On October 10, Sub Antix, Antiserum X Mayhem, Funtcase and Datsik almost shook the bottles off the walls at Vouyer in San Diego during their stop on the Firepower: Most Wanted Tour.

I was lucky enough to have the pleasure of interviewing one of Circus Records’ filthiest, Funtcase. I bet you always wanted to know why he wears that mask, didn’t you?

 

ES: So you started the Funtcase project back in 09’, when did you get signed by Circus Records and how did you like working under their label?

F: I got signed maybe late 09’ maybe early 2010, that was when Circus was an idea.  I was the first person to be signed to Circus beyond Flux and Doctor P, because they owned Circus themselves. They signed me in, and, yeah, I’ve always been very scared to sign contractually with a label because in my drum n’ bass days, anyone who did that was a bit of an idiot unless it was a really established label. When they came up to me and said, “We have this new idea for a record label, a brand new one called, ‘Circus,” I was like, “Alright sweet, I suppose I’ll give you some tunes.” They gave me a contract for five years and I was like “ehhh, okay, I dunno.” I took a chance and best thing I’ve ever done.

 

ES: So you knew Doctor P and Flux before they started Circus?

F: I knew Doctor P before, but I met Flux after being signed.

ES: So, you’re from Bournemouth, England? Do you have any plans on moving?

F: Yeah it’s on the south coast. I’ve got some plans for moving, not quite yet, I still have a lot of dreams like having my own house in my home town. I’m going to try and get as much as I can out of what I’m doing, because it’s not going to last forever. I want to have the security of having a few houses in my life that I can rent out and have security for the rest of my life you know? Eventually, I’ll move out of Bournemouth, go somewhere else In Europe or maybe even in America.  It depends on what my career says really.

ES: I saw your set at Lights All night last year in Texas and it was one of the filthiest sets I’ve ever seen. Are you going to keep on making this filthy dubstep, or are you dabbling in other genres?

F: As an artist I think it’s important to always make what’s in your heart. Like whenever I see other artists branch over into other genres suddenly, like Flux going from the stuff he made in the early days, to what he’s making now, which is more commercial, it’s all based on the heart. It’s not necessarily based on what makes the most money. Flux Pavilion has always been this guy who’s always wanted to make the sound he makes now, but he didn’t really know how to make it back in the day. Now that he’s doing it, everyone’s slating him for it, because it’s in the public eye and it’s popular. I think all artists can say the same as what I’m gonna say which is, always do what’s in the heart.  Even if what’s in my heart is grimy dubstep. But I’ll always dabble in other music

ES: So where did that grimy dubstep initially come from?

F: The start of my dubstep career was like a merge of what I was making in my old drum n’ bass, which was really angry and very energetic, and that wasn’t really like a thing in dubstep at the time. I wanted to translate what I was making in drum n’ bass into dubstep, even though I didn’t like dubstep. It was a weird transformation for me. Yeah that’s how it was started really. I’ve always liked energetic and angry music and I’ve just carried it on the way I wanted to portray it.

ES: Where did the mask come from?

F: The mask, a lot like the rest of my Funtcase career, is an accident. My friend, on the very first of a gig I played, I was playing room 2 at a club where I was playing for six people, five being my friends – one managed to convince me after seeing a mask in my backpag, which I used from a night before when I was doing graffiti for an event, to put on the mask. I was like ‘Noo, noo, that would be stupid.’ But they managed to convince me to wear the mask and it’s stuck.

ES: You just mentioned on Facebook that you got to 100,000 likes, could you give your fans a few more details on the songs you’re going to release?

F: Literally, today, I’ve just announced that I have 2 brand new tracks coming out. They’ll be out in four days. We kept them right up until the 100,000 mark because we think some people are really going to be stoked about them. I’ve released so much music this year, the most I’ve ever release in a year, so I thought that it would be good for people to get the security of knowing there’s still more music to come. And there’s gonna be even more music to come this year, even after these tracks. It’s free download too!

ES: How’s it been driving across the states in that big ass bus?

F: It’s been cool. This is my second bus tour, so I’m kind of used to the idea of it. Bit it’s completely different from what I’m used to with a tour, where you fly out, get in a hotel, sleep for a bit, go to a club, play for a bit, go to sleep, wake up three hours later, tired as hell, fly out and then you do that every single day for a month. It’s crazy. When you’re on a bus though, it’s your home y’know? You don’t have to keep getting into planes with no sleep. You go to sleep, wake up, and then you’re in the next town. Added bonus of the hotel is that you get more room, bigger bed, like I’ve got a bed the size of a coffin at the moment. You get used to it, it’s part of tour life, I couldn’t wish of a better job to be honest.

ES: It seems like you have a passion for graffiti, do you still do that?

F: Yeah, I do a lot of graffiti, it was one of the first trades I learned after learning how to play guitar or drums. It was the next thing I liked, I was always into my art and I got good grades for it in school. I never did music in school because it was one of the lessons that everyone wanted to do because they knew they could do nothing in the lesson. So for me the next thing was art. I had a friend who was a notorious graffiti artist in my hometown, and he was my best friend and he eventually got me into to doing it, and I just love to do it. I took my musical career and then I had to stop doing the illegal side with graffiti. I do miss it, I still do sketches and watch videos and stuff like that. Obviously this is a much better life than doing graffiti.

ES: What are your future plans, what is Funtcase going to become?

F: I’m trying to evolve without changing too much, I’ve got a very loyal fanbase, because I’ve stayed true to myself. I’m going to try and evolve my stage and things, and maybe a new mask, get some new stage prescenses and visuals, and I’m gonna try and build Funtcase more and more and eventually yeah, see what I can do for the people.

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