In Da Club: DJ LKP Talks Song Of The Year, New Bangers & Local Music

It’s often said now that radio DJ’s no longer have the power they once had. Whilst radio is not completely irrelevant; streaming services have even superseded blogs in ability to break new music to the masses. There is a type of DJ who still wields power in 2017 though, those spinning in the club. DJ LKP is one of Newcastle’s premiere acts on the wheels of steel, with three residencies across the city. TheRootMusic caught up with the DJ to discuss the hottest tracks of 2017, new bangers vs. classics and what it would take to play more local tracks.

TRM: How often, and in which clubs/events do you play hip-hop, rap and grime?

LKP: I currently have three residencies, and I would say I play rap and grime in two of them, but more the commercial end of grime.

TRM: Do you find classics or new tracks often do better in terms of crowd reaction when you play them?

LKP: Totally depends on the crowd, and what you mean by new. If a track is relatively new, but has had a lot of radio support, then it works well with a younger crowd, like my Friday gig, where I can play stuff like Lotto Boyz and J Hus and get a big reaction. My Saturday gig is more classics, as there is an older crowd.

TRM: Of the newer tracks, what is the biggest song right now?

LKP: No Don by Lotto Boyz is probably the biggest of the new songs this season, but the summer has been dominated by Wild Thoughts and Unforgettable, and a special mention for Did You See by J Hus.

TRM: What has been the biggest song of the year so far?

LKP: I’d say Unforgettable by French Montana, but Did You See has got legs and is getting as many requests as Wild Thoughts.

TRM: In your Pass The Aux you mentioned Reali-T’s No Way as a potential track you could play in clubs, how often do you play local tracks?

LKP: I sometimes do. I’ll be honest, it’s rare, as it is so difficult to do with seeing the hit on the dancefloor. When I was doing bits with Big Beat Bronson, I would often play them in the warm up and sometimes in the main set.

TRM: Why don’t you play local tracks often?

LKP: Simply put, I work in venues where it is hard to do so. If people don’t know a song, they leave the dancefloor, and my job is to keep the dancefloor jumping. I work hard to get people to know songs, but strangely, nowadays with people having access to more music than they ever have in their lives, they still just want to request the things they have heard on the radio all day. Its tough to be honest, I want to support more!

TRM: What would it take for you to start playing local tracks more often?

LKP: Mainstream radio support, some more commercially viable songs and, as silly as it may sound, ones that will work with what’s hot at the minute.

TRM: What dictates the track you play more – your belief in it as a good track or your belief that it will generate a response from the crowd?

LKP: Depends on the venue again. At some gigs, I am lucky and it is an indulgent thing. I play lots and lots of tracks that I personally love, but these gigs are nowhere near as frequent as the gigs where I can smash out lots of songs that people already know. It’s a double edged sword, as it keeps it interesting playing new local music!


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