We went for a walk with the Bristol based producer to chat about UK Garage and the roles that social media and Scott Garcia had in launching his career...
"Ultimately I want the garage scene to move forward and flourish like all good club music scenes do."
You seem to be really busy at the moment, what's your main focus within UK Garage right now?
My main focus is to get the music heard more and more. I've managed to meet a really good group of DJs and producers who are pushing the new garage scene and together we are starting to support each other. But I still rarely get booked outside of Bristol so I want to branch out more. Ultimately I want the garage scene to move forward and flourish like all good club music scenes do. Right now, sadly it's a bit disjointed so hopefully between the lot of us we can really get an exciting scene going that is constantly embracing new talent.
Is there a particular track of your's that got things going?
My remix of 'Steve Gurley - Walk On By' with Mc Neats G.A.R.A.G.E vocal over the top is what really seemed to grab peoples attention. Shout out to Scott Garcia for suggesting to add Mc Neats vocal, as that really made the track. More recently though, my refix of 'N'n'G - I Keep' has had a lot of attention.
Is it true that Scott Garcia found you via Twitter?
Yes. It was really out of the blue. I tweeted Beat1 who are a promo company (who I now do remixes for), asking them how to get on the promo list, and Scott replied to it asking if he can get some music on his label. What was weird for me was I only had a few garage tracks on Soundcloud at that time as I had mostly been releasing breaks tracks. But just by chance I was currently working on a 2 step vocal track with a vocalist so I sent that over to him. He then asked if I wanted Mc Neat on the track, which I obviously said yes to!
Was it your involvement with Scott and Kronik records that helped build interest in your UK garage productions?
100% yes. My Walk On By remix went out for free download through the Kronik Soundcloud, and later I did a remix of Poison for Kronik. So yeah that was pretty much my introduction to the garage world and what a way to get started it was. Big up Scott for that.
You're featured on Slime Recording's Future Sounds of Garage compilation, were there any producers that you were particularly excited to be on there with?
Before the release I didn't really know who was going to be on it, I was just happy to be included on what I knew would be a great compilation. But to see Conducta and Mind of a Dragon on there was good. Also Bad Habits vocal track on there is a massive tune. I have since met Lojik and Jawji too who are Bristol based as well.
The compilation has been at #1 in the Juno Downloads Garage chart for a few weeks, has the success of that filtered through and impacted your career?
Its hard to know really, but it's a good look for me and I am sure it has helped opened up some doors for the future and attracted some more people to my music.
We don't often see collaborative tracks from you, is there anyone you'd like to work with or is that just not for you?
Myself and Mind of a Dragon spent a weekend at mine recently, and we got 3 tracks done. One will be released on Slime next year, one is going to be released on Bumpa Funk Records and the third one we haven't found a label for yet. I will collaborating with DJD at the end of month which is exciting as we have a few Mc's booked in for that, plus we will be working on some bass/breaks stuff too. Also Scott as hinted at collaborating one day, so fingers crossed.
What can we expect from you over the next year?
Lots of garage music lined up for release on various labels already so prepare to be bombarded. But as well as a continuation with everything I've been doing garage wise, I have been getting a lot interest for my breaks and bass style music. So I will probably be releasing even more of that style next year. I have had a few breaks releases this year and I've done a lot of remixes too, so with some exciting things happening from that I plan to put more time into it.
I'd just like to shout out to all the people who I've met over the last year who are strongly contributing to pushing garage forward and I think everyone should take notice of: Scott Garcia, DJ Cartier, Mike Delinquent, Mc Kie, Al Chewy, DJD, Andy (Slime Records), Mind of a Dragon, Smokey Bubblin' B, DJ Redhot, Too Bad DJs, Jay and Mikki from iloveukg.com, Jepadee, Marvel, Mike Milrain, E1D, Mr Brains, DJ Brite, Fame, Spin.E.B, Operator S/Doctor Nick, DJ Maxxi.
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