Get To Know: Conducta
This week we're shining a spotlight on 'The Prince Of UKG' in our latest introducing interview...
This week's Get To Know is with the current 'Prince Of UKG' - Conducta. Having had the seal of approval from Jorja Smith, J Hus, AJ Tracey, Suspect, Loyle Carner and more, the DJ/producer is at the forefront of reigniting the UK Garage movement.
He's gone from Soundcloud to performing with childhood heroes DJ EZ, MJ Cole, Craig David and more this year, so we took it upon ourselves to find out a bit more about the man himself in this week's introducing interview...
1) For those who don’t know about you and your music, tell us a little bit about who you are and where you’re from…
"I'm Conducta - I come from Bristol & I'm now living in West London. I make UK Garage and unfortunately I support Arsenal. You may also recognise me from First Dates…"
2) Describe your sound in three words…
"Bubbly, Uplifiting, Energetic."
3) Who inspired you to start a career in music?
"Me and my cousins were all in a group together when we were younger & we pushed each other after making tune after tune. I got really into production and it went from there."
4) Who are your biggest musical influences?
"DJ-wise I've taken great inspiration from Heartless Crews' DJ Fonti, Tuff Jam, and lots of other DJs from old garage tapepacks like DJ EZ & Martin Liberty Larner. With my production, I've taken a lot of inluemce from the RnB world: Teddy Riley, Timbaland, Jermain Dupri. I then tried to fuse that with more contempoary producers and garage musicians such as MJ Cole, Zed Bias, and Joker."
5) Tell us about the writing and recording process for your new single/album…
"In regards to Kiwi Kuts, the process was just to free myself of any contraints and make music with freedom - so you have a raw assortment of my style and what Garage music means to me. I thought the best way for people to take that in would be in mixtape format to give it an old school feel. Similar to when Heartless Crew relased Crisp Biscuit."
6) What can we expect from your live shows?
"Klub Kiwi in October is gonna be one massive house party in The Nest, in East London, taking the most promising and exciting acts and DJs of current UK undergorund culture and giving it a real garage flavour. Lots of speical guests and lots of energy. My reference for these parties has been the old school Garage packs I used to listen to and hear crowds go crazy for. For me, it's about making sure my live shows demonstrate what Garage means to me specifically, now, rather than rehashing whats been done before."
7) What has been your biggest career highlight so far?
"I'm hoping my party at The Nest!! I'd say to date though, working with and playing alongside Craig David, other legendary artists and everyone being so incredibly supportive of what I've been trying to do - I’m grateful."
8) Have you met anyone and been totally starstruck?
"I bumped in to the singer Mario at a party once and was lost for words. He had the maddest shape up I've ever seen, it was like 1080p. I text my sister ‘Yoooooo Mario is standing next to me'. I spudded him and kept it moving though!"
9) What’s on your iPod/playlists that people wouldn’t expect?
"I'm really feeling this French rapper called Niska at the moment. His recent album Commando has bangers. Definitely one of my favourite releases of the year."
10) When can we see you live?
"You can see me at:
Brighton - Patterns - 2nd November
Cardiff - Buffalo Bar - 16th November
Newcastle - World HQ - 7th December
London - Jazz Cafe - January 18th."