Bazza is a Bristol based, born and bred Producer and DJ that we became aware of a little while back. Clearly really passionate about what he does and a proactive guy in the scene, we recently heard his B2B with Dissident on 10Twenty Radio and wanted to know more about his movements so we brought him here to chat about himself, his inspirations and his debut EP "Dead Caller / Black Edge" out on Triangulum Recordings.
Firstly, introduce yourself.
Hi, hello, yo I'm Bazza. 21 Years old, born and lived in bristol all 21 years. I mainly produce what I call grime and generally mix grime.
How have you found growing up in Bristol?
Growing up in Bristol is such a fortunate thing if you're really passionate about music, especially when you look at the music that come's out of it.
How did you get into mixing & production and who were your early inspirations?
I started off mixing when i was younger. I was 14 when i got my first pair of turntables..belt driven of course! Once i started getting more and more into it until i began to get the hang of beat-matching. A year on, 15 years old I found dubstep and started buying vinyl after vinyl of it from chemical records and slowly started developing my own taste and discovering bristol's own talents, such as RSD, Jakes, Joker, Ginz, Guido, Mensah, Peverlist, Gemmy, Wedge and so on!
So your debut release 'Dead Caller & Black Edge', is out on Essex-based label Triangulum Recordings; tell us about that.
So it's a two-track release, the idea behind both of these tracks comes from the atmosphere and energy I experience when I go out to events. Dead Caller came about a short while after I invested in some hardware. I was playing around with the synth and suddenly made a sound that struck me and made me stop. It sort of gave me a snippet of the finished track and what direction to take. I really like the energy of the track, its not what you expect it to be but it works. Meanwhile Black Edge came from the feelings and experiences I have when I remember back a few years ago seeing dubplates being played for the first time by Pinch at St Pauls Carnival. Something about not knowing the music that's about to be played and the sense of unknown gave me the direction for this track. I could see myself cutting it and playing it out when i was done making the intro.
You recently joined Dissident on his show on 10Twenty Radio, how did you come to working with him and other artists?
I mainly end up meeting other artist's from going out or performing, or even just talking to the familiar faces that you see when you go to the same type of events. I've met a lot of people from just going to the same sort of line ups and just talking because you always see them around. I think it's healthy to just go to a random night where you don't know everyone there and just network and create new relations, meet new artists & like minded people. The show I did with Eoin (Dissident) for 10Twenty's Relaunch, Me and Dissident talk a lot about similar opinion's we have about music and have a very similar style and taste in music and had been meaning to do a show together for some time now. The relaunch seemed the perfect opportunity so we did it. We previously did a show alongside each other earlier this year on Radar Radio as part of DJ Stolen's Bristol Takeover featuring myself, Roy Bar, DJ Stolen, Dissident, Lemzly Dale and more. It was a really good experience and good fun.
What can we expect to hear from you in the future?
I've been working with a few people, I'm currently doing a project with an artist that goes by the name MRo. She produces and sings her own material. Her taste is, how can i explain it, sort of if Florence the machine & Katy B were one person. We're currently working on lyrics for something. Another artist I feel like i need to mention working with is Ghostly on my track Forgotten Past. I pitched an idea to him after hearing him on Spyro's grime show a couple times, he also did a dubplate for me awhile before I even thought of having him on Forgotten Past. I wanted to give Ghostly his first release, his first feature, and so I did.
Other than that, you can expect to hear a lot more from me in the future, I have a project that's nearly wrapped up. I'd like to see myself in a few years time headlining some events or even just playing on the same line up as the people that inspire me such as Joker, Boofy and Grandmixxer.
You can listen to a preview of Bazza's EP below.
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