Welcome to BURR. Brickcellphone’s Underground Rap Radar.
In this series, Brighton hip-hop DJ, Matt ‘Brickcellphone’ Leppier, is chatting to some of the underground rap talent on his radar. It’s as simple as that.
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Changing Currents interview
This time the Underground Rap Radar steps away from the mic and into production, as Brickcellphone has only gone and done an interview with Changing Currents.
The DJ and producer is one of the most exciting up and coming talents in Brighton and it’s surrounding areas right now, with a hefty catalogue on Soundcloud, some intriguing projects on the way and some decent bookings under his belt already – including our End of Summer Party with Black Josh.
Without further ado, let’s get into it…
First things first, can you introduce yourself in your own words?
Yo, what’s good! I’m Changing Currents, I’m a 19-year-old beatmaker from the coast. I started producing about 3 years ago, I began by djing in my room literally having no idea what I was doing. Djing was like a gateway drug to me, it satisfied me but I wanted something better. That’s when I started producing.
Let’s talk about your Soundcloud, my man. 56 tracks and counting. What can people expect to find on your page and what are your thoughts on SC as a platform?
Yeah, there’s a lot on my Soundcloud man, it’s like my music journal in a way.
There are lots of flips up there you can get familiar with, it’s been a really good platform for me going forward. But more recently I’ve not been focusing on that as much, I’ve been focusing on turning my beats into songs, that’s why I’ve kind of slowed down on the Soundcloud front. Quality over quantity is key for me going forward now, I just want to share quality music.
I’ve seen too many people content with uploading half-finished beats with 180-pixel cover art, that ain’t me no more! You can expect more releases from me very soon, just because I haven’t been uploading doesn’t mean I haven’t been grinding, I’m excited for what’s to come.
Obviously, you’re a fellow Brighton, East Sussex local. How do you see music and creativity in this part of the world?
It’s funny actually because I used to be really stubborn on the UK scene, the Brighton scene especially. It felt like everyone’s going for the same aesthetic or style and I’ve never been on that. But since I’ve been starting to do shows I’ve met some dope creatives in the area.
Shout out Renelle 893, one of the illest spitters, he can murder any style of beat and keeps it unique. Me and him have been working, we have something coming soon. Also shout out El train, Tammie and Francesca Fulmini – Francesca is insane she has a real vision, watch that space.
I’m hoping in the coming years I can really bring something completely new to the table, I believe in the aesthetic I bring, I never want to just be associated with a local scene and I’m never going to follow the crowd.
Doing shows has been a medicine to me, there have been days I feel real low but then I do a set and I’m euphoric.
You first properly came to our attention thanks to a DJ set at Coalition where you played a real mix of sounds. What are your aims once you’re on the decks before a crowd?
Energy! I believe in the music I play and I like to think it shows – I want the crowd to feel the way I do when I perform, I want everyone to dance and all that bad bitch shit without feeling judged!
The music I play gives you that energy too, I hope people enjoy it as much as I do. It’s been a joy playing all this unreleased music because it just feels right. When you come to one of my sets, either bring that good energy or go home!
Doing shows has also been a medicine to me, there have been days I feel real low but then I do a set and I’m euphoric. Dancing with people at my shows has evolved my sound to a more upbeat vibe and I can’t wait to share more of it.
It’s a bit of a bait question, but always a good way to get to know an artist. Who are your musical inspirations?
Any type of Japanese soul has always inspired me, Toshiki Kadomatsu is someone who I listen to a lot. I love Michael Cooper, I’m a sucker for an electro-disco beat. J Dilla of course, can’t give a list without the greatest, and of course Kaytranada… Kaytranada is literally the reason I fell in love with hip-hop, my family grew up with music like The Smiths and The Proclaimers, so when my sister played me Kaytranada’s album my mind was blown and I found a whole new love for music.
ERM… you are booked to play a certain show this month. Looking forward to it or what?!
For real it’s going to be a movie! Shout out Offie Mag – I’ve been wanting to play at Patterns for a long time now. I can’t wait to bring that energy and all this new music to new ears. I’m so happy I can bring a new sound that isn’t commonly heard at a big club, that’s been a goal of mine since day dot straight up! I want everyone in that room moving that night, I can’t wait.
What are your top 3 most-purchased items from an off-licence?
Yo, I’m obsessed with Hobnobs, you know the crumbly ones with the chocolate? Hell yeah man that’s the stuff right there. Doritos Chilli Heatwave is an elite snack I’ve been buying since year 7 of high school, and my third is probably them Daim bars… Changing Currents got a sugar tooth, B!
What CC song/project should our readers be listening to right now?
I just dropped a new release called “shame” on Soundcloud, you should definitely go check that out. I gots whole lotta music coming soon, watch this space x
Come see Changing Currents support Black Josh on August 23rd. Tickets here.