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Author: 3D
Friday, 28 September 2007
British producer CLSM (real name: Colin Meon) is hardcore royalty in his motherland, so 3D thought they’d give him the royal treatment with a few questions…

There is a distinct CLSM sound when it comes to your music. Do you have a certain philosophy when it comes to your sound-
I think the only restriction when it comes to making CLSM tracks (barring the chill out albums we have done) is that they are in the rave genre. I think that sets the sound apart from everybody else, as there have been vocal anthems such as Take Control, Cry Your Tears and Timebomb through to the more underground cutting edge tracks like Roof On Fire, Wicked MC, Rock That Sh1t and See You On The Other Side. I guess things have to be of a certain quality, but then saying things like that you venture into people’s opinions too much – whereas you can’t deny the variety of tracks; breakbeat, freeform and vocal stuff.

You’ve been known to produce a huge number of tracks in your career. Care to give us an accurate account- What has been your most popular tune in your opinion-
I have no idea. In around 2002 it was over 250 or so. I guess around 350+ released tracks, but I lost count a while back. Discogs.com has a fairly complete record of things if you hop between CLSM, Jon Doe, Peacemaker, UK Hard etc.  Most popular in hardcore might be Free Your Mind – but only due to the Darren Styles remix – probably Timebomb or See You On The Other Side.  Being popular (as demostrated by Free Your Mind) means giving the tune to a bigger label and going along with the whole “popular” flow of things. For some reason I like being independent – sure, I have remixed for Tidy Trax and Nukleuz, even Ministry of Sound but there is something really satisfying getting it right in your own way... The latest CLSM album is produced completely at the studio here, no distribution deal, no “rack positioning” in HMV etc. and loads less money going on. At the same time as our album was released, one of the majors released its tracklisting and everybody just moaned about theirs... I am not saying money is a problem but I would rather have a really good, uncompromised, album than a big glossy one which has to tick boxes for the retailer!

You have a new CLSM album which came out this month. What can we expect
from this album- Any personal favourites that we should look out for-

It’s called Bathford Welcomes Careful Drivers. It is about two guys (Ned and Jimmygoat) who sell counterfeit papers, get arrested, released on bail and collaborate with aliens called Chavbots From Outta Space. On the music side of things there are remixes of more popular tracks like Cry Your Tears and new tracks. In particular there is a breaks track Move On with wicked vocals, Leah Symons is our new star performer, however it can’t be a favourite track as there are many different styles on the album. There is also a second disc which is unmixed featuring some of the best tracks since our last hardcore album.

What is your stance on the whole commercialisation of hardcore argument-
There is no problem with the commercialisation of hardcore, just when it leads to rubbish output of music. You can see this by endless similar tracks from producers made to fill albums. It’s worth bearing in mind that the main income for a hardcore producer is from album tracks. When you read a tracklist, look at who benefits! Did the DJ make the best musical decision- To show it can be done, read all of Sharkey’s Bonkers album series tracklistings. Every time, he digs out the records he likes best, top marks to him!

You are playing your first exclusive CLSM Sydney set at the next Prophecy event. What can we expect from your set-
I choose my tunes at the time, so I guess it depends what the crowd is feeling leading up to the set. I shall be prepared for whatever needs to happen… well, I hope!

WHO: CLSM
WHAT: Plays Prophecy at Sydney Showground
WHEN: Saturday 6 October
MORE: powerhouseproductions.com.au


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