Now more than ever, it’s essential for young artists to master their social media game. Born in Sheffield TeeDee knows more than most and his TikToks, originally created to show more of his personality to his fanbase, have since evolved to provide insight into his creative process, dispelling the mystery and telling fans what it really means. to be a producer. A testament to what can go wrong when social media, especially TikTok, is properly leveraged, TeeDee’s career has skyrocketed over the past 12 months.
Ultimately, TeeDee is a product of his hometown and the local bass scene, but his earliest inspirations as a producer came from two parallel worlds. Inspired by Drake and 50 Cent from one side of the Atlantic and other local heroes like Toddla T, T2 and Essex icon DJ EZ, he first started making ‘type beats’ with his close ally Tom Makes Beats, mingling with Afroswing, drill, rap etc. After the “How To Make A Tom Zanetti Beat” video went viral and he connected with the man himself, the overlapping worlds of house music, garage and bass line l brought back inside.
Today his sound is mostly foursome, but the influence of afrobeats, dancehall and rap can still be found in his productions and DJ sets. We enlisted the multi-talented producer and DJ to get a mix of bassy house, deep house and a bit of 4×4 for the latest Complex sessions. Press play below and enjoy.
Tell us a bit about your selections in this mix.
I kept this mix a bit open to be honest. I wanted it to be a representation of where I draw my inspiration from, where I come from and my favorite choices. I started the mix on a slower house vibe with some of my latest unreleased tracks. And then I made the transition to house songs which inspired me to make music for example; Disclosure ‘White Noise’, ‘Darlin’ by Tom Zanetti and Silky – ‘Wanna Be’. I then moved on to some of my new favorite dance songs including “Navos – Believe Me” and “Ewan McVicar – Tell Me Something Good” and then towards the end of the mix I got into some of the greatest hits garage and dance music that I believe has helped shape the sound today. And finally, I ended up with an old-school 4×4 bass line. I did it because that’s what I grew up listening to as a kid and in my area it would be rude not to include them as they helped me get to where I am now.
What was the one track you absolutely had to include?
I absolutely had to include ‘Show Me Love – Robin S’. I remember playing everywhere when I was younger and it brings back the most childhood memories. Not even mentioning that I believe it was the most influential dance song ever released that changed dance music from there. Even now in some discs you can still hear the sound.
Are there any tracks that just missed the cut?
Yeah I got a serious serious banger in the locker with a familiar rapper that people are gagging to be released I would have loved to put in the mix but I think I would have been in trouble with my label if I featured this.
What’s the first single or album you bought?
The first album I bought physically was ‘Ministry of Sound – Sound of Bassline Vol 1’. I actually remember going to HMV with my dad to go buy it, then we rehearsed it in the car until Vol 2 came out, and then we did the same thing again for years.
What is the last physical disc you purchased?
I’ll be true, I think the last physical record I bought was Drake – Take Care, after that in 2011/2012 I ended up buying an ipod and my dad put all my tunes on it. But to be honest, I recently went to RCA and they helped me start my vinyl collection by giving me albums from Aitch, Sza, Travis Scott and a few other artists, which was nice of them.
What do you want to see happen musically in the next 12 months?
I would really like to see a resurgence of house music, but in a way it has never been seen before. And I’m going to personally dedicate my time and my career to pushing that by recruiting artists that you would never see on house records. I think this house will nevertheless have a big wave this year, but I want to see a new sound being introduced to the market that would bring fans of rap and urban music to the scene.
What trend or scene absolutely needs to die right now?
I would say one trend that definitely needs to go is the island boy trend hahaha. I don’t need to say more about that.