2019 is starting with a bang for dBs Music Bristol FE student Joseph L'affineur (aka Laffnar MC), who will be heading to London's Fabric in February for a show alongside Bristol collective Shitty Dubstep. Currently studying our Access to DJ & Electronic Music Production course, this show is a result of Joe's hard work and is hopefully a sign of things to come for his music career.
We caught up with Joe for a quick chat about his work as an MC, his time at dBs Music and what the show at Fabric has in store…
How are you finding the course?
"I'm proper loving it! For the first time ever I'm actually buzzing to go to school, which is pretty mad for me! I guess you learn to appreciate the value of education much more when you're older and wiser."
Why did you choose dBs Music?
"A friend who studies at the Bristol HE campus gave me a little insight into dBs Music, to which I then did some digging and found that it seemed pretty well suited to what I wanted to do."
What made you want to pursue a career in the music industry?
"The urge to study music production has been resting in the back of my mind for some time now, I suppose the lack of satisfaction from my old demanding job played a part. Those traditional social pressures of having a steady income with a decent house to live in just didn't sit well with me, so I thought I'd listen to that voice in the back of my mind and just drop everything I was doing and go for it. I'm still not sure where this journey is going to take me, but I'm having loads of fun figuring that out!"
You're playing Fabric! How did the gig come about?
"So I've been a host/MC for a collective called Shitty Dubstep for around 2 years now, which was started as a Facebook group where likeminded heads could share tunes and keep everyone in the loop with new releases and upcoming shows within the scene. Around 2 years ago they put on their first event and it has massively snowballed since then, booking the likes of Sepia, Samba, Quest, TMSV, Author, Joe Nice, Sleeper, Fearless Dread… the list goes on! Fabric are doing these 'Curated by' nights where they'll get a legend of their chosen field, in this case it's Caspa, they're given a budget to create a lineup and he chose Shitty Dubstep to take over Room 3."
How do you go about creating your set?
"Is it bad that I don't? I feed from the energy of the crowd and the overall vibe inside to which way I'm gonna go. I always allow enough time to let the music breath, no one likes an egotistical MC that shouts over the whole set. I like to make sure I'm consistently grasping the crowd's interest and keeping it fun."
Whats next for you?
"At the moment I'm working towards making my own music as I've got all these ideas, but lacking the know-how of putting them into action, and I'm forever writing new bars and working on new styles of flow/delivery etc. Like I said earlier I'm not entirely sure what the next step is yet, but I'm confident if I'm consistent with my workflow that good things will come my way."
What advice would you give for someone looking to perform live?
"Whether you're a DJ or an MC/vocalist, practice always helps. Push yourself out of your comfort zone and even if things don't go as planned, channel that frustration or doubt into a positive so it doesn't happen again. Set personal goals, reach them and try to network as much as you can. Go to shows that you like, chat to the promoters and be friendly! Personality and charisma is half the battle with getting involved in the music industry!"
Joe plays Fabric alongside Shitty Dubstep on February 22nd. More details can be found here.