Notable television and film actor, Jimi Mistry (Rock N Rolla, 2012, The Guru, Blood Diamond among others) is a musician by heart!
Jimi’s been involved in music for over 20 years and cites his influences from a broad range of musical styles, from HipHop and Funk/soul/disco to old skool Acid house and the deeper side of the dance spectrum. He has also been collecting records for over 20 years and DJ’d extensively from London to Ibiza and at various underground parties and festivals in Europe as well as celebrity hotspots like Cannes and Dubai!
Introducing Jimi’s latest dj/producer moniker: mrmist , with a fantastic debut on Arjun Vagale’s Mak.Tub Music ! The compilation also features re-releases from Dale Anderson, Kini Rao, Jimmy Van M, Logistik Soundz among others!
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We speak to the man himself …
Congratulations on your 1st release as mrmist on Maktub Music! How did the connection with Arjun and the label happen?
Thanks. I’d firstly like to say how happy I’m to be involved with Maktub Music, it’s a great label with a fantastic roster of talent and feel privileged to have my first release with them. How I got involved was really down to Arjun. I think it was sometime last year I charted one of Jalebee Cartel’s tunes on RA and Arjun immediately got in touch to say thanks and started sending me more music. I think to be honest Arjun like most people was pleasantly surprised that I was involved in house music and DJ’ing as I’m known mainly for my acting work. We kept in touch and I started sending him some of my own tunes. It really started from there and which led him signing my track “the Pressure”
Why the transition from Hip Hop (with your moniker Lord Gravel) to Deep House?
Well Hip Hop and Deep House are 2 of my main loves in music alongside disco & funk. In my teens it was all about old skool hip hop/breakin’/graf that sort of thing, I was growing up in Manchester in the north of England and it was everywhere and I loved it. Soon after came the Acid House explosion and the birth of rave. I was a raver and went to a lot over those years and used to follow DiY soundsystem throwing these crazy free parties around the country. It was a really special time as it was right at the beginning, we were the very few anywhere doing this sort of thing and even now it feels special to have been apart of that time. From there I started MCing @ raves and me and my mate at the time called ourselves the DJ Law and the MC order.hahaha makes me laugh now. Lord Gravel came much later and was a collaboration between myself and 2 producer friends, we were actually signed up by a major label but then they did what big labels do and sat on the tunes and eventually never released a thing, it was a blow and we kind of lost our momentum. mrmist is sort of a rebirth, for me anyway in my deep house guise.
For a man who’s into mainstream cinema, writes music and DJs along with various other projects; what is your secret time management tool?
It took me years to figure this out and in some ways I still don’t feel I’ve completely nailed it. Being into so many different things can be a real blessing but it can also be your downfall. Focus is my main problem sometimes, being able to think of one thing and work hard at it. I’m an easily distracted person but have learned to use my time wisely. I used to do a lot of promoting in London and ran a series of secret terrace parties called tabula rasa amongst other things. They were great times but I found myself not having much time for writing and planning my next acting job etc. This is when I started to plan my life in a more organized manner and it has paid off. If I’m away on an acting job then my laptop is my best friend, for writing music, communication and social media that sort of thing. I’ve found that I have become more adept at using my time wisely, after all time is a precious thing and is easily wasted.
What’s next for mrmist?
To keep writing music that people like. My big goal is to write an album and eventually start performing in a live capacity. Also I will be incorporating more vocals into my music and mix it up a little in style, try and surprise a few more people I think.
Top 5 tracks that are in your set currently.
There’s some great music out there at the moment, I never have any order of favourites really but here’s 5 that are doing it for me right now.
1. MoodyManc – State Centric Music
2. Nick Devon – So Addicted (Al Bradleys 3am Deep Remix) 3AM Recs
3. Huxley – Hard Work (slow Edit) Suruba
4. George Fitzgerald – Child Aus Music
5. Martin Roth – Beautiful Life AnjunaDeep
Who is your all time DJ Hero?
Wow well I suppose there are a couple of people that have inspired me. First is DJ POGO. Hip hop/funk/breaks DJ from the 80’s/90’s. One of the most amazing DJ’s I have seen and I was lucky that we became good friends. We did a lot of parties together, he now runs DMC in Brazil.
DiY soundsysyem Dj’s, if it weren’t for them today’s scene wouldn’t exist. Period.
Alfredo the Balearic Godfather, that inspired a generation.