10 questions with DLR

DLR's Sofa Sound takes over Trinity for their first event on home soil

DLR interview Bristol

Bristol drum and bass heavyweight DLR is taking over Trinity for the night with his label Sofa Sound. With releases on some of the biggest labels on the scene including Symmetry and Metalheadz, DLR launched his own imprint in 2017 with his Quadrant collab, Ghostfish. Sofa Sound focusses on the warmer side of drum and bass, with big rolling basslines and tech funk at the forefront.

On top of releases from some of the underground’s most interesting new producers, Sofa Sound has delivered several DLR collaborations with the likes of Break, Randall and Ulterior Motive, as well as Hydro & War who will be joining him at Trinity this month.

Those questions

1. What have you learned today?
That even when you go to bed angry you can wake up happy. Likewise, if you go to bed happy you can wake up angry… Dreamland is a strange place.

2. Favourite track of all time?
This is a serious question, one that is incredibly hard to answer as there are too many options, but I’m gonna go for Rhythm & Sound – King of my Empire, which is pure bliss to my ears.

3. It’s 3am and the party is winding down, what track do you play to get everyone going again?
I’m not really too concerned with what the crowd want; I’m just so grateful that they want to come party and listen to the music I play, that I trust they know I will select correctly.

I’m not really too concerned with what the crowd want (…) I trust they know I will select correctly

4. Who are your top three acts right now?
The Sauce, Oakm, OneMind.

5. If you couldn’t work in music, what would you be doing instead?
I’ve done this most of my adult life, which leaves me with few options, but I have good experience as a teaching assistant and I love working with kids – after all, they are the future. I’d be honoured to work in a school!

6. What was the last book you read?
I’m not gonna lie, I’m absolutely terrible when it comes to reading books. I just think about beats and basslines instead of reading the words, then have to re-read the whole page again.

7. Favourite thing on TV?
Massively into Better Call Saul. Those series just keep ending on me and then I have to wait months for another one.

I have never really liked the unknown

8. Are you afraid of anything?
I have never really liked the unknown, things that are out of my control like flapping around in deep water totally with all these sea creatures that are perfectly at home ready to munch me.

9. Tell us something people don’t know about you…
I can’t stop buying Reebok Classic Leathers, it’s a real problem.

10. What are you doing tomorrow?
Tomorrow I have a art exhibition at To The Moon in Old Market for my label Sofa Sound. I have my artist Adam Menzies coming down to meet all the people he’s been inspiring in Bristol, show us some of his work, and obviously have a few drinks as well!

18 December – Sofa Sound, Trinity
Tickets // trinitybristol.org.uk

soundcloud.com/dlrofficial // @sofasoundbristol

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