INTERVIEW: Doctor P (2013)

DJ, prankster, and label head Doctor P wears a lot of hats. Although he is not known (yet) by the mainstream, his following is huge and loyal, as evidenced by a sold out club (on a?Thursday)?in Nashville, Tennessee.? Originally released on his own Circus records, his recent EP was picked up by legendary dance label Big Beat who brought his sound to the US where it was devoured.? His track “Galaxies & Stars” is a good intro, but you really should dig further in and experience the way his creative mind takes dubstep to places it’s never really been before.

DJ Ron Slomowicz: When you made ?Galaxies & Stars,? were you trying to channel Blondie?s ?Rapture??
Doctor P: Yeah, I am a massive Blondie and KRS-One fan. I have always loved what KRS-One did with the song (on “Step into a World”), so I tried to do that and take some of the original and give it my own spin as well. I didn?t get any percentage of that track, Debbie Harry got everything and she wouldn?t back down. We were going back and forth for ages and I finally just let her have it, she wrote the melody so I suppose it?s fine.
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Song of the Day: Doctor P ft Ce’cile – “Galaxies and Stars”

Blondie’s “Rapture” was the first song with a rap to top the pop chart, so it’s definitely a fitting track to rework for modern dance floors. Stepping up to the plate is dubstep producer (and founder of Circus records with Flux pavilion) Doctor P, who keeps the melody of “Rapture” intact but changes the lyrics as a deceptively mellow introduction to “Galaxies and Stars.” A quick toast by Stush is the only warning before the screaming male voice and ascending beats slams into aggressive party-ready dubstep. The interplay of the two parts – “Rapture” inspired melody and the party beats make the track stand out above the massive amount of dubstep out there. Also quite special is the animated video which is a visual mashup of ‘Cool World,’ Keith Haring, ‘Fritz the Cat,’ and Ren & Stimpy animation styles. Yes, it sounds wrong but when you watch it, you will realize just how right it is.

Image Courtesy of Big Beat/Circus.