Astral Black presents… 2nd September, 2014


After a full-house for their debut party at The Art School, Astral Black are returning this Friday for the second instalment. This time they’ve invited one of the most important grime producers of our generation: Spooky. As a resident DJ for London’s infamous grime crew Slew Dem, and holding down a residency at London’s Boxed club night and two radio show residencies (DejaVu + Mode FM), Spooky has certainly earned his reputation as one of the scene’s most precise and energetic DJs. Renowned for his rapid mix style, Spooky’s certainly no rookie when it comes to turning up the dance floor from small talk to medium talk.

Astral Black resident and edit king, DJ Milktray, took some time to catch up with the acclaimed producer. Revealing himself to be a man of few words, but many punchlines.

Hi, Spooky, for those who don’t already know – who is Spooky?
Just a fat bastard who knows how to mix and make tunes. And made that tune called Spartan.

How did your start in music come around? What inspired your choppy style of making music?
Started doing music because it was either that, or fuck all. As for my choppy style of music making… that stems from hearing all these “bootlegs” of popular tunes at the time and going “we can make our own”.

You have worked with/played with most of the dons in the grime scene. Is there any vocalist or MC you would like to work with and why, not specifically in grime.
Don’t want to start naming names ‘coz if I do and we don’t make it happen then it’s just pointless.

What do you expect from a Glasgow crowd?
As long as they’re up for it and can keep up with me then I just expect nothing more than absolute madness.

Top 3 tunes that come up in every spooky set?
I’ve started playing varied sets but as long as I’ve got 1 version of ‘Spartan’ on me, anything “Pulse” related and ‘Playground’.