Dubstep DJ Doorly: "Everyone Goes Mental"

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If he isn't too busy running his own record label as well as heading his own underground radio station in the UK, Doorly can be found creating his classic beats and touring.

Now he's back in the U.S. on tour for the first time in half a year, and performs Saturday night at new downtown spot Kryptonite. Rocks Off spoke with the DJ about EDM's progression from the UK to the U.S., as well as his recent work with Beardyman.

Rocks Off: I love the classic sounds you produce, however I think we can both admit that dubstep has progressed to a different sound today. Even from the UK to the U.S. there are different sounds. What's your perspective on the rise of EDM in the U.S., and what do you think of the younger producers and DJs in the game now?

Doorly: I've been coming to the US for about five years now. It was always a struggle at first with the music that we're [DJ's] making, bass music and such. It's just gone mental. It's unbelievable really.

Only Americans can seem to do it like that. They can take something that's really good and starting off and then turn it into a multimillion-pound business. It's changed quickly, just in the space of about two years. It's just gone mental.

Everybody here [U.S.] is a DJ now. There is a lot of competition now. It's really healthy. There's just no where else in the world where I've seen it this healthy.

RO: Do you view the younger DJs and producers of really having something and adding to the genre of music or is it more competition, since dubstep has progressed into a raunchier and rougher sound than it originally had been. It may be hard to believe for some people in the U.S. that dubstep wasn't originally the sounds were here from Skrillex today, but what do you think?

D: It's honestly healthy competition. Unfortunately, what's bad about it is there are a lot of people just copying others. There are just loads of young DJs copying what they are hearing some of what the bigger guys doing. And it just starts to sound the same.

But then there is a lot of really good stuff coming through as well. There are some amazing sounds. You need a lot of steady competition to keep things moving forward. That's what it's like in the UK. There have always been a lot of people trying to find new sounds and stuff.

Everybody seems interested in DJing, so it's great because there will be some really great things. But you do have to be so good to get noticed in the America these days.

I've just always done my own thing. I think coming from the UK I'm just naturally going to make a different sound than over here. Less aggressive, but I welcome it. It's just great. I welcome it. It's just nice to see everyone so into it over here. The crowds are nuts and everyone's just so happy.

RO: I can say personally I started off in the EDM scene within mash-ups, then house music and slowly but surely built my way up to dubstep. I do see the scene being taken somewhat from the underground scene to the mainstream. Is that a good thing or is that potentially ruining the subgenres of EDM?

D: No, no. I hate when people get all down about it. Usually you first discover it when you go clubbing. You take it really personally and take ownership of it. As soon as it gets really popular it kind of frustrates kids because they feel like they've lost control of it and it's gotten too big for them.

It's a shame that that happens. But that's just a sign of the music being good and everyone liking it. It's a great thing that certain dubstep producers have taken their styles into pop acts. There's always going to be good underground music. There are always going to be good people that make good commercial music as well. It's not hurting anybody, honestly.

All this kind of hatred in Skrillex kind of winds me up as well. Because he's not trying to lose a certain audience; he's just done something really really well. It's incredible if someone can bring our music out to that big of an audience.

It's great for everybody. It means our shows are now bigger, because more people are into the music. They want to discover more. It wasn't this easy five years ago. I couldn't play dubstep in America; people just didn't get it. Everyone is into it now because of some of the bigger guys making it more popular.

RO: I do have to admit that when I moved away for college and left Houston there wasn't much of an EDM scene. I come back after about one or two semesters visiting and the scene in Houston just exploded. Sometimes at shows now that I go to you can barely move. Now of course everyone manages, because dancing is a must.

D: The good thing is...so there are these big popular ones and then there is still space for the underground scene. And then of course there are the stadium ones where the big acts go to. It's good to know that there is always a scene for everybody. It's great.

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