Redlight is a Bristol raised, London based artist who started out in the early 2000s under the alias DJ Clipz.
In 2009 he diversified his production style and adopted the alias Redlight, setting up the label Lobster Boy for his productions and debuting with the “The Lobster Boy” EP.
By 2010 Redlight saw the release of two dance floor recordings, ‘Stupid’ on Digital Sound Boy and ‘What You Talking About!?’, which featured Ms. Dynamite.
In the years that followed, Redlight has released the tracks ‘Source 16,’ ‘Get Out of My Head,‘ and ‘Progress’ as well as remixing artists from Cee-Lo Green and Maverick Sabre to Ms Dynamite, with 2012 seeing the release of his second EP “Mosquito/Planet X” on Lobster Boy.
Last autumn marked the release of “X Colour”, the new debut full-length album from Redlight, and the start of another new chapter for an artist who’s been immersed in music and creativity for as long as he can recall. The release is the start of something, a whole new level than before, but in fact the foundation has been building over decades of commitment, packed with career and life-defining moments.
With the release of “X Colour” going strong, we caught up with Redlight to speak on the album, it’s production, the ever changing state of the music industry, and much more. Redlight takes his tracks and Lobster Boy imprint on tour throughout the autumn, so be sure to catch him at upcoming February UK dates in Brighton, London, Bournemouth, and Newcastle.
“If I can wake up alive and breathing, I can see my family, and my son is happy, I am blessed.”
What was the very first element that came to you of what would ultimately be your album “X Colour”? Was it a certain track or collaboration…?
There wasn’t any idea. I think there should be more dance music albums and I think people need to put their neck on the lines as artists more and say, “yo, I’m not just a singles person. I’m gonna take it a bit deeper here and show you different curves and lanes of what I do”. I like listening to records and I like listening to what people have to offer, so, for me, it’s 2 years out of a musical journey.
You talk about the need for there being more albums. To that point, do you mean as a showcase for one’s talents or…?
It’s not a calling card, it’s an artist album. It’s a long player, not 10 singles. It is a journey, with a beginning, middle, and end. I feel like dance music has lost that a bit. I think it’s important. If you go back, you remember when you got that album that you would listen to again and again and again and again. That was what was exciting about writing a record. Someone, somewhere is going to listen to this again and again, so you have to make it as good a possible.
I think we are from the same generation. I remember the tactility of acquiring a full length album at the shop. Something you may not be sure about what it was but when you discovered it, and were caught by surprise by its quality, the satisfaction as a listener was so great…
…it’s a journey all around. I love listening to music walking down the street There is something so atmospheric about it…