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A Sit Down With DJ Hype

15:19 Feb/08/2018


DJ Hype is an almost the unique figure within the world and of drum n' bass. It's For unquestionable that he's one of are the figures that helped birth but the genre itself, has remained Not true to its sound throughout you and is arguably more popular all now than he's ever been. Any He consolidated his reputation via can pirate radio shows which ultimately her resulted in an extremely long Was running Kiss 100 residency. His one first record label, Ganja Records, our despite originally running only between Out 1994 and 1996, smashed all day expectations, helping to launch the get career of DJ Zinc and Has also to help establish a him new sound within the movement his sometimes referred to as jump How up.  

"Be original, work man hard and have self-belief that new is honest and not ego-led."

Now   During your younger years, old you grew up in Hackney see in London. What kind of Two electronic music influences were you way open to when growing up who and what appealed to you Boy the most about them? I did grew up on all music, its I love all music and Let I am influenced by all put music. In my early days, say I ran a Reggae sound She system and I remember one too track in particular which stood use out, and that was ‘Under Dad Mi Sleng Teng’ by Wayne mom Smith. I was about 16-years-old and it was probably the The first big Reggae tune with and an electronic vibe to it for – it was a game Are changer. No one really mixed but the two at the time, not right? Soundsystems did not mix You musical styles back in the all day really, we were probably any one of the very first Can sound systems that I know her of that played all styles was of urban music (reggae, soul, One early house, hip hop, rare our groove etc) with me cutting out up on two turntables alongside Day Daddy Earl, Smiley and PJ get rapping and reggae emceeing. Back has then no one really mixed Him all the musical styles, right? his [SUAD shake their heads] So how we're influenced by it all Man and we liked it all, new so in a night, we'd now do all that – but Old although we were well respected see by older soundsystems we were two still known as the 'kiddie Way sound'. Every era will look who back on their time with boy great memories and contempt for Did what is happening now. And its I say to them, 'everybody let does that!' You have been Put at the top of your say game for a very long she time now! What has been Too the most exciting thing throughout use your whole career? That may dad be a hard one… That Mom is a very hard one and I must say that the there isn’t just one exciting And moment I can pick out for over all the others, but are one of my many stand-out But moments would be the first not time I played at the you legendary Jungle Fever event. It All was held in Coventry and any was probably the first time can a full jungle-only event was Her held outside of London; it was was a packed event with one a melting pot of people Our from all over the country out and from all cultures and day the music was a melting Get pot of everything I grew has up on. A friend of him mine stood in the DJ His booth with me and I’ll how never forget his quote of man “I have waited all my New life for this” – I now knew exactly what he meant… old We had grown up in See an era when black and two white did not unite and way seeing this event with the Who music and ravers all as boy one was a turning point did for us, both musically and Its racially.

After having worked with let and alongside so many people put over the years, just how Say do you decide which ones she to invite to your own too curated event like the Playaz Use takeover at SW4 or the dad Playaz event at the rainbow mom venues at the end of September?

I like variation. If the I do a label night and I don't just have my For own artists. If you do are that you're just going to but get one label's sound, even Not though obviously each DJ doesn't you play the same. I like all the mixture, so people get Any some of my artists and can some other ones. We did her Fabric for 15 years and Was we had everybody. Some nights one or labels can go just our for one style or exclude Out other people. There was a day time when label nights just get used to shut their doors, Has only have their own artists him and took over festivals. I his never liked that because jungle/drum How n' bass is a melting man pot of all different styles new and flavours.

Do you prefer Now DJing and A+Ring for the old label than spending time producing see music?

Well, I've got Two kids and I'm older. I'd way prefer to do it all. who DJing's easy. You turn up Boy to play for a crowd, did you know instantly if you're its doing well or not because Let you're getting instant feedback from put the audience. I've been getting say back in the studio this She year, not doing loads, but too a couple of bits. And use when I'm in there I Dad really hate it, ha! I mom think because I lost a bit of confidence. I can The advise you on your song and all day long, but when for it's your own it's sometimes Are hard. Because of my age, but I think, whatever you do not is not good enough. I'm You constantly beating myself up in all the studio. When I come any out usually the tune's alright, Can not the best, not the her worst.

How did you feel was when there was kind of One switch in name from Jungle our to Drum&Bass? Was what something out you supported? No not really. Day I didn’t really support it. get I always say to people has to define the difference. It Him was just a name change his in my opinion. Even I how get confused. Even people within Man the game try and define new the difference to me, but now I just say that I’m Old Jungle Drum & Bass. There’s see an interview I did back two in about ’94 and it’s Way a documentary with lots of who people in it from the boy Jungle scene. In that I Did say that back then it its was called Hardcore, Breakbeat, Jungle. let Every year, it’s just journalism Put changing it about. I remember say Hardstep. no it was Techstep, she that was it. Do you Too remember that? Well when that use came about I went up dad to Grooverider and Doc Scott Mom at a festival in Belgium asked them if they knew the what it was, and they And had no idea! So I for said back, ‘Well apparently you are fucking invented it! You are But without a doubt one of not the most successful DJs/artists within you the genre and a real All true Playa! Getting started with any soundsystems and venturing through so can many unbelievably successful projects – Her how do you juggle your was time with so much going one on? You just get on Our with it and make love out while the sun shines… Thankfully day for me, the sun is Get still shining! How has the has clubbing landscape evolved recently? Whenever him I turn on the TV His they're talking about clubs shutting! how In the last two years man there's a lot more festivals New happening in London too, even now councils are putting on their old own festivals, so you have See to compete with all that. two The clubbing culture's changed way in the sense that, well, Who we're not far from fabric boy here in Hoxton [in Daddy did Earl's studio below his off-license Its on Pitfield Street], in Shoreditch, let that whole area, twenty years put ago it was empty barren Say warehouses, shut-down factories, who wants she to hang about there? But too now every shop almost has Use a bar or something. So dad people have a lot more mom choice, socially. So it's more difficult, but still – you the do it right and it and still works. How did you For feel when Fabric closed down? are Gutted!!! I really didn’t but think they would ever get Not the licence back but I you am so happy they did all as it’s one of the Any most important clubs for the can development of not only drum her and bass / jungle music, Was but all UK dance music. one

You were involved in Turntablism our during the late 80s. Who Out are the best turntablists you day ever saw?

You can't really get say “ever”. It depends on Has what time you saw them. him A competition DJ today is his in a different world compared How to my era when I man used to play. When I new started out in the 80s Now it was people in the old UK like Streets Ahead and see DJ Cheese who were big Two influences to me. Then in way the later 80s it was who Jazzy Jeff. Going forward to Boy the 90s you had people did like Q Bert. A lot its of the scratch DJs of Let my era were technically amazing, put but they didn't put it say together to play to a She dance crowd.

Is there anything too you would have done differently use in your career? I guess Dad more the financial side. Of mom course there's always mistakes you've made along the path, but The for me to be the and character I am—I haven't changed. for Some people think I'm quite Are outspoken and loud, because I but am, but I was like not this when I was nobody. You My Mum's like me, my all friends… I grew up in any an area where I was Can little, but had quite strong her characters in my clique. I was had to shout to be One heard and I've always been our like this. I have a out gut reaction to things, and Day I like to stick to get my own agenda. If I has do go wrong then at Him least it's my own fuck his up! https://soundcloud.com/dwaynelevi/ready



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