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Glade Festival DnB Showcase; Steppa (Northern Lights) Interview

Reported by Sam TID on May 23, 2012

On Friday 15th June, Trackitdown will be representing all styles of DnB at the legendary Glade festival. We’ve invited some of our favourite DJs/producers to showcase their take on the exciting sounds hitting the raves each and every week.

We’ve asked the crew to tell us a little bit about themselves in a series of short interviews and to give us a snapshot of the kind of beats they’ll be spinning!

Tickets for Glade are selling fast and we have them in the TID Ticket shop!

So we've already had a wicked selection of DJs giving us the low down on they're tunes and on festivals but there is still more to come. Next up we have DJ, producer and label boss, Steppa...

Can you please tell us a bit about yourself and your sound?

I’m Zak, better known in the music industry as Steppa - an award winning Drum & Bass DJ from Leeds.  I run my own record label Audio Warfare and also produce with fellow Yorkshireman Kitcha under our alias Northern Lights.

How long have you been in the game and what advice do you have for young guns wanting to make their mark?

Music has been a passion for as long as I can remember – I started DJing when I was 13.  I think one of the biggest misconceptions of working in music, is the time and perseverance you have to dedicate.  It’s not the kind of career where you work 9 to 5. Working as both an artist and running a label, I’m on it 24/7!  But you need to put in the time if you want to succeed. Of course, this can take its toll on your personal life, and that’s something you should be prepared for!

Have you always been a junglist? What were you into before you got into the scene?

Yes, but before I got into music properly, I was a keen footballer.  I know a lot of guys may claim that but I did have trials for Plymouth Argyle when I was a kid!  My teenage years were then mostly spent drinking cider in the park, hanging out with friends, until I found music.

What was your first introduction to drum and bass?

It was my first day at high school, and someone was playing a DJ Hype mix tape on the bus – a truly life changing moment, I’ll never forget it!

Are you a fan of other sounds either electronic or otherwise? Anything outside of DNB that is exciting or inspiring you right now and why?

D&B is my first love but I’ve also recently been feeling the 140 vibes.  Kitcha and I have dabbled outside our comfort zone and working on some non-D&B projects and the reception has been great. We’ve got a dubstep EP forthcoming on True Tiger next month, so keep an eye out for that!

Is this your first festival?  If so, what are you looking forward to? If you’re a veteran what advise would you give to first timers preparing for their 3 day stretch in the countryside!?

No, I’ve been playing festivals for years now, and they’re always a highlight of the Summer. Being based in the UK though, it can get muddy and wet, so bring a change of clothes – essential!

What’s been your favourite festival experience and what’s been your worst?

I’ve been booked for Outlook ever since 2009 and that’s always a wicked festival!  Representing Audio Warfare at last year’s Outlook; hosting both our own stage and boat party was unforgettable. I’m really excited about our plans for this year’s, we’ve got something rather special in the works!

Will you been rocking the wellies and the Barbour look at Glade!? Have you got any essential festival gear you always pack?

An Audio Warfare hoody is essential!  Well, that’s what I’ll be rocking, and of course a fresh pair of kicks…although if it gets too muddy, the green frog eyed wellies may have to make an appearance!

Finally, we’re blasting out on a Funktion One rig set up around an ice cream van that’ll be our DJ booth! We reckon this could be the maddest set up! Have you ever played in some crazy places over your career?

Yeah, I’m looking forward to that set-up – hopefully the ice cream van will also have my favourite cider lollies?  In fact, can you add them to my rider please? I’ve played at a few random gigs, including in a toilet of a makeshift studio whilst on pirate radio. I guess, it was kind of a handy set-up, in case you need the bog during your set!?

Thanks very much to Zak.

We hope this has got you all very excited!?

Tickets are selling fast and the whole Trackitdown crew will be there in full force – see you there!

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