5 Facts / 5 Tracks: Shaka Loves You
Originally hailing from the Highlands of Scotland, Jamie & Marty met in Glasgow in 2011 and have since gone on to support such luminaries as George Clinton, de la soul, The Jacksons, DJ Jazzy Jeff, David Rodigan, Chali 2NA of Jurassic 5, Craig Charles, Joey Negro, Mr Scruff, The Reflex, The Cuban Brothers & more.
Their eclectic sets fuse and draw on many influences from funk & soul to boogie, disco & house all expertly mixed with tight, live percussion.
With their latest summer sizzler ‘Sweat on Ya Body’ dropped recently (grab it here), so we sat down with the duo for a round of 5 Facts / 5 Tracks…
1, We are both snowsports instructors, Marty taught snowboarding and Jamie was a ski instructor. We met while teaching together back in 2010 and our first outing in DJ’ing was putting on parties together for our friends. We’d DJ and play snowboarding and skiing movies as the visuals.
2, We both grew up in the Highlands of Scotland. Jamie is from the Isle of Skye in the Hebrides and Marty is from a small village called Carrbridge, outside Aviemore in the Cairngorms.
3, Jamie’s first-ever foray into production was after his Mum bought him a copy of Ableton when he was in School and he made an edit of Prince’s ‘Controversy’.
4, Marty once walked in on George Clinton from Parliament getting a massage. We were supporting Parliament in Glasgow and he walked into what he thought was our dressing room only to find George face down, getting a pre-show massage!
5, Jamie went to the same high school as DJ/producer Mylo and world-famous biker Danny Macaskill.
I listen to so much music from across all genres so it’s really hard to choose which tracks to include but here are 5 that have meant something to me over the years.
Laurent Garnier – Man with The Red Face
The first track really got me hooked on dance music. I remember hearing it when I was 13 or 14 and it blew my mind as i’d never heard anything like it before.
Paul Simon – Graceland album
Released the year I was born and one of my earliest musical memories as a kid was it being played in the car by my Mum and Auntie.
Jurassic 5 – Concrete Schoolyard
I was a late starter into Hip-Hop and this was the gateway for me. Fast forward to now and we’re good friends with Chali 2na and have collaborated on a track with Soup.
Cory Wong – Meditation
This one still gets me and reminds me of lockdown and doing our Sunday Brunch live streams.
Eddie Vedder – Hard Sun
My surfing song! I always play this if I’m road-tripping somewhere or before a surf to get me in the mood.