Over the past sixteen months, Oliver Rodigan, better known as Cadenza, has quickly risen to prominence as one of the most prolific new producers in UK music. The West Londoner has worked with everyone from Loyle Carner and Jorja Smith to Dre Island and Busy Signal, drawing artists from their comfort zones and colliding worlds as he brings a vast melting pot of influences to the table.
As a DJ, he’s equally exciting. Moving quickly through sounds and styles, he keeps his audience on their toes; unable to anticipate just what’s around the corner, with his diverse personal taste and an arsenal of exclusive edits at his disposal.
With his Jorja Smith & Dre Island-assisted single ‘People’ still firmly in rotation, and with a calendar packed with DJ bookings, we caught up with Cadenza to discuss both sides of his burgeoning career.
How is the world of Cadenza at the moment?
I’m pretty happy with everything right now. Obviously just coming to the end of this campaign, the Jorja record; ‘People’. I’ve been really happy to work with her. Its been a fun journey seeing her come from obscurity to where she is now. So getting to do the last two records with her was a lot of fun. So yeah its been a good few couple months, playing a few more shows and getting things moving again.
I was recently at one of your DJ sets, and having initially known you as a producer was blown away by how good it was. Did you start out as a DJ first, or did that come after you began producing?
I started as a producer first, I mean there were always records in my house from a young age so I was familiar with DJing but I never really got the bug for it until after I was making my own music. And then going out to club nights, like going out to DMZ and stuff; seeing people run their own tunes and stuff and the reactions they got. That’s when I got into more actually DJing myself.