There are few artists in the drum and bass universe who command respect as unanimously as Break. Year after year, his music can be heard in the sets of countless A-list DJs from across the D’n’B spectrum, finding its way into everything from liquid mixes to jump-up shows. One of the rare producers who has achieved a sound that is instantly recognizable and distinct, his drum-focused and jungle-influenced style has won him fans worldwide. Break’s commitment to quality and consistency is second to none, and is the bedrock upon which he has built his thriving label, Symmetry Recordings. In short, it’s no stretch to say that if you don’t like Break, you don’t like drum and bass. We had a chance to speak to the man himself about his music.


FREQ: FOR THOSE WHO AREN’T FAMILIAR WITH THE BREAK SOUND, HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE IT?

BREAK: Classic D’n’B vibes with a modern twist, musical but heavy!


WHEN YOUR TRACKS FEATURE LYRICS, THEY OFTEN FEEL QUITE PERSONAL. HOW INVOLVED ARE YOU IN THE WRITING PROCESS? 

Usually I leave it up to vocalists to come with the lyrics. It’s often quite a personal part for them and a big part of their input in the track. I will help in the creative process of the arrangement and delivery of the vocal. Sometimes I’ll give them the premise or idea behind the track as a starting point to work out the lyrical identity. That’s how Kyo came up with “Simpler Times” as a song which was also the perfect name for the album.

YOU’VE DONE QUITE A LOT OF WORK WITH KYO, CAN YOU TELL ME A LITTLE MORE ABOUT HOW YOUR PARTNERSHIP WITH HER STARTED?

We met a long time ago. Kyo was looking for a new producer too for her solo tracks and to collaborate with. We just clicked in the studio and both being D’n’B heads helped for working in that genre. We’ve been working on material for our band, Degrees of Freedom, for some time. It basically covers all the genres we love outside of D’n’B, for example house, dub, downtempo and disco. Kyo is working on a solo D’n’B release for Symmetry too, of her own tracks collaborating with different producers on each song, which will be an exciting release.

YOU OWN AND RUN SYMMETRY RECORDINGS. WHAT IS IT LIKE TRYING TO COMPETE WITH THE MEGA LABELS SUCH AS RAM OR HOSPITAL THAT HAVE MUCH HIGHER PROMO BUDGETS AND MEDIA PRESENCE?

I’m often pleasantly surprised when we beat those labels in Beatport or Juno charts, so the punters still seem to know a good track outside of a PR barrage from other labels. It does get depressing sometimes to try and compete, but in a way it’s quite useful that a lot of their output is so poor it leaves the door open for others like myself to put some real music out there. It’s been a long slog, but I’m really happy with what we’ve been able to achieve with Symmetry, and I’m really grateful to all the fans who’ve supported the label and events. And they always say keep doing what you’re doing, so that’s what I do!

ARE THERE PLANS FOR A NORTH AMERICAN TOUR? IS THERE A PARTICULAR REASON YOU TOUR HERE LESS FREQUENTLY THAN SOME OTHER ARTISTS?

I know there are people that would love me to come over, and I would love to come out for those reasons. There are some boring points about visas and fees, which make the trips less appealing. We do speak to people every year about options, but often stuff comes in for Europe, which is a better deal. It has been a long time, so it’s something I’m looking to sort out in the near future. Since the EDM explosion in the U.S., finding the kind of gigs I’d prefer has been a bit more challenging.

To keep up with all things Break, follow his label, Symmetry Recordings on SoundCloud at soundcloud.com/ symmetry-recordings.

LOGAN KNOLL

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