System Unknown: Dubbers Of Our Time

July 14, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

“…the move to construct our own system was somewhat calculated (with some big learning curves to conquer) and a natural progression from what we were both doing.” – Andy

System Unknown, made up of two sound engineers Jason and Andy, who collaborated with their love of sound, music, bass and sound systems. Also, one of the few handmade heavy weight sound systems in Melbourne’s bass underground culture, along with Heartical HiFi Outernational and Adrian’s Wall.

Having attended a few of their dances, their selection of tracks and dub grooves are incredible. And, if you ever get the opportunity to experience their sound system, you will see how high quality the sound is and body pounding their bass lines can provide.  


“So much, there are so many different facets involved, everything from getting excited about the music, to figuring out technical details of the system. It’s definitely a lot to think about!”

Lilly Pilly got the opportunity to have a chat with Andy and find out about the story of collaboration, the industry background and motivations of System Unknown;

1. How would you tell the story of how System Unknown was brought together?
We worked together in about 2006 and had similar interest in electronic music production. We always had an interest in dubwise/heavy bass sounds so we decided to build our own sound system.

2. What is the musical and industry background of System Unknown?
We both used to independently produce very different styles of electronic music - Jase was always about breaks, and I wrote and played techno. As both of us work as technicians/engineers, the move to construct our own system was somewhat calculated (with some big learning curves to conquer) and a natural progression from what we were both doing.

3. What are your influences?
Everything and anything, apart from top 40 radio

4. Do you have a particular personal choice of genre other than digital dub?
We definitely don't try to hone in on, or pigeon hole ourselves in collecting only one "genre" we love digital dub, but we try to collect and represent as much of the broader genre as we possibly can.

5. What do you want to make of System Unknown?
More of system unknown! It’s a constant work in progress, I suppose it will stop when we run out of space.

6. What inspirations and motivations do you find when working towards the System Unknown title?
So much, there are so many different facets involved, everything from getting excited about the music, to figuring out technical details of the system. It’s definitely a lot to think about!


Lilly Pilly


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