MC/ARTIST SEROCEE

KILLA KELA: How did it all begin for you?

SEROCEE: My main introduction to music was my uncle and my granddad.  My uncle wrote in a band called Brian and Tony Gold; this is back in Kingston. They wrote for Shaggy and all of these legendary artists… Imagine you’re a little kid and you’re seeing these people and you’re getting this understanding that your uncle is doing music with these people. I just wanted to be involved. I would get encouragement from all of them. obviously when come over here and I was still on that vibe.

KILLA KELA: Talk to me about Jungle because I think we all took for granted how authentic the scene was. It was always having this attitude to it and then there was like an influx all of a sudden, it’s like you’re rediscovering these artists like Navigator and Bommah, General Levy, Sweetie Irie. It was reborn like for a younger generation. It’s like you’re meeting General Levy for the first time.

SEROCEE:  Of course, for me it was like that for me. I was predominantly a London dancehall, reggae artist. So, when I heard it, the only wa  I can explain it… it’s like you’re going home but you’ve reached your yard, it all seems familiar but there’s just like a different fridge, a different like everything inside because it’s jungle. The whole jungle scene was a little bit before me before my time of raving, but I was influenced by it. I was certainly hearing it. It was like this this is deep UK sound and it just kept on moving for me. It feels like an unspoken era of UK music.

KILLA KELA: You must have some amazing performance stories.

SEROCEE:  I did a tune called Wheel N Stop with Basement Jaxx around 2010. They kind of hit me up and said yo we’re going to Korea and Japan. We’re doing this festival called Fiji rocks. I hesitated but I ended up going with them. We are headlining, and it was the first time I’ve ever done a stage where you look out and you see people everywhere. It’s just mad. I did Wheel N Stop and the whole crowd sang it back to me and that was a moment where I had chills.

I also did Glastonbury with Toddla T. it was one of the hottest summers ever. I think that was like 2010.  It was amazing. I think that was my first Glastonbury experience. I loved it. 

KILLA KELA: Talk to me about your experience in the studio Basement Jaxx because it’s almost like it’s a prince mythology of like how they encouraged people and feed out your creative energy because you know these guys are they they’re like scientists/ 

SEROCEE: They are scientists’ man. They sent me the rhythm and said oh do you want to jump on this. It may be something, it  maybe nothing but we were all vibing together. We went into the studio and it’s like okay try this style, try it this way, try this one, we tried like everything and kind of eventually went back to the original but it was all a case of it was one of the first times as well definitely that I got that whole vibe of trying everything  I think it was Felix that said to me right why would a Jamaican buy your music? and you know what it made me think. I like that level of honesty I like that that whole vibe and just being on the road with them was amazing.

KILLA KELA: How do feel about the The UK music scene because I feel like its such strong scene. We are one island, but the industry is so powerful. it’s like a developing pad for new ideas and then and sometimes the exporting of American genres like drill for instance or hip-hop. It goes into the machine and all of a sudden, we’re like hold on hold on I’ll fix this one and we export it back out as something new.

SEROCEE:  I’m so happy to have been a piece of the puzzle. I think the beauty of what we have today is our diversity. I think a huge portion of it has to do from the amount of influences that we have over here, there is such a a mesh of cultures. America’s genres feel really separate, whereas here any one person on their playlist on Spotify or title or apple music playlist they have got at least five to six different genres of music. I can almost guarantee that.  Everybody’s into different kinds of music man. I think that as a producer you can sit down there with your creative hat on and draw up on those influences and whatever you give back out is mixing of styles.

KILLA KELA: Speaking of production what do you look for in in the beat? what’s the thing what’s the driving force behind everything? 

SEROCEE:  Bassline. Id it’s got a bassline that that a really sick and u a beat that gives me enough space then all day long that’s me. I’m always waiting for that bass to kick in.

KILLA KELA:  It really feels like you’ve got a level of commitment to your craft,  you’ve got laser focus; you know what you like, and you know what you want. You have a lane, and you like to steer within that lane. 

SEROCEE:  I agree with you about having the lane. I think more importantly though it’s not a lane that is dictated to by the genre of music. I need to work with somebody that’s on that wavelength of creativity. There is the mood and vibe and you have to feel like what you’re working on is a natural progression.

KILLA KELA: You’ve been able to meet and work with a lot of your heroes, what was that like?

SEROCEE:  People say don’t meet your heroes but I’m so happy I don’t have none of those stories. It’s a beautiful thing working with people like General Levy and Mr. Williams.  The scene is still small enough for that to happen you know. You may live in New York and never meet Jay-Z, the UK isn’t like that.  I just can’t stop saying how happy I am and how humbled I am to meet these people that I’ve grown up on their music and have the opportunity to impress them.

Todays Podcast we are stepping into the world of sound systems, MC versatility, raggae & Hip Hop internationally, with collaborator and artist Serocee. On the eve of one of his biggest adventures yet – Cycling for charity across England & Scotland, we get into spotlighting Serocee the artist, the thinker, the culturalist. We get into his work alongside Basement Jaxx, Roots Manuva, Toddla T, Seanie T, Roska, The Grime & Dubstep world, not to mention (again) his current cycle across the United Kingdom! This is Serocee’s Podcast!