I was lucky enough to grab a chance to ask Drum and Bass legend Phil Anim, also known as the prolific Mampi Swift a few questions. Swift started his career as a DJ in the early 90s and after landing a job at Lucky Spin records, he started his own label Charge Recordings which produced a chain reaction of big releases pushing the London based star to the top of the D n B tree. In 1997, Swift produced ' The One ' cementing his place as one of the big names in the genre. Posted below are a few of my favourite tracks by him, packed with double drops, huge bass lines and catchy beats.
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Where abouts are you from?
Originally born and raised in London, but now reside in Kent.
What got you into electronic music?
I would say just having and expressing a love for music brought me here! But I must say I was born to do music!
Was there one song that inspired you to be a producer?
Probably 'Jam on it' by Newcleus and ' Planet Rock ' by Africa Bambaataa.
You have been involved in the Drum and Bass scene since the very beginning, has the scene changed since it's early days?
It's changed greatly! Difference is scary, which is why so many people fell off and disappeared. We are now in a new age where music isn't everything! Whatever genre of music you are into you're either at the top end or bottom end, there doesn't seem to be much in the middle, so it's hard for people to make a living.
Who are your favourite up and coming artists in the D + B scene?
What are you working on at the moment?
The history LP, which is my new album.
What do you prefer, DJing or Producing?
Used to be DJing but i've learnt so much in producing that I just want to be in the lab the whole time.
What are your thoughts on the Drum and Bass scene in North America?
I hope it's coming back from where it was, it died basically when Dubstep came about! I'm also currently planning a tour now for the USA.
Finally, what is your favourite Drum N Bass track of all time?
Terminator by Goldie.