There are few music genres more suited to long summer days than chillhop – a sexy, languid mix of jazz and hip-hop that can make even the stuffiest living room feel like a sun-drenched LA poolside. This month, German producer and DJ FloFilz (aka Florian Meier) has teamed up with some of London’s coolest musicians to produce a love letter to the capital. Recorded in Camberwell, Transit features keys player Alfa Mist and rapper Biig Piig, working together to look at London through a jazzy lens. We called Meier at his studio in Aachen to talk about how the new record came about.
What’s your history with music?
My parents are both classical musicians and I started playing the violin when I was four. I got into jazz thanks to my dad, who played me a Dave Brubeck record, Time Out. To me, jazz and classical music are the roots of all great modern music. When it comes to the music I produce now, I got into it quite late, when I was around 18 years old and I discovered jazzy hip-hop through A Tribe Called Quest. I decided that I wanted to try making something like it myself!
How did you come to spend time in south London?
For my new album Transit, I worked with Alfa Mist, whose studio is located right near to Camberwell Library. We used to relax at nearby Brunswick Park.
What is it about London that inspired you to make this latest album?
The jazz and hip-hop scene in London is incredible right now. I love the cultural diversity and the atmosphere – people are usually really nice and chill. This new album is the third of a series released on the Melting Pot Music label, which focuses on cities (the previous ones being influenced by Paris and Lisbon).
Who are your musical icons?
Itzhak Perlman has always been a huge inspiration. The way he’s handled his career, not letting his health get in his way is amazing. Also J Dilla, who is, to me, the best hip-hop producer of all time and someone who sadly left us way too early.
If you could play with one musical artist from history, who would it be and why?
That’s so hard to choose. I’d wanna play a Bach double concerto with Yehudi Menuhin, a DJ set with Madlib,and a duet with Bill Evans.
Which other UK-based musicians would you recommend?
Alfa Mist, Tom Misch, Yussef Dayes, Floating Points, Loyle Carner, Jordan Rakei, Ezra Collective, Blue Lab Beats, The Expansions… There’s so many.