Name: Adjua Merryweather
Also known as: Adjua/Backbeat Soundsystem/Eskimo Nebula
Studying: BA (hons) Electronic Music Production
dBs Music student Adjua Merryweather is half way through the second year of her Electronic Music Production degree. She already has several successful years under her belt touring as lead vocalist for bands, including dub reggae favourites Backbeat Soundsystem (signed to New York major label Easy Star Records), however Adjua has now turned her hand to producing.
several successful years under her belt touring as lead vocalist for bands, including dub reggae favourites Backbeat Soundsystem
She’s just launched a new digital dub project alongside Backbeat Soundsystem co-lead Dean Forrest, Eskimo Nebula. Fitting all this around her studies and an ongoing hefty tour schedule, Eskimo Nebula launched their first single this March. We meet Adjua at the St Thomas Street campus for a little look around and to learn a bit more about the multi-talented musician.
Where are we most likely to find you in the building?
In the studios, lecture theatre or having a good natter in the common room.
Favourite piece of equipment?
Moog Sub 37 Analogue Synthesiser, Ableton Live and my turntable set up and records. Better stop there!
Are you working within a particular genre, and if so, what draws you to it?
In terms of dance music, predominantly digital dub and dubstep – although I’m influenced by a huge pool of music. I’ve always been into heavy music, starting with thrash punk and metal (I actually used to drum in an all female thrash punk band!) then got in to DnB, jungle and dubstep through my teens, which is when my love for soundsystem music and culture began.
I’ve always been into heavy music
I’ve been writing and performing with dub reggae bands for the last few years, joining Backbeat Soundsystem early 2017 and the crossover between dub and dubstep is what is really resonating with me at the moment – Bristol is just amazing for that. You’ve got awesome events like Teachings in dub and the Revinyl Sessions (where I played one of my first DJ sets), which I feel so lucky to have at my doorstep. I could go on all day about this, ha!
Can you describe your ‘sound’ in a nutshell?
Heavy-weight digital dub and dubstep with a unique twist and powerful vocals.
Heavy-weight digital dub and dubstep with a unique twist and powerful vocals
What are you currently working on?
Currently I’m writing new material for Backbeat Soundsystem ready for upcoming tours and festival season, which is exciting. I also have a brand new project, working with co-producer Dean Forrest. We’re called Eskimo Nebula and it’s a predominantly a digidub/dubstep production project, but I won’t be able to help sneaking some vocals in there whenever I get the chance.
There will be remixes coming from some awesome Bristol based producers including Kreed and Erosion. I’ve also just started DJing digital dub and dubstep, so if you see Adjua on any posters, come say hey!
Can we hear something you’ve finished recently?
This is our new single Phase Shifter, available for free download on eskimonebula.com
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned at dBs Music?
Never assume you haven’t got the right type of brain to do something. I gave up on production for a long time, but now I’m absolutely loving building my sound design skills. If you’d love to be able to do something and you have the drive to get involved, you can do it.
Never assume you haven’t got the right type of brain to do something
Have you got any words of advice for people considering a professional qualification in music production?
Go for it! Whether you join the course as a novice or an experienced producer, you build on all kinds of skills that will put you in a better position within a competitive industry. Plus, it’s a fun! I’m lucky to have such great support here, dBs Music really is an amazing place full of inspiration and opportunities.
Find out more about studying at dBs Music at dbsmusic.co.uk.