Kamiyama Shigeta AKA Mountain hails from Osaka, Japan, and a year after sending in one of his demos to the Soulvent team his debut single ‘Overheat’ has landed on the label. It’d be easy to draw comparisons with Makoto, but Mountain’s unique spin on rambunctiously funky, bright-eyed Drum & Bass is very much of his own making. The recent ‘Funk Bomb’ was featured on Soul Sessions Vol. 3 and succeeded in turning some heads, so it seemed right that we get to know a bit more about the story behind the mysterious Mountain.
When and why did you originally start producing?
M: I started producing music 4 years ago when I was 20 years old. When I was 18, I was already by nature a student with a high level of music expertise. It was because of that that my teachers at that time all kept telling me that I should listen to various kinds of music. As a result, I ended up spending a lot of time listening to lots of different music styles in record shops. One day, I found Skrillex and Netsky, and thought “I want to make tracks like this!!”
Why do you enjoy making drum and bass?
M: Simple, I love Drum & Bass!! And because I enjoy the process of creating all those small complicated structures you find in drum and bass music
What’s the DnB scene like in Japan?
M: It’s very underground, and not as mainstream as the UK. But, there is an increase in Japanese DnB producers. So I’m looking forward to the future of the Japanese DnB scene 🙂
How has funk music influenced your productions? You can hear it in ‘Funk Bomb’ loads!
M: I’m a big fan of the vibe of funk music, so it’s a style I want to draw from when i make certain tracks. Last year when Netsky played in japan I felt as influenced [by that performance] as I am by funk today.
What other musical influences do you have?
M: Pops and 80’s music. Since I was a child, at home I always used to listen to the Beatles, Led zeppelin etc, and lots of other music from the 80’s. But when I was a student, and all the way through high school I pretty much only listened to metal.
Why do you think Soulvent is a good fit for your sound?
M: I don’t know… I was surprised that I got the chance to release! haha. But of course, I’ve loved Soulvent for a long time now, so I’m very happy that I can put something out with them!!
What was your highlight of 2017?
M: Releasing a track from Hospital and supporting Netsky on his Japan tour! At that time I only had one goal/ objective, to be able to release my album from hospital, and I was happy I could do that. With regards to Netsky, I was delighted to be able to appear [on stage] and [work] together with the person who had been responsible for sparking my own interest in drum and bass.
Do you have any personal idols in terms of music?
M: Yes, Fred V & Grafix. Between and within them there is perfection, from melodies to grooves, they have just about everything.
What are you looking forward to in 2018?
M: Everything! And I want to play overseas, so I need to release lots of good tunes for that!
‘Overheat’ is available in all good stores now, click ‘buy’ below and check it out!
Written & edited by Ben Hunter.