Sheffield based breaks-dealer, producer and DJ Charla Green, passing through to tell us a bit about her background and what music we should be listening to right now...
SSC: In your own words, could you tell us a bit about who you are and what it is that you do?
CG: I’m Charla Green. I’m a Sheffield based multi-genre producer and DJ. Mainly working with jungle, drum and bass, dubstep and dub.
SSC: So, where are your roots? What started it all off and how did that lead you to where you are today?
CG: I’ve always, from a young age, had the need and urge to create. To express and release through creativity. I’ve never been academic and struggled at school, except in creative areas. Art and music have been a constant and I guess I’ve always thought of my music as an extension of my art practice.
Growing up in Bradford, I used to go to nights at the West Indian Centre in Leeds. I remember going to SubDub at 16 and this is where I guess I first fully experienced and fell in love with sound system culture. Iration Steppas‘ rig blew my mind. I remember trying to roll a joint and it all kept vibrating off the table. I couldn’t breathe, haha. I also went and helped out at a lot of free parties so was always around the decks and speakers.
I did a lot of sound projects whilst on my fine art masters course at uni. We had some decks, so I started learning how to mix. I then started using Audacity to cut up sounds I had recorded or sampled from things and soon realised that it wasn’t that great to make music on. So when my student loans came through, I bought Logic. I’ve been making music pretty much every day I’m not away since.
Though I’ve always listened to loads of genres, I started DJing about 7 years ago playing Breakbeat and House stuff. I then naturally moved towards Jungle and Drum and Bass. I’m a sucker for a broken beat and sub-bass.
SSC: Who are the main influences for you, doing what you do?
For DJing specifically, probably: Storm and Kemistry.
SSC: What do you consider to be the highlight of your music career so far, and why?
SSC: Any moments you’d rather forget?
CG: Too many, I forget…
SSC: You’re based in Sheffield. Can you tell us what the scene is like there for sound systems? Any recommendations for first-time visitors?
CG: Sheff is good for Sound system culture. There’s Sinai Sound System, Raze, Komatik, Chief Pukka, as well as loads of other rigs and free party rigs. There’s always a lot of nights going on, but a few nights I’d say to check out if you are coming to Sheffield are… Dub Shack (dub, steppas, dubstep), Displace (dnb), Off Me Nut (bassline, jungle, everything and anything!), Wub Club (Sheffield bass, eclectic), The Nightshift (garage & house), Raise & Rave (dnb).
SSC: Who should we be keeping an eye on right now? Any artists and/or DJs standing out to you?
SSC: I understand you spin a fairly wide variety of genres under the bass music umbrella. Outside of what you DJ, is there any other particular music or genre you enjoy listening to?
CG: I’ve always loved triphop, 90s electronica, soul & blues, but I listen to anything really at home from hip-hop to folk. Depends on the mood. When I’m out and want to dance, I love dub and heavy weighty bass but I also love the occasional psytrance night.
SSC: What’s on the horizon for Charla Green? Anything exciting coming up?
CG: I’ve hopefully got my first 2 track vinyl in the works, which is something I’ve always wanted so that’s nice. Got some nice gigs coming up including No Bounds in Sheffield and Fear Fest with the Wub Club crew + just lots of new music in the pipeline really.
SSC: And finally, if you could give one piece of advice for those wishing to follow in your path, what would it be?
CG: I’m not really the best at giving advice as I’m still always getting stuff wrong and learning. But I guess I’d say to work hard and do it with love. Do it because you have a need to create and connect through music. Hone your craft.
Listen to the sounds of Charla Green at: https://soundcloud.com/charlagreen