For the past year, 22-year-old Bristol producer Conducta has been crafting some of the most exciting club music in recent memory, drawing inspiration from UK garage dons like MJ Cole and Artful Dodger, whilst driving his own futuristic train of thought throughout his work. Remix commissions have been flooding in too, and we've seen the newly-hailed "prince of UKG" add his 2-step magic to the pop and R&B smoothness of Jorja Smith, Shura, and Taya—among countless others. Conducta has this wicked way of transforming moody, highly emotive gems into dancefloor stompers without losing any of their original appeal; some would call it a skill, others would call it a gift.
After recently hooking up with Artful Dodger collaborator, legendary singer and songwriter Lifford on his track "Still You", Conducta is back with a smooth grime remix of the feel-good number, with some accented bars from Sheffield's Coco for added measure. "Working with Conducta was pure vibes," Coco told Complex. "I'd heard of his name before and heard a few sick garage remixes he'd done, so I'm glad that we managed to link up." You can hear that bad-boy edit exclusively below and get to know more of Conducta on the flip.
What got you into making garage music, and why not grime or dubstep? Bristol and dubstep went hand-in-hand for many, many years.
I did actually start off making grime and dubstep, but the tunes I made were heavily influenced by garage music; it's always been my favourite genre. Once I found my formula for making garage, I just went from there.
Who were some of your musical inspirations growing up, and what did you learn from them?
Growing up, garage-wise, I was listening to a lot of Tuff Jam, Large Joints and MJ Cole. Their music got me hooked on the sound of UKG. I was also influenced by a lot of Joker and Purple Sound. The groove and feel of my tracks wouldn't be what it is without those artists. By listening to their music, I learnt how to contrast melodic sounds with bass lines and drums.
Do you feel grime's recent re-awakening has overshadowed that of the UKG one?
Because grime and garage are so closely intertwined, I feel the surge of grime has just boosted UK music culture as a whole, including garage. I also think it's really opened the doors to the US and rest of the world, so I'm happy with how the scene in general has progressed.
Where do you see the UK garage scene going in the future?
I just see more people getting involved. What is great to see, is that lots of new and established producers are now trying garage, which will make the scene more competitive and drive the quality of the music forward. In terms of the sound of garage, I really see it evolving. I think the gap between the old skool garage sound and the new will be bridged, but I also think that the sound will mix with more genres as it becomes more popular, which could be interesting.
In terms of releases, what have you got coming up that fans can look forward to?
I have lots coming up! I've been working with MJ Cole, Elf Kid, Lakim and a bunch of others, which is very exciting. I also have a couple remixes out soon. From now and throughout 2017, you'll be hearing a lot from me. I'll also be supporting What So Not at XOYO on November 25, and you can catch me at Motion, Bristol, on December 2, supporting the one and only DJ EZ.