Swerving ever so slightly from our usual coverage of all things hip-hop, let’s take a moment to spotlight an emerging new talent who’s currently leading the UK’s contemporary dancehall scene.
Hailing from West London, Cadenza (née Oliver Rodigan) has been making waves both homebound and abroad as of late, producing tracks for Grammy-nominated artist Ryan Leslie’s Black Mozart LP, becoming a member of Diplo’s Major Lazer Live show and remixing the likes of Wiley, Stylo G, Busy Signal and more.
With the recent release of his latest EP, No Drama, picking up steam in the blogosphere, we decided to catch up with Cadenza in London for a brief shoot highlighting his very Snob-appropriate steez and find out a bit more about his fashion and music influences.
What are some of your biggest sonic influences?
A lot of my favorite producers make totally different music to me, but I’m drawn to how people in other spectrums put their music together. In terms of club music, producers like Pearson Sound and Mala were people I always looked up to.
But I also really love the more vintage sound that labels like Daptone manage to execute so well. That’s why I love what producers like Frank Dukes are able to achieve, which is essentially a very classic sound but still with a contemporary feel.
Who are some of your favorite musical acts right now?
What role does fashion/style play in your work?
I guess my work funds my addiction to new clothes. My trainer collection is starting to climb up my walls now. But within the studio, I’ve found that the way artists dress themselves gives off a vibe for their musical direction, so it’s always good to be aware of that.
How do the worlds of your Jamaican heritage and British upbringing collide in your work?
For me, those two cultures are musically synonymous and there has always been integration between them. I often like to use samples from reggae and rocksteady music but it all depends on who I’m working with.
What forthcoming projects do you have in the works?
I just produced a new single for Jorja Smith called “Where Did I Go.” We also have another record coming this summer with Dre Island.
Listen to No Drama below then be sure to check out fellow burgeoning British artist Conducta in our UK Garage sportswear editorial.