Dropping bombs with DJ SOCOM!

Posted on Friday 26th August, 2011 Times Viewed: 5125
It's summer time. The time of year when riders come back from their enviously-snowy locations around the world, and once again catch up with family and friends, or hit up some of the summer festivals, surf and release their alter egos. These alter egos come in many forms, but in the case of Seb Kern, his alter ego is an insanely good DnB/dubstep DJ known as SOCOM.

Words- Kaz Willmer
Photo- Will Bremridge
Seb is one of the UK's top riders who rides for DC Clothing and Northwave, amongst a whole host of other sponsors, and spends his winter seasons tearing up Breckenridge. We first caught Socom in Austria over three years ago, dropping some of the most monster beats we've ever heard. Three years on and we've heard him DJ at industry events, festivals, and movie premieres around Europe, and every time he sends the crowd pulsating with some of the dirtiest bass known to man. Socom makes your limbs move uncontrollably and leaves you begging for more, without fail.

Socom's off to set the Outlook Festival crowds into a dubstep frenzy, but we caught up with him before he left to find out what he's been up to, before he heads back to Breckenridge for the winter. We introduce you to the man who manages to make a dancefloor sweat under the magical spin of his vinyl - it's Mr Seb Kern.

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Kaz: Introduce yourself in 5 words...
Seb: Special Operations Command Signing In

Kaz: How long have you been Djing for?
Seb: I've been DJing for about 12 years

Kaz: How did you get into it?
Seb: My friends Diccon and Lucky got me into it when I was at school, they played the sickest sh*t.

We always used to put on parties and they would DJ and from there I learned to mix with my friend George aka Night Owl.

Kaz: Describe a night with SOCOM in 5 words.
Seb: Heavy, Bass, Energetic, Uplifting and Grimey!

DJ SOCOM OUTLOOK FESTIVAL 2010 from Seb Kern on Vimeo.



Kaz: Tell us about your radio show.
Seb: Well now, it's on a tuesday night, you know 'tuesday rave night', ha! It's on a new dubstep station called www.rood.fm from 2200 till 2400 hundred hours with two up and coming Dubstep DJ's and producers Taiki & NUlight and MC Mr Basista.

Kaz: What's your DJ setup like – records/digital/mixture?
Seb: For my main stuff, Drum & Bass, I use vinyl on a Technics turntables and Allen and Heath mixer set up. I do Dubstep and Electro and some mash up sets with different genres as well, and for that I use Serato with vinyl, so I can be more versatile. Plus trying to buy more than one genre on vinyl and keeping up to date with new stuff and promos would be very expensive!

Kaz: What's your most prized record?
Seb: Mannnn, too many, too many! Some of my prized ones are by Ed Rush & Optical, Congo Natty, Top Cat, The Planet V Album and a load more. I've been buying DnB on vinyl for time!

Kaz: What tunes do you find most sets the crowd off?
Seb: Definitely tunes with screaming wenches in them, hahaha! Everyone loves a good vocal one, bit of commerial/liquid mixed with some down right dirty, grimey business.

Kaz: What's the most fun set you've ever played?
Seb: I have two which induced the most amazing feelings in the world. One was my set at Outlook Festival 2010. It was the last set of the entire festival and I played for 2 hours with my friend, the lead singer of The Gentlemen's Dub Club MCing and my best friend George along side me!

The other was a set I played in a ginormous tree house at one of our Midsummer's Raves which we put on every year! I rewound my last tune 3 times, the crowd couldn't get enough, it was such an amazing feeling!

Kaz: Have you ever done any collaborations with other DJs?
Seb: I've done some back to back sets with my man Night Owl and did a VS with POW at Lounge On The Farm Festival recently, all super fun!

I Might also be getting into some production with some other DJs and producers in the near future.

Kaz: Do you have any DJ sponsors? How does that help your sets?
Seb: Yeah I have some wicked companies supporting me. Two of the main ones being Aerial7 Headphones and DC Shoes and Apparel for the DJing.

DJing a lot, you can get through headphones fairly quickly, so it's amazing to have Aerial7 supporting me with all sorts of wicked new ones and DC keeping me fresh with plenty of new threads!

Both companies put on events as well, so it's always fun playing those and hanging out with all the guys and gals from the industry.

Kaz: Where would you like to play?
Seb: I would love to play at Fabric and some more big clubs in England.

Kaz: Have you any sets coming up over the summer?
Seb: Yep, always getting last minute ones and at the mo have a festival down here in the south booked, called Sunbloc and then Outlook Festival in Croatia at the beginning of september, etc.

Kaz: Who have been your biggest music influences?
Seb: My biggest influences have been Ed Rush and Optical, DJ Hype, Andy C, all the way from Roni Size across to Original Sin, Hazard, Camo and Krooked and many more. My friends Diccon and Lucky were the main ones to get me into Drum & Bass growing up at school and then learning to DJ with George.

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Kaz: Where can we check out some of your stuff?
Seb: I have both Soundcloud and Mixcloud where I post up mixes and on the radio show:
http://www.mixcloud.com/DJ_SOCOM/
http://soundcloud.com/dj-socom

Kaz: How does DJing fit in with your snowboarding?
Seb: It works really well, as I have time to mix in the evenings and am also travelling around with a lot with snowboarding, which gives me the chance to play out in lots of different countries all over the world.

There are also a lot of snowboarding events during the year, so I often compete and then also DJ at various events.

Kaz: What's your plans for next season's snowboarding?
Seb: Next season I will be going back to Breckenridge, which is my winter base, but will also be over in Europe a bit more for some things I'm working on, so it's going to be an exciting time.

Kaz: What's your plans for the summer?
Seb: Playing out as much as possible, enjoying the English summer and working on a few projects during the snow season down time.

Kaz: What can we look out for from SOCOM/your riding in the future?
Seb: All sorts

Mixes:
http://www.mixcloud.com/DJ_SOCOM/socom-roodfm-live-vinyl-mix-21st-june-2011/
http://www.mixcloud.com/DJ_SOCOM/socom-new-years-mix-2011/
http://soundcloud.com/dj-socom/socom-mix-sept-10


Kaz: Shouts?
Seb:

www.aerial7.com
www.dcshoes.com
www.outlookfestival.com
www.loungeonthefarm
http://www.facebook.com/DJNightOwl
http://www.facebook.com/taikiandnulight
http://www.facebook.com/RoodFM
http://www.facebook.com/gentlemansdubclub
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2259430264 (Gentlemen's Dub Club)
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=253251571356553&ref=ts (Sunbloc)
www.northwave.com
www.ultrasporteu.com
www.smithoptics.com
www.meglad.com
www.pull-in.com
www.transformgloves.com
www.routeone.co.uk
www.forcefieldperformance.com
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