I’ve been DJing for around 2 years now and producing for just over 18 months. I play a range of genres including Disco, House, Electro, Acid, Techno and Trance.
I’m a huge fan of all genres so I like to incorporate multiple genres in my sets and mixes. This corresponds to my production style, I like to experiment with genres and look to produce tracks across multiple genres also.
If I had to describe my production style however, it would definitely have to be ‘Sample Heavy’. I love working with samples and building a track around finding samples.
A few DJ’s I’ve had the pleasure of supporting have been Skream, Kettama, Mark Blair. Sally C & Loods. I’ve also supported IDA on her Boiler Room Tour in Newcastle, which was a great experience.
“The tracks I’ve selected are favourites of mine because they require a couple listens to make you feel something. This is something that drives my passion for producing tracks”
Best event you have ever been to and why?
AVA Festival – the lineup is always unreal, there’s a boiler room and the Irish know how to party.
Who would you like to go B2B with and why?
Denis Sulta, his sets are always good fun and very high energy, would be a dream to support him, let alone a b2b.
Which artists do you listen to the most for inspiration or enjoyment?
Recently it has been Kettama, his productions are absolutely second to none and have helped me massively with production.
Why do you enjoy producing electronic music?
I enjoy producing electronic music firstly because I like creating tracks that I can play out live in my sets. I also like the feeling of creating content that I can share with others, It’s a great feeling seeing something you’ve created be enjoyed by other people and that motivates me to continuously improve and produce better tracks.
Which are your all-time favourite labels to dig tracks from?
My current favourite labels to dig tracks from would have to be Shall Not Fade and Toy Tonics. I also dig a lot of tracks from Maslow Unknown too (Although they aren’t a label)
What is your go-to guilty pleasure track and why?
I don’t have any guilty pleasures, if I enjoy a song there’s no guilt about it
Which came first for you, producing or DJing?
Do you prefer one medium more over the other?
I first started to learn to DJ and then began DJing in clubs for a few months before I began to learn production. I’d released my first track before DJing 6 months. I don’t think anything beats a good live set, however, I’m really enjoying production a bit more at the moment.
What is the music scene like in Newcastle at the moment?
I don’t feel it’s as strong as it used to be. Newcastle had a really good underground scene but the past year I feel it’s weakened massively.
If you could offer one piece of advice to new DJ/Producers what would it be?
Be yourself and own it, not everyone is going to like you or accept you, but keep doing you and work hard to achieve what you want to achieve. Setbacks are hurdles to success.
Can you describe your idea of an ideal DJ set, what tracks would you include?
An ideal DJ set for me would just be good energy and good vibes, track selection for me goes hand in hand with the energy of the crowd. Ideally, it would be a high energy set covering a good few genres.
What was the first record that really meant something to you and why?
Bellaire – Ah. Probably the most beautiful and complete dance record there is.
How did you learn how to produce?
A good friend of mine initially showed me the basics of production, then I went away and put it into practice, as well as watching a plethora of YouTube tutorials. A lot of hours physically spent on Ableton, playing around with the software definitely helps to understand things.
How would you describe your production style and overall sound?
I would probably describe my style and sounds as diverse and high energy. I like to experiment with genres and sounds in production and play a mix of genres in my sets and mixes, all with the main goal of supplying high energy tracks to the crowd.