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Eclectic Minds: Preditah

Eclectic Minds: Preditah

Eclectic Minds… A chance for non-D&B artists to big up tunes in our scene and explain how they’ve influenced them. Over the last year we’ve caught up with some serious closet drum & bass heads from Herbaliser to Justin Martin. Today we hook up briefly with next gen grime DJ / producer Preditah. Brief being the operative word… It turns out he’s not the closet D&B head we suspected him to be!  

“To be honest, it’s not really influenced me that much,” he laughs… But before we consider saying cheerio and ringing up a grime star who does love drum & bass, he comes back with a major prop we can all agree with. “I do have big respect for Shy FX though… I love what he’s doing with Digital Soundboy.”

Who doesn’t? It turns out he does enjoy a nice bit of D&B and identifies the more soulful, lighter side of the scene as the contrast helps him conjure up the dark grime vibes he’s quickly become synonymous with.

“Whether it’s garage or drum & bass, the thing that really inspired me was those weird and experimental intros that just kick into the dark stuff on the drop,” he explains. “It sounds mad, but the contrast of light and dark is what really inspires me.”

It doesn’t sound mad to us at all. Catch Preditah, along with Photek, Icicle, Alix Perez, V.I.V.E.K & J Kenzo, Synkro and Thelem at GetDarker this Friday in Fire, London.

Preditah’s 3 essential D&B tunes…

Shy FX & T Power – Shake Your Body (Download)

“I love the smoother, lighter stuff! I can still remember the day I went out and bought this.”

The Fugees – Ready Or Not (DJ Zinc 2003 Remix)

“I love everything Zinc has done. This remix can’t be faulted.”

Alex Reece – Pulp Fiction (Download)

“Such a tune! You can’t not like this one. So minimal but so fat. Is it jungle or drum & bass? I don’t care, I’m loving it.”

Drum&BassArena Editor: Dave Jenkins has documented beats for over 15 years working with the likes of UKF, Mixmag, DJ Mag, iDJ, Bandcamp, Resident Advisor, Radio 1 Xtra and many more.