He’s the London DJ and producer who’s remixed tracks from Bipolar Sunshine, Raleigh Ritchie and Yousef and impressed the likes of Annie Mac, Pete Tong and Danny Howard. Going places? We think so.
How did it all start for you?
I’ve been playing piano since I was 4, but didn’t really take it seriously until much later. When I was 16, I went to a pub with a couple of mates and they played me this grime track they’d made the night before. I was blown away at the fact that they had created this from scratch – it sounded like it could be on the radio. I made them leave the pub and take me straight to their place to show me how it all worked. He gave me a copy of the software “Fruity Loops” and that was it. I’ve been producing music ever since.
What does your typical day look like?
Normally in the morning, I’m catching up on emails, speaking with my label and discovering new music. I’m pretty hands-on with my releases as there’s a lot to be done in promoting a record. Most weekdays I have sessions with other writers or artists in the day. We normally start around midday and spend the first few hours getting to know each other (if we haven’t already met). Then it just depends on the day – some sessions can go on until really late in the night. We’ll grab dinner and come back to the studio. I also try to go to as many shows as I can, if I have a night free.
Describe your sound in three words…
Bouncey, wavey, vibey
What was your most memorable gig?
I played a back to back set in a mixed gender toilet with TCTS, George Kwali, Blonde, Just Kiddin, Fabich & Parx last weekend at ADE. That was pretty surreal – the toilet was rammed and people were trying to leave the club just to get in.
What did you have on your playlist growing up?
Strictly 90’s R&B. My brother is 14 years older than me so his friends raised me on that stuff. Donell Jones, Ginuwine, Blackstreet, Boys II Men, Musiq Soulchild, Montell Jordan.
What’s the last song you listened to?
Jessie Reyez – Phone Calls
Who’s the coolest person you’ve met?
If you could collab with anyone who would it be and why?
Rihanna. She turns songs into classics. I would love to do something really left field with her, because she can make anything sound accessible.
What does 2017 have in store for you?
The remix package for Stars In The Shade comes out in a few weeks. I also have a new collaboration with Marvin Humes called “Girls On The Floor” coming out this Friday 27th on all platforms. Then back to the studio to finish a whole bunch of new music.
What advice would you give anyone wanting to get into music?
Make as much music as you can, whenever you can. Creativity is about volume. All the greatest artists, from Mozart to Picasso, produced thousands of compositions, and only a handful of their works are considered classics.
My style is…
Simple, monochromatic, no obvious written labels/brands.
I really can’t live without…
A comfortable blanket.
At the weekend I can be found…
Lying in my comfortable blanket.
My special skills are…
Lying about mundane things. Telling questionable dad jokes. World-class card magic.
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Follow him @aminor