If FACT TV has taught us one thing, its that our readers (or, erm, viewers) like to see how musicians make things.
Egyptian Lover playing his Roland TR-808 live through a hotel alarm clock is the most popular episode we’ve uploaded since our relaunch, while MPC demonstrations from AraabMUZIK and FunkinEven and a remix tutorial with MK aren’t far behind. This prompted us to launch a new series, Against the Clock. The rules are very simple: in each episode, we’ll take one of our favourite artists, and get them to build something there and then. They have 10 minutes to do so, and have to start with a blank screen — though naturally, pre-made samples and patches are allowed.
For episode number two, we met newcomer Thefft. Although Thefft’s only been releasing records for a year, his unique take on drum programming has seen him emerge as one of the UK’s most interesting new artists, with a natural shuffle and bounce to his tracks that others would kill for. We camped up at his flat in Brockley, South London and watched him work.
Filmed by Pawel Ptak & Kamil Dymek