Interview: DJ Andy P

How’s it rocking Andy?
I’m all good, just came back from a couple of days of DJ-ing in Abu Dhabi and I’m feeling very relaxed right now. In Abu Dhabi all of the clubs are located in the hotels because of alcohol laws, so I’ll just say that hotel staff are very keen to make sure you enjoy your stay.
Who are your musical heroes?
I don’t actually come from a very musical background, so growing up I was free to make my own choices when it came to music. When I was about 11, I came across Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) LP, and as of that moment, I was hooked on every aspect of hip-hop, and among my favorite artists were Nas, Ghostface Killah, Jay-Z and Big Pun. My all-time hero has to be Mix Master Mike (of the Beastie Boys). He has such a unique and crazy style when it comes to scratching, and having seen him live on a couple of occasions, he certainly knows how to set the geeky aspects of DJ-ing aside and rock a party.
Any emerging UK artist you’d like to flag up?
My favorite emerging artist of the moment is a Peckham-based rapper called Giggs, who possesses a unique flow, vocal-tone and slow delivery that has taken over the UK ever since he exploded onto the scene with his debut single “Talkin’ the hardest.” It is worth checking out his singles, “Don’t Go There,” “Slow Songs,” and “Look What The Cat Dragged In.”
What can we expect from your set in Singapore?
I have yet to DJ in Singapore and have only heard good things, so I’m itching to set up my turntables and take your infamously enthusiastic crowd for a ride. Without giving too much away, you can expect an energetic set of party hip hop and R&B combined with a taste of the UK scene. Don’t expect to have any time to catch your breath during my set.
Gear up for a sweltering urban night at Ministry of Sound: Smoove presented by Courvoisier on Apr 30, 9pm. The Forbidden City, 33 Merchant Court, River Valley Rd., 6557 6272. $28-32 includes one drink.