Hip Hop is and has always been a steady influence for you; in what seems like both your personal and professional life. Who are some of the artists that triggered this core influence for you and why?
I started out listening to the kind of stuff you’d expect in the late 90’s. Until I woke up to ‘A Tribe Called Quest‘ that kind of changed things. Probably my favourite group ever, in any genre. That whole feel-good vibe, perfectly balanced samples and tough drums really got me. I’m also a huge fan of the Dilla school of hip hop and the subsequent beat movement that spawned out of his production style.
You deliver a sensory pleasing combination of genres such as Beat music, Dubstep, Juke, Hip Hop and Garage. What is the one thing that helps tie in the relevance of all these for you?
I went through a lot of musical phases growing up – Classical (Compulsory if you study music!), Metal and Punk, Cheesy ass Rave music, Blues, Jazz, UKG and Jungle. Before eventually really getting into Hip Hop and then Drum&Bass. I think all of those influenced my taste in music so a lot of the time I don’t really always know why I like a tune. My taste in music is always changing. It freaks me out sometimes. Lately (and even in this podcast) I tend to gravitate to a lot of electronic music whose production reminds me of the LA-style beat movement, which I am really into. Some call it “wonky” – bit of a cringe word for me. For those who don’t know, pioneers of that vibe are guys like Flying Lotus, Hudson Mohawke and Devonwho etc.
That depends on what you class as a live instrument. From my side, I’m tempted to say an MPC or a turntable as those are more in line with what I’m doing and/or listening to. I scratch a little and I consider scratching an art-form. I played guitar for many years but admittedly haven’t picked it up in a while. Does my Korg synth count? Is Ableton an instrument? I WILL learn to play drums before I die.
What did you choose to put together in this podcast and why?
For this one I went with some of the “Bass Music” that I’m feeling at the moment as well as some unreleased bits from artists all over the world, which I’m also feeling, obviously. There’s quite a variation from soulful, P-funk style Dubstep to straight up wonky house, UK Funky, Garage and some “130” stuff (basically, music around 130IDM that nobody is brave enough to put it in a box). There’s also some Juke/Footwork thrown in there which is essentially 160IDM bass music, originally out of Chicago. Producers are getting really creative with that tempo lately.
Wow that was a long time ago… back when Marvel was kind of a hot-spot for different genres. I have fond memories of playing the 1-4 slot on a Friday and having that place packed out with people just getting down to classic Hip Hop and knowing every joint. I guess one memory that sticks out was dropping Danny Breaks’s “Jellyfish” at like 4.05am after the manager had already forced me to turn the music off and everybody losing their shit. Good times.
What can we expect next from White Nite?
I’m sitting on a lot of my own productions and collabs that have not seen the light of day. I’m really keen to get those out this year so I can hit reset and start making some new stuff. Also, my group ETC’s album will be dropping finally after a seriously long wait. Other than that, just looking to keep my DJ game up and consistent. I’ll be doing weekly Thursday nights with my man Remy Gold at The Waiting Room in Long Street from this month onwards – tell your friends!