A rising name in the Bristol dub scene, Dutchie has amassed respect for her melodic productions with hints of jazzy brass and warped vocals as well as her passion and proactivity for and within playing records. We met up with her to talk about the event and brand Revinyl sessions as well as her musical influences and why producing with her own vocals was a huge challenge.
So hey, can you introduce yourself for those that don't know?
Hello! I'm Dutchie, a musician, producer and DJ, amongst other things!
How did you come to find your "specialist area" in music?
I've gone through quite a few different phases of making music, when I was a child I was playing instruments with my dad who's a jazz musician so I was going between playing Jazz standards and notated classical music. It was probably quite advanced for a 9 year old! Then with production I started off making Hip-hop and was influenced by the jazz. Then I moved on and started playing around with breaks, made a bit of Jungle, and as soon as I moved to Bristol I got really inspired by all the people that were playing and making all the modern reggae and dub music here and that's what led me towards making roots inspired beats, but still with a subtle jazz element.
Yeah it's interesting, you can definitely hear the jazz influence in your productions.
Yeah I think it's the musicality aspect of it, because I started by playing an instrument I already had an idea of how melodies work and how different elements make the music sound different. There's definitely different aspects you can bring in from all styles of music that can be used to fuse your own music together.
How do you find Bristol as a home for making music?
Wicked, it's perfect for it! There's so many people doing so many different things in all areas of music and events. I wouldn't be doing so much if I hadn't moved here, as soon as I arrived it kind of all sparked at once and i kept meeting people that were doing all kind of interesting projects. There's a real community and everyones so supportive and encouraging, and though I know it happens, as a woman I haven't really experienced any negativity or condescending comments.
What's your role within Revinyl Sessions?
So I've been curating the sessions, sorting out the dates for the venues, we've been really focusing on planning ahead and getting everything locked in. I've been allocating slots to people and dealing with the artists, making sure they've got everything they need. It's almost like an outreach role. I've been doing the design for it as well so the cover photos for the last 10 or 15 sessions have been done by me. Design is a massive learning curve compared to making music, visual art is completely different to audio! I've also been brainstorming with Jono and the others, coming up with new ideas and reaching out to new people, making links.
Do you want to explain exactly what Revinyl is for those who don't know?
It's an open deck, open genre, free entry, vinyl only event! More community based than profit, our aim is to get people together and build a nice friendly, encouraging community of people. But we don't only want people that play records to come, it's for anyone to come and enjoy music. It's always on a Wednesday in the middle of the week which keeps the vibe nice and chilled.
So is Revinyl what got you involved with Hold Tight?
Yeah I signed up for a Revinyl session just after I moved here and didn't know anyone really, I hadn't integrated at all yet. I signed up, went down on my own with a bag of records - couldn't mix on vinyl at that point - I just had nice tunes that I wanted to play and I was overwhelmed by the friendly vibes of everyone there. That was Revinyl Sessions 004 and that's where I met pretty much everyone that I work with now, over 40 sessions later!
How has working in a team helped you progress musically?
Massively. Getting feedback off people that are close to you is very helpful. You can hear what they think and never take it the wrong way, it's always constructive. It's great as well bouncing and feeding ideas off each other. If you work as a team you can all boost each other up together and that's really valuable.
How did the Revinyl Workshops at UWE come about?
So Jack Barnett, part of our crew, works at UWE in the music department. He has very strong connections with them so he put the idea to them and they were basically like yeah cool come and do it every other week. It's hard to know what to plan for because we didn't know how many people would come or whether they would want to mix on vinyl so we did bring a Serato set up just incase anyone wanted to bring a USB and play tunes. It was really good, it was a steady flow really, like a drop-in session more than anything, and it's really nice seeing people get their hands on vinyl for the first time and then see them progress onto playing vinyl sets out. That's what we're all about! We're doing more this year and they have just started, up at UWE every Thursday evening that isn't the week of a Revinyl Session.
We heard you may have a release on Hold Tight Records this year, tell us about that.
Yeah! HTD003 will be from me. It's two vocal tracks that I did pretty much everything on: vocals, instruments, production, mix downs etc. I probably won't do that again because it took me a long time and I found it very hard, lots of second guessing and mixing down your own vocals is near impossible! In future I will be splitting vocal projects off from my productions. I got really good feedback from the mastering house which was amazing and fully justified the efforts!
What else have you got in the pipeline?
So I did some vocals for one of Bukkha's tracks that's coming out on vinyl next year. I really quickly wrote and recorded it and he was like "perfect!" haha. I've also been producing a track that I really want to develop with a live band as it just doesn't sound right being 100% programmed, but that's a personal project so there's no timescale on that.
What's your musical end goal?
I would love to be able to make a living from it but not off the creative side, more offf the logistics of music - so events and festivals etc. I wouldn't want to put a price on the music and have to do it to pay the rent. I'd also like to play in some other countries and do a full set with a live band but that'd take a lot of work as I'd want it to be all original music. Other than that, keep making links, getting new people on board and encouraging other people to get involved.
Revinyl 50 is taking place at The Plough on 13th December with a very special guest and sound system, follow them on Facebook to stay up to date.