Since his explosion into the tech-house world, DJ S.K.T has seen success with his UK Top 40 chart topping track, Take Me Away back in 2015. Since then, he has continued to cement himself within the industry with his weekly residency on KISS Fresh, as well as headlining some of the biggest shows with Ibiza Rocks, Ministry of Sound, Amnesia, EDC, Creamfields, Glastonbury, V Fest, We Are and Eden. Now releasing on his own label Stashed, Wonderland kicks things off for DJ S.K.T in 2020 with a fearless chunky dance floor rollercoaster. DMCWORLD dives in…
Hey Steve! Thanks so much for chatting to us here at DMCWORLD. The last year has seemed to be very full on for you with your label Stashed, Kiss FM UK show and now the release of your new single, ‘Wonderland’. Can you take us through how you got into the scene in the first place?
I got my first set of decks at 13, they were SoundLab belt drive turntables I bought for £50 from my PE teacher at school and I never looked back from there! One of the first chances I got to play out was in the Technics DMC Under 18s Finals when I was 15, I got down to the semis.
What was the first track you ever produced?
The first track I produced and released was at around 16 when I had a residency at a club in Tottenham. I had sampled Damian Marley’s “Jamrock” which was a massive track at the time and created a bassy 44 remix. I went down to the factory to pick up 500 copies of the track with no idea of how I was going to sell them!
Your new song Wonderland is out now on your label. What inspired this track?
For me, it’s always important to have fun with what you are producing. I always try and make tracks feel good, to create a moment or memory for the people partying, something that they’ll remember for a long time.
How would you describe your music?
I try and keep it fun, energetic and feel good. There’s so much bad shit happening in the world that if i can create a bit of escapism or relief for the listener then I’ve done my job.
Your music has been supported by the likes of Annie Mac, Amine Edge, Steve Smart, DJ Target, Andi Durrant, MistaJam, Grant Nelson, Sam Divine, MK, Fisher, Pete Tong what does this mean to you?
It’s always an honour to get that type of support from DJ’s and artists that I’ve looked up to for years and it never gets taken for granted. I think that’s important.
For any aspiring DJs/producers, what is your key piece of advice to get onto the scene?
Be different, work hard and persist. I don’t think there are any short cuts – I still haven’t found any! Love what you do too, that has to be your main drive.
What can you tell us about your label plans for 2020?
We have some really exciting things happening with Stashed this year. We are just planning our first label party in London as well as just confirming a festival stage for June.
We also have huge releases incoming from Tuff London, Jess Bays, Kryptogram, Robbie Doherty & myself too!
Finally, what’s next for DJ S.K.T? More singles, albums, touring…or?
Loads for this year! I have a second release in March on Stashed and am just confirming the next single with Universal that I think will be dropping around April which I’m looking forward to. I’ll also be touring across the UK plus many of the holiday islands over the summer too!