Name, where are you from?
Blue Lab Beats:
NK-OK, North London.
Mr DM, North West London.
Describe your style in three words?
NK: Colourful, joyful, fun.
What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to?
NK: Nas 20 year of Illmatic tour in Roundhouse London.
DM: Blue Note Cruise, Derrick Hodge band, R+R=NOW, Christian Scott Atunde Ajudha.
If you could be on the line up with any two artists in history?
NK: Anderson Paak.
DM: Bernard Wright and Banda Black Rio.
Which subcultures have influenced you?
NK: Grime for grungy drums/drum patterns, gritty bass lines.
DM: Jazz-funk/Rare groove.
If you could spend an hour with anyone from history?
NK: J Dilla. What he did for hip hop sonically how he EQ’d his drums, his bounce and whole vibe, but I'd need more than an hour with him if he were still here!
DM: I’d spend an hour with Herbie Hancock, Clare Fischer, Oscar Peterson, Milt Jackson, Bobby Hutcherson, Roy Ayers, Warren Wolf, J Dilla.
Of all the venues you’ve been to or played, which is your favourite?
NK: WOMAD Festival because of Bowers sound system and the crowd and our features, Tiana Major9, Kojey Radical and Kaidi Akinnibi. And our Oval Space headline show as I love the venue, all our features and crowd was so concentrated and enjoyed the gig so much!
DM: WOMAD Festival, Oval Space, Troy bar for its intimacy.
Your greatest unsung hero or heroine in music?
NK: Kankick- his drum programming is ridiculous how he flips samples and EQ’s stuff.
DM: Chad Hugo, 1/2 of the band Neptunes and 1/3 of the band NERD. His genius gets overlooked a lot and DJ Harrison, a multi-instrumentalist from Richmond, Virginia.
London duo Blue Lab Beats have been taking jazz into the stratosphere with a futuristic melting pot fuelled by hip-hop, Afrobeats and electronica.
They will release their eagerly awaited second album 'Voyage' on October 18th and you can pre-order it at backl.ink/voyage.