Dubstep Duo: Skream and Benga
FHM: Has dubstep evolved from the time you started making tracks?
Benga: The funniest thing is that dubstep to me was always about tempo, about bpm. It was always made at about 140bpm and the bass was really heavy. What went on top of that became so much stronger but it became half time. What went over the half time were the kick and the snare. This was for me what made it dubstep.
FHM: With more artists persistently coming out with free EP’s, where do you think the music industry is headed to in terms of earning revenue?
Benga: Live shows, definitely. I think one of the worst things about all of this (not profit wise) is that free music is so throw-away. No matter how good it is, you don’t invest in it, you can’t care about it.
Skream: It’s not like a physical give-away. It’s not like you’re giving away free vinyl or free CDs. You’re giving away a file that gets lost with a million files on your laptop.
FHM: What sort of direction are you taking this year?
Benga: After this album comes out, I plan to keep on putting out music and changing my style up. I think one of the key things for me is to prove that I was a producer can keep pushing forward — that I’m the person to look for the future.
FHM: What have you been listening to lately?
Benga: Kendrick Lamar’s album is good. Good Kid, m.A.A.d City, I love that. Skream: My favourite tracks at the moment is Disclosure’s You & Me.
FHM: When not performing together, do you guys consider each other as competitors?
S and B: We’ve always had some sort of healthy competition, but I think we’ve come to the conclusion that when you compete, you are saying to one another that there’s not enough to go around. So we’ve stopped competing in that sense cause we’ve grown up in that aspect. It was healthy in one stage of our careers, but we feel that we’ve got to work together more now to take over the world.
FHM: How does Benga differ from Skream and vice versa?
Benga: I’m black, he’s white (Laughs). That’s one of the things, definitely. I think one of the key things on how we differ the most is that he’s more relaxed and I’ve always been more — what’s gonna happen now, we gotta do this now. That’s the key thing.
FHM: What is the one thing you guys hate about being famous?
Skream: I don’t particularly think we’re famous.
Benga: Someone’s asked us this question before, but what’s there to hate? Especially at our level… People know us, they know our faces, we could probably sell things with our faces and we have done so with headphones and stuff, but we don’t walk about and get terrorised. People respect us, so it’s cool. We don’t have to hide from people. We’re not bothered. We go into a crowd after we play and hang out.
FHM: Artists to watch out for?
Benga: Kendrick Lamar.
Skream: Mine at the moment is Route 94 — he’s really good — good kid.
FHM: What can you tell us about Chapter II?
Benga: One thing about my album is that it's very diverse and it’s creative, but it fits together very well. I’ve got things with crazy chord progressions, and then I have tunes like I Will Never Change, which is heavy in bass music. People seem to make compilations of singles these days. An album is a missing format, so I’m excited about this.