His production CV may be fairly sparse so far, but this South Londoner has a long track record behind the scenes in dance music
He's best known for 2014's Saving
Grace on Defected, but the man known simply as AS I AM has had
releases and remixes on a string of other big-hitting labels,
including Azuli, Simma Black, Great Stuff, Bar Grooves, Ministry Of
Sound and Arch44. His discography, though, doesn't tell the whole
story - not by a long chalk. Because he's also been promoting club nights across London since 1998,
set up his first label at the tender age of 17 and launched online
house station Select UK Radio, which is still going strong, back in
His latest single, All Away, comes on
Get Twisted Records and gives his trademark contemporary, bass-heavy
house a hefty injection of old school piano. Sure to see plenty of
peaktime play this winter clubbing season, it's just one more step on
AS I AM's road to global stardom.
So we figured it was time to find out
more about this slightly mysterious producer from South London whose
Facebook page lists his influences as "Daft Punk, Todd Edwards and
Phil Collins". Here's what he had to tell us...
Tell us about your musical background -
how did you first get into dance music and when did you start making your
"Pirate radio orginally sucked me
into it, we always had radio stations setting up around where I
lived. Me and my mates used to look up to the pirate DJs and text
them on the radio. A few of my mates had decks when we was young so
we used to sit around trying to teach ourselves to mix.
"When I was still at school, I used
to promote a night called Pleasure with a friend of mine called
Shaka... everyone locally knew it. I used to have school the next
morning but nobody knew that, ha ha ha... I could talk all day about
"I first started making tracks after
being invited to a friend's house, Paleface, because his dad had a
studio. We was about 17: back then young lads couldn't afford studio
equipment because it was so expensive, so we used to wait for his Dad
to finish work and spend all night making music until he kicked us
out in the morning."
What DJs/producers have inspired you
"Daft Punk, Todd Edwards, EZ and
Are we right in thinking you used to
make/play electrohouse, once upon a time? How did you get from there to signing tracks
to the likes of Defected and Azuli?
"Yes I did... but I stopped around 2011 and
took a year or so out. I kept my head down, and secretly changed my
name so people wouldn't judge me on my past!"
Your current single is on Get Twisted-
how did you come to hook up with them?
"Alex and Stef supported Saving Grace
quite a lot on their Kiss FM show so I messaged them on Twitter and
sent them the follow-up Better Place which they signed. All Away
also seemed well suited to Get Twisted so it made sense to sign with them
Is house music in a healthy place right
now, do you think?
"es, 100 per cent! There's lots of
bickering over genres and what should and should not be done, but
everyone's talking about it so it means people are still listening,
What other current producers do you
admire or feel an affinity with?
"Isolee and Gorge are awesome, I love
playing their music in my early morning sets. And I'm really loving
Anotr - their music is on fire right now."
When you're not producing you also run
Select UK Radio - tell us a little bit about the station and how
it's doing right now?
"I co-founded Select UK with three of my
friends in 2002. I don't do the day-to-day running of it but it's
going really well, with 30,000 Android app users, and 25,000 TuneIn
followers. All promo for it is organic: there's no PR, just natural
word of mouth. 2016 will be a big year for Select, we're rebranding
and another summer of sold-out boat parties is on the cards, too."
Finally, is there anything else the
world needs to know about AS I AM?
"I used to play for Crystal Palace FC
youth team. But I quit at 14 because I wanted to spend time with my
All Away is out now on Get Twisted