Ahead of the Critical Music takeover at DQ this Friday (19th July) for Tramlines Festival, we caught up with the label’s founder Kasra for a quick chat…

What’s new at Critical Music HQ?

We have had a busy 2013 so far.  Just released a new EP by Enei which has been going down a storm and just gearing up to start promoting the new EP by Foreign Concept.

What’s your views on the drum and bass scene at the moment? Both home and abroad…

It feels like the scene is in a good place, im lucky enough that all the parties ive played this year have been brilliant. Seems theres a good mix of heads who know all the latest dubs and also people experiencing DNB maybe for the first few times or even the first time. A nice balance.

What can people expect from you and Emperor at Tramlines?

I always enjoy playing alongside Conor, we have different tastes as DJs so it works really well. Ill be playing all the new label bits plus some brand new tracks by my favourite producers and Conor always goes in on his own productions, playing alot of exciting unreleased material.

Tell us a bit more about Emperor, a relatively new face in DnB…

Conor is an awesome talent, he recently released a brilliant EP with us and is only going to do well across 2013 and beyond. One of the most exciting producers in the scene right now.

What’s your top 5 tunes at the moment?

Sam Binga & Red Skin – AYO – Critical
Mefjus & Inside Info – Repentance – Critical
Foreign Concept & T Man – Tag Team – Critical
Ivy Lab – Baby Grey – Critical
Enei – Mosquito – Critical

What’s your favourite festival tune?

This year it was probably Hackney Parrot By Tessela – heard it everywhere at Glastonbury.

And favourite festival moment? as a punter or performer…

I just got back from the aforementioned Glastonbury – i had an incredible weekend. It included alot of festival moments!

See Kasra, Emperor, Andy H, Venja & Aggers (Feedback) and the Displace DJs at Tramlines at DQ this Friday night! 11pm-late.
Full details and ticket info here: https://www.facebook.com/events/508395435897265/