Drum & Bass Summer Slammers 2014 (+Q&A with TREi)

Drum & Bass Summer Slammers 2014

Leading DnB label Viper Recordings has returned with a fifth installment of their annual Summer Slammers series.

The 2014 edition contains over 35 tracks plus 15 new exclusives. To top it all off Insomnia made a bonus DJ mix.

Featured artists include: Matrix & Futurebound, Sigma, Andy C, TREi, Black Sun Empire, Noisia, Storm Queen, Brookes Brothers, The Prototypes, Fred V & Grafix, ShockOne, Tujamo & Plastik Funk, Smooth, Camo & Krooked, DC Breaks, Seven Lions and many others.

Read on as I speak with New Zealand DJ and producer Trevor Linnell aka TREi about his exclusive track on the release, Viper Recordings and his favourite European city.

‘Placebo’ will be an exclusive track on Summer Slammers 2014. What can you tell us about the track?

Placebo was one of those tunes that took shape pretty quickly really. Abit more of a dancefloor vibe that came from quite a musical intro. Its one of my favourite tunes I’ve done to date so i’m super stoked to have it coming out such a huge compilation.

When did you first come into contact with Viper Recordings?

I’ve been a massive fan of Viper for years! I’ve been sending tunes to Futurebound for a while & he’s always been a great supporter of my music. In 2010 they picked up ‘Mumbo Jumbo’ & ‘The Light’ (with L.A.O.S from Finland) for release in 2010 which was a real buzz for me. Since then I’ve had ‘Habituated’ on last years Summer Slammers LP & more recently ‘Seeds’ a couple months back on the ‘Headroom Pt5′ Ep which went down really really well. And of course ‘Placebo’ out this week on Summer Slammers 2014. One of my absolute favourite labels to work with!

You will be in Europe upcoming November. At which events can we find you?

I’m still taking bookings so I can’t announce anything just yet but there are still some dates available so promoters can contact me on treibookings.com to find out more.

What’s your favorite European city and why?

Hmmm, that really is a tough question. I love coming to ALL places in Europe. I’ve done 11 tours there now; met some great people there over the years & played some sick shows. Places like Belgium, Germany, France are always wicked, Hamburg, Tallinn & Helsinki are cities that come to mind… but honestly, every city that i’m lucky enough go to & play in is awesome.

You must have some unique Dubplates in your collection. Can you unveil your favourite one to us?

A couple of new colabs with the Upbeats that we’ve done this year are going down massively at the moment. I’m also really loving the new Zombie Cats stuff.

Final shootout:

What’s your favourite movie of all time and why?

I’m not a huge movie buff but The Cell is one that comes to mind. Just visually stunning. Also Deadman, V is for Vendetta, Gangs of New York…. Lately Wolf of Wall Street. I’m also big on music documentaries so the ‘Classic Albums’ series was awesome, Dave Grohls’ SoundCity as well.

Which three tracks couldn’t you miss in your life?

- Song for the Deaf – Queens of the Stone Age
- Share the Fall – Roni Size & Reprezent
- 4th of July – Soundgarden

What do you see yourself doing five years from now? Do you have any special goals?

That’s a tough one, I’ll still be writing music for sure, branching out abit more with different styles & approaches in presenting the music. And another album or 2 ;)

Released: 27/07/2014

Label: Viper Recordings

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