Ever since Seb Zito first discovered underground music in 1994, he has found himself on a musical voyage that has taken him across the globe and immersed him in sub-genres and underground cultures he never thought possible.
A true raver himself, he has a natural affinity with the dance floor. This symbiotic relationship allows him to craft a connection with his ever-growing numbers of followers before taking them deep into his own sound and space.
The FUSE London resident is experiencing something of a purple patch currently, and ahead of his new EP, ‘4 Ever’, on Richy Ahmed’s Four Thirty Two label, we tied down the curios DJ & producer to rack his brains about life behind the headphones.
FUSE London has established itself as a major player on the international stage and this year celebrates ’10 Years of Rave’. FUSE success has in part been a result of a more traditional approach to promoting, which is building a brand around a core set of residents. How important do you think residents are to the success of FUSE London & do you think the current scene makes it difficult for parties to grow through their residents?
I think the longevity of Fuse has been through having a strong crew of residents playing consistently so the audience knows exactly what to expect each party which is the high quality of music.
I think these days it’s all about that big headliner but that becomes boring and let’s face it they change quite regularly depending on the market. So if you rely on this alone then you’ll have a short shelf life in this game.
Growing a party through residents is a long game and I think in order to do it this way then you need an incredibly strong team but it can be done and I’m sure will be done by other brands.
A lot of artists spend years trying to perfect their sound and create something unique to them. Yourself, Enzo, Rossko, Rich NXT have taken this even further and can be credited for the rise in popularity of ‘Dub-house’ or the FUSE sound. What inspired this musical direction as a group?
I think if you truly break it down the London sound is massively black influenced stemming from Reggae and the soundclash culture. Jungle, Garage, Grime all stems from this and those sounds influences ours 1 million per cent well for me that is anyway. Till this day it still does.
On the topic of sound. You have been extremely busy in the studio having released on Eats Everything’s Edible, Seth Troxler’s Play It Say It and Enzo Siragusa’s FUSE London label, as well as your own Seven Dials Records. Is there any more output before the end of the year & how do you balance studio time with your tour schedule?
Yea I have an EP out on Richy Ahmed’s Four Thirty Two in September along with 2 joint tracks with Enzo on his Fuse Album.
In October I have another EP on Fuse London along with a remix for Audiojack on their Gruuv label.
Then November/December I’ll drop a single on Edible which will be from my first ever album which will release early next year.
There’s also a possible joint remix with Steve Lawler and a remix on his Viva label.
Lots of new music coming on my Seven Dials label from some amazing artists.
We know you were a keen raver before you became a DJ & Producer. What advantages are there for DJ’s having come from the dance floor? Do you think this helps or hinders your work compared to those from a studio or musical background?
For me, it was all about Pirate radio & mixtapes because I was too young to get into the clubs. I was even buying records before going clubbing and playing at house parties, school discos etc From 13-16 that’s all I did till I got a fake ID.
But it’s all life experience and that for me is what’s important to becoming a DJ but that’s not to say you can’t do it any other way. I’m very much each to their own and do whatever suits you but in today’s market you have to make music so get that studio/club balance is key.
You have been travelling the furthest corners of the globe consistently for the last 10 years. Is there a gig or moment that stands out above all the others, for better or for worse?
Hardpop in Mexico was unreal, the energy, sound & people was just unlike anywhere else in the world. Also, Argentina & Chile are great places, South America as a whole is always fun.
Finally, if you could produce a track with any artist past or present who would it be and why?
I’d love to do something with a rapper, something Hip Hop based, with the likes of Kano, Wiley etc.
I listen to hip hop/Grime probably the most out of all genres and I just love it.