Giving house & techno a "UK bass-led kind of twist", NYTA has so far given Redlight’s Lobster Boy imprint three heavyweight EPs - including the newly coined Brooklyn Underground - and has lent his selections to the likes of Dazed, BBC Radio 1Xtra and FACT - who even charted his contribution to their mix series as one of the best. He's someone we’re lovingly welcoming back to Farringdon and, with the arsenal of material he kindly showcased this week, we're just as excited to see what he'll be offering throughout the rest of 2015.
Stepping up alongside EZ, Oneman, Flava D and Martelo in Room One on Friday 20th March, we fired over a few questions to try and get to know the producer that little bit better...
Can you introduce yourself to our readers who may not be aware of what you do?
I'm a DJ/producer going under the name New York Transit Authority. I make music that takes influence from '80s electro, house & techno but with a UK bass led kind of twist. I grew up on jungle/drum & bass and also used to make dubstep so I guess it's a mix of all of those genres!
What have you been up to lately?
The past few months have just been me plotting how I'm going to release all the music I have ready. I tend to take a while to release music as I'm waaay too much of a perfectionist.
What was your first contact with music?
Music was always on in my house whilst I was growing up. My mum's record collection is massive and ranges from Madonna to Gregory Isaacs to Stevie Wonder. There was always a lot of dub/reggae and dancehall getting played and my old step dad was a UK Garage producer.
How did you get to where you are now in terms of electronic music?
I was always into garage as a teenager before getting heavily intro drum & bass, becoming a huge fan of DJs like EZ, Fonti from The Heartless Crew and Andy C. I then began DJing at 13 years old and was 16 when I first started DJing in clubs. I wanted to be able to play my own and have dubplates and exclusives that other DJs didn't have so I started producing at 18.
"A new name gave me a fresh start which meant a fresh palette."
Bristol has been imperative to many successful artists over the years, how do you feel the city has played a part in your own success ? Who or what else has been key?
I could go on and on about my home town... Massive Attack, Portishead and Roni Size for starters but I think the thing I love most about it is it's sense of community. There are no egos here and people are always willing to help you out and give you feedback. The key people who have been imperative to my music are TC, Joker, Redlight, DJ Die, Distorted Mind and the Dstyle crew, because from a very early stage I shared my music with them and even though we might not produce the same style of music or be in the same scene, we are from the same city and all just love to share music and grow as artists.
How would you say you’ve progressed as an artist since you made the transition to your NYTA guise? What have been the best moments and the biggest challenges so far?
It's by far the best thing I ever decided to do. A new name gave me a fresh start which meant a fresh palette. I was, and still am, able to be a lot more creative but I also feel I've grown as an artist, found my own style and my own sound. I would say the biggest challenge is always the same: how am I going to follow up that last release..?
Can you share with what plans or aspirations you have laid out for yourself to achieve in 2015?
2015 is all about releasing a lot of music. I want to share as much as I can of the things I have been working on, from my NYTA material to all the other styles I have been experimenting with...