How did you first get into Dance music and who initially inspired you?
In the early 90’s when I first started Djing I was a DnB / Jungle head, doing pirate radio, inspired by a close friend who’s now part of the DnB outfit Universal Project..
Around the mid 90’s I was introduced to proper house by a good friend who I was working with at Virgin Records, DnB was getting a bit hard and I was looking for something with a little more funk and soul… MAW and Mood II Swing were a huge influence on me getting properly into house..
How did your association with Defected come about: what makes the label unique for you, and how do you see radio’s place in today’s cultural landscape?
The link to Defected actually came through soul heaven who I’m a resident DJ for… Defected drafted me in to work on the soul heaven label which was then in a joint venture with Defected.. It all just grew from their 6 years ago… When my 5 year contract with bbc 1xtra came to an end it was the natural progression to host the Defected radio show…. Radio has become a different animal these days, people are free to pick and choose what they listen to rather than be spoonfed via commercial radio.. Soundcloud and online radio has changed things for the better !
Your latest remix is for Knee Deep ‘All Nite’. How did you construct the remix?
I was actually away in Thailand when I started work on the remix, started with a solid beat and just built a nice bass groove that worked with the vocal, then the Systematik deep mix came a little later when I was back in london, I just felt the vocal could work with a deeper vibe – Systematik is a new alias I’m gonna be running with for the deeper sound..
Songs are having a resurgence in House music. From your perspective how do you feel about song writing and soul – is music coming full circle?
Yeah it’s great real house music is making a return, electro and minimal have kinda died off… There’s a huge scene in South Africa for house music which is great, it’s mainstream over there..
What are your plans for 2012 both as a Dj and Producer?
2012 I plan to push the Systematik thing a little more with the deeper sounds… DJ wise I wanna make my debut trip to South Africa and play back in the states in the summer…