As part of our 2013 Who’s Jack Producers Series, we will bring you interviews with some of our favourite up and coming producers. Number One is North West London’s SUMGII.
- So, tell us about you. Who are you?
I’m Jed; but i go by the name of Sumgii, pronounced Some Guy. I’m part of a couple of groups: Londonzoo (ldz) and ProblemChild. I also produce music for various other artists, like itsNate, Jam Baxter, Stig of the Dump… that’s just to name a few.
- Can you tell us how you came to be a producer?
I Started DJing around 1997, and started getting playouts, as well as holding a couple of pirate radio station shows. I mainly played garage, grime and dubstep. I always wanted to get into making my own dubs and exclusives, so I started makeing beats on fruity loops and progressed from there.
- How did you get involved with those boys of the moment, Piff Gang?
I met Superdertie when I used to deliver him a little ‘something’ about 3 years ago before Piff Gang had even formed. We both just started talking music one day and he found out that I made beats, and I found out he could rap. We didn’t work together until after ‘Piffbreaks and 808s’. (Note: I no longer do deliveries!)
-Can you tell us about your inspiration for beats, what gets you going? Who are your influences?
My inspirations can be anything from getting high on piff, to simply getting a new sound pack and samples to play with. I defo get an ‘I wanna make a beat right now’ feeling if I hear a good song or beat. I’d say my influences are people like Samiyam or most things lowend-theory-esque. But, to be honest, even listening to anything good, like Nirvana, Groove Chronicles and some old soul, can also make me wanna make a beat.
-What do you listen to when you’re not making music?
I listen to everything really, I listen to Radio6 a lot at work and at the moment my ipod is full of Kendrick Lamar, Asap mob, Flatbush Zombies, Cotn, and various trap shit. Depends where I am and what i’m doing to be honest. My car only has Nirvana cds in it at the moment.
-Whats your favourite kind of track to make? We’ve noticed you like the odd chilled beat?
This can depend who i’m in the studio with and the vibe at the time. For Piff Gang i’m defo known for my more chilled smokey beats, and that’s because most of our sessions are chilled and smokey haha! Although we do have some club bangers ready to drop.
I don’t make beat tapes anymore because I prefer to make a fresh beat per session, so when I work with Problemchild for instance, we tend to be more about hype shit and making tracks for moshing.
- Tell us something about you that no one will know. Have you got a funny talent? A dodgy habit? A food addiction? A thing for red-heads?
I like girl girls girls girls, girIs i do adore! Big bums are good. Tattoos are great. You may not know that I went on tour with Rod Stewart doing sound for 6 months a few years ago; but, what ever happens on tour stays on tour!
- Who are you looking forward to seeing blow up in 2013? Any new talents bubbling under the radar?
Loads of talented mofos out there at the moment; but, from the top of my head, i’d say look out for production from Pierre Green. He has been cooking up some goodness for a while. Also, Elliot Yorke ( Metropolis, Foreign Beggars ) has some serious beats.
Emcees to look out for, i’d say, are people like itsNate. Also, Marger has a new mixtape and plenty of music coming out which i’ve been lucky to hear.
Dabbla and Jam Baxter collab LP called Dead Players is gonna change the game abit when it drops too. Just too many to mention to be honest.
-What’s the best thing about London? Where do you like to make beats?
The best thing about London is the women, oh and the weed and the food. But I also think London simply has it all. Best Everything!! I live in Wembley, North west London and that’s also where my studio is based. It’s in my front room, and for me, that’s the best place to make beats; In the Comfort of my own house.
- So what can we expect next from Sumgii? Any tip offs for what you’ll be working on next?
I’ve been busy recently, and its been paying off, although not financially! Lots of new productions for Piff Gang coming out this year as they’ve got a couple of mixtapes to drop soon. I’m looking forward to that as I really feel the best is yet to come.
I’ve also got a new track with itsNate and Don Silk (Piff Gang) about to drop, also my crew Problem Child ( Dabbla, Dubbledge, Illaman and me ) have an LP being finalized as we speak. I’ve also been in the studio with Jman, Jam Baxter, Barzini Bros, Ann Marie Latille, Ash catch em, DistinctionUk and Nonames. And im lined up to work with Ayar Marah, Rewd Adams, Dream Mclean, AND i’ve got a few remix projects on the go. 2013 is gonna be hectic. Also plenty of festivals booked this summer, including Boomtown and Secret Garden Party.