Over the past few years MistaJam has been flying the flag for the UK’s vibrant electronic music scene and putting it into a digestible format for a commercial audience through his Radio 1 show. Influential in the rise of a wide variety of emerging sounds, MistaJam has provided a platform for young artists to get the exposure they deserve; not only through his radio show but through events and his label Speakerbox. Refusing to be pinned down to one genre, the eclectic philosophy of Jam and his Speakerbox associates represents the current feel of the UK’s underground scene.
With artists such as Benga about to turn over a new leaf creatively, it was perfect timing that we could have him at the next Speakerbox show, on the eve of his “Chapter Two” album drop. Bass music is in a stage of transition and Speakerbox will be there to represent this evolution. Here’s what MistaJam has to say about the brand.
What has been the ethos of Speakerbox as a brand since you first started it?
At the heart of Speakerbox is quality new music really. It’s essentially an extension of what I do on radio but in a live and recorded context. In a time where music is so accessible, I think we all care less about specific genres but care a lot more about whether something is really good or not and that’s what Speakerbox is all about and has been since we started it in 2009.
How much do you see Speakerbox as a platform for connecting young upcoming talent with established names within the UK’s bass music scene?
It’s definitely a key motivator for me, especially because most of the names that are big now I’ve been lucky enough in having a small hand in helping push up the slippery ladder of recognition. New blood is key to making sure the scene continues to grow, mutate and remain relevant. You may have bought a ticket for our last Warehouse show to see Chase and Status or me or B Traits but your favourite set of the night might have come from DECiBEL or SecondCity or BitR8 but without me, Chase and Status and B Traits you may have never seen them. That’s important.
For someone that’s not been to one of the events, what can they expect?
Amazing music played by some amazing people in amazing locations!
What has been your most memorable experience playing out live as a DJ?
There’s loads – from warming up for Jay-Z in front of 15,000 people at the Birmingham NEC to playing the terrace at Amnesia in Ibiza to my first set at Glastonbury to the first Speakerbox warehouse show. I love my job!
MistaJam in the Mix