Dr Dubplate: The ‘Ransom Note’ Mix
The sounds of the UK electronic underground have surrounded Dr Dubplate before his own musical journey even began.
Prior to immersing himself in the nightlife world, he was getting an education from his father who used to manage iconic London club Plastic People.
It was this space that he then went on to work at himself, further cementing his love of a scene that would inspire him to start his own musical journey.
After spending time as a promoter in Bristol, he then went on to start the ec2a imprint – a nod to Plastic People’s postcode and the space that started it all for him.
His mission is to push the underground, from the artists to the music and the culture. The main label and its sub-labels, TWLVZ and Original Pirate Material (OPM), focus on speed garage, 2-step, jungle and bass-heavy sounds, and have so far welcomed the likes of Riko Dan, Breaka, Coco Bryce, Main Phase and Dj Swagger, who takes care of the next EP out on 18th November.
The ec2a name extends to his Rinse FM show too, which showcases the best of the label, Dubplate’s energetic and club-ready discoveries and guest mixes from the likes of Holloway and Marble. That same energy comes through on his Ransom Note mix. Never afraid to jump between genres, he blends UKG, breaks, jacking house, broken club rhythms and jungle but with effortless style.
Please introduce yourself… Who are you, where are you and what are you?
Yanis, Bristol, DJ & Record Label Owner.
Where was the mix recorded?
At home, in my living room.
What would be the ideal setting to listen to the mix?
What should we On the OPM imprint is Dj Swagger – Fleg EP out 18th Novbe wearing?
Head to toe gym gear coz you’re going to get a sweat on.
What would be your dream setting to record a mix: Location/system/format?
On a beautiful Corsican Beach. Plastic people sound system. Records.
Which track in the mix is your current favourite?
The “Open Air Remix by DJ Heartstring”
What’s your favourite recorded mix of all time?
Ian Pooley live @ Traxx 94. Big vibes throughout.
If you could go back to back with any DJ from throughout history, who would it be and why?
Oneman, he’s the goat 🐐
He’s been my favourite DJ since FWD days when I was like 16/17. The way he mixed through any genre used have me mind blown. He’s is one of my biggest inspirations to this day real talk!
What was your first DJ set up at home and what is it now?
Didn’t have one tbh! It’s very expensive equipment and I see now how it can be tough for some kids to get into it unless they have mummy and daddy money. Luckily I had loads of mates with set ups at uni and spent most of my time practising with them. I did have some crappy belt drive Ministry of Sound decks but they were impossible to mix on.
What’s more important, the track you start on or the track you end on?
Ending track for me as that’s what people are going to remember you for.
What were the first and last records you bought?
First record – Pepe Bradock – Deep Burnt. Last record – Angel D’Lite – Re4mat
If this mix was an edible thing, what would it taste like?
If it was an animal what would it be?
One record in your collection that is impossible to mix into anything?
Nothing impossible to mix!
Anything else we need to discuss?