DJ and producer Steve Bishop, or Oneman, hails from Streatham, London and began his career on pirate radio. A regular on legendary station Rinse FM, Oneman’s sets blend dubstep, hip hop, UK garage, grime and house. Over the last decade he’s played around the globe at places such as Boiler Room and Fabric, as well as releasing his own music and a popular Fabriclive album. Luckily for us, he’s one of the inspiring individuals appearing in our new #WORNDIFFERENT campaign wearing the 101 boot. We caught up with the DJ to discover just how he’s doing things differently…
For those who don’t know you, can you introduce yourself?
I’m Steve, also known as Oneman, I’m 31 and I’m a DJ.
How did you get your start in the music industry?
When I was 14, a mate of mine at school got a set of decks for his birthday – but I don’t think he was really into them, so after a few weeks I’d worked my way onto the decks and he became the MC. We had like a small crew in the school.
From there I got into pirate radio and as Dubstep started getting bigger, I was involved in that scene – playing FWD, [legendary clubnight] DMZ, React FM. When I played Boiler Room that really raised my profile.
Be true to yourself – it’s cliché but…
What advice would you give someone wanting to break into the music industry?
Hold back any ideas you think are really good – people will steal them, haha. So sit on them until you can fully realise them. Be honest, don’t become a ‘yes’ person. Be true to yourself – it’s cliché but…
When I play abroad I want to explore whichever place I’m in and leave with new friends and memories, not just play then sit alone in my room.
What’s the best thing about being a DJ?
The best thing is the travel – I love travelling. I’m not one of these room-service DJs. When I play abroad I want to explore whichever place I’m in and leave with new friends and memories, not just play then sit alone in my room. I’ve been so lucky in where I’ve been. I’ve played the Sydney Opera House, I’ve played in Cape Town, Israel… I travel a lot.
I could be anywhere doing anything – it’s nice not to have a routine.
What’s a typical day for you?
I don’t really have one. Usually I’ll go through emails and new promos while eating my breakfast. But after that I could be anywhere doing anything – it’s nice not to have a routine.
Was there a plan B if you didn’t make it in the music industry?
Not really, before I was a DJ I worked in the post room of a record label so I was always into music and I’m happy it worked out. My dad’s a carpenter though, so maybe I would have done that. Or I’m pretty creative, I like video and editing. I guess remixing visuals isn’t that different to remixing music.
You live in Croydon, London – what are your tips for the area?
You can eat some really lovely food at the new BOXPARK there. DNR Records is a goldmine for old UKG [UK Garage music]. I like Croydon for the fact that it’s not gentrified… yet. There’s no rich, snooty people, it’s kept its griminess. There’s such a good music scene in Croydon too – it’s worth a visit.
It’s nice to see more females coming through.
Finally, what do you stand for?
Supporting musicians who might not have had that support before. It’s nice to see more females coming through. I’m proud I’m part of that scene that will big-up women in a male-dominated industry.
See Oneman play at the Dr. Martens Boot Room in Camden on 11.08.17. Sign up FREE for this gig and more HERE.