With Nightcrawlers, Bad Boy Chiller Crew and Raye collaborations under his belt, it’s been a productive 18 months or so for dance music hero Riton. Brinkwire’s Rory McKeown caught up with him to talk about his year, tearing it up with BBCC and what we can expect next
Riton’s creativity knows no bounds. If he’s not tearing it up with Bradford’s finest rising bassline stars Bad Boy Chiller Crew, he’s cranking up the dancefloor vibes on his latest collaboration with Raye.
And with a smash hit with Nightcrawlers under his belt, it’s been an immensely satisfying and productive 18 months for the Grammy Award-winning producer.
The monotony of early lockdown wasn’t enough to break his spirit – a period he describes as “pretty cr*p” – and move away from his home studio provided him with the renewed focus and motivation he needed, culminating in one of his biggest years so far.
Friday, the track recorded with Nightcrawlers featuring Mufasa and Hypeman, rightfully earned a huge reaction following its release in February, topping charts across Europe and racking up a staggering 450 million streams.
I Don’t Want You, his latest track with Raye, continues the streak, combining the south London starlet’s powerhouse vocals with Riton’s piano-driven house beats.
But it’s his work with GK, Kane and Clive, aka Bad Boy Chiller Crew, that’s arguably the Fake ID hitmaker’s most larger than life.
The two forces collided to create Come With Me, the True Faith-sampling, genre-crossing banger that’s already earmarked for dancefloor anthem status. Riton further turned the track on its head with his On A Charva Tip; a cheeky nod to SL2’s On A Ragga Tip that’s complimented with the Bradford crew’s “charva” outlook on life.
It spawned the genius Breaking Bad-meets-Sabotage music video, where the trio don wigs and fake moustaches in a heist gone wrong, and the Come With Me series, which saw the crew and co take part in wine tasting, go-karting and an assault course with hilarious results.
“Every place we went to on our fun day out was like a stag do”, Riton told Brinkwire.
“There’s way more s*** I could tell you but I don’t think you could print anything!”
Brinkwire’s Rory McKeown caught up with Riton to talk about Bad Boy Chiller Crew carnage, life in lockdown, his evolution so far, and what’s next for the hitmaker.
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