Bessa

Structure 029 comes courtesy of Bessa.

The Glasgow based producer delivered a short mix showcasing his tight af hip-hop influenced productions. Bessa was also nice enough to answer my shite interview questions. Peep them and the listen to the mix below.

Thank you so much for recording the mix, really appreciate it! For the uninitiated out there, introduce yourself

No worries at all, it was my pleasure! My name is Sam Bessa-Reader, I am 25 years of age and currently living in Glasgow, Scotland. I make music and DJ under the name ‘Bessa’ which comes from my father’s Algerian side of my family. For me making music and being involved in music is highly enjoyable and a positive aspect of life that I very much appreciate.

Tell us a little about the mix. What are the main influences on your production?

The mix I’ve done for you guys consists of my own productions, it is basically some of the tracks I’ve made through winter and I little peak and a few tracks to be released later in the year. Nowadays it’s hard to say what my main influences are when it comes to my production, it used to be whatever sample I would chop, but recently I haven’t been using any samples in my music, I’ve been making things that purely come from me and saying that I guess my main influence comes from whatever mood I am in at the time or experiences through the day/week.

So I know you are a keen skateboarder too, does that or the community around skating influence your music?

I am indeed, that is another hobby of mine. I think it must influence it in some way. when I started making ‘beats’ it was basically to stick on my cd player and iPod to listen to while I skated! I used to get such a buzz skating while listening to music that id just made.. and it was usually how I would judge my beats, if I had a good time skating while listening to it, it meant it was a belter aha.

What was the last record you bought? And, where is your favourite spot to go record shopping?

I think it was Deodato’s album ‘Whirlwinds’ from 1974 and I’m sure I picked it up second hand from Oxfam on byres road! I do love record shopping in second-hand shops/record fairs, I like the character and aspect of the surprise that I would get from a second-hand record, but when it comes to quality I would shop online!

What is your earliest memory of the club?

I think my earliest memory of ‘the club’ would be ‘THE OLD’ Art school when I was 16/17 and ‘DJ Bunty’ would be holding down the hip-hop nights! those nights were class!!

What was the last book you read?

The last book I read was ‘Quiet’ by Susan Cain a book about the power of Introverts in a world that can’t stop talking! My partner Rosie put me onto it and I would now recommend it highly.

Send me a link to a YouTube video you always go back to?

Always go back to this Samiyam track, one of my favourites of his, had the pleasure of supporting him a while ago at a Handpicked gig, he’s a lovely guy.

And finally, what’s the rest of 2018 got in store for Bessa?

There are a few releases coming out this year, one that I can tell you about is a track on a compilation release through a new label Called GGD (@GamlebyenGetDown) who are based in Norway. I think they are still waiting on one or two tracks for the comp but they are almost set for release. I recently met with the kind people at ‘O STREET’, a graphic design company from Glasgow, we should have an interesting project in the works soon. Other than that a possible Album and bits and bobs along the way 🙂