The Brink: Conducta
“Music is something that’s constant to me. I’m always listening, producing or talking about it. It never fails to inspire or motivate me.” Meet Conducta...
“Music is something that’s constant to me. I’m always listening, producing or talking about it. It never fails to inspire or motivate me.”
UK Garage now most commonly known as UKG, is a genre that became prominent within the music scene from the early 90’s to mid 00’s. Some of the country’s finest MC’s (Wiley, Dizzee Rascal, Skepta, Kano but to name a few) made their marks within the industry through laying down ‘bars’ on these type of instrumentals.
However with time comes change – an evolution normally takes place. UK Garage (although still around) morphed into the now very popular genre of ‘Grime’. Conducta who is hailed as the ‘The Prince of UKG’ believes it’s important to continue championing a sound that plays such an iconic role within British music.
His new single 'Still You' featuring Lifford is a track that brings back all the familiar sounds we were once used to when listening to the vintage melodies of Garage back in its prime. “Lifford and I tried to make something that could work in the club but have more musical elements from R&B and Garage”.
As Conducta is almost reviving a genre and adding his own unique spin to the productions he makes; he tries his best to evoke feelings from his audiences that give them a real authentic, nostalgic feeling. “My music doesn’t really have a message to it, I want to create more of a vibe when people listen. The best way I can explain it is, when people listen to my music I want it to take them back to how they would feel at an old house party with all their mates.”
Only 22 years young and Conducta has a catalogue that would impress most. He has gone on to remix for Shura (EMI), Alyss (PMR), Taya (Atlantic Records) and Cadenza (Columbia) but to name a few. He has also played alongside the likes of MJ Cole and Wookie – two iconic artists in the music industry. “It was great playing alongside artists, I’ve grown up listening & skanking to. It was amazing to be able to talk and learn from these people from not just a fans point of view but also on a professional level as well”.
It all became real for Conducta when Skrillex's OWSLA label had basically given him the ‘thumbs up’. His work was being embrace on a major scale and he was more than happy about it – “It was a real confidence boost knowing that my UK sound is accessible across the Atlantic. Playing their label showcase in London was a great experience to see that a younger generation of music listeners could still get garage.”
With Grime music becoming ‘mainstream’ in the last few years it was great to hear Conducta’s take on whether or not he thinks UKG could also experience a sort of ‘resurgence’ within the music scene – “It’s great to see Grime at the forefront of UK music culture but at the same time it’s a shame that garage hasn’t been as prevalent considering links both share. I think once there’s more fresh impetus into the garage scene from producers then it’s only natural that garage will re-emerge.”
Words: Fiona Frimpong
Online Edit: Ra'ed Khan