Can you tell us about how you first became involved with DJing and your influences?

I started DJing about 8 years ago at house parties with my friends, after I got my own place in the city I spent a lot of time going to clubs to check out all kinds of nights around the Glasgow scene. I loved what I heard and I knew I had to get a set of decks of my own. 

I play a lot of house and disco, but I also have a lot of interest in Detroit techno, hip-hop, and Memphis rap. 
My main influences as a DJ are Frankie Knuckles, Larry Levan, Moodyman, DJ Premier, and DJ Screw. 

How did you first become involved with Tabac and gain a residency there as a DJ?

I worked at Tabac for around 5 years; in that time, I was promoted to supervisor and took over the DJ Rota and Promotions for the venue. I made sure that the line-up kept interesting over the years and ran events that kept Tabac’s reputation as a live DJ venue as well as the city’s best cocktail bar. After I left Tabac, I passed the torch to one of my close friends, who had been the resident DJ since the beginning, and I took my own place as a resident around the same time. 

Can you tell us a bit about how you prepare each set?

For each set, I always bring a lot of fresh music. Sometimes I’ve only heard a song once before I play it out at a gig, but I mix it with a lot of music in my library that I’ve built over years of playing bars and clubs around the city. This allows me to find new mixes and blends every time I do a set, and usually the longer I play, the more genres I’m able to cover. 

How has the HND Sound Production course helped you? Which skills, knowledge, or classes have been the most useful for you?

The Sound Production course has provided me with a lot of useful knowledge and the skills I’m learning have not only given me a better understanding of sound but confidence in my abilities. 
Each subject has peaked my interest in different ways, but I’d have to say that the work I’ve done in my D.A.W., Recording and Mixing, Skills for Business, and Sound for Live Events classes have been the most useful while DJing and doing live events but I’ve also came a lot further with my own music productions. 
Using my new understanding of Ableton and my ability to mix and master to an extent, I’ve been able to incorporate my own productions into DJ sets and I know how to distribute my music and the various legal aspects when it comes to recording and releasing. 

Why did you want to study at Riverside Music College?

I was at a bit of a crossroads with my career paths and felt I had to start pursuing something that I’ve always had an interest in. After I did some research, I decided that RMC was the top contender for where I wanted to study. When I went to my interview, I was in awe at the knowledge and industry experience of everyone involved, and coupled with the quality of the studio spaces, I felt that it was the right choice. 

What are your future plans?

I plan to continue my passion for DJing, but with a focus on my own productions and the creation of my own label in the future. 

I am currently part of OCR (Occult Records), which is an underground rap collective I started with my friend back in 2019. I intend to use my new production skills to release an album under OCR this year, while continuing to improve my skills and working on my solo projects for the future.

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