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IlS Interview

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Hangin' with ILS - The Viro Interviews Part I
ILS is no stranger to our Breaks scene, with tons of releases on labels such as Marine Parade, Distinctive, his own ILS Music imprint, Botchit and Scarper and many others, his unique style and sound has captivated many a music fans across the globe.  He has taken time out of his busy schedule to meet up with me and the world!
Viro: First and foremost, thanks for taking the time out to meet with us!  Why don't you tell the world a little something about ILS that not many people know?

ILS: Hmm, well I regularly enroll into random college courses, because i feel i missed out on school , i was high on lsd most of the time, so now i am trying to compensate for my wasted and mispent youth

Viro: That seems to work LOL!
Viro: As some might know, you have a new album that has been completed, what can you tell us about this album? The style, direction, inspiration?

ILS: The album is pretty dark, based on my experiences in the music business and life in general !

Viro: When can we expect your new album in shelves? And on what label?

ILS: Hopefully the album (Paranoid Prophets) will be out in October 2007 on Botchit and Scarper Records. It is great to have label mates like Atomic Hooligan and Deekline on team

Viro: Sure's a lethal combination
Viro: When can we expect some new vinyl or digital releases from the new album? (Singles etc...)
ILS: Singles will start around the same time as the album release, I left it to the last minute to sign this album, so the label didn't get much time to pull it all together


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What is Breakbeat

Breakbeat (sometimes breakbeats or breaks) is a term used to describe a collection of sub-genres of electronic music, usually characterized by the use of a non-straightened 4/4 drum pattern (as opposed to the steady beat of house or trance). These rhythms may be characterised by their intensive use of syncopation and polyrhythms.



In the late 1970s and early 1980s, hip-hop DJs (starting with Kool DJ Herc) began using several breaks (the part of a funk or jazz song in which the music "breaks" to let the rhythm section play unaccompanied) in a row to use as the rhythmic basis for hip-hop songs. Kool DJ Herc's breakbeat style was to play the same record on two turntables and play the break repeatedly by alternating between the two records (letting one play while spinning the second record back to the beginning of the break). This style was copied and improved upon by early hip hop DJs Afrika Bambaataa and Grand Wizard Theodore.This style was extremely popular in clubs and dance halls because the extended breakbeat was the perfect backdrop for breakdancers to show their skills.

In recent times, the term breakbeat has become synonymous with the many genres of breaks music which have become popular within the global dance music scene, including big beat, nu skool breaks and progressive breaks. DJs from a variety of genres, including house and techno, work breaks tracks into their sets. This may occur because the tempo of breaks tracks (ranging from 110 to 150 beats per minute) means they can be readily mixed with these genres, whereas the comparatively fast speed of jungle and drum and bass (160-180 bpm) may have restricted the utility of these subgenres to DJs playing slower-tempo music. Some artists well known for breakbeat include The Freestylers, NAPT, Dj Loopy, Pendulum, Soul Of Man, Dj deekline and wizard, Ben & Lex, The Breakfastaz, Ctrl Z, Stanton Warriors, Dj Icey, Freq Nasty and Plump DJ's.

Breakbeats are used in many hip hop, rap, jungle, and hardcore songs, and can also be heard in other music, from popular music to background music in car and jean commercials on the radio or TV.



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