1 - Can you tell us a Tell us little about your background? Where did you grow up, and where are you based now?
I’m born and bred in the Midlands which is also where I’m based now.
2 - Did you have any mentors when you were starting out? Who helped you get heard and established?
Aries has a lot to answer for on that front. I was a dj for years but he got me into production as he liked my ideas but I had no idea how to engineer them. I think the great thing about our relationship is the honesty. So many people will tell you your music is great but when you’re evolving I think you want to know where you’re going wrong. So many people can’t take criticism and I hate that. I think in any industry you learn from your mistakes.
3 - How did you get started DJing?
I got a pair of turntables when I was 12 and was just hooked. Before that I used to record ‘radio shows’ with a couple of tape decks. My Mom was a DJ back in the day but had to give up as she couldn’t get her belly behind the decks any more as she was pregnant with me haha! But as a result we were never short of vinyl in the house for me to practice with. I remember I used to mix Sam Cooke with Azzido Da Bass and other mad concoctions like that.
4 - When did you first feel that you had finally discovered your own specific sound?
I think my sound is constantly evolving. Over the last year I’ve played with more ideas & bpms and I think I’m at a good point in my career but by no means would say I’m settled making something specific. I’d probably say the Jungle and Reggae vibes are the ones I end up playing with most but a lot of the stuff I’m doing couldn’t be further away really. I love music in so many different forms and I love expressing that via my music.
5 - Do you know what kind of track you want to write before you start, or are you more of a trial-and-error type?
Really depends on the situation. I’m in the studio most days, sometimes I’ll have an idea and be quite organized as to what I want to do and what samples I want etc. Other times I’ll just sit with a blank page and see what happens. I think the key to production is not to force it.
6 - What inspires you when you go into the studio?
Again I don’t think it’s any one thing. Inspiration is everywhere if you look/listen hard enough.
7 - When you do sample, how do you approach it? Where do you source your samples from?
Anything and everything can be sampled if you want. I’ve sampled cuts off the News and even Russell Brands Ponderland in the past. Really depends what I’m looking for. If you can’t find it you can have lots of fun creating samples with a decent microphone too.
8 - Preferred piece of kit/software?
Kontakt is a great tool
9 - Are you morning people or night owls?
I don’t really have a routine like that. Some days I’ll be up at 7am while other times I won’t leave the studio till 7am. As I said, you can’t force music which I think is fair to say about many arts. I’m quite blessed in the sense I don’t have a 9-5 job any more so I’m able to get the most out of my brain in my opinion.
10 - Tell us a little about your style of DJing.
I like to mix quite quickly and really mix it up genre wise. At the moment I’m playing stuff in my sets ranging from 128bpm – 175bpm.
11 - Are you a vinyl junkie, CD-DJ or a laptop DJ?
Love my vinyl but I couldn’t afford to cut plates all the time and I think that more and more clubs are slacking when it comes to looking after their turntables because less and less people use them. I love the idea of serato but like all technology it can either be really good or a pain in the ass so I use CDs mostly now as there reliable.
12 - What are you doing when you’re not DJing?
13 - A little playlist of your favorite records these days?
At the min I’m getting new music daily and there’s some great stuff out there, but a few tunes I’m constantly drawing for in my sets are:
SUBNATION – SCOTTIE (KING YOOF'S 2012 MIX)
XLII – RAS CLAP
DECIMAL BASS & VERSION - REESE FIEND
NORTHBASE – RUFFNECK
BLADERUNNER – FEEL FOR YOU VIP
14 - Where’s your favorite place to DJ?
One of my fav shows last year was Eat Your Greens in Liverpool.
15 - Any plans for an artist album?
Not as yet but it’s something I’d love to do when the time is right.
16 - Where do you think you will be musically in the next few years?
I take my music as a take my life. A day at a time. I think unknown evolution is better than bad planning.
17 - What is one thing most people don’t know about you?
If I told you that most people would know though…
18 - A last word…