We are heading down to Uruguay to find out what is a COOPTROL....? More importantly to get a few words from a Dubstep pioneer from South America.... make sure you got your passport matey... Immigration is well strict at Gatwick
SR: what made you want to make dub music & Who makes the best Dub in you opinion?
CP: Two things: The Mystic of Pioneers, and the techniques they developed. Bill Laswell is a must, I also like Burning Spear dub records, and the electronic dub of Meat Beat Manifesto beats me. Pole is another approach that I like.
SR: Give me a short history for the guys that aint up on the scene in Uruguay....
CP: Well, bass music ain't too big here, young people mostly listen to indy rock or minimal techno. I started back in 95 and slowly pivoted to dub and later dubstep. There are some soundsystem parties here but mostly reggae-oriented.
SR:: Mr Cooptrol, what is your hood like? Do you love your hood or hate it??
CP: My hood is middle-upper class at the seaside of our capital Montevideo. I have been here almost all my life, since I came from South Africa at age 2. I love it. Its full of buildings and nice houses, lots of companies and shopping malls and nightclubs too. The best part is the "rambla" near the beach. Marvellous sightseeing.
SR: give me 1 thing you love about it, and 1 thing you hate
CP As I said, I love the seaside. The thing I hate is that my country has also lots of poor people, who come to richer hoods to search for food and recyclable stuff in the garbage containers. It's not their presence that annoys me, what makes me sad is that they remind me every day of the awful situation of many people here.
SR: what would you change bout it if you were in control?
CP: I would try to make a system where trucks take the recyclable stuff for them to a determined spot, so they can carry on their business without the indignity of searching in other people's trash.
SR:: ps....what is a Cooptrol??
CP: Cooptrol was a trolleybus company that operated in Montevideo for some decades. It was closed in 1990. As a child I used to ride on these old electric-powered english Leyland buses. When I started my project in 2000 I thought it was a nice nostalgic name for my generation, which also implied a somehow "retro-futuristic" technology.
SR:: any current releases??
CP: Next release is a collab with US MC Nongenetic, two dubstep tracks with vocals, plus remixes from the Spezialmaterial label artists, from Switzerland. CD and maybe vinyl. You can check the trax out at my website, on the Soundcloud player. Also I have finished a 5 track dubstep Ep, and I'm looking where to release it. (LABELS... BIG NUDGE...)
SR:: When is the best time to listen to the tracks you sent us... ??
CP At midnight off course. (SR:Your time or ours???)
SR:: What makes u too hood to care star??
CP: That I live in a third world country where doing what I do is much more difficult, so I just go for it with all my energy and brains, and don't expect fantastic results in terms of recognition. I'm just patient and hard working. Don't trust in no auto-hype.
SR:: Any shout outs??
CP To the Duster Recs crew in Milton Keynes: Lee, James and all the labelmates. Also my friends from Spezialmaterial and Everest in Switzerland, Dense recordstore in Berlin, Li from Paris, Experimentaclub from Madrid, Tanox and Discontinu in Barcelona. These are more or less the people that have supported me through the years in Europe.
Check out this set of tracks from Coop
also this guys has a mad amount of web presence...
Facebook, Myspace, his own website and loads more... most of them are below...