Clima : Interview & Free Download
Ernesto and Javier aka Clima are a production/DJ duo from Spain. They have recently been carving a name for themselves with their distinct deep and dubby vibe. We recently had a chat to find out a little bit more about them. They were also kind enough to give away a free download too.
Hi Clima how are you? How is the weather in Spain?
Fine thank you. The ‘Clima’ is on fire here in Spain!
You are relatively new to the DnB scene; can you give us an introduction?
Clima is the union of Javier Campos López and Ernesto Gérez López, two spanish djs and producers. We actually think that Clima is two things that work together, veteran on the decks and upcoming production; that’s why until now nothing was known about us, it’s something so fresh.
Ernesto: I’ve been djing a lot of years, I was one of the first people involved on the DnB scene of Spain, and a few years after it came about I met Javier, who was just starting to DJ – we found that we share the same taste in music. Sometime after we met, he started producing his own beats, I really liked the sounds and was amazed at his skills and progression, so we decided to work together under the alias of Clima and show our music to the people, whether it’s DnB, dubstep, downtempo or whatever; although we’re more focused on DnB obviously.
How did you both discover Drum & Bass in Spain?
Ernesto: I remember that I bought a CD compilation (I think in 1996), which included Goldie’s ‘Timeless’, and it was like nothing that I’ve heard before! I was amazed at the fast rhythms and the futuristic sounds; so for the next year I kept digging and bought more CDs, including: Goldie – ‘Timeless’, Roni Size – ‘NewForms’, Bad Company – ‘Inside the Machine’; Grooverider – ‘Mysteries of funk’…My love for this kind music was increasing constantly, and after a trip to London in 2001, I decided to buy a pair of Technics 1200. I started buying vinyls and djing in several crews, so I met a lot of different people that were discovering the DnB scene at the same moment.
Javier: I spent most of the time in-line skating. I’d skate and skate and watch video edits from a lot of crews; most of the music featured was rap. In about 2002 I watched an edit video which featured the tune Roni Size feat. Cypress Hill – ‘Child of the Wild West’ and at that moment I didn’t know what kind of music that was, I thought it was triphop or something like that, haha! From that point I started discovering many different music styles, and more about DnB and its different sub-genres. At that time I became more focused on music than skating and in 2007 I decided that I wanted to be a part of the DnB scene, being involved instead of a mere listener.
Clima means Climate in English; can you tell us the background behind giving yourself this name?
Since the beginning we knew that we wanted a name in our own language. We love the concept of climate with all its different changes and how these affect almost everything: people, feelings, nature…so that relates to ourselves, we have a deep relation with climate in all of our musical production, meaning that we find it amazing how your mind and the feelings that you put in a tune can change depending on if the day is sunny or rainy etc.
We think that here in Spain we’re lucky to have our climate as most of the time it’s sunny, but also when we do have that full rainy week we can create the most melancholic and beautiful tunes! Apart from all these things, we think that Clima sounds pretty cool; it’s a word that sounds good and strong to us!
You make various genres, which is your favourite to produce?
Our favourite is obviously Drum & Bass, and specifically deep stuff with dub vibes.
What do you draw inspiration from when stepping into the studio?
As we said before, the climate is very important in influencing how we feel and the things that we want to show with our music. We also draw inspiration from other sounds that we love; sometimes we hear something and tell ourselves ‘This is amazing! We have to do something like this’; artists like Clarity, Loxy, Homemade Weapons, Gremlinz, Resound, Amoss or Rufige Kru to name a few, and even artists like WuTang Clan, King Tubby, Joy Division, Massive Attack, Burial, J Dilla….
Have you guys ever DJed in the UK before, if not where would you like to play?
Never until this moment, but we hope that we can do it soon and drop our beats!! That’s something that we have in our minds and would really like to do. It would be amazing to have the chance to play at The End, really classic venue, but unfortunately it’s closed right now, as you know. We welcome every party that represents our kind of sounds.
Can you list 3 tunes you are feeling right now (any genre) and give a short reason why?
Loxy & Isotone – Ancients (Skeptical Remix)
It’s the music that we’re mainly into and we think that Cylon is one of the labels that is actually representing these sounds in the best way.
Erkiu & Maurus – First Breath
It has a dub feeling, but also sounds so crazy and innovative and we really love it!
Bodwan – Someone (Makes You More)
Sounds beautiful, deep and so fresh; something to which we are accustomed with Slime Recordings.
Can you tell us a little more about the track you are giving away?
It’s a really deep tune with beautiful atmospheres and powerful bass. We think that it has two sides: its deep and it’s dark, but also it’s beautiful and full of good vibes; we love it!!!
Besides producing and DJing, how do you spend your time?
Javier: As I mentioned before, I have another passion: in-line skating. I’ve been skating for 13 years, there was a time when I was really involved in it, even sponsored and at a high standard. Now i’m more into music, although I still skate but it’s more a relaxing thing, I skate with my dog and if I go to the skate park I do easy tricks. During all these years i’ve never really been injured, and now that everything is calm, I’ve broken my arm! Haha!
I also love beer and being with my girlfriend.
Ernesto: I really love watching movies and I consider myself as some sort of fanatic, I try to watch one movie or more every day just because I like it (and TV programs are shitty); so I watch almost everything, all the new stuff and even the old movies, and I really like the ‘Noir’ films. And same as my partner, I also love been with my girlfriend and my lovely dog.
What’s coming up next for you both over the next few months?
We have several forthcoming releases on different labels. Some tunes that go from 110 bpms to 140 bps, beautiful and deep electronic music on labels such as Anchorage Sounds and Slime Recordings. Also we have some DnB on Dubkraft Records, Skutta Records, Rogue Beatz, and Rawganics; they’re all releases that have been forthcoming for a while, so expect these to be coming soon! Actually at the moment all of our efforts are focused on CX and Cylon, so we hope that we can have a release with them too.
Exclusive Free Download
Grab yourself an exclusive free download of Clima’s track ‘Both Sides’ below.