This week on The Birdhouse I have Israeli-born and London-raised Born Dirty joining me in the studio. Since he first came on the dance music scene Born Dirty established himself as a dynamic producer and DJ who isn’t tied to one sound. Listening to his catalog you’ll hear tech house, breaks, g-house and plenty of other genres. I always like having people on the show who switch things up, and Born Dirty is the best at that.
Born Dirty first joined the Dirtybird ranks in 2016 as a part of the BBQ Secret Sauce compilation. His epic breakbeat “Check Your Bell” was the final track on the comp, and the only break as well. Breaks are always a key part of my DJ sets, and this one is so groovy. Since then he’s released on dynamic labels like Fool’s Gold and Mad Decent, but he’s never been far from Dirtybird. I played “Boss Man”, his most recent Dirtybird track and collaboration with Will Clarke during my closing set at Movement last year, and the crowd went nuts. I’m thrilled Born Dirty is joining me for an episode of the Birdhouse. Check out his guest mix and questionnaire below!
How did your music career get started in earnest?
Born Dirty came at the back of a bunch of other musical projects and really kicked off after a few releases on Owsla, Dirtybird and a few shows across the U.S..
Where are you from and does it have an influence on your music?
I was born in Israel then moved to France then to the UK. London is the place I've lived the longest anywhere. I’m influenced by so many different things it becomes almost impossible to pin point its origins. I come from a very oriental, North African family with a lot of rhythms, singing and dancing. That for sure had an impact on my music. The UK with Garage, Grime and Breaks for sure but also the more niche stuff from Ninja Tune or Warp or XL.
How many times did you want to quit trying to make this your career?
Ohhhh well, I don't remember ever wanting to quit. There’s nothing to quit from when your path and vision is clear. I’m a stubborn and patient person. It really has not been an easy journey, but I'm here now.
What was one piece of equipment that helped define your sound early on?
I don’t think there was one honestly. It’s just a laptop and throwing samples into it and chop chop chop that shit!
When you were getting started, which artists did you try to emulate (both musically and career-wise)?
The Beastie Boys.
When you have a tough week or a rough tour, how do you get yourself back on track?
I stay in bed and rest. I eat and cook healthy food and get my energy back up. Get up. Get out. Get motivated. Get inspired.
Where and when are you at your most content/happiest?
Various places really. All at a different realm of happiness. When I jam with other musicians for no other reasons than just jamming. When I’m with my family eating some banging home made meal watching some TV. When I beat that bag so hard for so long and that ice is burning my body then I have a hot shower then an earl grey and sit on my sofa... then I’m like in heaven (haven’t done that in too long).
Do you have any secret hobbies or hidden talents?
I like to mess around with Photoshop and Premiere. I also love to write scripts for music videos and short movies. Love cooking, too.
Favorite and least favorite colors?
Very tough to tell as my moods with colors change a lot. I’m not a huge fan of brown although I have a sick pair of brown Timberland boots! I do love RED.
Favorite and least favorite words?
Plethora :) / Xenophobia :(
Favorite board game?
Favorite guilty pleasure food?
Hot chocolate with melted chocolate bar (sea salt and almonds) inside, the whole thing poured on two scoops of Ben and Jerry's Chubby Hubby!
Favorite guilty pleasure song?
That’s a tough question because a guilty pleasure song for someone is a banging tune for someone else. I mean “Girl’s Just Want To Have Fun” by Cyndi Lauper is my jam. I’m just one of the girls when I hear it!
German or Detroit techno?
Detroit, The Originator.
Festival, club or illegal warehouse?
I will never have more fun than in a sweaty fucking basement, low ceiling, packed from wall to the wall, everyone sweating and is one big ball of flesh bouncing. So club or warehouse.
Biggie or Tupac?
Star Wars or Star Trek?
I love how tacky old Star Trek is, but yeah... Star Wars.
Exercise or Netflix?