In the space of just eight months, 25-year-old Bruce Fielder has gone from nowhere to essentially dominating the UK dance scene
As Sigala, he's already scored one gargantuan Number 1 single in the shape of the Jackson 5-sampling, tropical house-inspired Easy Love (his and Ministry of Sound's first Platinum-selling single has sold over 600,000 copies, and spent 41 weeks in the chart) then followed that up with two Top 5 singles - Sweet Lovin' featuring Bryn Christopher and the DJ Fresh/Imani collaboration Say You Do. His current single, the glorious funk-meets-disco-meets-house shimmer of Give Me Your Love, features powerhouse vocalist John Newman and actual living legend Nile Rodgers.
Over the space of four singles (and over 1.5 million sales in the UK alone), Sigala has showcased his skills not only as a producer, but as a songwriter, consciously showing off different sides to his musicality. This isn't the case of DJ-turned-artist, but rather artist who makes songs first, DJs later. “I listen to the radio so I like to keep my ear to the ground, but at the same time I don't want to copy myself or recycle the same sound,” he says. “I want to show that I can do different things. I want the album to show different sides to me.”
Growing up in rural Norfolk, Sigala was surrounded by music. While his house was full of Queen records thanks to his parents, his grandparents gave him the first taste of musical instruments. Describing himself as “a bit of a pain” as a kid, his parents decided to find things to distract him. When he was eight he was given a set of drums but bored of them quickly. Next was a guitar, but without lessons he grew bored of that too. One thing that did grab his attention, however, was a small keyboard on the guitar itself. “I'd sit there just playing with that,” he remembers. “So my parents got me a keyboard and I started having lessons.
Keen to remain in the background, at least at first, Sigala started working on his own music in his bedroom, honing his skills. His first break arrived after stumbling across Tileyard Studios, a creative hub of managers, songwriters and producers in east London (weirdly a lot of his musical inspirations, from Pendulum to Chase & Status to the Prodigy, were all situated there too). It was at Tileyard that he was put in songwriting sessions with various artists, resulting in him co-writing and co-producing Ella Eyre's Good Times single.
Keen to show that he was more than just a cut-n-paste remixer, Easy Love's follow-up, Sweet Lovin', was an original composition. In fact it was that song that caught the attention of John Newman, who asked to work with him.
The album – which is still in the works and is what he envisions as the ultimate hits compilation – will also see collaborations with Fuse ODG, Ella Eyre, Blonde, and Craig David. For now though, he's happy to just be in the studio messing about. “My heart is in writing and making music,” he states.
Get ready, things are only just getting started!