Where are you currently based in the UK and what is the music scene like there?
I’m currently based in Brixton, London. It’s a vibrant place and has been a key part of London’s music culture since the 1950s. There’s a record shop near my place called Soul Proprietors, my friend who runs the place gets a lot of rare groove, funk, soul and hip hop. It’s always a fun way to spend a couple hours in there digging for bits I’ve never heard before.
How did you first start making music?
I first started DJing when I was about 15, and it wasn’t soon after I found that passion, I wanted to explore making my own beats. I think my first program I was using was reason 2.5. It was the first time I found a way for me to express my ideas in my own space. I loved staying up all night making beats so I could share them with my friends, even though they were super rough and all over the place!
What have you been working on recently?
I have recently been working on tracks for my album. Some are ready, some are still in the process. I also just got back from my first Asia DJ tour which was nuts! Had a great time.
What themes/concepts does your work explore?
I have always wanted to draw out an emotional response from people with my music. With beat making it’s very much a personal preference / on-going experiment on what sounds and melodies to use to do this. In terms of collaborating with songwriters I always like to spend time just chatting with them about what’s going on currently rather than try and put yourself in a position that you’re not really in. It’s easier to write about stuff your experiencing at the time.
Who are you listening to at the moment?
Jengi, Wantigga, Jael. There’s a lot of good shit coming out of the Netherlands at the moment.
How did you meet and get to work with Nono?
Like most of the sessions that come through, my management and myself discuss and find people online that we like the sound of. I met Nonô for the first time when she came into the studio. There wasn’t that much expectation, but we got on so well in the session and it was actually a lot of fun to write with her. It’s always good to work with someone who’s not just talented but who you have fun with on a personal level
What do you like to do away from music?
Cooking a 12-hour tonkotsu ramen, it’s kinda similar to making a beat.
Top 5 dream collaborators?
J Cole, Kaytranada, Bobby Caldwell, Patrice Rushen, Bonobo
Any plans to tour Australia soon?
We’re looking into it for later in 2019 / beginning of 2020. I have family in Aus and there’s so much good music that comes out of Aus, I can’t wait to play there.
What do you have planned for 2019?
Really just finishing the album, DJ’ing – there will be some US dates, and dropping singles.
Favourite food and place to hang out in your hometown?
I love Asian food! Ramen, hotpot, Korean BBQ
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