— 8 Feb 2018, 16:21 by Lauren Furey
Tonight, two-time Red Bull Culture Clash champion and leading international club DJ, SIRDJCOREY, lands at Boxpark Croydon to deliver an unforgettable night of dancehall anthems, afrobeats, reggae and R&B classics. We sat down with the man himself to find out more.
For those who don’t know, tell us who you are and what you do.
My name is SIRDJCOREY and I am known for being one of the best dancehall DJs in London, but I prefer to call myself a multi-genre DJ, as I master the art of playing nearly any genre.
What can ticket holders expect from your event tonight at Boxpark Croydon?
They can expect a party with no warm ups; just straight entertainment from my guest DJs and artists, who are also going to be performing alongside me.
Who were your biggest inspirations when you were starting out?
When I was starting out, I used to listen to a lot of Jamaican dancehall cassettes, and my family also had a sound system, so it was always my dream to be a DJ.
What have been some of your career highlights so far? I'm guessing Red Bull's Culture Clash rates pretty high?
I definitely would say Culture Clash is right up there but, also, being able to tour different countries like Ghana, Columbia and Dubai, and all the festivals - I wish I could just do festivals every week, the energy is great.
You've scaled the ranks in the music industry; what's been the secret to your success?
I think how I lasted to this day is by staying consistent. As a DJ, you have to keep up with what the public wants and if I’m booked to play dancehall and they want afrobeats then that’s what I’m gonna play, as it’s all about being relevant.
You once described yourself as the 'people's DJ', in that you can play to any crowd, anywhere. But what are some of the secret weapons in your arsenal, the tracks that can get anybody moving on the dance floor?
Ha-ha, “the people’s DJ”- I did say that because when I’m doing it, it’s not for me, it’s always about the crowd. Some, like Vybz Kartel with ‘Clarks’ and ‘Summertime’, Beenie Man with ‘Rum & Red Bull’, Sean Paul and ‘Get Busy’, as well as tracks like ‘Murder She Wrote’, will never die; they’ll never get old. If a party is boring or on its face just play any one of those and you can guarantee a mood change.
Who should everyone be listening to now?
I would say listen to me, ha-ha! Nah but, to be honest, I would suggest you listen to any new artists. There are loads of them right now, and I don’t want to call names, as there’s too many to mention; also, dancehall and afro swing is slowly merging, so be sure to listen, don’t hesitate.
What was the last song you listened to?
The last song today was Stylo G & Beenie Man – ‘10 Metric Ton’; it’s such a banger, everyone needs that song.
What does 2018 have in store for you?
2018 will see more events like this one, tonight. I’m gonna put out some music production as I’m working with some artists at the moment, so it should be a great year, and hopefully I will get to play more festivals, as that’s my goal.