Blck Mamba takes the next step in her career with a debut release

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The Studio Brussel resident known for her high energy DJ-sets is releasing a debut EP on Jamz Supernova’s Future Bounce.

If you want to know which club sounds are currently setting dancefloors on fire around the globe, your best shot is attending a Blck Mamba party. Steadily rising in the ranks of the Belgian DJ circuit, the Studio Brussel DJ is increasingly turning heads with her unique selection and fast mixing style. This week, however, Mamba is releasing her very first tracks on BBC's Jamz Supernova's Future Bounce label, no less. Time to meet Blck Mamba, the artist.

Was making music the missing piece of your puzzle?

“I like to try out new things. As with DJ-ing, I was triggered by the equipment and started experimenting without any expectations. I compare it to gaming on a Playstation for the first time; you press some buttons and see what happens. Those were some nice first steps, but finding the time to invest in producing was difficult as a full-time DJ.”

I'm always looking for the sound of tomorrow.

“In the lockdown, I suddenly did find that time. Searching for new features, sounds and effects calmed me down. I'd rather spend the whole day making music than answering emails. The past few months have been all about actually finishing and releasing tracks. I'm not going to lie – I’m going to present myself more as an artist than a DJ from here on out."

What sound can we expect from you?

“As in my DJ sets, I combine so many different influences, as long as it remains danceable. I take elements from genres I like but take them out of context. For example, I don’t see anything wrong with combining an Amapiano lock drum with trap hi-hats, grime synths and a dancehall rhythm. My first two tracks are based on rap and uptempo instrumentals with many different details. I would describe them as 'club music’ characterised by a four to the floor kick, catchy vocals and melodies with the necessary elements of surprise. Basically, it's not-so-serious music to dance to.”

You are often described as a hip hop DJ, but there is much more to you. What new sounds are you aware of, and do you like to push forward?

“I'm always looking for the sound of tomorrow. Of course, most people have heard of Amapiano by now, mostly because of the popular ‘Jerusalema’ hit from last summer. It's noticeable how the South African house subgenre is getting bigger, but I think there's still a lot more potential for the sound.”

In short: this is Mamba 2.0.

“Hip hop and rap will always be present and central in my DJ sets and will also influence my productions. Take the UK rapper Pa Salieu for example. You can't label him to one genre anymore; he mixes everything. So I think that's the future. It's also nice when certain genres have a second life in the underground scene, like jungle and dubstep at the moment. Additionally, genres like Asaka, drill, afro trap and grime are still very much relevant today.”

Your first release is coming up on Future Bounce, the record label of BBC’s Jamz Supernova. How did you get in touch with her?

“Last year, Jamz held a beat competition for a release on her imprint. I sent an unfinished track, not to win, but rather to let her know I was now producing too. Jamz heard the potential of the track and sent feedback. That gave me the motivation to throw myself into producing. After that, the two tracks that are coming out now were born.”

What next for Blck Mamba?

“Well, first, I'm curious about the release and its reactions. Hopefully, that will motivate me to release more tracks. As a DJ, I also hope to play more abroad, to get to know the nightlife in London, Amsterdam, Paris and beyond. I want to give that vibe back to our nightlife by expanding my events, Mo Mamba. In short: this is Mamba 2.0.”