Saturday, 29 January 2011

MPM meets... Doctor P - January 28th 2011

Doctor P is becoming a household name in the dubstep scene, with his hit 'Sweet Shop' dropped by almost every DJ and producer at live shows across the country. Following the success of his single 'Big Boss', Moshpit Magazine caught up with a surprisingly shy Doctor P after a knockout set at Cheltenham nightclub, Dakota.

How did 'Doctor P' start out?
Doctor P: I was making music for years, obviously, since I was about 12 or something. I've had a number of DJ names. I was DJ Rainbow for a bit...

That was drum 'n' bass, wasn't it?
Doctor P:
Yeah. Then I went on to DJ Picto. Never really got anywhere with any of these names. Then I started making dubstep, and thought I better come up with a new name, so picked Doctor P out of the blue. Absolutely no reason for that or anything.
What would you be doing if you weren't in the music business?
Doctor P: I'd probably be a graphic designer. That was my ambition, to be honest. I studied Art and everything.
Did you have any musical training before you started producing?
Doctor P:
I started the drums when I was 13, so that's like my musical training I suppose. I think I got up to about grade 3, but then I just sort of stopped doing that.
What's your favourite thing about what you do?
Doctor P: It's probably just the sort of knowledge that I've managed to achieve what I set out to achieve. It's sort of what I always wanted to do. I sort of saw it as an ideal eventuality, but I never really expected it to happen. Obviously, it has happened, which is pretty amazing.
What's been the best experience of your career so far?
Doctor P: That's a tough question, I get asked that a lot and I don't really have an answer for it. It's kinda like every week, something new happens. Kind of, every week is better than the last week at the moment. I'm kinda waiting for it to dip off and start getting worse. But at the moment...everything's going alright at the moment.
What are the best and worst things about touring?
Doctor P: The worst thing is it's surprisingly boring. A lot of travelling. I mean, I'm going to Romania tomorrow, that's just one day, and that's just like a four-hour flight or something, sit on my own in a hotel for a bit, four-hour flight home again. It's just boring. I mean, I did three weeks on my own in Australia and New Zealand. Just every day on my own. With promoters and stuff, but basically on my own. It's really boring. The best bit, obviously the show every night. It's fun. It's sort of like 23 hours of boredom and one hour of extreme fun, basically, that's what a tour is.
What music do you listen to other than dubstep?
Doctor P: I kind of listen to folk-y stuff, sort of 60's [music]. That's my main interest. Kind of like Simon and Garfunkel, bit of Led Zep, that sort of thing. Try and go as far away from dubstep as possible when I'm at home.
Is there anyone you think people should check out right now?
Doctor P: Skrillex. He's the one I'm keeping my eye on at the moment.
What have you got in store for 2011?
Doctor P: I've got a CD coming out in March, end of March, which is kinda like an album, but from everyone on the label. It's like a compilation of stuff that's not out yet.

I heard Flux [Pavilion] is working on his own album.
Doctor P: Yeah. He is. I've heard a couple of bits off it. It's good. It's as good as you expect it to be.

Is it competitive between you guys?
Doctor P: We don't really talk about being in competition, but we obviously are in complete, direct competition with one another. We get the sales reports, we see exactly who's sold what.

Circus Records, how did that come about?
Doctor P: Me and Flux, we were making dubstep. And I was sort of making tunes with Swan-E as well, and he had his own label. So we decided to make a label together, basically, just to see what happens. With Swan-E's experience and our tunes, it seems to have been a winning formula.
Where do you think dubstep will stand in the future of the music industry?
Doctor P: I don't know really. It's tough to say. A couple of years ago, I could see dubstep growing a little bit, but I didn't really have a clue where it was gonna go, but I wouldn't have predicted it was gonna be here, as big as it is now. So I could predict something but I'd definitely be wrong. It could go anywhere. I think it's pretty much taken over the world. I think I heard four or five dubstep tracks on the A-List on Radio One at the moment. It's ridiculous. No drum 'n' bass or anything like that, it's all dubstep.

In that future, where would you like to stand?
Doctor P: I dunno, I don't wanna be so commercialised. I don't wanna be a household name really, I think I try and avoid that. You lose a lot of people's respect if you become this commercialised. I'd like to be the big name on the underground, rather than the producer for Britney Spears or whatever.

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