Bristol born, now London based - at only 21, Conducta has his finger firmly on the UK Garage scene. With big support for his new EP City Breeze, we were excited to chat to him for the launch of coconutonline.co.uk. He's a sound guy with a solid sound, here's what he had to say...
"Whatever I produce I'm just always trying to make sure it's something I enjoy and can dance to, those are the essentials for me."
How did growing up in Bristol influence your music style?
My first experience with music from Bristol came from hearing Joker's Gully Brook Lane. After hearing that me and my friends kept looking for similar artists with the "Purple" sound. That then led to discovering more artists such as Mensah and Gemmy which had a big impact on my early days of producing. Obviously Bristol is brewing with so many styles and towards my latter teenage years exploring the night life exposed me to alot more of what the city had to offer.
Did moving to London help that progress even further?
When I first moved to london 3/4 years ago that was when disclosure were popping off and there was the alleged "UKG resurgence". It was good because I then started to get on line ups supporting the likes of MJ Cole and sunship. Like Bristol, london is a melting pot of so many sounds and cultures and being there allowed me to absorb a lot more and hone in on my sound.
"I've always loved looking back at the footage from raves like Sun City and La Cosa Nostra. They seemed to carry the perfect vibe"
Were there any events or producers you saw live growing up that particularly influenced you?
I feel as if I'm still definitely growing up now! but I've always loved looking back at the footage from raves like Sun City and La Cosa Nostra. They seemed to carry the perfect vibe. A defining moment was definitely when I attended a music workshop with Foreign Beggars. At the time me and my cousins were making music as a trio with two of us producing and the other Mcing. They gave really valuable advice and it was actually from meeting them I learnt to DJ.
What's your favourite gig you've been to and favourite you've played in Bristol to date?
Don't think I've had a bad gig in Bristol to date. Two most notable definitely have to be with Take Off at Timbuk2 with Royal T & Crux at the Crofters right with Notion. Best gig I've been to in Bristol to date is the "who cares" Monthly night.
Do you find you get a lot of bookings in Bristol because you have roots here or is it spread pretty evenly between Bristol, London and other UK cities?
I think it's spread evenly between other uk cities. Both bristol and london have a vibrant nightlife with promoters looking to put on good nights.
"I draw a lot of influence from the many genres I listen to, then take what I think are best elements from them and try to fuse them in my productions"
Is there a certain feeling that comes with playing in your hometown/city?
Yeah it feels great. It's good to see familiar faces and link up with my local producers friends.
Although you're producing UK Garage there's definitely a fresh new element to it, what other genres have influenced your sound?
I draw a lot of influence from the many genres I listen to, then take what I think are best elements from them and try to fuse them in my productions. I think RnB, Grime and 90s house have influenced my production more so.
Do you ever have a day where you fancy producing something a bit chilled, a bit more downtempo or is it straight up floor filling UKG all the way?
Whatever I produce I'm just always trying to make sure it's something I enjoy and can dance to, those are the essentials for me.
If anyone reading this hasn't heard your stuff before, what track would you recommend they start with?
Conducta - City Breeze
Where else can we see you play soon?
You can catch me at - 23rd January at Lakota, Bristol. 30th January at Birthdays, London. 1st February at Crofters Rights, Bristol. 8th February at Ponana, Bath and 13th February at TBC, Bristol
You can listen to newest track, Felt this Way with Notion below. Look out for City Breeze also on Soundcloud.
Interview by Beth Sheldrick
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