Rivah

London

Name, where are you from?
Rivah, South London born and raised.

Describe your style in three words?
Depends. On. Day.

What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to?
Kendrick Lamar at Camden Electric, 2012. It was his first show in London, 'Good Kid, M.A.A.D City' hadn’t been released yet so the setlist was compiled of songs solely from 'Section 80' and 'Overly Dedicated'. Which was amazing because I knew of course, as soon as his debut album did drop, there’d be no time for a lot of his earlier material during shows. So this felt kind of special. Plus, towards the end of the night he took a few requests from the crowd - when does that ever happen?

If you could be on the line up with any two bands in history?
The Wailers and The Isley Brothers.
I’d just be floating the entire time.

Which Subcultures have influenced you?
UKG has always been a major influence. It was cool to look like you spent time and effort on your outfit, it was cool to dance all night and give it your all. It was homegrown and sexy.

If you could spend an hour with anyone from history?
Prince Rogers Nelson, becaaaause Prince Rogers Nelson.

Of all the venues you’ve been to, which is your favourite?
Village Underground, Shoreditch. I’ve always appreciated the layout, its high ceilings and banging sound system - it's like a playground.

Your greatest unsung hero or heroine in music?
The Illersapiens. A group from Brixton, who were honestly like nothing you had ever heard at the time. They held a night upstairs at The Ritzy called ’Soul Jam’ and it was such an enriching experience. They created music that perfectly encapsulated the true essence of South London.


With an encyclopedic knowledge of all things R'n'B, Rivah has established herself on the London scene with her peerlessly smooth track selections.

Listen to Rivah's latest '45' playlist here.

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