Sometimes, the answer is closer to home…

In this endless search for new music, I have scoured artists from all over the globe. From London to Chicago, Tokyo to Buenos Aires, Christchurch to Amsterdam… only to find that some stuff was literally under my nose the whole time! Introducing: Bassment Playa. Electro and House DJ extraordinaire! I recently went on holiday with some friends and right before leaving got sent a mix submitted for review. What a mix! During the 19hr drive down to the south of France, I listened to this over and over again! Everyone in the car was dancing, singing along to each song as it came on with people asking me “who did this mix?!” I’m not going to lie, I was quite proud when I could turn around and tell them: “a very good friend of mine”. I have known Bassment Playa for a few years now and had always known that in a past life he had been a DJ but was also aware that he had not done anything for a while. After listening to me drone on and on about all the music I had found for the blog, he sent me the first mix that – as far as I’m aware- he had made for years. He told me it was an electro-house mix and to be completely honest, I was a little skeptical of the result – having just jumped back on the horse after such a long absence and mixing two genres that, in principal, are not top of my list to listen to, I was not expecting great things. How wrong I was. From the first beat to the last, I was hooked. It became my anthem of the holiday and soon that of all the others as well as we chilled in the bar in the cellar of the house we were staying in. This was raved to, smoked to, drunk to and many other things that I can’t mention here! Please don’t think that I’m just posting this up as a favour for a mate. I take this blog seriously and hope that one day it will offer me a chance of changing my career so am not tempted to ‘help a mate out’ for the hell of it. Anyway. I caught up with him straight after the holiday and told him I thought it was great and he needs to produce more! So now, for your ears only, he has made three mixes for you all to enjoy as well as let me interview him so you can get to know this man a bit better. Here it goes…

So for those who don’t know of you, tell us about yourself? Who is Bassmentplaya?

I’m just a regular guy with a love for basey, electro music. I used to DJ many a year a go but growing up kind of got in the way.

What kind of music are you diggin at the moment?

As I said right now dirty electro base is what’s moving me a lot right now, But I’ve always got time for trance and house music. Always love an unexpected remix as well like gold 2012 which I dropped in one of my sets currently online.

Which DJs out there at the minute inspire you?

I will always remember being 24 in kavos and having a belter listening to Eddie Halliwell, and always wanted to be that guy controlling the mood of the crowd. These days I’m listening to a more underground set of DJs, it’s where I get most of my tracks from.

 Having DJ’d before and taken a long hiatus, what made you get back in to it?

It’s always been in the background of my life, but recently life have given me back some time to really get back into it. It does help with the immense of quality tunes floating about right now so you’ve always got a banger lined up.

 If you could work with anyone or go see anyone perform live, who and why?

I’ve seen Judge Jules tear a dance floor apart many times. I guess to work with and see you could say legends like Tiesto but there’s so many up and coming guys out there I’m pretty sure you could create a night to remember with any of them… and yes I mean on the dance floor and not the magic sack!

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever experienced whilst laying out a set?

Maybe not weird but embarrassing, I was DJing on a radio station with a live camera feed when the track I was playing just crashed completely! I had finished my set and was packing up my stuff so I had nothing to cover up the cock up! The chat rooms and blogs were going mad and all I could do was face the camera and give a bow!

Jim’ll fix it: where do you want to DJ?

Ibiza! Anywhere in Ibiza!  It’s just the ultimate party island. To be fair I’m up for DJing anywhere where people will make an atmosphere!

What’s your favourite thing about being behind the decks?

Just the reaction you get when you lay down a really base heavy track, it’s a great rush to know people are enjoying themself to the stuff you’re doing. That and it’s the only job you can do even after a few too many!

Would you ever consider producing your own music?

When I was 14 or so me and a friend used to produce some really dodgy house tracks using samples from old 90s music. We made a great summer anthem from the instrumental of ain’t nobody from ll cool j, and an even better one about the fine art of “bonking”?!?!? Recently just haven’t had to time to get back into it, but never say never!

Now have a listen for yourselves. Just remember: never grow up!

If you liked what you heard, I suggest you head over to his Facebook page and give him a ‘like’! As already mentioned, he’s made three belter sets that are all available for free download… that’s over and hour and half of music! I hope you guys get as excited and in the mood for a rave when you hear this as I did!

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have an electro/house humble pie I need to go and eat…

That’s Waagwan today!

About waagwan

Currently studying Radio Broadcasting at Point Blank Music School London. Just a guy, little bit obsessed with music and the sound of his own voice. Massively into breaks, drum and bass, reggae, hip-hop, ska, punk, house, techno....whatever I can get my hands on!
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