The Freestylers have just been nominated for the ‘Lifetime Achievement’ award at this year’s Bass Music Awards. With such a storied career, we caught up with key man Aston Harvey to chat about their legacy of booming soundsystem killers and plans for a flourishing future.
When you were young, did you go out record shopping for samples and breakbeats? If so, where did you go?
All the time. I was obsessed. I used to buy all those Ultimate Breaks and Beats albums not even releasing the importance of what I was part of. I’d hear all these Hip Hop tracks and wanted the originals of where they got the samples. I used to go to Spin Offs in Hammersmith, Groove Records in Soho and R&D in Rayners Lane.
At what age did you start DJing? And what inspired you to start?
Started at 16, that’s when I got my first set of decks. Before that I used to do these stop start mixes on a double cassette deck. I was inspired by the music that I got into via breakdancing. I wanted to emulate what I was hearing and seeing. Most kids at the time were into that New Romantic 80s shit but that wasn’t me. I remember watching the video for Herbie Hancock’s “Rockit” and seeing the DJ take centre stage, it looked so cool and very commanding to a young impressionable kid, it blew my mind.