Tell us a bit about yourself
I am a DJ/Producer from London, currently managing Undiluted Records, and a co-owner of Octave Recordings. I also have releases featured on various labels including Logan D’s Subway Soundz/Nu Elementz Murda Soundz & Fatman D’s Bio Beats. In addition, I host a monthly radio show on Kool London on a Sunday night and a quarterly takeover on Rough Tempo. In the past I did guest mixes for Radio 1Xtra and Kiss 100. I was previously part of the legendary Blackmarket Records or BM Soho, as it was later called.
How did you get involved in managing Undiluted Records?
I have known DJ Brockie for many years as were from the same area. I think it became a thing when I just started helping getting stuff out there. Again, after many years being quiet, it was a natural progression into running the label.
For those who don’t know, tell us a bit about Octave recordings and how it began. How did you get into music production? What were the initial steps?
Octave came about when I started to manage Undiluted, which is Brockie’s label. I wanted a label that I could have more control over and if I needed to release my own stuff, I could do so when I wanted. I got into production, working with legends such as DJ Trend. We worked on a few projects under alias names back in the day. We also collaborated with Nico from No U turn & Break & Silent Witness, but left the production alone until a few years ago when Origin offered some studio time and it went on from there. Artists like Annix Nu Elementz & Turno, doing collabs with them, taught me a lot of stuff.
How would you describe your production style?
People would say Jump Up but I don’t like that term. I would prefer more dance floor DnB.
Was there a moment or a tune or a DJ set that made you decide you were going to produce?
Not really, I just love DJ’ing and it’s always been my passion. I suppose nowadays it’s become more of a thing to be an artist. People want to see those who make the music. It’s like that in all other genres, so it’s naturally progressed like that in DnB, I suppose.
Can you offer us a glimpse into those sound systems and pirate stations, what they were about and what it meant to be a part of it
Playing out as a group was fun – you were with your friends, just having fun. Playing at house parties used to be real fun. Back in the day, pirates were the only way you would be heard other than tape packs, so everyone wanted to be part of a radio. Now all you need is Facebook Live and the world can see you DJ.
Which events from over the years in your illustrious career really stick in your mind and why?
There were so many, I can’t mention one. They were all memorable. Just being able to play the music I make and to people around the world gives me pleasure.
What was your first experience of Upfront Drum & Bass music and how did you get into the sound?
It was mainly listening to Brockie & Det on Kool. It’s amazing they’re still smashing it to this day.
Who were your major influences in terms of music production?
No U Turn, Mampi Swift. I used to like all the heavy stuff, but then people like Hazard and Twisted Individual got me more into the dance floor side of things.
If you could work on a track with anyone from now or way back then, who would it be?
I really like the people I’ve worked with and I’m pleased they’re doing well. Annix Turno, Nu Elementz, Dominator. I’m sure we will get back on some collabs soon.
And if you could remix any tune of your choice, which one would you choose and why?
Mampi Swift-The One
Tell us about any other music-related stuff you’re involved in
I’m going to start my nights “This is underground” back up again. I used to organise nights that fused all the underground music together: DnB, Grime, Garage, Dubstep etc. I want to do a few nights again.
Could you offer a bit of advice for an up and coming producer?
Just to study and take time! Everybody wants to be big too quick and I think a lot of people need the right advice to be better. Just take time and stick to it. Hard work pays off!
Where have you DJ’ed?
All over the world. The one country I haven’t actually played in is Australia, but it’s on the cards soon.
When receiving demos for the label, what do you look for in a track?
A good clean production and a vibe that will smash the dance floors.
Any final words and shout outs?
Shouts to Brockie, IC3, NU Elementz, Fatman D, Nickyblackmarket, Funsta and anyone else that knows me.
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