Name: Miguel Almeida
Also known as: Vowel
With headline shows between UK and his hometown of Lisbon, young drum and bass producer Miguel Almeida aka Vowel is already well on his way to making a name in the world of DnB.
His debut release Timeframe / Clockwise came out in November on Lifestyle Music, a double-single release that sidesteps the current trend towards jump up for an altogether dirtier sound, with plenty of the bassweight that’s trademarked by our fair city.
As well as getting airplay on DJ Hype’s Kiss FM show and Noisia Radio, his new release has received rave reviews
As well as getting airplay on DJ Hype’s Kiss FM show and Noisia Radio, his new release has received rave reviews, including a very respectable 8.5 on DJ Mag España.
The second year Electronic Music Production student at dBs Music Bristol showed us around the Audient studio at the St Thomas Street HE Centre, while we got to know him a bit better…
Where are we most likely to find you in the building?
I’ll be in lectures or in the studios, or having a coffee in the common room.
Favourite piece of equipment?
It’s a hard question because there’s so much good gear at dBs Music that I love using, but in the recent few weeks I have to say that is my new pair of Adam A77Xs.
Are you working within a particular genre, and if so, what draws you to it?
I focus mostly on drum and bass, to be specific, neurofunk and halftime. It’s the genre that has always energised me and excited me more than anything else since I found out about it. But aside from that I love all the interesting and challenging sound design and production aspects that come with it.
I love all the interesting and challenging sound design and production aspects that come with it
Can you describe your ‘sound’ in a nutshell?
I’d definitely say right now it’s drum and bass with hints of techy and neuro elements.
What are you currently working on?
I’m working on finishing an EP with a label that I’m really excited about. I have a few collaborations in progress, but overall I’ve just been doing a lot of experimenting with new techniques to try and improve my sound.
Can we hear something you’ve finished recently?
Here is my debut single, which came out on Lifestyle Music –
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned at dBs?
Studying at dBs Music has helped me develop a new way of thinking about my production approach, and while studying I have been introduced to a new set of skills that have really helped me to shape my sound.
Have you got any words of advice for people considering a professional qualification in music production?
Studying a degree teaches you significant skills and really helps you look at what you’re doing in a completely different perspective. And aside from that, I’ve realised that while studying you quickly become involved with people who appreciate music in the same way, which massively motivates everyone to constantly push themselves.
I’ve realised that while studying you quickly become involved with people who appreciate music in the same way
Photos by Dominika Scheibinger
Find out more about studying at dBs Music at dbsmusic.co.uk.