Low Steppa Chats to The Idle Man

Low Steppa
Low Steppa

Ahead of his new EP release, festival season appearances and recently announced residency at Sankeys Ibiza for 2016, Low Steppa gives us the low-down of his movements in this exclusive interview.

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The iconic DJ has made his mark in Britain’s contemporary house music crowds. Low Steppa kick started a musical revolution with the release of his bootleg rendition of Route 94’s ‘My Love’ that saw over 2.2 million views on Soundcloud. From then Low Steppa has been tantalising his audiences with his setlists and EPs that are filled with bassy goodness and deep house drops that speak to any true house fan. With Low Steppa’s experience and ear for house beats, he has made a smooth transition to establishing one of Britain’s highly respected imprints Simma Black Records that regularly dominates in Beatport and Traxsource.

Aside from his soon to be released solo projects, Low Steppa has busily been expanding his high profile collaboration repertoire, dropping his new track ‘Runnin’’ featuring Kelli-Leigh, a track that coaxed listeners with its unearthly drum and bass flavour. Whilst outside the studio, due to the growing popularity of Low Steppa’s deep-house raves, he has secured a highly sought-after residency at The Redlight in Ibizia’s fastest growing club, Sankeys.

So with Sankey’s 2016 season just about to kick off, a solid calendar this festival season and the release of his latest single, Low Steppa spares some time to tell us about his year so far, his upcoming shows, new solo EP and his producing projects.

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First off, how’s your year been so far? Any major highlights?

It’s been non stop so far, USA in January was mint. I was surprised how housey I got to play my sets: they lapped it up. It’s always nice to not feel like you have to play pure banging tracks because that’s not what I’m about which may surprise some people. I just played Defected In The House at Motion in Bristol, that was a lot of fun and GLAS in Birmingham was insane!

You’re gonna be taking up residency in Sankeys this year as part of Redlight. Excited for it? What can we expect from your sets?

Yeah I’m excited to be back there this year and the lineups look even stronger than last year, it’s going to be crazy. Again I want to take it as housey as possible this season but still throw in some big tracks and classics, plus obviously testing out new stuff I’m working on. It’s an amazing soundsystem in Sankeys Ibiza so no better place to try stuff out. It might well be my birthday at one of them too, let’s see if I get a cake.

You’ve got a slew of shows and festivals to play this year. What ones are you most looking forward to?

V Festival will be madness, really excited for that, MADE Festival in Birmingham too will be very special, last year was brilliant. Mutiny Festival and Sundown are looking sick as well, and there are lots of shows and festivals in Holland coming up too, it’s going off in Holland big time. I’m looking forward to my debut at fabric in London too, somewhere I’ve always wanted to play.

Would you say you prefer the bigger festivals or the intimate club sets?

They are both so different, hard to answer, but I will say when I did Sum Cellar in Birmingham that was a special one and it was literally about 70 people in a cellar, was unreal. That house party vibe is definitely something I love. I love shows where I feel the people are really there to see me, I think that’s when I really come alive.

What other projects have you got on the go at the moment?

So much music, working on my next solo EP today, lots of collabs with artists I love, I don’t think the follow up to my Troubles album will come this year but I think I would like to do this in 2017. I’m listening to a lot of music right now and doing lots of mixes plus my Rinse show I do once a month, I put a lot of time into this. I’m also focusing on reducing my intake of Pizza for the Ibiza season, this is somewhat of a challenge.

What artists have you been playing a lot of this year so far? Any lesser-known producers we need to know about?

Right now I’m really enjoying music by Wade and Cuartero, love what those guys are doing. There are lots of great artists we have on our Simma Black/Red label too, Dennis Quin, Skapes, Alex Rannero, Scott Diaz, Golf Clap, Greco, Made By Pete, Marc Spence, Jakkin Rabbit, Man Without A Clue, Marcellus Wallace, Henry St. Social, Deep City Soul. So much great music around right now.

What’s the biggest challenge with running a label?

Keeping on top of all the music you get sent, we get so much now plus obviously making sure you don’t listen to something, not sign it and miss a great record. Good A & R is the key, spotting good music, not waiting for someone to blow up, spotting their music when you have never heard of them.

3 tracks everyone needs in their playlist at the moment?

Cuartero – It Stops

Low Steppa & Dennis Quin – In The Swing

Jay Lumen & Wade – Dirty Groove

Check out Low Steppa’s appearance at Sundown festival 2016 here.