Get Some and Liminal Sounds general Elsewhere steps up for the next introducing feature. He tells us about future plans for the Liminal Sounds brand, highlights from the first year in business, his recent ‘High’ remix and more; and delivers a raw grime ‘dub’ reworked over garage drums. Check it out below, and RSVP to the Liminal Sounds X Big Eyes, Little Soles UKG special this weekend here.
- Hi Sam, you’re obviously Get Some family, but can you introduce yourself to the readers.
I’m Sam and I DJ and produce under the name Elsewhere, a project I started when I realized it was sadly no longer acceptable to listen to Shania Twain. I have since gone on to receive widespread acclaim from my family. My mum encouraged me to set up Liminal Sounds as a means of meeting friends. So far, it hasn’t worked. She now pays Get Some to let me tag along and get me out of the house.
- Something about another member of Get Some that people wouldn’t know.
One member of Get Some who shall remain nameless once won a radio competition and got flown out to America to meet the one and only JT AKA the trouser snake. They were under 18 so had to be accompanied by their mother.
- How much of the grime that I see you DJing the whole time influences you as a producer?
A lot for sure. I remember Logos saying in an interview a while back that if you were to write a dystopian film set in London in 2025 you could set it to Wiley beats and it would sound authentic, and I think that that is spot on – To me those early grime productions just sound so futuristic and idiosyncratic. I guess it may not always be so overt or direct in all my productions, but in terms of grime’s approach to rhythm, melodies and sonics I think it remains the standard bearer for exciting and innovative productions and something that is always in the back of my mind when I am making tunes.
- Which other current producers do you see as pushing a similar sound to your own.
That is a tricky one because I think my productions vary quite a lot, and also because I would be hesitant to place my name alongside the people that I really rate. In terms of people taking that grime foundation and doing their own thing with it, producers like Visionist, Blackwax, Logos, Wen, Samename, SD Laika, Kowton, Slackk…those are the people I am really feeling at the moment.
- What were you trying to create in your ‘High’ remix?
I just wanted to make sure I didn’t veer too far away from the original while still doing my thing with it. I loved the vocal and wanted to keep that in the centre of the track and without any real premeditated plan this is what I came up with!
- What’s in-store for your Liminal Sounds brand over the next 12 months.
After celebrating our 1st birthday it seemed like a good time to take a minute to re-assess and plan our next movements. The key to us is to just keep pushing what we are doing and try and bring something different to the table. We will have more parties and more content on the site as well as looking to expand the print zine concept and starting the label officially. We are taking our time with all of it because we want to make sure we do it 100% properly, but there is some really exciting stuff planned. We have our next party at Rhythm Factory on 12th October though which I am really excited about. We are joining forces with girls trainer blog Big Eyes, Little Soles to celebrate their second birthday with a UKG special. We have got Slimzee, Bannerworx, Palace, Ballistik, Emile, OUZO and myself with Crazy D on hosting duties. Its gonna be a lot of fun!
- What do you think makes a good record label, and which others do you see as having these attributes.
I feel that the key to a good record label is finding your own voice and staying true to that regardless of what is going on in the wider music world at any point in time. This goes not just for a stringent A&R process but also how you choose to present yourself in terms of artwork, writing style, everything really. Labels that I feel have succeeded in doing this and that I look up to would be Hyperdub, Night Slugs, Hessle Audio, Keysound, Black Acre… There are too many to mention though.
- A highlight from one of your nights over the first year?
We are just happy to have had the opportunity to do everything that we have done over our first year. Seeing people hyping to artists we support is always great and the key to everything we do. In terms of specific highlights though, having Gods Gift turn up to MC on Slimzee’s set was pretty special! Being able to release the free EP of Pulse X remixes is something I never thought I would be able to be involved in. Also, when Palace dropped Objekt ‘Cactus’ at the end of his set and seeing people go nuts, that felt like a defining moment for me personally.
- Which London clubnights are you feeling most at the moment?
Since starting Liminal Sounds we have been lucky enough to meet and work with a lot of really creative and like-minded promoters. I’ve got to big up the Lucid guys, Streets of Beige, FOUND, Upfront Project, Oscillate Wildly, Audio Doughnuts…I’m sure there are others too!
- How do you feel about the state of London’s nightlife at the moment? What, if anything, is wrong?
There is definitely a community of promoters that are pushing things forward – largely those I named above – and I also think that club goers have a healthier attitude towards hearing new and diverse music when they go out than they ever have before. On the other hand though, some momentum that seemed to be building last year has faded a little. The scene is over saturated and there are too many club nights booking the same lineups again and again. I guess there is a demand for it so you can’t really fault it, but the way I see it is why book someone that you could pay a couple of quid to go see somewhere else?
- Favourite releases of this year?
Everything Kowton has done lately has been completely next level, I am watching him very closely at the moment haha. I loved the Buzzin10 EP on Frisjfo Beats and the Logos EP on Keysound is definitely up there too. Bloom ‘Quartz’, SD Laika ‘Vectors’, Wattville ‘We Jostle’, Nguzunguzu, Myakkah, LHF, Actress, Midnight Davis, Brey, TNGHT…the list goes on!
- Tell us a bit about your track for Get Some Introducing.
It started off as a quick dub I made for fun from playing around with the sample, but ended up completely different in the end. I have been listening to and buying a lot of old breakbeat garage stuff recently and I think that vibe comes through…
- Finally, please complete the following sentence: Get Some…