“I’ve always tried to live in the moment you know, at whatever age and however the situation, I’ve just aimed to be true to myself and make the most if it. I started really young, growing up as a teenager in and around Bristol in the 90’s. Creating music, art and friendships has been central to everything – for me it’s always been about street culture, independence and productivity.”
The artist formerly known as Clipz, who had worked hard to build up his reputation in the drum n bass scene with Full Cycle, et al, became Redlight in 2008 and thus a whole new chapter was born. Refocusing and embracing a love for House, Techno, Hip Hop and vocal-lead dance music whilst channeling all the knowledge and inspiration from Jungle, DnB and bass music, this was a whole new genre-free ‘cross-cultured dance music’.
“I really wanted to work with some great vocalists, and create music that could transcend a nightclub vibe. That was a big driving factor for me, and as soon as I dropped the tempo and experimented with new rhythms, it all just started to make sense and I felt free to try something new, and it felt good. It opened up everything for me.” Like many big decisions or changes in life, a newfound drive and direction also proved to lead towards new experiences and friendships. While Releasing early hits for Shy FX’s Digital Soundboy Recordings and Chase and Status’s MTA label, a new generation of UK producers and DJs started to emerge, “When I came with the first Redlight ‘Lobster Boy’ EP, I started to meet some key new people in my life that definitely inspired me. People like Toddla, Skream, Joker – and the guys behind Motion in Bristol where we were all playing at the time. All of us came from different parts of the UK and no one was conforming, we were making our own styles of music that worked for a whole spectrum of others. It was all about independence and doing it for yourself – but everyone shared their music, ideas and released on each other’s labels. It wasn’t just a new name and a new music tempo for me, that time made me realise a whole new way of operating, being creative and working with people.”
Fast-forward to now and Redlight can confidently be placed amongst the UK’s most consistent and exciting producers of recent years. There’s been a slew of stand out releases via his own Lobster Boy label, a UK Top 10 hit in ‘Lost In Your Love’ via Polydor Records, remixes for the likes of Cee Lo Green, Tink and Ms Dynamite, and even a r single with legendary Wu-Tang Clan founding member Raekwon on the ’36 EP’.
“I was 14 in 1994 when Wu-Tang’s ‘36 Chambers’ dropped, I was just starting to tune into DJing and going to free parties and illegal raves, and the US Hip Hop at the time was such a major influence on all of us. To now be working with artists I looked up to like Raekwon and Mobb Deep in the studio, as well as some amazing fresh talent like Billie Black and Melisa Whiskey, it’s a dream come true really.”
There’s been numerous world tours as a DJ, with an on going 52 week international schedule of shows to perform, Redlight tells us, “There’s very few things that match the buzz of DJing for me, I’ve always loved it.” That combined with a growing roster of label talent on Lobster Boy such as Mele, Mella D, New York Transit Authority and Mak & Pasteman that’s been carefully nurtured and pushed, you have an artist riding the pinnacle of the journey so far.