Growing up in East London, OFFAIAH is a definite rising star within the current house music scene. Renowned hits such as ‘Trouble’ and ‘Work It Out’ a debut release on dominating house music label Defected, OFFAIAH is taking the scene by a storm with gigs spanning globally, particularly at party destinations including Ibiza, San Francisco and London. We caught up with OFFAIAH to chat about his musical inspirations, first introductions to the scene, and plans for the future.
Can you remember your first introduction to the electronic music scene? Did it inspire you to become a music producer / DJ?
Yes, I remember my first taste of the electronic music scene around the late 90’s - I was taken to a nightclub in King’s Cross, London, called Bagley’s Nightclub. Bagley’s was a massive multi-room warehouse-style club which was probably one of the biggest clubs in London at the time. I remember the music being so good and the DJ at the time, who went by the name Ariel, had everyone completely mesmerized by the music, and you could tell how much everyone was totally loving it. I remember thinking to myself at the time I want to create something just like what he was playing, which had everyone reacting in that very same way.
Are there any other electronic music artists in particular that you take inspiration from?
There are so many producers of so many genres within electronic music that I love to listen to, so that is a hard question to answer precisely! Some electronic artists that I love to listen to include Latmun, Solardo, Chris Lake, Shiba San and Green Velvet.
Are there any key tracks you find yourself going back to and playing within your sets? Or are you always on the search for new music?
Yes, I always find myself going back to some key tracks when playing a set. But that doesn’t mean I don’t like to search out, play and test out brand new music - I have a solid set of tunes that I personally connect with very well and that serves as a bedrock on which to build the rest of my set - so anyone who comes to my show can always expect to hear a great selection of amazing music.
What would you say your early musical influences were?
I first started hitting nightclubs in the late 90’s, and the music I heard around that time had a big influence on me in terms of the type of music I make now. One of the biggest songs in dance music came out around that time, it was “Show Me Love” by Robin S - such a big tune back then and it still is now! There were other tracks by artists like KWS “Please Don’t Go”, Undercover “Baker Street”, Culture Beat “Mr Vain” - all these had me really enthused to make my own beats and music.
How has the summer season treated you so far? Are there any particular highlights / interesting places you have visited?
So far the summer had been good - very busy but good. I’m currently in San Antonio, Ibiza, having just done a show at Ibiza Rocks alongside MK, and I’m about to head to Dubai, Alicante, Croatia and finally back to Ibiza to play Ushuaia, all in the space of nine days. It’s all very challenging to travel so much whilst continuing to make music, as well as run a record label, but I love a challenge and so far I’m loving every minute of it.
Is there anything in particular you want to achieve that you haven't been able to yet?
Coming from a musical family and having studied classical music and instruments for most of my life, I’d love to produce some kind of a live show which has a combination of cutting-edge electronic dance music along with live instruments. I’m working on a few ideas right now and I’m really looking forward to getting something solid in place in the very near future!
What are your plans for the new year?
As of right now, I have no solid plans in terms of touring but I do have offers to play in Australia over Christmas and New Years so I guess you’ll just have to watch this space. In terms of releasing music, I’ve got some really cool tracks that I’m currently in talks with major dance labels over so it’s just a case of working out the schedule but I can safely say I’ll have at least another two to three releases before the end of 2019!
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