Bio: Mark & Alan are two brothers who produce and DJ under the alias The Watsons. After years of developing and refining their sound, they are heading into 2019 with several forthcoming releases on labels such as Hustler Trax, Lisztomania Records and legendary New York house label Nite Grooves.
The Watsons have a background in organizing outdoor underground parties with close friends under the collective Antics. These parties have grown a large following over the years due to the mindset of overlooking profits and focusing on building a community of like-minded people with underground electronic music at the centre of it all.
Which artist in the underground scene would you love to meet?
Although there are too many artists we would love the opportunity to meet, we have to choose Kerri Chandler. He is our biggest influence when it comes to both production and our sets when playing out! The man is a legend!
Why do you enjoy producing electronic music?
We love producing simply for the reward of getting to listen back to a track that you created yourself. We could also agree that its great for us as we are brothers with the same taste and it allows us to spend more time together working on material.
Who would you like to collaborate on a track with and why?
An artist who we would enjoy collaborating with is DJ Steaw. We find every one of his tracks have great energy and we feel our styles would work well together! He is also an artist whos tracks get a great reaction when played during our sets.
What first sparked your interest in electronic music?
It was certainly older peers who had an influence on our early introduction to electronic music. We had to travel to gigs back then, but that feeling of a group of mates filling a bus an going to see one some of your favourite DJs has always stuck with us. One of our first gigs outside house parties was a small one and in a Chinese restaurant on Capel Street in Dublin back in 2012, but we didn’t care. After that, we were hooked.
What is the music scene like in Ireland at the moment?
Thriving. Not only is there big international names playing week in and week out but local producers and DJs are pressing records, playing overseas and headlining gigs and selling them out. It’s inspiring to say the least.
Which came first for you Djing or Producing
Do you prefer one medium over the other?
We started DJing long before producing, our first set of decks was a pair of Gemini Cdj 210s and a Numark M1 mixer. There was a year of train wrecking mixes before a set outside the bedroom was even considered. After we upgraded to Pioneers we eventually swapped them for the cleanest set of Technic 1210s we could find. That’s a real buzz but it was back to train wrecking mixes for another couple of months. We were always messing around with production through FL Studio but shortly after that we got Ableton and started putting some work in.
Production is such a long road and it’s only recently we are comfortable to send tracks to labels. We worked in the box for so long but when we got the Mpc 2000xl and the Korg M1 things started to come together easier. We still have a long way to go but were enjoying it more rather than pulling our hair out over shit tracks. We don’t necessarily enjoy one over the other. There is no better feeling than playing in a club and picking tracks that a room full of people react to but with production its such a release and its easy to sit down and get lost in making a track for hours on end.