Spotlight: Mr Play
— 24 Oct 2018 by Lauren Furey
Tell us who you are and what you do.
I am Mr Play, an award winning international DJ. I'm the UK’s Leading Urban Promoter, Host and International Artist Liaison. A curious music producer who brings talent together from around the world!
When did you first realise you wanted to be a DJ?
I started as a host and promoter before DJing. I knew how to pull a crowd via the mic; later, I’d start to DJ when a booked DJ would fail to show up. Fireman helped me up-skill in DJing.
Tell us about your upcoming single.
'You Decide' is my first single, so I’m especially passionate about this track, it’s been a long time coming, and my dream to make my own music that transcends across generations. I’ve always wanted to share with the world the style and genre of music I can co-create with my real life experiences and love for music. No matter your age, gender, or background everyone can relate to this track. It’s emotive, and provocative to the mind, conjuring thoughts of personal experience. I chose to work with Demarco and Adekunle Gold with a clear intention to create a euphoric blend of afro reggae style beat and vocals bringing to life a summertime and holiday feel vibe.
You played at Jay Knox & Friends at Boxpark Croydon, how was it?
Spirits were lifted with my track selection; I delivered the full Mr Play experience that had everyone up and dancing, with or without a drink.
Who are your personal inspirations?
My dad, I was raised by him. Then I’d say Puffy/Diddy as he was a party promoter first before becoming a music mogul, and Kid & Play, as I loved the fun element they had in music.
Who should everyone be listening to right now?
There so much great music being released, but to name a few to watch out for, H Moneda and Alana Maria, both are artists I manage, but also I am really rating the likes of Fuego, TK Kravitz, Demarco & Adekunle Gold!
What does the rest of 2018 have in store for you?
Amongst DJ sets at key international festivals and events, I will be continuing to work on my current project. I plan to work with Demarco and Adekunle again, Fekky, H Moneda, Big Narstie, Made in Tokyo, Alana Maria, Tommy Lee Sparta plus more!
What was the last song you listened to?
Alana Maria - Zeze freestyle
You can follow Mr Play online on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.