JDNB Interview - Diligent Fingers
Hailing from Manchester with nearly 20 years of experience in the music industry, he has gone from playing at free raves to hosting and performing at countless events across the UK and Europe. From working with many big names within DNB and Hip Hop scene such as Trigga, Genesis Elijah, Hazard, Audio, Prolix, Current Value, Liz E, Indika, DJ Hybrid, Saxxon, Kenny Ken and many more, he is an important part of Bloc2Bloc Entertainment’s foundation.
With releases on labels such as Millennium Jazz Music, Abnoxshuz Entertainment, G13 Records, Audio Addict, Nuusic Music, Juicy Fruit Recordings, Subwoofah Records, Run Tingz Recordings, Liquid Lab, Short Circuit Records, Grid Recordings, Deep In The Jungle, Fokuz Recordings, Born On Road, Southpoint, Bagged And Tagged and many more to come in the future, we focus on his next release out on September the 3rd, and to find out more....
Thanks for your time on this Dili! Tell us how the last year has been for you in 2020 and 2021?
It’s been a bit crazy to be honest. There’s been a lot of readjusting and rearranging happening during Lockdown which I think has been the same for everyone really. But it’s also been good to really focus on what I actually want for my music and career, I never saw this as a career option until now, ha Ha.
That's fab news. You have talked about not being in a great place yet… can you expand on your thoughts and feelings?
Definitely. I think over the last 16 months things have happened that kind of brought the “murky side “of the scene and industry to my attention, well everyone’s attention really. The lack of representation for women and people of colour in our scene and the fall outs as a result were hard to deal with. Things are getting better but there is still a lot of work to do.
Totally, great that everyone is speaking up. How important is good mental health to you and what advice can you give?
Extremely Important, Mental Health is Wealth. I’ve dealt with depression from a very young age and have suffered from PTSD for over 10 years now and its only in the last 8 years I’ve been getting real help with these things, the first call to the Samaritans was the best decision I’ve ever made in my life. I was suicidal at the time and as a result of calling them, I’ve gone on to get the help and therapy that I really needed. I’m in supported housing now, which is a place set up to help people with mental health problems. The past 5 years have been extremely hard but worth it, I’m so lucky to be where I am because there’s not many places like this left. The lockdowns really highlighted to the world how little support and resources there are for mental health services and the people who need them.
I also host The Viewpoint Podcast where I talk about my experiences with mental health and things I’ve learned from therapy and counselling that might be useful to others.
I think the best advice I can give is to not be afraid to ask for help with your mental health. There are a lot of resources like The Samaritans to start you off on your recovery journey if you are in a bad place. And above all, It’s Ok to not be Ok, just remember to reach out in the Best way You can.
You hail from Manchester, have you lived there your whole life?
Yes, I have. I love my city; we have such a “Worker Bee“ mentality towards everything we do its great. We just keep on grinding regardless and it really feels like the hard work is starting to pay off for Manchester.
What got you into DNB was it a progression from Hip Hop?
It’s the energy, hearing Hysteria tape packs back in the day was like being in this new world compared listening to Hip Hop, Reggae and Soul. I still love and listen to all sort of music heavy but there’s no energy like Jungle Drum N Bass Energy.
What would you say are your biggest achievements in the music industry?
I’d say my biggest achievement is being part of Bloc2Bloc Entertainment’s growth. When Bloc first started, I joined Banner in 2013 and we went hard for 5-6 years straight filming all the clubs in Manchester, supporting the young ones coming through and trying to shine a light on our city we love so much. It’s also how I learned to Film and Edit videos which I’ll hopefully back to doing again soon.
It has always been Jack Banner’s vision to support the up and comers, the young ones and build an empire and with me coming from youth work with Unity Radio? I supported that Fully and we did amazing things. So, after taking a break for my mental health, to see how far Bloc2Bloc has come and the impact and support it and Jack Banner has, is amazing and such a proud moment to be a part of. I love my brother Banner and I’m so proud of what he’s built.
Tell us about your favourite VSTs and kit in your studio.
I’ve got to say my fave bit of kit is my Behringer Neutron Analogue Synth I got a couple months ago. I’m really taking my time with it but I’m learning and getting so much out of it.
Now you have a release coming up in September 3rd. Tell us about that.
Yeah Man, my 3rd self-release of 2021 but a new direction for my label that I’ve had since 2010.
R.U.O.K is full of all the nerdy things I love, video games sounds, anime style strings and instruments, big gotty bass and subs, amen style snares, full of that chaos energy. I really hope people like it.
What has been your favourite track you have made to date?
That’s a hard question because I’ve made so much in different genres too but off the top of my head I’d say Summer Nights, a track from a joint EP Sahala and I have coming soon. A fusion of Lover’s Rock and Liquid Jungle DNB, we both sing and I mc on there too. I bring a lot of my musical influences into that track.
Who are your favourite producers?
I’m always on the lookout for anything by T>I, Psynchro, Fox, Pavan, Sl8r, Motiv, Disrupta, Zeba, K Jah, Zoner, Agro, Elder, Aaron Payne, Phadix, Scuro Somatic and more.
There is a lot of talent coming out of Manchester at the moment. Who do you think the ones to watch are?
Just watch Manchester as a whole, there is so much talent coming up to the surface. Shadre & Salvage, Seeka, Obscura, Kaz, Salo, Jken, Jam and that’s just DNB!! There’s so much great music of all genres coming out of Manny right now its amazing. Keep an eye on us.
If you could collab with anyone, who would it be and why?
I’d love to collab with Current Value. I really admire his production style and attention to mad details in his music. I’d love to work with Duskee too.
If I saw you at the bar, what are you drinking?
If you know me then you know is Honey JD or Rockstar Spirits Banana Bomb.
Tell us about gigs coming up, where can we catch you at?
I’ve been nursing a broken ankle for the last few months so September is when I should be good to get back out there.
Well get well soon! Let's talk about producing…. Who has the best mixdowns?
T>I and Current Value.
Top 3 favouriite MCs?
Sahala, Slay, Kaz.
What’s been the most memorable moment in your career?
When Dutty Like A Bumbo by K Jah and Myself on vocals, got played at BoomTown in 2019. Everything started really picking up from there. Big love to my bro K Jah and Coda on the remix too.
What is the long term goal for you?
Just to keep making music and taking my music and brand to more places, Games, Films, Vlogs as well as more sample packs and vocal packs to help more people get involved in creating music. The main goal is to build a creative community around my Forward Motion and Spynal Records brands.
Where do you see yourself next year and what labels would you really love a release on?
Honestly? I don’t know really but I’m really excited to see what happens. I’d Love to release on V Recordings, Critical, Hospital, they’ve always been long time bucket list goals so I know I’ve still got a lot of work to do.
Any shouts and thanks?
Massive love to everyone supporting me and my movements.
R.U.O.K by Diligent Fingers is out now on Spynal Records: Download / Stream Here
Diligent Fingers (Formerly MC Logic)
Drum N Bass DJ and Producer, MC / Host / Vocalist
UK Hip Hop Artist and Producer
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Member of Abnoxshuz Entertainment
Artist for Millennium Jazz Music
Interviewed And Edited By: MissRepresent