GREAT INTERVIEW WITH SAM XL OF PURE FILTH SOUND – WEST COAST LEGEND – LOOK OUT FOR THE BASS MOVES SPACE LP
Sam XL of Pure Filth and David Harrow formerly of On-U Sound met in November 2010 while working on project’s for the Ninja Tune 20 year anniversary party in Los Angeles. The two Brit’s soon became friends and decided to team up working together on a series of small club installations in L.A called “Screwface” (a weekly off shoot of Bassface) and on the Bass Oasis Dome for Coachella 2011.
That summer they began to produce original music and visual content, developing a “Live” Pure Filth Sound show to accompany the pounding Bass of the mighty Pure Filth speaker system.
Over the last year they have crafted a sonic epilogue from Los Angeles alongside Underground star’s Warrior Queen, Kemst, Busdriver, Jakes, Mestizo, Nocando, RYAT and Crazy D.
Recently Pure Filth Sound made some noise at BASSFACE, L.A’s infamous underground electronic warehouse party alongside Flying Lotus, Jakes, Ras G, Monopoly and Teebs.
This spring Pure Filth Sound performed two weekend’s in a row at North America’s premier music festival Coachella in the Sahara tent.
Stay posted for a free mixtape/sampler of the forth coming LP (which is posted below), but in the meantime check our soundcloud link for free downloads.
2.) WHERE YOU FROM?
3.) WHERE YOU REPPIN CURRENTLY?
4.) WHO’S AN ALLY/CREW YOU REP OR ARE YOU A SOLO ARTIST?
I DJ solo as SAM XL, I rep Pure Filth L.A, I also DJ as The Professionals with Pablo Hassan. I rep Pure Filth Sound. I also rep sound for Amon Tobin, Low End Theory, Dub Club, Brainfeeder, HAM on Everything, Coachella & many more check out http://purefilthla.com/ for the latest.
5.) WHATS YOUR FIRST MEMORIES OF MUSIC?
My Dad playing the guitar at night while I fell asleep
6.) WHEN DID YOU FIRST HEAR HIP-HOP MUSIC?
Probably around 1983. The first hip-hop I was exposed to was Nucleus “Jam on it” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newcleus (here’s the youtube video for the song ‘Jam on it’ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IaNzrXAUHBk). That was my first 12″ but we didn’t call it “Hip-Hop” back then, it was Electro. Afrika Bambataa and the Soul Sonic Force http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Afrika_Bambaataa, Egyptian Lover http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Egyptian_Lover etc, all that was all considered electro http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electro_(music).
There used to be these dope Electro compilations out of London called “Crucial Electro” there was a whole series of them. I’d save up all my pocket money and buy them.
7.) WHERE YOU AT RIGHT NOW? WHAT CURRENT AND RELEASED PROJECTS COULD YOU SHARE WITH US?
Right now I’m in L.A just about to go on the North American tour with Amon Tobin ISAM 2.0. I will be doing BASS reinforcement aswell as playing some select DJ dates to support the new Pure Filth Sound LP BASS MOVES SPACE that comes out September 23rd…It’s gonna be hype, I did it last year and the whole tour was sold out. If you haven’t caught it yet…GO…it will blow your mind! http://www.amontobin.com/
8.) ANY SHOWS OR EVENTS YOU’LD LIKE TO SHOUT OUT?
I will be doing the album record release party with Amon Tobin’s Two fingers project @ Low End Theory 10/10/2012
9.) RAMEN OR MAC AND CHEESE?
My wife’s Mac n Cheese…I fux widdit
10.) ANY BOOKS YOU READING RIGHT NOW?
Just finishing up George Orwells “1984”
So then I can read
Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World” on the road.
11.) IF YOU COULD GO ANYWHERE RIGHT NOW WITH 5000$ where would it be and what would you be doing?
I’d build more speakers
12.) WHAT IS YOUR TOP 5 FAVORITE CHARITABLE CAUSES?
The top Charitable cause for me right now is BASS MOVES SPACE, you contribute and I build more speakers for the SOUNDSYSTEM!
13.) WHAT’S IMPORTANT TO YOU RIGHT NOW?
Taking care of my wife and daughter
14.) ANYONE LOCKED DOWN YOU WANT TO SHOUT OUT IN THE BING?
Mumia Abu Jamal, falsely imprisoned for how long now!?
Bradley Manning, been in solitary for over 9 months
15.) DO YOU HAVE A SOUNDCLOUD FACEBOOK WEBSITE MIXCLOUD TWITTER YOUTUBE OR OTHER PROFILES ONLINE YOU’LD LIKE TO SHARE?
16.) WHO’S IN YOUR TOP TEN RIGHT NOW?
Pure Filth Sound BASS MOVES SPACE LP Workhouse
Pure Filth Sound “Nails in the Coffin” feat. Busdriver Workhouse digi-single
Pure Filth Sound “Rhythm Killer” feat. Jakes Workhouse digi-single
Pure Filth Sound “Pure Filth Sound” feat. Crazy D Workhouse digi-single
Pure Filth Sound “Pathfinder” feat. RYAT Workhouse digi-single
Pure Filth Sound “Deep Meditation” feat. RYAT & Jakes Workhouse digi-single
Pure Filth Sound “LAX to LDN” feat. Nocando Workhouse digi-single
Pure Filth Sound “Turn Up the Fire” feat. Mestizo Workhousedigi-single
Pure Filth Sound “Occupy Your Mind” feat. Kemst Workhouse digi-single
Pure Filth Sound “Timetrips” feat. RYAT & Kemst Workhouse digi-single
17.) WHAT KIND OF PERFORMER ARE YOU?
DJ but I did perform Pure Filth Sound live @ Coachella alongside my partner Dave harrow, Kemst, RYAT and the Wooden Roots crew!
18.) DO YOU LIKE ART?
Yes, I’m a big fan and proud to call artists like Krush, Mear, Saber, and Revok my friends. Krush just designed the cover for the new LP BASS MOVES SPACE
19.) IF SO ANY VISUAL ARTISTS OR PAINTERS OR GRAFFITI ARTISTS OR GRAPHIC DESIGNERS ETC ETC YOUR INTO RIGHT NOW?
All my favorite artists I just listed above. Mad love going out to Krush, Mear, Saber and Revok!
20.) TOP 5 WEBSITES YOU LIKE
21.) WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE PLACES TO GET DAILY NEWS FROM ABOUT CURRENT EVENTS IN OUR COUNTRY AND ABROAD
22.) Where do you see the future of electronic music heading?
Up – Up – and – Away!
23.) If you could work with any artist, who would it be?
I just worked with Kemst, Busdriver, jakes, Crazy D, RYAT, Nocando and Mestizo…pretty stoked on that;-)
24.) What country’s do you like best for your genre besides your own?
All of Europe really
25.) What’s your favorite sport?
26.) When did you first start DJ’ing?
Started Djing in 89
27.) Is there a reason or someone/something that influenced you to take the step towards becoming who you are today in the music industry?
I have made underground music my life now for over 30+ years. From Punk rock in the late 70’s to Hip-Hop in the early/mid 80’s, to house and techno through the end of the 80’s into the 90’s into Jungle in the mid 90’s through 2006 into dub step and the beat scene up til present day. I’ve tried to keep progressing and feel blessed to have worked alongside and met some of the real pioneers from Afrika Bambataa & Hank Shocklee, to Juan Atkins and King Britt, to Grooverider, Goldie and Andy C, to Kutmah, Ras G and Flying Lotus and Hatcha, Mala, Skream, Benga and N-Type etc and now doing sound and working with people like Amon Tobin, David Rodigan, DJ Krush, Mixmaster Mike all the Trap crews blowing up in L.A right now.
28.) Top 5 events you’ve played since starting to DJ?
The Top events differ for me because sometimes I do sound and sometimes I DJ or I’m performing or both. Here’s some of my favorite events!
1.) Doing my first party in 92 and having a 1,000 peeps show up really opened my eyes to the power of good music
2.) Starting my Sunday weekly Samurai and having all the D & B greats come through and play for free!
3.) In 2007 Starting and playing Pure Filth, the 1st Dubstep weekly in the U.S at a real Speakeasy in Down Town LA & helping to lay down the foundation for the American Dubstep scene
4.) Doing my 1st area at Coachella 2009 and about 15,000 people mobbing our stage for Flying Lotus
5.) Doing Sound for Amon Tobins sold out ISAM tour last year was incredible and blew my mind!
Some quote’s from Sam XL… CEO of Pure Filth Sound and of the Pure Filth Record Label:
“It’s a blessing and I just keep trying to push the envelope on how people experience sound. Getting to write an album with an Underground legend like David Harrow is the cherry on the cake really. I try to follow my heart and my gut and not my wallet which can be difficult at times, especially when I see Dj’s/crews/promoters selling us out to the highest corporate bidder.”
“Maybe i’m a little hardcore but I got the words of Malcolm X ingrained into my head at an early ‘No Compromise…No Sell-out’. You can thank Keith LeBlanc for that!”
“I refuse to sell out and do cheesy shit…bury me in a Pure Filth Bassbin!”