Tipped as one of 2019’s must-see drum & bass acts, Problem Central burst onto the scene in early 2018 with a brand new approach to how drum & bass sets should sound, tore up the rule book with a run of shows at places like SW4, Brixton Academy and Bass Fest, then ended the year with a mixtape that serves as a statement of intent for 2019. With their first show of the year coming up on 25th January at Motion in Bristol, we caught up with Majistrate, Logan D, Eksman and Evil B to find out what makes Problem Central tick…
Happy New Year guys! Looks like you had a busy night on the 31st with three shows across the country – is that how you always like to see in the new year?
That was our first NYE together as Problem Central and we did three massive shows in different parts of the country. Over 500 miles travelled. It was an incredible experience for us, especially seeing how excited supporters were to see us.
2018 was a big year for Problem Central – for those not in the know, what’s the story behind the group?
We have all known each other for over a decade and have worked together many times but never as a foursome. So collectively bringing all our individual styles and ideas together has been refreshing for all of us. It’s not fabricated, we aren’t haven’t to try to make it work… It just does. We stepped out officially as Problem Central just over 6 months ago now and it’s gone from strength to strength.
You dropped your mixtape just before Christmas and there’s a been a serious amount of hype around it – did you expect such a big response?
Expect, no. Want, yes. A lot of planning and writing had gone on for this and we were aware that it was an original product so there was a little nervousness surrounding the perception, but we have been overwhelmed with the response. It’s surpassed what we expected.
What makes it different to other dnb mixes that are out there?
I think sincerity plays a big factor. Some of the subject matter we touched on people might find hard to talk about, or even afraid to. I mean, you have all the classic fire on there, but then some real touching parts. We haven’t forced anything, and a lot of the perspective comes from growth and experience. People seem to be enjoying that.
Putting a mixtape like this together must take a lot of work – what was the hardest part of the process?
Originally, finding the time was hard in order to come together and work out things – until it got to a point where we just had to park everything else in our lives and make the mixtape the priority. Once the ball was rolling it was just natural; a constant good energy around the studio and the ideas.
You’re hitting Bristol later this month, a city which has always had a strong dnb scene – is it a show you’re looking forward to?
Bristol is right up there with our favourite cities to perform in. Such a heavy support over there and the ravers really know their music. So for us it’s a great place to go and showcase our work... It’s definitely going off at Motion!
What can we expect from a Problem Central set?
Without giving too much away, we are working on implementing the mixtape as much as we can into the live show to give the ravers an experience like nothing they’ve had before. Concepts, ideas, dance floor smashes, raw uncut DJing and MCing in its truest format: it’s all there.
And finally, what else have you got in store for the rest of the year?
We already have a diary full of huge shows spread out over the year, but it doesn’t stop there for us, not by a long shot. We have an EP to deliver, videos, and eventually an album. It’s such an important time for Problem Central and we are aware of what’s needed to push on and break boundaries worldwide… Stick with us!
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