N. FOSTEL


Artist


HOUSE / UK FUNKY

Nathan Fostel, aka DJ Naughty, was first inspired to take the DJ path at the tender age of 11, after witnessing DJ EZ playing a set. “I liked his energy. I wanted to get into DJing. My parents weren’t really too keen at first, but I took it really seriously.”

Naughty has since gained himself a firm understanding of music and its components over the years, from being a DJ, to production and engineering. Finding work within a record shop at 16, Naughty had regular contact with many members of the club circuit, including DJs and promoters, all keeping him in the know of the hottest venues and giving him access to all the latest music. Within this occupation, Naughty became affiliated with MC Bushkin of the Heartless Crew.

Joining the legendary Heartless Crew as a DJ, Naughty soon began to branch out into the emerging UK Funky genre where he was among the pioneers of the UK Funky scene alongside Invasion Records, Geeneus, Fuzzy Logik, Roska & Crazy Cousinz.

“When I first came into the scene, there was no such thing as UK funky,” explains Naughty. “I would say I was part of the foundation of it, because it didn’t exist when I made my first tunes like “Quicktime.” People would just say it was funky; there was no UK funky then. I actually got into house music because of Pioneer; we used to do back to back sets with each other on pirate radio and one day he said he was doing a soulful house show and I listened to the music and liked it.”

His first release came in 2008 with Spoilt Rotten Entertainment, a classic 3 tracker called “Quicktime EP” which marked a change in the direction of where funky was going, taking it back to the London style of grimey sounds and heavy percussion. Naughty followed up with another EP in early 2009 called “My Rules EP.” His list of influences reads like a who’s who of house and garage legends, including Masters At Work, Todd Edwards and MJ Cole, but anyone who listens to a Naughty production will find a whole host of fresh, original sounds in there too.

Recently Naughty has been releasing records on Roska’s Kicks and Snares label whilst featuring on a number of compilations and mix albums, including Ministry of Sound’s Sound Of UK Funky and mixing two volumes of the popular Que Pasa Funky House sessions CD. He has also produced a number of well-received exclusive dubplates and remixed artists such as Sean Kingston, Taio Cruz and Jazmine Sullivan, whilst finding the time to play out to some of the country’s biggest and best nightclubs as well as appearing on radio stations including the likes of BBC Radio 1Xtra.