Clubplanet Interviews 12th Planet

by Marcos Colón
10.18.2011


Much of the recent success of dance music stateside can be attributed to the amalgamation of sounds within the massive music genre. While fans in the past stuck to one sub-genre, be it house, techno, or trance, the fusion of dance music's sub genres are becoming more and more appealing to new fans. One style of play to thank for is dub step, as it's clearly a melting pot of sounds that include drum and bass, reggae and even jazz. While names like Rusko and Skrillex have brought the music to the forefront, it's only gotten more popular thanks in part to DJ-producers like 12th Planet, a once drum and bass artist who decided to get with the program and slowly shift his sound, resulting in successful productions and appearances at massive festivals like Coachella, Electric Zoo and Ultra Music Festival.

Clubplanet sits down with one of dubstep's biggest name on his Mothership Tour, how dubstep plays into the success of dance music in the U.S. and how he unwinds with more work!

Clubplanet: 2011 is nearly wrapping up. What's kept you busiest this year?
12th Planet:
Life has kept me busy! (laughs)  Na’, serious though, touring, working on original material, collabs, and remixes have kept me busy the entire year.

Clubplanet: You're part of a massive 53 date tour across North America. What aspect are you looking forward to most? On the other hand, what are you not looking forward to?
12th Planet:
The Mothership Tour is so awesome. I’m looking forward to the big crowds that I don't get to play to that often. I get to showcase my stuff in front of an audience who wouldn't necessarily go to a Dubstep show, but would go to support Skrillex or Nadastrom.

Clubplanet: The dance music scene in North America is currently on a massive upswing. How do you think dubstep plays into the grand scheme within the increase of popularity in dance music stateside?
12th Planet: 
I 'm not sure if Dubstep plays into the grand scheme of the increase of popularity of dance music stateside.  I think the genre walls have just been broken down within the last two or three years. For instance, 10 years ago, if you were a jungliest, you only listened to jungle, if you were into house, you only listened to house, and so on so forth. Now you can go to a 12th Planet show, or a Skrillex show, and you will more than likely hear every type of genre represented in a set, and the kids are still having a good time and singing along.  It’s the first time in my life where I can play a Waka Flocka joint, then a Rusko joint, and then a Crookers joint, all in the same set, and still get similar reactions to all of em’.  

Clubplanet: There are many elements to your music. Where do you primarily draw inspiration from?
12th Planet:
I draw all my inspiration from my peers, and my favorite artists. Their work ethic inspires me to keep producing music, and to keep pushing this music and technology as far as the boundaries can go.

Clubplanet: After a big show, what do you like to unwind to outside of electronic music?
12th Planet:
After a big show, I will probably have a couple drinks with friends, and then get back in the studio to make some more music. I used to play a lot of video games, but I have fallen in love with producing again lately. So that’s pretty much all I do.

Clubplanet: Where do you see the future of dance music heading?
12th Planet:
I can't predict the future, but I’m glad that within the dance world, there has been cross genre acceptance.

Clubplanet: You hop in a cab and the driver asks "What kind of music do you play?" How would you describe your sound?
12th Planet:
  I would tell the cab driver I play mostly Dubstep.  If he asks me that is, I'd say ‘It’s kinda like hip-hop, reggae, drum and bass, jazz, garage, grime and heavy metal in a melting pot.

Clubplanet: What's on the agenda for the remainder of the year?
12th Planet:
More touring, and more tunes.


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