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CHASING INTERVIEWS: ‘Smash’ reveals all in exclusive interview

Tell us about your history in getting to your success today ?

I have a degree in animation but then I discovered music production and audio engineering and gravitated towards it in my mid twenties. My journey has taken me to living and training in the Caribbean, starting off as a studio assistant and then working up to being a producer and engineer. After 4 years abroad, I’m no residing back in the UK running a studio and also Lecturing at the Academy of Contemporary Music teaching music production and audio engineering.

Where do you come from ?

I was born in England, my mother is from Trinidad and my dad is from Mauritius.

When did you start making music?

I have always been into music, that transformed into DJ-ing in my teens, but it was just a hobby. After obtaining my BA in Animation thats when I started to get into music production and I started taking it seriously.

How did you get into music was it through friends ?

After graduating with my degree in animation I was doing a freelance Job in Brixton. It was in a complex that housed many offices and studio spaces. A lot of then were occupied by creatives, from filmakers, dancers, music studio producers. I was at this job for like 8 months and got to know some of the music studio owners and one day I asked if I can have a dabble for a few hours. I instantly fell in love with it and the rest is history.

What is the most challenging part in your life ?

Being creative can be tough for anyone, I already had a degree and was very good at what I was doing with art and animation so for me it was uprooting myself to follow my dream and start all again to learn something different.


Are you currently signed ?

I am an independent however I have a management deal with 1 2 One Entertainment.

Who inspires you the most into making more music?

Tough question, but I think Bob Marley, Michael Jackson and producer Quincy Jones.

What do you want music fans to take away after listening to your music

That they have not just heard something I have done or something I have contributed towards, but they have experienced something about who I am.

Any new Drops or videos coming out soon ?

Yes! Working very closely with Krishane (son of the Reggae legend Barrington Levy). We have something we have been working on few things now for a while, things will drop as and when its ready, so watch this space, its happening soon!


What is the top of your career so far ?

When I started teaching students at a degree level. I’ve not been formally trained in music, so I always had a self belief that I couldn’t teach it. Its very touching when some of these kids are so eager to learn from you.

Do you make your own music? and who do you collab with?

Yes, pretty much all of my music is created and mixed by me. I have worked and collaborated with other producers, I think more now than ever collaboration is important.


Who is one artist you wish you could work with?

Ok someone who is no longer with us: Michael Jackson, I think doing a record with him will not just be the creation of something memorable, but I believe I would have been pushed and taken away some valuable lessons about music and life. The other person(s) would be the Marley brothers especially Jr. Gong and Stephen.


Tell us about any new singles or videos you have coming out ?

I have a record with Krishane called Lockdown that has been in development for a while now.

What does your daily schedule look like ?

Always a cup of tea to start the day, after it all depends on if I’m teaching or not. If I’m teaching all day, I will very rarely end up in the studio in the evening unless its a must. I’ve started to value my down time as much as my time creating, that balance is important. If I’m not teaching, it all depends how I feel, I might make some music, or finish off any pending mixes, but if I’m not doing any of those things I dedicate time to learn new things about what I’m doing within music and audio engineering, this industry moves very fast and I think that its important to always be a student to your craft.


what else do you enjoy ?

When I’m not in the studio I really enjoy cooking.

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