If you don’t already know who Bukka is, you’ve got some serious catching up to do! Hailing from Louisiana, the now Spain-based producer has been touring the world for a good number of years with his catalogue of heavyweight dub and bass tracks. Read below as we catch up with Bukkha…
SSC: In your own words… who are you and what do you do?
B: I’m Evert aka ‘Bukkha‘. Originally from Lafayette, Louisiana in the US, now based in Spain. I’m a dub and bass music producer and DJ.
SSC: So, how was the journey? What started it all off and how did that lead you to where you are today?
B: It’s been a long, but also a short journey, strange enough. I started producing music in 2007, trying to just make random beats. Then in 2009, I started making dubstep because my best friend introduced me to the genre and I was hooked from there. Had some releases and then I stopped in 2011 (because life happens) and picked back up in 2016/2017. Pretty much all of the tunes I made that year were released. 2018, I started touring, and later that same year I decided that it was gonna be my career. I haven’t looked back since.
SSC: Who are the main influences for you, doing what you do?
B: I mean, when I first started producing I was really into Luke Vibert and Aphex Twin (the only electronic artist I was really into), so I was trying to be really experimental and weird. I always loved dub because of how minimal and stripped down the music was and how so much changes with FX. When I discovered dubstep, it all just kind of came together. Now though, I’m making more steppas and that was influenced by Bush Chemist (in 2010) and Jah Shaka (I discovered him on YouTube).
SSC: What do you consider to be the highlight of your music career so far, and why?
B: Now that I consider it a career, I guess the highlight is just the opportunity to be able to share my music with the people. Playing live… I think I can also say that seeing King Shiloh, Channel One, Mala, Vivek and J:KENZO (to name a few) rinse my tunes has been quite the highlight. Never thought that would happen at all, but only because I never had that link with them. Didn’t even know how to get tunes in their hands until labels started sending them my tunes.
SSC: Any moments you’d rather forget?
B: Nah, it´s all been great. Even when it was just for fun, it’s all been good.
SSC: As you’re based out in Spain, I was wondering, what’s the scene like for sound systems down there?
B: The culture is alive and well out here. Much more for dub than bass music though. There are some crews that are trying to push things forward.
SSC: Outside of sound system music, are there any other genres or artists you are particularly fond of?
B: Yeah, I love punk and metal. Used to be a big hip-hop head, but grew out of it I guess. I find myself listening to the bands that I listened to in high school. Don’t really keep up with bands now… kinda sad… the only new stuff I might check out is thanks to friends and Spotify.
SSC: What’s on the horizon for Bukkha? Anything exciting coming up?
B: More music on different labels. Releasing on some very well respected dub/steppas labels. More touring, hopefully in S. America, Asia and Australia.
SSC: And finally, if you could give one piece of advice for those wishing to follow in your path, what would it be?
B: I know everybody says this, but seriously… NEVER give up. You’re the only person that can limit your potential. If you want your favourite DJ/selector to play your tune, make that tune and put it in their hands. Never think “oh, they won’t want to play this.” You never know… and even if they don’t play that tune, keep sending them music. Don’t get discouraged. Everybody has their time.
Massive thanks to Evert for taking the time to speak with us. Keep up to date with all things Bukkha @ https://www.facebook.com/bukkhaspace/