All’s been a bit quiet here at FatKidOnFire recently; but fear not. I’ll reveal all later this week! But tonight, I’ve cleared the calendar and have the latest two MakeItGood x FKOF features lined up to publish.
First off, Lara and I recently sat down with Diss Miss from Dutty Girl and talked music, events and everything in between. Interestingly, the Dutty lot are only the second female feature in this series… Something needs sorting! But don’t worry – we’re on the case.
For those of you who don’t know;
“Dutty Girl are a crew from Bristol that musically span a multitude of genres from hip-hop, dubstep to grime, drum n bass, bassline, funky and dancehall. They do things their own way, with their own sense of home-girl haute couture style!”
But peep the interview below for all the info on Dutty Girl you need.
What and who is Dutty Girl? Well, I started putting on the ‘Dutty Girl’ club night back in 2004 as a platform for women in hip-hop to come together and feel supported by other like-minded women… Out of this and over time we’ve become a music collective. We comprise of six DJs/Producers, MCs and singers; Dazee, Diss Miss, Safe Soul, Kash Honey, Sarah B and Klair. We still do club nights but we call them ‘Dutty Bass’ now. I suppose to answer your question fully then I should say that ‘Dutty’ is also a whole brand and ethos – I run a shop in Stoke’s Croft in Bristol and that’s been going since 2004, and it’s now a bit of a Bristol institution. We stock vintage, one-off designs, graffiti supplies and Dutty Girl merchandise too.
How long has Dutty Girl been together? The collective was always changing and lots of girls came through over time, but for the past 5/ 6 years we’ve stayed pretty much as we are; basically just a really tight group of six friends doing music together.
Some of you DJ, some of you MC, how did you all get into it? I started DJing over ten years ago, completely absorbed by hip-hop, so it was all about that for me in the first instance. Kash Honey, Safe Soul and Sarah B all knew each other previously, they started coming to the Dutty Girl nights in the early days and eventually approached me about getting involved.
Together we played a lot of gigs, Safe Soul and I would be djing and Kash Honey and Sarah B rapping over hip-hop instrumentals. We also used to do open mic at the night back then, and that’s where we discovered Klair when she blew us away with her soulful and amazingly powerful voice. Dazee was the last to join, she had been working on a radio show with Nicky2Katz, who was also one of the collective back then. Having already had a long career in DJing, Dazee was just really open and interested in the whole Dutty Girl idea, so it wasn’t long before we began producing together. Dazee and I started producing together four years ago, making the backing tracks for the vocalists.
We’re mainly inspired by the songs the vocalists write, so we write whatever we feel will best suit the vocals. We’re all really heavily into basslines, so I guess that’s often the most important thing in our tracks. There’s no specific genre that we stick to but our main backgrounds throughout the collective are hip-hop and DnB. Dazee is a bit of a legend in the Drum and Bass scene, having started Ruffneck Ting and she’s a former member of Substance. She’s played at all the biggest Drum and Bass parties around the world.
Turntables or CDJ’s? All three of the Dutty Girl DJs are turntable purists at heart and we’re all still making the transition into the digital age! Only because you really kind of have to in these times, so many tracks we want aren’t out on vinyl! Dazee is now on Serato and I’ll be not long behind her, Safe Soul is planning on going on to Ableton Live very soon too.
Best set has been – and why? Our best sets are usually at St Paul’s carnival. We’ve played at it for the last few years and we love it! We pretty much all live in St Paul’s so it’s right on our doorstep (always the best way to enjoy a carnival!) and it’s just a real honour to play on a big sound system at carnival in front of a big old crowd of people who really ‘get’ the music.
What music are you listening to at the moment? Any recommendations? There’s too much to mention! But a few off the top of my head that we love; Frank Ocean, The Weeknd, Redlight, Drake, Mosca, Seiji, Sbtrkt, Die, Interface, Joker and loads of Moombahton (I’m a masssive David Heartbreak fan), we’re massively into dancehall and RnB as well.
Any advice to those starting out? We started with a club night, so I guess that’s one way of doing it to get your name out there. I also would say in general that as long as you do what you love then you can’t go too far wrong. Don’t do what you think others expect or want from you, just do what you believe, and believe wholeheartedly that you can do it. And always choose to have good people around you, positive influences from good people go a long way.
Dutty Girl recently released their Call Of Dutty mixtape – which is embedded below and also available for free download! It includes 9 brand new unreleased Dutty Girl tracks and shows off their diverse mixing style; a bit like the mix The Bastards dropped a while back. Give the mix a listen and make sure you keep up to date with everything Dutty by following them on Twitter, Facebook and Soundcloud.
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- Dutty Girl Intro
- Dazee & Diss Miss ft. Klair/Sarah B/Koast – Curiousity
- March Out Riddim
- Heartbreak – Bad Behaviour
- Heartbreak & Munchi – Boneknuckles (Moombahton remix)
- T.O.K – Galang Gal
- Vato Gonzales – Badman Riddim (Heartbreak edit)
- T.O.K – Everybody Clap
- Enur – Calabria
- Dazee & Diss Miss ft. Klair – I See You Lady
- Redlight – Source 16
- Dazee & Diss Miss ft. Kash Honey – Take Me Down
- Mosca – Bax
- Seiji – Face Up
- Julio Bashmore – Battle For Middle You
- Wamdue Project – King Of My Castle
- Redlight – Planet X
- Dazee & Diss Miss – Bleep Ting
- Zero G – Stamina
- Redlight – MDMA
- Dazee & Diss Miss, ft. Sarah B – Don’t Know Me
- Snoop Dogg ft. P Money x True Tiger – Be Like Me (remix)
- Joker ft. Buggsy and Otis Brown – Lost
- Jay Z & Kanye West – Ni**as In Paris
- J.Cole – Who Dat
- Dazee & Diss Miss ft. Sarah B – Sweet Little Lies
- Dazee & Diss Miss ft. Kash Honey – Whenever
- Dazee & Diss Miss ft. Sarah B – See Me On The Road (Dazee remix)
- Dazee & Diss Miss ft. Kash Honey – In and Out
If you have any thoughts on what Diss Miss from Dutty Girl has had to say, or anything else you’ve seen – maybe you’ve got someone to recommend to FKOF or seen something you think we’d like? Get in touch via email, Twitter, Facebook or the FKOF TakesQuestions page.