Since it's inception, Silent Motion has been putting out some of the best hidden gems of the Deep Dubstep scene. From it's first official release by OldGold (aka co-founder Rolando Ramiro) to it's most recent from the Istanbul based producer, Myth, Silent Motion continues to deliver quality music to sound system enthusiasts world wide. Founded by Filippo Paris and Rolando Ramiro, Silent Motion was created on the simplest principles, love of music and thirst for innovation. Each release is complex and unique while still delivering a powerful punch of bass and Dub influence. Being a somewhat new label, SM has captured the attention of many with their breakneck release pace and the consistent caliber of their tunes. Having been acquainted with manager and co-label head Rolando Ramiro for several months, I quickly became aware of the label and began to admire their vision. After interviewing Rolando about his own musical project (OldGold), I felt that it was a better time than any to talk business with the founding pair.
How did you guys get your start? / Is it just the two of you running your operations?
Filippo: Starting a label was something I’ve always wanted to do. I wanted to create a platform, a community of great up-and-coming producers, help get their name out there, and support them. It’s just us two, but we do get some help from others at times.
Rolando: We started off asking a few friends if they wanted to be a part of the label. I had a release in mind but nothing was finalized until Filippo gave me that final push. Ever since then we’ve been rolling with the punches. It’s just both of us for now but we started off with another friend. Unfortunately they had to complete school, and left. It was something we completely understood.
Filippo, how did you get introduced to Dubstep/ bass music? What are your musical influences?
Filippo: I had a very unique upbringing. My parents own a restaurant and I grew up in the business, so I was constantly around teenagers at a very young age. The employees would give me mixed CD’s, and my first taste of bass music was Goldie. My parents had an employee who loved the Metalheadz label and he got me hooked on their stuff. Hearing Goldie’s Inner City Life at age ten was a huge moment in my life, at the time I didn’t fully understand the message to the track but I knew it was special. From then on it was a natural progression, I discovered Suburban Base Records and really dug into their catalogue. Around the same time I was listening to a lot of Black/Death Metal and Techno. Then about sophomore year of high school I heard "Night" by Benga and Coki. From there I discovered Mala, Loefah, Skream, and others. That sound became an obsession for me. It was something I had never heard before and there was something special to it.
How did you two meet?
Filippo: I messaged him about the possibility of a release and since then the bromance started.
Rolando: Filippo sent me a message asking if I’d like to release a tune on his new label. I was stoked as fuck that someone had taken interest in my music that much. We ended up chatting about some ideas we had and moved forward with running the label together. One of the best decisions I’ve made since starting music, in my opinion.
What was the original goal behind starting this label? Has that goal changed since you started?
Filippo: I wanted a platform to showcase the music I had a passion for. The goal has changed in the sense that we are pickier about what gets released, but I want Silent Motion to be a label you can rely on for good music.
Rolando: Agreed. We’ve gotten a lot pickier but we definitely still listen to everything that gets sent to us. I love new sounds!
What is the theme behind your releases? I love the sound you guys have curated, is there a common denominator to the music you sign?
Filippo: I don’t really think there is a theme per se, but both of our tastes lean towards the darker and heavier side so that is reflected in our selections.
Rolando: Yeah, there isn’t really a theme. We’ve got some lush sounds coming out in the near future and some really off sounding music as well. I think what we look for is just how much went into making a tune and what it embodies as a whole.
To that end, what's the biggest thing you look for in a release?
Filippo: We get sent so much music, the tracks have to stand out from the herd. Putting something out under the label's brand means we really love the tracks.
Rolando: Personally, I look for originality or flat out uncommon sounds. I’m a really big fan of complex arrangements and unheard samples. I’m also a sucker for pitched basslines. I blame the Gritsy WallofBass® for that.
How do you find your releases?
Some seem like no brainers, but for instance this newest EP from Myth, I had no idea who this guy was until I saw Rolando posting about the EP. Was that a submission? Or are you guys just trolling DSF for up-comers?
Filippo: Rolando and I both find tracks and we send them to each other. For instance, Rolando sent me Myth’s "Dizzy" and it was originally planned for a free release. I really pushed for it to be a full package. Myth is someone I’m going to be supporting for a long time. Rolando does a good job of finding obscure quality releases. I’m more involved with securing remixes from bigger artists and deciding what gets pressed to wax.
Rolando: I used to lurk forums for artists since they like to post their tunes up for feedback, but lately I’ve been looking through Facebook/ Soundcloud for artists. Favorite thing to do is read the comments on soundcloud for artists feeling tracks I’m feeling and check out their tracks/ likes. Myth was actually one of my favorite producers for a while and I’m really happy to be a part of anything he makes. Definitely a great producer.
Before I was involved in the scene heavily, I remember being asked by Rolando to swap dubs via a reply to an almost laughably cocky comment I left on a Facebook post from Truth's label Deep, Dark, and Dangerous (which is actually how we first started talking). Is that a common way you find tunes? Have you ever found a release like that?
Rolando: 100%. I love chatting with producers online, especially when they’re involved in remix competitions. I usually get a few tunes that way, and I also get to meet someone from another part of the world which is definitely a plus. We’ve gotten around three releases that way. It’s very organic and I love meeting others without seeing/ knowing their stats, just their sound.
Being a part of the underground scene, do you feel that you guys take it upon yourselves to be champions of the little guys so to speak? Are some of the tracks released with the intention of introducing the producer to the Dubstep community rather than individual sales metrics?
Filippo: Absolutely! We are the little guys still but we are gaining momentum. As we get bigger I don’t want to forget where we started. Supporting smaller artists is something I want to do for as long as possible. The scene can be tough for a producer to be heard in. Labels, websites, and seasoned producers seem to not want to risk putting stock into someone unknown. People will tell you that they want to support the scene, but they truly don’t until you have something to offer them. There is a side to this scene that is shitty and I’ve experienced it firsthand.
Rolando: I don’t feel like we are the "champions" but 100% want to be seen as a quality label to expect great music from. It’s never been about money for me, but I understand how important it is when running a vinyl/ digital label. If we can release an artist you’re not familiar with but that you fall in love with instantly, our job is done.
What do you think is the source of your success? The tunes are always excellent, but what do you think made people take notice?
For a small imprint, you guys have been making waves. All available copies of the releases you've pressed to vinyl are sold out, and you've charted well on Juno with your digital editions as well.
Filippo: I think what made people check the label out is a few things. First, it’s the music we are releasing. Two, it’s that we are both very transparent with people who reach out to us. Our first few smaller vinyl releases were rocky and we had to be honest about that. I think people see that and put their trust and support into the label.
Rolando: Being real is what we take pride in. There’s no reason not to be transparent! The source of our success most likely stems from paying attention to what happens after every release, making sure we pick up the slack and commit to making the coming releases better than the last.
How has social media impacted Silent motion? Has social media opened doors for you guys, or has it been more of a two way mirror into the scene for you?
Filippo: Social media is a double edged sword. On one hand, it’s great that I can be chatting with some musicians that I respect a lot as well as meeting new friends, but sometimes Rolando can be a shit head online and cause some problems haha
Rolando: No comment *laughs*. Nah, I find social media fun and I’ve learned to not take anything seriously. Unfortunately not everyone is the same way, and I respect that, so I’ve made sure to focus on mostly music these days.
Were you guys connected to the scene personally before founding Silent Motion, or were you brought into the community digitally?
Filippo: I’m in the middle of Illinois, there is hardly a scene here. The scene for me is digital but I’m hoping to change that. I teamed up with Yo Adrian! to help bring some good acts to St. Louis. So far so good!
Rolando: I was involved with the scene, but just getting started. I’ve only been producing for roughly two years and prior to that I didn’t really know anyone, just a few people from turntable.fm.
What is the achievement that you are most proud of (in regards to SM)?
Filippo: Hearing N-Type and Youngsta play our upcoming releases on Rinse. I’ve listened to Rinse for some time and that feeling is surreal.
Rolando: Chatting with some of the big heads about future releases and sharing/ receiving unreleased music from them is what I’m most proud of. It’s always been my dream and being part of SM has helped with that.
What is the next accomplishment that you hope to achieve for Silent Motion? What do you hope to have achieved by the end of this year?
Filippo: I have some big plans for the label, but nothing I can discuss yet. Just always keep an eye on us. We have some major things in store. For certain expect merch soon!
Rolando: Same. Keep an eye on the merch!
What do you think is the biggest struggle of running an indie label?
Filippo: No one takes you seriously at first. Which I understand, there are tons of labels popping up all over place. But Silent Motion is here for the long haul and people are starting to see that.
Rolando: The biggest struggle is trying to fit in with the other labels. It seemed like a very standoff-ish kind of vibe at first, but only because we hadn't made a rep for ourselves. All in due time though, I love a small challenge.
Do you find that the distance separating you two makes it challenging to coordinate?
Filippo: At times, but we’ve got a pretty good bond between us. So far we’ve had a few miscommunications but nothing to serious.
Rolando: Before we developed a system, we were rolling with the punches and had to learn as we went. It was exciting having to make some changes last minute but we try and avoid that now. Having a system helps a lot!
If you could sign a release from anyone in the scene right now, who would it be?
Filippo: My three favorite artists at the moment are Kahn, Hodge, and Epoch, so them of course. Jonah Freed has three of the best tracks I’ve ever heard and I’ve been trying hard to get them signed *laughs*. Jonah is a good friend, he has a release forthcoming from us that includes a remix from Compa.
Rolando: I would love to have a release from FIS/ Metrist/ Batu/ Piezo. I feel that they’ve got some of the most original stuff I’ve ever heard when it comes to constructing sounds. We do have some large releases that I can’t even believe right now though, and that’s what’s really most exciting!
Any word on when your next vinyl release is coming? / hints as to who it's from? Next release in general?
Filippo: Next digital release is from Darkimh, some really interesting sound design going on in those tracks. Oxóssi is our next Vinyl release. I am so excited for that release. It’s been a long time coming and I’m so happy it’s finally coming together. After that we have a vinyl release from Kelly Dean. Kelly is someone I’ve been listening to for a long time and it’s really surreal that we are releasing an EP from him.
what is something that you would like your listeners/ audience to know about Silent Motion? About yourselves?
Filippo: I want people to know that Silent Motion is going to expand in style a bit. We’re going to do more DNB and Grime in the future.
Rolando: Silent Motion is founded on the idea that we can bring you good music regardless of how "big" you are. We’ve got some crazy shit coming out soon, and like Filippo said, we are 100% going to expand our sound.
Lastly (for fun), in one word each, what are the two words that when put together best encapsulate Silent Motion to you?
With Paris and Ramiro at the helm, Silent Motion is continuing to push the boundaries of Dubstep and bass focussed music. The pair's clear connection and matching tastes in tunes allows them to work as a cohesive team, bringing you release after release of pristine sounds. It's rare to find individuals that are open and real with you, especially in the business side of the entertainment industry, but the duo behind Silent Motion is the definition of transparency. With some incredibly exciting releases on the horizon, and a catalogue of innovative young talent under their belt, Silent Motion is poised to take the scene by storm during 2016.
We highly encourage that you take a listen through Silent Motion's catalogue and support their tunes by purchasing the music through their Bandcamp or on Juno Download. We also recommend that you follow their social media pages (linked below) to stay up to date on all future happenings. In the meantime, check out the preview of their most recent release from Myth, entitled "Dizzy".