Distal Puts a Unique Spin on Dirty Southern Bass

Like the Bart Simpson of bass music, Atlanta’s loveable scamp Distal has been causing a lot of trouble over the last few years. Nimbly stepping between dubstep, trap, garage, juke and techno, he’s become known for being one of America’s most exciting and unpredictable producers — one moment he’s releasing deep, stripped-down rhythms for Pinch’s Tectonic label, the next moment he’s making Dirty South-influenced dancefloor killers for the likes of Trouble & Bass and Grizzly. And when he’s not busy with his own productions and collaborations (including recent tunes with Houston’s Wheez-ie), he still finds time to collect ridiculous cartoon sweatshirts and t-shirts, watch a ton of classic films and support US-based producers on his label Embassy Recordings. We sat Distal down and found out what’s up in Atlanta, why genres aren’t that important and how crucial sample packs and happy hardcore are to his music.

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