DJ General Courts 19/02/2018
Our next podcast instalment comes from AJ Tracey’s DJ and Radar Radio show host, General Courts.
We caught up with the West London based Grime DJ, General Courts, taking a look at how he originally got into the scene and what else we can expect for 2018. General Courts hosts a monthly show on Radar Radio every 4th Tuesday of the month and also tours with fellow London Grime artist, AJ Tracey, as his live DJ.
Although you were still pretty young when the first wave of Grime hit in the early noughties, what memories do you have from the original scene and which artists do you still look up to now?
My earliest memory of Grime in the early 2000s, was how I got into it in the first place. It all started with a D Double E lyric. I remember chilling in my nan’s front room after school one day and hearing my cousin spit the bar “Think you’re a big boy cos you got a beard…” and I was interested as to who came up with such lyrics. I was about 9/10 at the time. I remember him telling me that its D Double from N.A.S.T.Y crew. Then I heard him spit a Dizzee Rascal lyric. He then explained that Dizzee is part of a crew called Roll Deep with Wiley. From then on, I had to find out who these people were and what music they were making. One night I remember playing around with a little wind up radio I had at the time and I came across this station that was playing music that I hadn’t heard anywhere else on the radio and I was like “Rah, these lot aren’t American, they sound like the D Double E, and Dizzee Rascal that my cousin told me about – they’re English, from London and they’re rapping. Sick!”.
I’ve always rated Wiley highly. He’s been one of my favourites for a long time. He wasn’t just a sick MC, but a shower producer. On top of that, he’s helped push through some really talented MCs who are big artists today. Respect!
Tell us more about your show on your Radar Radio and what we can expect for 2018?
Currently I do a joint show with DJ Travis-T every 4th Tuesday of the month, 10pm to 12am on Radar Radio. Flex FM will be back up and running shortly, so I’ll be back on there weekly (Saturdays, 8pm-10pm).
What to expect for 2018…. nothing but Vibes.
With all my radio shows, the aim is to show what I can do on the decks and create a vibe that you can bubble and skank to, but at the same time screw up your face and put your gun fingers in the air. I’m always trying to push new music that I’m really feeling from up and coming producers and artists too.
I feel its important for a DJ to be sharp and maintain a high level of skill when on the decks. The last year or so has been good. I’ve travelled up and down the country and the rest of the world, but even with the amount of DJ’ing I’ve done over the last year, I didn’t get to spend as much time perfecting my craft as I would have liked. I didn’t have any working decks for over a year, so was unable to practice as much as I used to. But this year (as with every year, month, day etc), I aim to improve my DJ’ing and be the sickest that I can be. So for 2018, expect to hear a better version of General Courts. My advice to any up and coming DJ is PRACTICE! Go hard with the practicing.
Taking the above into account, expect to hear some sick radio shows this year. I aim to improve and increase the content of my radio shows. I love being able to spin all my favourite tunes for a couple hours, but I’d like to host some interviews with MCs, producers & DJs that I haven’t had as guests previously. I’d like to work with some new emerging talent, have the occasional guest mix, and provide some visual content also.
Apart from the radio show what else does DJ General Courts have going on for 2018 and where does the name come from?
Aside from radio and DJ’ing live shows for AJ Tracey, I’d love to do some bookings this year. Also, I’m aiming to release some productions that I’ve made over the last few years. A tune that I’m asked for the most is the Bongo Dub, and for the last couple years I’ve been considering what to do with it, so I’m finally looking to release that, along with some vocal versions before the year is out.
Hail up my Wigpower family. Constantly working.
As for the name, I got it from DJ Travis-T shouting me out on his radio show a few years ago. Something along the lines of “Hail up the general, Courts inside the studio”. It stuck from there.
If you had to use the same DJ’ing kit for the rest of your life what would it be and why?
Any decent 4 channel Pioneer DJM (700,800,850,900) & Pioneer CDJs with USB compatibility & link function. A pair of 1210s wouldn’t go a miss either.