G / MC Blacka
KG MC BLACKA
HOW DID YOU GET INTO THE SCENE? HOW DID YOU GET INTO MCING?
I discovered the scene in the early ‘90s by tuning into pirate stations like Kool Same as most MCs in the scene really. I was a raver, started messing about
FM. The sound I heard was nothing like any music I had heard before. Hearing doing mixtapes, then got onto pirate radio and kept it underground for nearly
samples from records my parents used to play speeded up, I was hooked and ten years learning my trade the hard way. The last couple of years I’ve really
from then on I wanted to make music and become a DJ. pushed myself hard and now things are progressing well. My biggest break
has been getting on Kool FM and becoming a regular feature with Renegade
WHAT TRACKS DO YOU HAVE COMING OUT SOON? Hardware. Those two things have really put me on the map.
So far I have forthcoming ‘Big Muma’ on the Urbanism picture disc series.
‘Apocalypto’ / ‘Remain Where You Are’ on Easy, ‘Stronger & Stronger’ on Fre- WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT PIRATE RA-
quency and ‘I Can’t Take It’ / ‘Lucky Number 17’ on Advanced. I have a ‘Move’ DIO?
remix on Radical Beats and ‘Jungle Story’ featuring MC Tali on Easy Records and I really enjoy interacting with the locked in crew, creating a vibe with the listen-
Sativa, plus a few more remixes and collaborations with some established artists ers. Not everyone can make it down to the dances every week so it’s a great
in the scene. way to reach out to the masses and it keeps you on form.
WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN FIVE YEARS? WHAT’S THE BIGGEST RAVE YOU’VE EVER
To be honest I couldn’t tell you. I know for a fact I will still carry on making music PLAYED?
as it’s a hobby I enjoy too much. I would love to be making a living from my hobby, Bulgaria with Grooverider in front of about 4000 peeps in an ice hockey
but as you know it’s very hard to do so in this day and age. But everyone has to stadium. That was a very messy night.
have dreams and ambitions otherwise life would be pointless. I’m just going to
carry on learning and WHAT’S THE WORST SITUATION YOU’VE FOUND
doing the thing I enjoy the most and if it happens, it happens. YOURSELF?
Things have gone quite smoothly really, although you have your ups and
HOW STRONG IS THE DRUM & BASS SCENE JUST downs. I try and stay focused and not get involved in any politics so can’t really
NOW? say I’ve had any bad situations to be honest.
Production wise and music wise I think the scene is very strong. There’s a lot
of new talent breaking through which is a good sign. Plus a variety of styles are IF YOU COULD GO BACK TO BACK WITH ANY MC,
being played by even prime time DJs on stations like Radio 1, which helps attract WHO WOULD IT BE?
a more diverse and wider audience. On a social level things have really changed; I’ve worked with quite a few established artists in the scene but I’d really like
everything happens via MySpace and AIM which is cool, but I remember the days to link up with GQ. I looked up to him as a raver back in the day so it would be
of Music House, where everyone would share their music and have a laugh. I an honour. I do like to graft and put the work in, and hope to continue pushing
think it would be nice to have something like that in the scene again. myself so that I keep progressing, as I always aim to improve no matter how
far I get.
HOW SUPPORTIVE OF NEW TALENT DO YOU FIND
YOUR FELLOW ARTISTS? WHERE CAN WE SEE YOU PERFORM NEXT?
I think most artists have been very supportive if you have a track and they like it, The next ting you can catch me at is Low Down Deep at Mass in Brixton on
they will play it no matter who it’s by. The music will always do the talking. It’s re- 7 July, plus Renegade Hardware every other month at The End in London.
ally surreal to have artists I have looked up to for years playing my music. I never Innovation In The Sun is coming up soon and I’ve got a few international
thought it would happen so if it can happen to me it can happen to anyone. bookings lined up in Japan, Switzerland and Germany. Also I’ve been working
in the studio on a couple of things with my DJ/producer DJ Stylee (Kool FM)
WHAT PROGRAMS DO YOU USE TO MAKE TUNES? so watch this space as we are gonna be surprising quite a few people with the
I’m software based using Cubase SX3 alongside your standard plugs like Kontakt bits we got coming through.
2, Z3ta and Albino 3.
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