1. Growing Up
Raised by party-crazed, hip-hop-inspired Ewoks on the bass moon of Brisbane, music was encouraged at an early age but through the screen. My fascination with film and sound led to enrolling into film school to pursue a career as a sound engineer. I wanted to make laser sounds and Death Star force field sound FX… then I found house music.
Travelling out of my comfort zone inspires me, whether it be to another country or to see a band play that I’ve never heard of before. I grew up with The Doors and the Stones but my affair with house music was triggered by Pique & Nique – ‘You Will (Miss Me)’ (Kid Crème remix).
3. Your Crew
When I’m not spending my time on studio lockdown you can find me working in the A&R department at Sweat It Out. After a humbling phone call from Team Sweat I couldn’t decline joining the crew – it’s soul-cleansing to talk tunes all day with the people that inspire me.
4. The Music You Make
I make and play boompty beats, head boppin’ ragga tech funk, new school hip house and rasta horn booty jams… I dig shit that’s funky! I’d rather heads down than hands up. My new single on Sweat It Out just dropped; it’s called ‘Shake Yo Hands’, a collab with Matt Sofo. It best sums up my sound. I also have an alias, Mankinde, which allows me to get a little weird in the studio and stretch my legs musically.
5. Music, Right Here, Right Now
I can’t keep up, but it’s very exciting. Kids are so tech-savvy these days and boundaries are being pushed from such an early age. I’m really into RüFüS at the moment, their debut album is dope! Motez, Hot Since 82, Disclosure, Duke Dumont and Justin Martin are frequents in my playlist. I’m excited to see house music be rejuvenated but still tip its hat to the old school.