By Jon Prideaux
BBC Blast reporter
Dubstep is the hottest music genre in the UK at the moment
A new Essex mix has been produced by a Braintree-based DJ, Brown and Gammon and is set to air exclusively on BBC Essex Introducing.
The mix features a collection of music from the 'Dubstep' genre, including new tracks from Essex artists.
Flux Pavilion, recently selected as Radio 1's Hottest Track in the World, has provided two songs for the mix.
Brown and Gammon told BBC Essex: "It was a challenge to fit 21 tracks into an eight minute mix."
Brown and Gammon spoke to BBC Blast's reporter, Jon Prideaux.
How did you get started?
Me, and my good friend Oliver, would muck around with the computer basically. We got hold of some software called Acid, which is loop based, and we messed around on that for several years and it progressed from there.
Have you always been producing Dubstep?
BBC Essex have featured mini mixes from Southend DJs, Many Faces
I've done all sorts! It started off with no genre at all really, I started making Dubstep about four years ago, I was doing Drum and Bass before that, but I wasn't very good!
How did you get your music out there, eventually ending up with some of your releases ending up on different labels?
I didn't do too much really! I just posted my stuff on MySpace and Dubstep Forum, which is a good place for anyone to go to, to get recognised, then labels contacted me.
If you get good feedback you get contacted!
Do you think the commercial success of the genre will lead to it being over done by the major labels?
I think its going to stay underground.
Drum and Bass has been underground for 20 years, and I think Dubstep will be exactly the same.
It won't ever reach the success that Garage has had, so I think its going to be around for a long time.
A lot of the people who are into Drum and Bass, are into Dubstep, and Dubstep also attracts people from the Garage and Reggae scenes.
Do you think the internet is important in getting artists increased exposure? Is it becoming more important than radio?
Minimix Selected Tracklisting
OutRun ft Wilson - 'Caliber Rap'
Flux Pavilion - Hold Me Close
Brown and Gammon - Painkillers
Noah D - Seeerious
The Streets - In The Middle (Nero Remix)
Its very important! I think it depends what radio station you're broadcasting on.
If you get a tune on Radio 1 that's going to be extremely important because you're going to have thousands, possibly millions, of people hearing it.
Plays on the mainstream stations will help people who aren't into the scene, recognise it, and it may attract more listeners and fans.
The internet is a great way for smaller artists to get their music heard by a lot of people, and I think that contributes to Dubsteps success.
What are your views on illegal downloading?
If they can [illegally] download it, they're not going to buy it.
You do get people who are loyal and buy your track, but I'm just happy people are listening to my music at the end of the day.
I'm not to fussed about the money 'cause I enjoy it and never started to make money, I just did it for fun.
Is the live Dubstep scene where the money is made?
If you get a massive release and you can earn a fair bit of cash off it, but unless you have a massive tune, you're not going to make a lot of money from producing.
Do you see any familiarities with the increased exposure of Dubstep, and that of the Garage scene at the end of the 1990s into the early 2000s?
Back in the day with garage I think it had more of a commercial start, and the style of the music is more commercial to begin with so in that sense I think Dubstep has had a different start to Garage, but Dubstep is slowly become more commercial as time progresses.
Do you think that Essex has a local scene?
I've got a few friends in Southend who are doing pretty well. You've got Talk Bar and the Royal Hotel.
In Colchester you've got some small nights, and we've got the Barhouse in Chelmsford.
Who are you tipping for the future?
There's a guy called Filth Collins; he's from Australia; and he's got some absolute bangers in the making!
I haven't really heard of any unknown producers who have got that much potential.
I think Flux Pavilion will be one of the first guys to get into the top 40.
He's got quite a commercial sound, and I think he's going to go far.
Whats next for Brown and Gammon?
I've just finished graduated, and I've got no job, so I've got a lot of free time on my hands!
I got a first in Multimedia Technology and Design and I've got a release coming out on Analogic, a new label, which will be on vinyl and digital.
I'm going to keep cracking on with the tunes and see what happens! To check out more visit my website at:
MySpace: Brown and Gammon
Also check out Outrun, if you like 80s Nintendo-step, with a bit of a Miami Vice vibe!
BBC Essex Introducing
has the first exclusive play of the new mix by Brown and Gammon on Friday, 30 July.