Since the early years of this millennium, Low Steppa has been producing some of the finest bass music around under various guises, whilst also touring the globe and rocking some of the world’s best parties – from EDC in Los Angeles to Womb in Tokyo.
His own imprint Simma Black Records is going from strength to strength, with Simma Black releases becoming a staple in many a DJs crate, and with his own Simma parties packing clubbers in. Everyone from Huxley to Amine Edge & DANCE Have supported his work and here we speak to him about all this and more on the even of the release of his latest and greats new EP, So Real http://www.beatport.com/release/so-real-ep/1403017
What’s your earliest ‘musical’ memory?
I was obsessed with Prince and Michael Jackson as a kid, can’t really remember what age but I grew up around a lot of music. My dad played keys for some bands, Whitesnakes, Magnum and a few others so was always around it. He used to take me to studios with him and I always knew my life would somehow follow in his ways.
What was it that drove you to get into the music industry?
I'd wanted to DJ for so long, since I was about 14 years old. Loved the rave tapes I heard at school that got passed around. Then on a night out at Art College I saw some lads playing records on 1210s in a little pub and I just had to go out and buy my first set of turntables, I was completely hooked and spent most of that year record shopping!
Who have been the most influential people in your musical development?
I've worked a lot over the years with my good friend Skapes on various projects, we've been through a lot musically together and now we are working on some new stuff so really happy about that as he has influenced me and taught me a lot. I think the records I bought in the first few years of my Djing life have always stuck with me and been the biggest influence to this day. Records like Daft Punk 'Burnin' and Astrotrax 'The Energy' really paved the way for what I do now.
Who inspires you outside of music?
There are friends I look up to and my big brother inspires me. Then, successful and generous people. I watch a lot of movies but Jason Statham is a favourite of mine, he gives hope to bald men. I still have some hair but the day will come.
What are the biggest three challenges facing you at this moment in time?
The biggest challenge that faces me everyday is being Low Steppa and being a dad. I recently had a daughter and it can be hard to fit everything in and sometimes I worry I'm not too good at it. My fear of flying is a big challenge as I’ve been flying a lot lately so always trying to deal with that. Then there is the constant challenge to make music, which I'm happy with.
What is the best event you’ve appeared at and why?
Without thinking too much about it I'd say Dublin at the Button Factory a few weeks back. I did a back-to-back set with Martin Ikin and we loved every second of it. One of those nights when you just want to keep playing and it seems like you only played for ten minutes.
If you could collaborate with ANYONE in the world (past or present) who would it be and why? Prince because he is a true genius in my eyes.
If you weren’t in the music game, what game would you be playing?
I dread to think; I think music has basically saved me from a normal life. I don’t think I'd be doing anything special otherwise. I have a degree in graphic design but never used it.
Who gives you the most support in your life and work?
My Wife because she puts up with all the negatives that come with the job!
If you only had 3 months to live, what would you want to do with them?
Go around the world with my best pals and my family. Live for each day like I wish I did already. Waste lots of money too!
Any messages for our readers?
Yeah, a big thank you to anyone supporting my music and anyone who comes to the shows, you make it all worth it.