This month Carhartt WIP Radio features a show that covers the Düsseldorf launched, now Berlin-based label
Version, run by producer and DJ
Orson Sieverding, a shining light in the Dub/Bass music universe. Orson originally comes from Düsseldorf and dropped his first Version vision with parties at the now larger-then-life venue
Salon Des Amateurs. Besides being a label manager, producer and DJ he made video documentation on London's Grime and Dubstep scene and was a writer for the now defunct Germany top electronic magazine
De:Bug. Having added DJ and producer to his list of skills, he now spreads his customised Dubstep word around the globe through the Version label and events. Version's first release was the
Wax Treatment podcast in 2010, followed in 2011 with the first 12"
Dread Drumz under the name Orson, but featuring DJ partner
Hops and the superbly named
Kraut. Now, ten releases later, the label's sound has become more considered and adventurous, with intelligently crafted beats, crossing between genres seamlessly. Below an exclusive interview with Orson on his label, his love for music and beyond. Enjoy.
Hi Orson, can you introduce yourself a bit to our readers?
Orson: I am originally from Düsseldorf and got into collecting records and djing through my love of Jungle/Drum & Bass music in the late 90s. Hanging out with the
Phoneheads guys at their studio, which back then was located at the
AtaTak studios in Düsseldorf, got me into production. Back in 2006 I started the Version events at the Salon des Amateurs, my first guest was
Digital Mystikz. My initial interest was to share the sound and vibe I experienced at the early
FWD Nights in London with an audience over here. Since then Version had its home at venues like
Studio 672 in Cologne or
U-Club in Wuppertal. In 2010 I teamed up with Hops in Berlin and moved Version to the legendary
Horst Krzbrg which sadly closed down in 2012. Since 2014 we've been having Version every two month at
OHM club here in Berlin.
If you have to describe the sound of Version to somebody who never heard it, what would you say?
Orson: Dubbed out, minimalistic beats with lots of bass.
What is your musical background and what was your musical intake when you were younger?
Orson: Probably my dad's extensive record collection.
Can you remember where you first started DJing and the kind of music you were playing?
Orson: My first proper DJ gig was around 2000 at the
Unique Club in Düsseldorf at a night called Wednesdaybreaks playing Drum & Bass.
Version released a lot of music by yourself, but also of artists like Hops or
Skratch. Is there a core artist roster for Version?
Orson: The first release was by
Timeblind, after that the label became more of an outlet for my own productions and collaborations with friends like Hops and DJ Skratch, recently
Benny Ill (
Horsepower Productions) did some remixes for the label, next up are two tribal, percussion workouts from
You only releases 12inches. Why and what makes this format special to you?
Orson: To me, quality wise, nothing beats a well mastered and cut 12" vinyl with one track on each side, saying that I also started to sell digital files recently.
What was the biggest Version hit so far?
Orson: I would not call them hits, but tunes like
Nucleus got a bit of a wider recognition.
What is coming up on the label?
Orson: I just released
For the Head and
The Past Is A Dream two tracks by myself a couple of weeks ago, the next release is by a young producer from Sheffield called Yak.
How do you wish your audience?
Orson: Open minded.
How do you keep your work fresh and continue to evolve?
Orson: Taking breaks from producing, checking out music that’s completely different to what I am working on as well as writing soundtracks for films and video art. Also working in other fields like photography, design and moving image sometimes helps to gain a new perspective or find new ideas.
Any special studio moment's you feel like sharing?
Orson: One comes to mind, a few years ago I was working with Benny Ill at his Maskeliya Sound studio in South London. Back then his studio was still mainly running on hardware samplers etc., so we made this beat and had a nice bassline going, we left everything turned on overnight because there was no way to save it, somehow the power went off and everything was gone. Luckily we used an old tape deck as a delay effect and had some little bits and pieces of the track recorded onto cassette, we managed to take some samples of that tape and started a new tune at my old studio in Düsseldorf when Benny was over for a DJ gig, the result became the track
Rain which eventually was released by
Tempa Records on the Horsepower Album
Quest For The Sonic Bounty in 2010.
How did you select the tracks for your Carhartt Radio show?
Orson: With the mix I tried to keep it fresh and focus on the more recent 128 bpm stuff I have been making including some of the releases from the past two years and some unreleased dubplates.
What was the last track that sent shivers up your spine?