At just 25 years old, west Londoner Oliver Rodigan has established himself as an artist-to-watch in both the UK and across the pond. Cadenza co-produced Black Scorpio and Alchemy on TALA’s breakthrough EP as well as the ﬁrst single ‘Where I’m From’ on Kiko Bun’s forthcoming LP, via Island Records. Prior to that he cut two tracks on Grammy nominated artist Ryan Leslie’s “Black Mozart” album, as well as releasing his forward thinking club tracks on Mad Decent, Fool’s Gold and MixPak.
After hearing his new single ‘Foundation’, we knew we had to chat with this guy. Undoubtedly set to be a huge summer anthem, with Stylo G and Busy Signal collaborating for the very ﬁrst time creating the perfect blend of UK and Jamaican Dancehall inﬂuences, we caught up with Oliver to talk about his influences and plans for the summer.
So to start with, where does the name Cadenza come from?
A cadenza is a classical music term used to describe a virtuoso solo passage within a symphony or concerto. It tends to be difficult, and is an opportunity for the musician to demonstrate his skill. I played in school orchestras growing up and I just liked the look of the name…
I learned piano and violin from about 5 years old and played all the way through school. When I was 14 my brother introduced me to FL Studio and that’s where I became interested in music production. It was always just a fun hobby for me, it was like playing a video game. I used to make the weirdest beats as a kid probably because I wasn’t even listing to club music at that age so I was probably just chopping up soul records or making corny RnB thinking I was Pharrell.
Having listened to your music, there’s definitely influence from your father’s record collection, who would you say are your biggest influences?
The producers who have had the biggest impact on me would be Pearson Sound, Diplo, Ryan Leslie and The Neptunes. My brother always put me on to new underground music and he showed me Pearson Sound back when he was still Ramadanman and I was always heavily into his style of production. His drum programming is unique and he always managed reinvent his sound without losing the core of it. Diplo is a master of marrying cultures and getting the best out of them which is a really important skill. And then Ryan and Pharrell to me as a teenager were the guys I used to sit on my laptop and watch their studio videos on repeat.
Your new single is huge. What was it like collaborating with massive names like Stylo G and Busy Signal?
Thank you. Stylo was the very first session I had when I first moved into my own studio so it was great to kick off my first day and get a record like this out of him. I wasn’t with Busy when he recorded his part but I flew to Jamaica to do the video with him and he is a top guy.
Continuing the theme of you working with big names, you’ve toured with Diplo and Major Lazer in the past – can you pinpoint a favourite place or venue where you’ve played?
Roskilde was definitely a moment when we closed the main stage after the Arctic Monkeys. I don’t think i had played to more than 500 people before i found myself trying not to panic in front of 80,000 people. That said I think my best show with the ML crew was at Bestival, the vibe was way up and it was great to perform at a festival on my home turf
Have you got any more collaborations in the pipeline that you can tell us about?
I’m working with a lot of different artists and producers right now. I have done something kinda different with Sean Paul recently but don’t know when I’m gonna let that off yet.
What are your plans for the summer? Any live shows we can catch you at?
Yeah. I’m on tour with Sango and Mura Masa in June. We play Amsterdam, London and Paris. I’ll also be performing at Lovebox, Detonate & Farr Fest. More TBA. Come down!