Exclusive Interview With ManCub

29 August 2018 - - - The DJ List


We are with MANCUB this week, getting to know him and his style a little better. He's responsible for the catchy "Sex You Up," which features Ray J and Rich The Kid.

Thanks for speaking to us! Please tell us a little about yourself… who are you and where are you currently based?

I’m an Afro-Jewish uni dropout turned DJ/Producer. I’m currently based between Leeds and London.

How long have you been making music? Where did it all start for you?

I’ve been making music in some form for nearly 10 years. I earned my pocket money and learnt my way around the studio helping out at Frequency studios [Linkup TV], then whilst I was at Uni I became studio manager for Panash in Leeds. And somehow I’ve arrived at my 1st release.

Do your surroundings inspire your music?

Yes definitely, I’m always inspired by my surroundings, Sometimes I get in my car, go for a drive and start creating with the Bluetooth system and midi keyboard. A couple of months ago I had a session in Tape London, it was awesome. The concept there is so inspirational - to be able to use a nightclub's energy is the optimum of any DJ.

Are you pleased with how your new single of “Sex You Up” has turned out? Did it take you long to write?

The song itself took about 15 mins. I had a chorus idea, recorded it the night before and then got in a session with my bro. I started playing around recording myself in the break and the studio manager and my bro said it was something special, so we wrote the rest together. It was left on my SoundCloud for around 6 months before Jordan Jay etc. hit me up!

Where does the name ManCub come from?

ManCub comes from the Jungle Book. I identify with Kipling's character - Mowgli is product of his environment. My process of creating is derived from music I’ve been introduced to throughout my childhood. So I’ve seen what I create as delphic.

What music outside electronic genres do you listen to?

I listen to funk [Rick James, James Brown], country [Jason Aldean, Johnny Cash], trap [Rich, Future, Post Malone] . The pop greats [Whitney, Prince, MJ] ... Most days what I listen to is pretty eclectic.

If you could work with any artist (alive or dead) on a track, who would you choose and why?

Amy Winehouse… What a voice!

What can we expect from you next? What are your plans and hopes for the rest of this year?

This year is looking really exciting, I’m working on my live shows and touring. I wanna have a live element to my Djing as I’m a multi instrumentalist at heart so I wanna bring that aspect in ( like Disclosure do ). Lots of exciting collaborations are in the making, too.

About the Author

Alana Schulz