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Part of the All Ears takeover
Peter Simon aka DJ Madd has been an essential cog in the Dubstep machine since his inception in 2008. His love for the connection between underground bass music and Reggae was of course honed when he made the essential move from Budapest to Bristol. Having been championed by UK bass music’s key players such as Skream and Mary Anne Hobbs, his crisp and emotive Dubstep and Drum & Bass productions have graced the ears of most who have ventured towards these realms.
Fast forward to now and DJ Madd remains on the pulse. His 2016 white label for 1Drop took Pharoah Monch’s ‘Simon Says’, stripped it, slowed it, and turned it into a face-screwing club shaker. His ability to create high class bass music is evident, however it has not all been plain-sailing. Peter has struggled with tinnitus for the majority of his adult life. Here, in support of All Ears, DJ Madd talks about his experiences with the condition and provides us with his “tracks for tired ears.”
“I’ve had tinnitus for quite a long time now. I can’t really remember when it started, I guess after some gigs one morning it just didn’t fade out. It’s not just a single tone either, more like two different tones that come and go, with a constant one in my right ear.
“It’s one of those things that’s as big of a deal as you make it, though I have a feeling mine is far from anything extreme. I do have days when I notice it more, and funny enough when I start to go on a Google/Reddit rampage to get more info on it, then I can hear it much louder. For most periods I can tune it out now and I’ve learned to live with it.
“I stopped using headphones early on in high-school for anything other than mixing and that has stuck with me ever since. I would advise to at least try to do this if you’re planning to keep working with your ears. When you’re on a packed subway and you can hear the trappy hi-hats the guy is listening to at the other end of the coach – you have no idea how bad that is on a daily basis.
“As for prevention, I think most people know about the custom moulded earplugs by now – you should get those yesterday if you know what I mean! One thing that still seems to be at the bottom of the list for promoters is good quality monitor speakers for the DJ booth. A lot of events have proper sound now, but the same amazing event for party-goers can be torture for the DJ up there if the monitors are distorted, horrible quality speakers. Not to mention you will instinctively raise the volume, redline the mixer, and still struggle to enjoy a mix. This is a biggie for me because I just can’t enjoy mixing with earplugs.”