It is no secret that Diplo is one of dance music’s best talent evaluators. The Mad Decent/Jeffrees label head has collected an outstanding roster to his labels including the likes of Zeds Dead, Dillon Francis, Clockwork, Djemba Djemba and DJ Snake. One of the newest additions to Diplo’s Jeffrees label is a young and exciting talent from the beautiful islands of Trinidad and Tobago, London Future. This immensely skilled producer first caught our attention with his huge single, “Look At Me Now,” which he released in collaboration with fellow Mad Decent phenom Djemba Djemba.
Despite his age, London Future is a seasoned artist who has proven himself with huge tracks with Machel Montano, Elliphant and Kerwin Dubois. This weekend, London Future showed off his skills by hosting his very first Diplo and Friends Mix on BBC Radio 1. The self-proclaimed founder of galaxy trap put together an outstanding mix that proves he is ready to break out on the scene in a big way.
I was able to talk with London about his views on electronic music in the Caribbean as well as what was next for him and his Mad Decent fam, check it out below.
Sensible Reason: In your opinion has electronic music been welcomed in the Caribbean?
London Future: In my opinion electronic music in the caribbean is now being considered as more than one genre. Prior to this the islands were only familiar with festival dance music. Trap music is currently relevant here and the Caribbean is opening up with other sub-genres which have aspects and flavours of genres they presently listen to.
SR: What/Who inspired you to begin producing electronic music?
LF: The EDM culture is very similar to the Soca culture so it was only a matter of time before I began experimenting with producing electronic dance music.
SR: How does your experience producing Soca affect the way you produce electronic music?
LF: There are a couple secrets about soca music that people don’t necessarily know about. Our unorthodox swings and grooves provide me with the advantage when it comes to creating EDM. Also, I do enjoy experimenting with sounds and beats.
SR: Could you see Soca legends like Machel Montano collaborating with more electronic music artists?
LF: It’s already in the works. Collabs between Soca Legends like Machel Montano and EDM artistes are already being done and in a big way. Keep an ear out.
SR: Do you think DJs from the States would be welcomed at events like Carnival and Juvee?
LF: Of course, I think DJs from the states will be welcomed at events in the Caribbean if they are open to integrating soca and locally influenced music.
SR: Who are some artists you would love to collaborate with in the future? Singers, Producers, rappers etc.
LF: I’m not really interested in collaborating with anyone at the minute, because the people i am passionate about working with I am fortunately working with at present.
SR: What was it like collaborating with Djemba Djemba and Mr. Carmack?
LF: Djemba Djemba and Mr. Carmack are very creative people and creative people are weird as hell, haha.
SR: How do you like performing in the States vs. the Caribbean?
LF : I have an advantage in Trinidad because I know what the audience wants. Being a good DJ is all about knowing what they want at the correct time.”
SR: The “Look At Me Now” video is fascinating and visually stunning, could you tell me about the creative inspiration behind it?
LF: The video for “Look At Me Now” is visually amazing. I must commend the guys at Shark Pig for doing an amazing job.
SR: How has your life changed since signing to Mad Decent/ Jeffrees?
LF: “Look At Me Now” is my second record, [with more than a] million hits. So, I am very excited about that. I have also been more open to a lot of different artists, music, fan bases and cultures since being affiliated with Mad Decent; which has only made my music better.”
SR: In your own words how would you describe your production style?
LF: I would describe my music production style as “Drugs,” it can be prescribed and abused
SR: Finally, you definitely have a bright future with Mad Decent/Jeffrees, so what’s next for London Future?
LF: Look out for the London future EP and the follow-up collaboration with Djemba Djemba (Vacation) coming soon.