PRIME catches up with Brighton's very own badman, Bushbaby
PRIME: Give us a brief introduction to Harry Bushby.
BUSHBABY: I'm 22, grew up in Brighton, U.K. and got into production when I was 13 or 14. My mum copped me MTV Music Generator on Playstation and I was hooked from the get-go. Then, I moved forward and looked more into DAWS on my computer later on. I only started DJ'ing properly last year.
PRIME: Though you’re considered a bass producer, some of your earlier tracks have more of a deep house vibe to them, even a few ambient gems mixed in there. What got you into producing heavier music?
BUSHBABY: Yeah, it's interesting, actually, as a couple of my newer projects have gone back to that deeper and darker vibe. I think a major turning point was when I first started hearing about people like Flava D, Champion etc. - my housemates and I were starting to go to their shows more in Brighton. I fell in love with the sound and it went from there.
PRIME: It’s interesting to me that every Bushbaby track throws the listener off a bit (in the best way) because it doesn’t fully adhere to our expectations of dance music. Are there any electronic artists in particular (new or old) that have really been influential for you?
BUSHBABY: I say it in every interview and I'm sure they're sick of it now, but it still holds true. My Nu Leng have been the biggest inspiration to date, from their production to their track selection on deck. Close followers would be Phlegmatic Dogs, couple of really good producers pushing a horrendously dark sound which I love. Thirdly, I would have to say people that are starting to come up now - like Zero, Freddie Martin, Usual Suspect, Talkre. We're all trying to push this neuro-house thing, I'm not sure what to call it to be honest, haha.
PRIME: How do you feel about garage & grime influences becoming significantly more widespread? Is it strange to see producers from America taking a stab at something with such strong U.K. roots?
BUSHBABY: Yeah it is strange, to be honest - but I think everyone saw it coming. We had Diplo dropping "Goes Like" by Skepsis (then it being played at the Superbowl), Skrillex dropping DJ Q at his Boiler Room in Shanghai, then obviously we've just had those Jauz bassline remixes from Notion and more. It will be cool to see where it goes.
PRIME: “More”, from I Will Never Die, is a unique track in which you featured vocalist Iyamah throughout. Can we expect more consistent features from vocalists/rappers (shout out Bru-C) in the future, or are you flying solo for your upcoming projects?
BUSHBABY: I want to work with vocalists more, but I think there's a fine line between something being good and something being cheesy. The person who really nails vocals is Redlight - everything from the lyrics to the way they're processed is sick.
PRIME: What is your DAW of choice? (And, for fellow producers out there), Serum or Massive?
BUSHBABY: I use Ableton. The answer to the second part of that question is both, (and also neither).
PRIME: What do you enjoy doing when you aren't producing? Are you a concert goer yourself?
BUSHBABY: Yeah, my other half and I just went to see Future in London. That was insane! Then we saw J Hus in Bristol a couple weeks after, both of them know how to put on a show.
PRIME: What can we look forward to from you in 2018?
BUSHBABY: A few more releases, nothing I can say too much about at the moment. Also sitting on a couple of big collabs that should see the light of day soon.
PRIME: Anything you'd like to say to your listeners?
BUSHBABY: Thank you and keep listening!