Youngsta should need little introduction. One of the figureheads of dubstep since the very beginning, resident at scene-defining club night FWD>>, and the DJ who first played some of the genre’s most-loved anthems, he continues to be a hugely active figure in dubstep’s development. His weekly show on Rinse draws deep for new music, helping to expose talented new producers, and the founding ethics that defined dubstep in its early years still remain at the heart of his sets.
“The sound is just me,” he says, explaining that he’s hesitant to draw a defined line around the music he plays. “It’s Youngsta. It’s what I’ve always done. People say it’s not changed much, but you can hear progression and change definitely, it’s not the same [as it was]. It’s obviously the same vibe, it’s going to be deep.”
Youngsta was one of the first DJs to play dubstep on Rinse, alongside Hatcha and Kode9, in the early part of last decade. Since he’s borne witness to every mutation in the sound, and his shows now find music by brand new producers rubbing shoulders with Tempa artists such as J:Kenzo, Icicle and Proxima. His name is synonymous with the immersive end of the genre, something that’s run through everything he’s done over the years.
Having been involved with Rinse FM for such a long time, he says, it’s hugely rewarding to see how well-loved the station – and the music that he plays – has become. Playing at Brixton Academy especially, he says, was a huge buzz. “It was great to see that Rinse can fill a dance that big, and to be able to play such deep music on such a big scale.”