Thristian bPm is all about the vibe. Living vicariously through music, this one-man mixing machine throws, makes and shapes the party.
Describing his work as, “in the vein of Gilles Peterson, Norman Jay, David Rodigan and all the old school dancehall dub DJs”, this North East London based taste-maker is constantly on the hunt to discover new talent and fresh music. Naturally gravitating towards dark percussive sounds which specifically appeal to an emotion and disrupt a soulful, dubby or funky groove, Thristian spends all his time playing and listening to good music. Now a resident at Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Festival, this beat-maker divides his time equally between personal projects and sessions for Platform magazine’s Boiler Room HQ. Twinned with Femi, AKA Mr Wonderful, the duo work turntables in a dark backroom to a select crowd each week. Previous guests to have shared air time at the Boiler Room include: James Blake, Jamie XX and DJ Mosca. Enough said?
If it’s good then it’s on bPm’s radar and if you’re listening in at the right places, it will be on yours too via Thristian’s air time. We caught up with the Pied Piper of decent beats to find out what’s hot, and asked him to compile an exclusive mixtape for us to boot, available for download. You heard it here first.
Who are your all-time favorite bands and artists? Michael Jackson, James Brown, Bob Marley, Fela Kuti, The Congos, Erykah Badu, Mary Lou Williams, John Coltrane, Bill Withers, Miriam Makeeba, Mos Def and Notorius B.I.G.
Where in the world is the majority of good music coming out of right now? It’s quite hard to identify where the music is coming from nowadays because communities are based online now, rather than amongst mates who live around the corner from each other. However, the UK and London in particular has definitely developed the blueprint for what’s hot.
Where are you off to now? To find somewhere that’ll let me in.