Barreling down the line with funtastic interviews, next up is Chris Bad Habit, of Bad Habit Muzik. I met him through various music discussions online and a phone call or two sold me on his positive, nice guy status. Kelly Ross | Agent 137 managed to wrangle him across time zones and his globetrotting life for this super informative story from across the pond;) What is Bad Habit Music about?
Bad Habit Muzik was started in 2000 as a party for all my DJ friends and went on to becoming a successful night in London and the North West of the UK. I had been in music and producing, DJing and working alongside top artists for many years and then I semi retired in the South of France for 10 years. I returned to music by way of a themed VIP chateau party weekender with all my oldskool DJ friends and the Ministry of Sound with my French Events company "Nouveaux Vintage Events". Having put on another successful party we launched the label to work hand in hand with artists, djs and producers to form the brand we have today that covers all genres of music.
Along with production, remixes and mastering in our studios we are working with artists to bring a new flavor to 140 breaks, deep house, garage, breakbeat, electro, dubstep, dnb and hip hop. We are really pushing the future jungle scene and although it hasn’t taken off as quickly as I had hoped, we want it done well and we are willing to be both persistent and realistic to get the movement up and running. I’m all about supporting the smaller artist because I am in it for the future. We believe in what we do here I have a great team helping Bad Habit Muzik be internationally known. In the UK we have - Lee, Rob, Alex, Rich, Ross, Kris and Tariq and in USA- Curious, Tasha and Sharham take care of business. We work as a team as well as being players in our own field so together we bring a unique sound to the table with many years of experience collectively.. I manage the promotion , remixes, socuial media marketing, pr, artists schedules for shows and do all of the event organization. I am really concentrating on pushing all of their talent combined in many genres as i believe with our collective experience is really putting this label on the map in the UK, USA ,France and now I am expanding more into the Spain. we have become the most successful multi genres label the past 3 years with over 44 #1 Hits on Trackitdown Charts as well as 13 DJ Mag reviews this year. Muzik is in our Blood!
How are you doing that so far from the US?
People are most familiar with us in the UK because we have been on TrackItdown for 3 years now with a lot of success. But in the U.S. our popularity started because of contact with George aka DJ Curious one of the original dj's/ L.A rave organizers. His love for the UK sound - especially the 140 Future Jungle Breaks linked us together and ever since then, Curious has been representing Bad Habit Muzik. We created our first west coast tour in 2013 - taking in Las Vegas, San Diego and L.A showcasing this unique sound.. it’s really all about networking. I feel Americans are team players and are really in it for the good of the music so it’s somewhat easier to network and gain/give opportunities. I am a real believer in pushing new talent and am all about the “break”. Having good people around you makes you push forward and a lot of people support our sound. I have to see things from all sides to be fair to everyone around me. Even if it’s not what they want to hear, but I always try to give good advice to help push talent further.honesty being the best policy..its a tuff game the music industry..30 years has taught me that!
Speaking of networking in the U.S., that is how I met Wes. The “It’s Wes Smith Yo!" tour has been legendary for the last 8 months or so and it really reminded me of how we used to do this back in the day - the tour has really put him on the map. As a company, Juice is so well established and while we really noticed the tour, it wasn’t just on Facebook but also by word of mouth. I pay attention when persistency and determination come through. Promotion is promotion and what Wes is doing on the promotion side, he is doing very well. The Playstation deal he struck for the game soundtrack is going to be incredible, it’s a tremendously successful brand and they have a great marketing team. Royalty wise this is going to accelerate him even further into the next tier. He has earned the respect with his talent as well and deserves the amount he is charging for his DJ gigs. I like to work with like-minded people because I only work with who I consider, good people. He has our full support because all we see from Wes is positive and that is very appreciated in this day and in this industry.
Tell me about the remix:
It’s a Strange Rollers & Bad Habit collaboration. We worked in the studio in London on Wes’s “Hands Up” which had about 4 different sounds. We added 20 more sounds that we thought worked and reworked it many times to get it right. It’s a funky, but also has a heavy old skool anthem feel to it. We are very excited to be a part of the collaboration and to put our spin on this tune.
While we are waiting for this to come out, I want to congratulate you and The Strange Rollers on the remix of Otter's original "Funk It Up" now both #1/#2 on TrackItDown. It's a banger and I know you had said you thought Otter was really going places, so congrats to you all! I look forward to the "Hands Up" release and meeting you in the future.