Murkage Dave Changed My Life
With his debut Album “Murkage Dave Changed My Life” out now, the promoter-turned-artist returns to East London to talk origins, ambitions, performing with JaeKay and his favourite brands right now. PAUSE sat down with Murkage Dave for a catch up.
Murkage Dave, explain the concept behind the name.
It’s not really a concept it’s a story that happened by accident, I lived in Manchester for a while and I ran a rave that was originally called “Monday Murkage” then it was called the “Murkage Club” and people started calling me Dave Murkage. It was around the time that dubstep was blowing up and indie music was dying.
Venues were panicking thinking that they needed to get on board with it and there’d be like “Call Dave Murkage” and I just flipped it around. Total accident! It’s a bit of a stupid name really…
Name 5 items that are tied to you on a daily basis.
My Blood Brothers side bag, I never go anywhere really without that becauase I need to keep the essentials on me. You know, i’ve got to have my phone in there, my portable charger, got my keys, my wallet, my weed and whatever I’ve got with me that day, it’s in that side bag so I always have that on me. I have my laptop on me more time because I just write all my songs on my laptop, the taskbar of my laptop is just text edits, you can’t even see the icons it’s so small and it’s just all different songs to the point that now I’ve started even losing songs because I can’t save them all.
Obviously, this is like a cliche but I roll with my phone because I really enjoy speaking with the people that enjoy my music, the people that like my music have a really good energy man, for the most part, they’re pretty cool. I can have conversations with them and have banter, or sometimes they ask me about their problems and stuff like that so I keep my phone on me.
Yeah, social media can be addictive but it’s like really helpful for me, I can sit there and get a message out like I’ve got to announce my tour today and I can sit here and do that.
I’ve finished it now but for a long time I was rolling with Wiley’s Autobiography, that book is sick man especially being from East. I think it’s interesting because I was always on the other side of, when they talk about what they were doing, those were guys that I was always looking up to, all the bad boys in the area, I was not really one of those guys. I was a nice kid, from a shit area but I was kind lucky because my parents had their heads screwed on a bit but it’s interesting because he’s talking about all the areas that I grew up in and I was moving around as well but I was looking at these guys like, almost like idolising these guys you know and he’s telling all the stories and some of the stories are mad, the beefs that they were getting into.
I think the book inspired me a lot, I was reading that book while I was making my album and It just inspired, just the pure creativity, getting into madness but always working on music at the same it just kind of inspired me to just keep it loose and just live my life and then write. Not think about anything else. That’s the side bag, the laptop, the phone, Wiley’s autobiography.
To be fair, I’ve usually got some kind of weed on me, I guess that counts but I don’t smoke. I’ve actually never even smoke a cigarette in my life, so I’ve never smoked a spliff, I’ve never smoked a cigarette. At the moment I had edibles on me, so sweets, I have this weed syrup that looks like lean, people think it’s lean because purple or pink and sometimes I’ve got weed and I’ve got like a vapouriser or whatever. I don’t get high every single day, just If I fancy a vibe or if I’m writing a song I just catch a wave and it helps me focus and not be thinking about other nonsense.