught up with the NSD OG Megalodon for an in-depth discussion on not only how far the label has come, but his own continued evolution and success as part of the NSD faithful. To get a sense of the current state of bass, and where NSD and Megalodon are taking us in the future, check the in-depth interview below and snag your own copy of the Never Say Die One Hundred compilation here!
Thanks so much for chatting with us! How has life been treating you?
My pleasure, always enjoy catching up with y’all! Life has been great, just been keeping myself as busy as possible.
NSD 100 is such a huge milestone. How does it feel to be a part of the movement since the early beginnings?
It’s a huge honor to be a part of the release along with so many great members of this team! We’ve collectively put in a ton of work to get to this point, so it’s great to not only reach this milestone but to know the quality has always been consistent as well.
How did the relationship with NSD: Black Label begin?
I had been a member of the NSD roster for a couple years and it was around the time that dubstep was really starting to branch off into more sub-genres. The NSD sound was becoming more diverse and I think the office was probably getting tired of hearing so many great demos from new artists and not having the space on the mother imprint to accommodate. So, when they asked if I would like to contribute to the new side of the label I quickly jumped to the opportunity to represent the Black Label sound along with label mate, Trampa.
What’s it like to be a part of the NSD: Black Label roster?
In general, the NSD roster is a very close family and now with Black Label it has become an imprint that allows an outlet for some of my favorite up and coming artists along with established ones alike. I’m just happy to be able to play a part in it all.
How do you see the label influencing the evolution of bass music in general?
I think the label really speaks for itself in terms of what it has done for bass music. It’s pretty undeniable that we’ve become a place where groundbreaking new music gets the chance to be heard on a large platform. What I really love is that the label encourages an environment where there is unity between artists and a sense of belonging.
This 100th release is a clear sign that we’re not only here to stay, but will always stay true to the original game plan.
Where do you see the future of bass music going and how do you see NSD: Black Label playing a part?
To be honest, I think the future of bass music really depends on many factors, including software and production techniques, which I have no way of predicting. But what I do know is this 100th release is a clear sign that we’re not only here to stay but will always stay true to the original game plan, which is evident in the fact that from 001-100, the label has always been consistent.
Tell us a little bit about the inspiration behind “Hood Anthem.”
This was one of the few tunes I mostly wrote on the road. I was working on a few tracks at the time and it originally was intended to just be a B-side DJ tool. I wasn’t really expecting it to go anywhere, but once it starting circling around the watering hole at NSD I quickly realized the reactions it was getting and went ahead and finished the track.
What are you most excited about with this release?
I’m mostly excited for the label as a whole to keep pressing on. One hundred releases is a huge milestone, and now that we’ve hit this point I know we’re not going to take any steps back and the listeners know this as well. This gives us a lot more artistic creativity and confidence.
Anything in the works we should keep our eyes peeled for?
We’ve got some really huge announcements coming up, but I have to keep them under wraps for now. All I can really say is 2017 is going to be unlike any past year for the Megalodon camp. Expect ALOT of new music and tour dates!
Any special shout outs you’d like to give before we go?
Yeah, shouts to everyone who has supported us from day one and continue to be the foundation of our success! Without the support from our listeners, we wouldn’t be here talking to you today. It’s one big collective movement, even the YouTube haters have their place in this bass-driven ecosystem.