Exclusive Interview with 15 year-old Dubstep Producer Fytch
DJ Magua Here: I first heard about Dubstep producer Stephane Lo Jacomo, otherwise known as Fytch, from our friend DJ Infinity and started playing his tracks in my sets. Not long after I found out that this talented producer is only 15 years old; He lives in the Netherlands and because of school and his young age he has been unable to tour. Fytch grabbed the spotlight with his sensational remix of Little Boots’ Earthquake, included below. I got in contact with him for an exclusive interview which you should read after the jump, including a brand new remix of Example – Won’t Go Quietly. Don’t forget to download the tracks below and leave a comment to show him some love!
Magua: Who are you? How long have you been producing Dubstep?
Fytch: My name is Stephane Lo Jacomo, I am from the Netherlands and I am 15 years old. I have been producing Dubstep since I returned from the summer holidays, so approximately five months.
Magua: How did you get involved in music/producing Dubstep?
Fytch: Well, I play classical guitar for 10 years and have released 2 CD’s. I never imagined myself making Dubstep or even electronic music until i really started going to parties and hearing a lot of Dance, House but Mostly Hardcore and Hardstyle. Alot of people at my school showed me dubstep tracks and i started liking it. I was curious to find out how this ominous wobble was created and i got into production. I really got into it the day i heard “Cracks” By Flux Pavilion.
Magua: What/who are some of your big influences in the EDM scene?
Fytch: Big names like Flux Pavilion, Gemini and Bar 9 are definitely my biggest inflences. However i was also very influenced by more underground artists like, Whisker Twister and F3tch.
Magua: What kind of software do you use to produce? Have you any DJ experience?
Fytch: I have recently (Since approximately 1 month) started using Ableton Live 8 and it has been an incredible relief since using Fl Studio. As for DJing, i do own gear but have never got around to it. Before i turn 16 i will try to reach a reasonable level to play at gigs etc…
Magua: Have you head friends, family, schoolmates help you produce or influence your style?
Fytch: My step dad is a Country artist and has produced his latest album at home. He usually gives me feedback on new tracks and always has radical ideas to suggest; he is also the voice of Wolf in my tracks.
Magua: Where do you think the future of Dubstep / Electronic Music is headed?
Fytch: As to where this may lead, I really don’t know. Part of me thinks that this is all just good to be true but the other tells me to go for it and give it all i’ve got. I would really want to be able to build a career out of it but frankly, i think its just too soon to decide.
Magua: What are your future plans? What do you want to do with your life?
Fytch: My plans for the past year have been to go to a conservatory and study music or alternatively study psychology. I now have a third option which doesn’t really make it much easier to decide.
Magua: Have you thought about getting signed by a label / are you searching for a label to sign you?
Fytch: Getting signed has been a goal since the birth of “Fytch”. I haven’t really had much talk with record labels but I hope this changes.
Magua: What is the scene like in The Netherlands? Have you been to the US / want to come?
Fytch: The Netherlands, there is basically no link with dubstep. I just happen to go to an international school and it is from there that i have first heard the term Dubstep. I do get the impression however that there is some sort of movement starting to form. Since dubstep is quite recent, i consider myself lucky to have caught the flow in the right time. Being from an international background i have traveled a LOT since a very young age; China, Russia, Japan, Cuba just naming some. I must admit though that even though i really would like to go the states, i have never been. My step dad being from Hawaii i think however that this shouldn’t be too complicated.
Magua: Thank you very much for your time, and keep up the good work! Let us know whenever you have anything new coming out!
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Here is his original remix, 50,000 views on youtube: Sound off in the comments if you like his original remix or his rework better!
Little Boots – Earthquake (Fytch Remix)
Interview and article by DJ Magua