Motion _ Interview with DSNT


The intelligence of DSNT’s movements qualify them as being ones to watch.

DSNT are on the eve of their first vinyl release by Dead Sound, ft. remixes by Xhin, Exium & Monster X. Ambitious and passionate, they regularly bring over the likes of Xhin, Oscar Mulero, Perc & Truss / MPIA3 to hammer Belfast. Their focus also extends to art & design, which means that they can offer a complete & rich audio / visual presence.

Dead Sound, who has also been known to work with Videohead – has built up an impressive back catalog of releases on Perc Trax, Gynoid, Acroplane, TrusT, Elektrax & now DSNT.
subsekt 020 was broadcast on Fnoob on Wednesday 9th January 2013 @2200GMT and is now available on soundcloud.

Hi Oisín, how are you doing? It’s great to finally get you chatting here, as we’ve been talking about it for a while now, so it’s probably nice do it at the end of a pretty good year for you and at the start of a new one. But before we talk about some of that stuff, do you mind explaining to people what DSNT is and how you came about? It’s probably going to be a long answer, but it’s probably the best way to start..

Pretty good, been fairly flat out with work but its all positive! DSNT originally started as a series of parties, showcasing good electronic music in Belfast. Since then, it has evolved into an online blog & podcast series and a record label. I also use it as a place to showcase the various design & visual work I do, as the majority of it is either inspired by music or a music visualisation. Recently I’ve become pretty passionate about motion graphics and film, so this is also a large part of what DSNT does as well. In summary, it’s basically an umbrella for all of the creative stuff we’re into.

What did you want to be when you grew up then? Was it always a dual passion for all things audio visual? You have your fingers in many pies – are you indecisive or focused, greedy or opportunistic, or ambitious? – or perhaps a little from column A, B, C, D & E? hahaha

I always knew I wanted to be self-employed. Even from quite a young age and I’ve always had a passion for art and music. I guess this was the natural progression of those. I’m very focused about where I want to take things currently and the combination of all things audio & visual play a big role in what DSNT is about.

You’ve been putting on some big parties over the last while with Oscar Mulero, Perc, Xhin, Truss –  What’s the crowd / scene / appetite for that type of music like in Belfast? Is there competition, or is there space for you do your thing?

Ah some have been amazing experiences, others have been quite stressful. There is definitely an appetite for it though I think the scene is still growing. More and more I’m seeing a lot more producers and DJ’s having a proper go at things and it’s really positive.

There are a few really great labels pushing a variety of sounds and everyday it feels like the scene is growing. Artists worth mentioning are Kapoor who will be doing a release for us down the line and also Hoth System, who doesn’t play out in Belfast nearly enough.

Nez is probably my favourite Belfast DJ and we’re lucky enough to have him as a resident, check out his radio show computer controlled. Labels worth following (other than DSNT) are Extended Play, Champion Sound Music, Acroplane One & Reset who are all doing amazing stuff; not all Techno but great tunes regardless.


Music production and history are my biggest passions in life. Though people often say that Techno is faceless and should be about the music blah, blah, blah.. I believe in the need to document the people and stories behind it. Techno is a very small world in reality and I think it needs a proper resource. I hope that everyone who is interested in Techno finds this blog accessible in terms of the way that it is written. I personally prefer to hear the artists voice as loud as the music and never enjoy synopsised and pasteurised versions of old conversation; the sort that's peppered with the occasional quote here and there.

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