The Afrobeats scene is in a great place right now: Q&A with Silvastone

This weekend the 1Xtra and Mobo approved Silvastone is headlining the all-star A'friquency launch party, showcasing the finest contemporary music coming out of Africa and the Diaspora. We spoke to the DJ, producer and vocalist extraordinaire to find out what we can expect from his set and the future. 

Hi Silvastone, thanks for joining us. How’s your summer been so far? 

My summer has been blessed thanks. Mainly long studio hours finishing up my new forthcoming EP. 

You’ve also been travelling a fair bit. Where’s been your favourite place to play this year?

Well, this year I'd say that the best place I've been to would be SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas USA. It was a crazy experience. Did 3 showcases out there amongst some of the biggest artists in the world. Felt like every big artist was out there and the crowd response to each of my performances was fantastic. The whole city was buzzing those 5 days the festival had taken over its streets. I've never experienced a place so vibrant like that. 

You’ve worked with an incredible number of esteemed artists in various capacities, but which has been your most interesting collaboration? 

Yeah they been quite alot but I would say working with Chaka Demus and Pliers on the "Skatta (Remix)" last year has been probably the most interesting. So many amusing stories about that whole hook up - from sending Chaka Demus the audio to them both flying in to film the music video. I grew up listening to his music as a child and played many of their tunes whilst DJing. To be working with one of your legends is a dream come true. 

What’s your view on the afrobeats scene right now?

The Afrobeats scene is in a great place right now with so many artist doing amazing things. I feel that's it's only going to get better. 

Who are you feeling at the moment?

I'd say right now. I'm feeling everyone who is pushing the scene, its sounds and opening new doors. Quite a few people doing that right now. Big up everyone.

You’re bringing your amazing 5 piece band to A’friquency this Friday. What can we expect from the live show?

This is gonna be such a dope show. I'll be performing alot of the new EP material I've been working on and bringing out some special guests that are on the project. Of course they will also be some songs from my first EP 'Transitions' in the set list too. Can't wait!

What aspects of a live performance do you get most excited about?

I'd say its the rehearsals I love, especially whilst trying out new ideas with the band. But, nothing and I mean nothing beats vibing with the audience directly and having the place liven up when you are on stage. That feeling of people reacting to your music creation like that is priceless.

What’s on the horizon for you for the rest of 2016?

Wow, 2016 is the entrance to my 2017. I'm getting ready to drop my second EP  "LEVELS" shortly and dropping more visuals and ofcourse more shows. Got some more travel lined up too - ofcourse. Look out for me at A3C Festival in Atlanta next month. And follow me on the socials to find out where you can also catch me live near you and news about the new music. SilvaSays!!!!