Birmingham seems to breed a lot of talent. From Black Sabbath to Hannah Wants and from The Streets to Goldie, something in the water there sparks up some of the most imaginative and colourful production. Normally, people look to London, Manchester, Bristol and Liverpool as the musical mecca’s of the UK, but Birmingham has raised thousands of household names.
Bassboy is one of them.
The Brummy based producer and DJ has been behind some of the best bassline tracks over the last 9 years. Supporting Preditah on his nationwide ‘Circles’ tour and working alongside the likes of Skepta, Trilla and Slimzee, Bassboy has seen his infectious remixes and four to the floor beats decimate clubs up and down the country. With releases on Tumble Audio, 3000 and Deeprot he’s definitely someone you should catch this summer if you get the opportunity.
We caught up with him to chat about getting booked for a gig before he could even DJ and what direction he’s pushing his music in.
Where did the inspiration for the name come from?
The name Bassboy came as a joke. I recall being at an event called ‘The Bassline Awards’. I said to my mate “I’m just going to call myself Bassboy and start making bassline music and win an award next year haha.” He was like “whatever.” By the end of the next year I hadn’t won any awards but I was very popular playing across the whole UK.
When did you start DJ’ing?
I started DJ’ing in 2007. I have always been a bedroom producer so I never really had early influences when it came to DJ’ing. I got in to it kind of unexpectedly. I had promoters ringing me that had heard my tunes. This was before I even knew how to DJ! One promoter offered me £1500 to DJ in Leeds , so I had to link up with my friend DJ Biggoss and practice for 2 weeks to learn how to DJ before the event. I suppose people that hear your music assume you can DJ if you’re making tracks, but this wasn’t the case in the beginning.
How do you normally go about preparing a set? What influences the track listing?
I always make playlists in my spare time. I normally make genre playlist’s that I can play to a certain type of crowd or a certain type of event.
What has been the high point so far in your career, what really sticks out to you?
Wow, erm I’m not sure about this. I appreciate every moment. Doing music just makes me so happy and high anyway so I couldn’t really pick out one specific moment.
If you had to choose between DJ’ing or producing, which one and why?
It would definitely be producing. I have always loved making music even though my mix-downs are not great haha. DJ’ing is great but I never even set out to be a DJ. As I said, I was producing and making tunes and then suddenly people wanted me to play events. It kind of just happened, I was roped in to it.
What is one track that never gets old for you no matter how many times you hear it?
It’s a bit of a classic. Jamiroquai – Virtual Insanity
What is one track that got popular that you can’t stand?
Gangnam Style for obvious reasons.
The worst thing that has happened to you whilst producing / DJ’ing so far?
I dunno if you mean whilst I was actually making a beat or in general since I’ve been producing. If you mean whilst I was on my computer producing, it would be tipping a cup of water over my laptop and losing everything on there. If you mean in general, it would be breaking my left femur when I was out in Ayia Napa.
What is one subgenre you think doesn’t get the attention it deserves?
Hmmm, bassgrime. A blend of bassline and grime because there is not enough people making it out there at the moment but they need to!
What can we expect to see from you in the future?
I am currently working on more bass generated music mixing up styles of bassline, UKG and grime. My new EP date is still TBC. But I will be playing in various place’s throughout the year and hopefully some festivals this summer so keep your eyes peeled!
If you’re a fan of the intoxicating basslines you’ve heard or just want to to see what festivals and events Bassboy is playing at, follow his social media below.