Low Steppa is one of UK’s leading house prospects. His career catapulted in 2013 with his massive bootleg of Route 94’s “My Love” which was followed with another huge rework of Hardrive’s “Deep Inside”, which was picked up by legendary dance label Strictly Rhythm. Since then, Low Steppa has seen himself touring around the globe and performing at various locations & festivals such as EDC Las Vegas, Mysteryland, Defected Croatia just to mention few.
The last year was definitely his most successful so far with his label Simma Black putting out its 100th release, and being named Beatport’s artist of the month in the summer. He also recently launched his Boiling Point event brand, where he’ll play sets alongside a handpicked selection of DJ talents at some of his favourite clubs. With 8 confirmed shows for Defected on Ibiza this season and numerous other festivals lined up ahead, Low Steppa is finishing 2018 in style.
What was the funniest / most bizarre request you’ve ever had while playing?
When I used to play in a bar in Bristol the same person would ask me for Eddie Grant’s “Electric Avenue” week in week out, that’s always stuck in my mind.
Can you describe your studio setup for us?
I use an iMac with a pair of Adam A7X monitors with Adam’s Sub 8. I’m really happy with the sound right now. I also have a Moog Subsequent 37 and I’m messing around with it at the moment, it kind of replaced my Voyager. I keep things simple studio wise, I stick to the things I know and I like to be quick with them.
Could you tell us the story about your first gig?
So my friend got me a gig about two months after I had got my first set of decks. I had practised day and night but I was so nervous, it was horrible. It was at a bar in Stafford and I think back in those days you would be nervous as you would be using Technics that weren’t yours and they might have a mind of their own, wasn’t like now where its all done for you. You had to be on form and listen and get things dialled. Anyway, I was about to go on but I had to go and throw up, I was so nervous. It actually went really well though and I did it a few times! God that was a long time ago!
Name three artists that currently inspire you.
I love Riva Starr, he’s always coming back time and time again with great music. I’m really into the Black Loops, they make amazing music, on the deeper side. Really like T Williams stuff too, real classic vibes.
What do you do before and after your set?
I can turn up to a club saying I won’t drink but I always end up having at least a shot before I play, after a set is when I finally feel I can relax so I usually like to stick around and catch someone else’s set.
What’s the worst job you’ve ever had?
I would say the job that led me to have the best few years in music I’ve ever had. In 2013 I had a short spell in an office dealing with people chasing their orders of electrical goods such as plug sockets and light switches. Do I even need to explain why it was the worst job? Anyway, the best part is the ending to this story: I got fired!
What are your favourite labels at the moment?
Love Brock wild, Toy Tonics and Space Disco. Toy Tonics brings the most amazing deeper stuff, Brock Wild is always interesting, dirty but tasteful and Space Disco is nice loopy disco vibes.
Imagine a cold winter, a fireplace and two glasses of wine—what song would you play?
Last but not least. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
Roger Sanchez sitting me down and saying “make the music that makes you happy”. He’s the coolest guy love him.
Grab yourself a copy of Low Steppa’s latest release; No Love feat. Ayak is out now on Armada Deep and you can get it HERE.