Well established on the scene, Friction has played at some of the world’s biggest festivals and has won many awards, including the D&B Hall of Fame at the 2011 D&B Arena Awards.
Ahead of his new single release “Long Gone Memory” and his album next year, we find out a little more about the man himself.
You can check out more from Friction here – https://www.facebook.com/frictiondeejay
HTF: You were raised in Brighton, how would you describe the DnB sound there?
F: It’s always been great. For me it was the first place that exposed me to that type of music.
HTF: This year saw you collaborate with Skream to create Kingpin. What was it like working with him?
F: It was great working with Ollie. We wrote three or four ideas, but we felt Kingpin was the best. We’d wanted to work together for a while so it was great to finally do it.
HTF: Are there any other artists you’d want to work with?
F: Absolutely, there are loads. It’s often really difficult to fit them in though. Everybody’s really busy.
HTF: Who are your idols when it comes to mixing?
F: It would have to be Randall. DJ Zinc also, love him.
HTF: And Production?
F: The Prodigy – definitely. They’re my main inspiration.
HTF: Being a multi- award-winning artist you’ve played all over the world. What’s your ultimate dream?
F: My ultimate dream would probably be to own a big house in the Maldives. Being serious though, putting my first album out is something that I’m really excited about. That’s a dream for me.
HTF: What’s the story behind your show at Radio 1? How did you get there?
F: I was about to get on a flight to Tokyo when my manager called me to let me know they were interested. I thought it was a wind up at first, but we sorted it out as soon as I was back in the country.
HTF: Traditionally you have been committed to vinyl as a form of art. When did you move to digital and why?
F: I moved to digital after a gig in Las Vegas where I turned up with all my vinyl. The decks kept skipping so it was a nightmare of a gig. At that moment I gave up on the vinyl thing.
HTF: What do you think the future of drum and bass holds and does it excite you?
F: Drum and Bass always excites me. Unlike other genres that seem to flit in and out of the public’s consciousness, Drum and Bass is always there.
HTF: What are your production plans for the future?
F: My new single Long Gone Memory is what’s happening at the moment. My album will be out next year some time.
You can check out Long Gone Memory, a special delivery from B.Traits here (track begins at 5:10):