Ryan Thompson (AKA Arson) is an old friend and a new(ish) face on the scene in Edmonton, and we at HKFL are stoked to present to you this exclusive mix for our April session. The guy has been grinding away, perfecting his craft and pushing himself forward in all the right directions. Give his mix a listen and don’t be surprised if you find yourself wearing that ridiculous bass face you only thought came out on the dance floor. I had a chance to catch up with Ryan and ask him a few questions about his past and present endeavours; check it out while you rock the jams!
How did you get involved with Future Roots and how long have you been DJing?
When I got into electronic music I was instantly turned onto drum and bass by my older brother, who’s friends with Dean Phatcat and all the crew, so I instantly fell into frequenting their shows. I really got in both Dean and Donovan Dreadnoughts ears about wanting to be involved and wanting to play shows and I tried to help out with everything that I could. I started DJing about 5 years ago partly from early Future Roots and Funk Bunker shows and a need to explore a new path in music. Coming from a metal background DnB sparked my interest because of similar song structures and a rough, raw sound with real emotion behind it.
What’s the story of FunkBunker and YEGDNB?
Funk Bunker is a company run by Donovan Spilchuck AKA DJ Dreadnought, a friend of mine and the guy that officially got me involved in the yegdnb family. Yegdnb has evolved and seen changes as of late becoming a more serious collective with new members, approach to shows/parties, etc.
Who are some of your biggest musical influences, electronic as well as others?
I think the first band that really left an impact on me was The Offspring. I grew up on punk, ska, and metal bands like Rancid, Social Distortion, Streetlight Manifesto, Sublime, Mudvayne, Slipknot, Tool, Lamb of God, and Machine Head. Those are the ones that stand out when I skim my mind. As far as electronic goes I think if you know me you know Chimpo is my #1 pick. When I discovered him my style and sound took a complete left turn. I’d say the whole Richie Brains crew have a huge impact on what I make and play. There are so many names I could list and the list would change daily.
Which festivals/venues are you doing this year and which ones are on your bucket list?
I’m planning on doing all the homie jams like Odyssey Gathering, Reignbough Fiddle, Astral Harvest and try my best to get out to Basscoast for the first time. As for bucket list festivals: Snowbombing (Austria), Outlook, Glastonbury, Let it Roll, Creamfields, Sun and Bass to name a few.
How do you feel about the jungle revival currently upon us?
I dig it. Drum and Bass is thriving right now and it’s nice seeing so many unfamiliar faces out at shows and repping DnB.
Finally, why Arson?
In short (R)-yan Thomp-(son). I like the short, to the point handles with 1 or 2 syllables.