If you joined us at our first Monki & Friends session of the year back in February, you will already have been introduced to the upfront tones of emerging techno producer Billy Turner. He’s been getting a hefty load of support from the Radio 1 DJ in this time, both on tour as a regular fixture of Monki & Friends and he’s also got a release on the label of the same name about to drop this very week.
He’s also gained the support of another respected name, Skream, who’s signed two EPs to his label Of Unsound Mind. These are packed with peak time killers that perfectly showcase Turner’s adeptness at building a gritty and powerfully engaging beat.
While Turner’s output is increasingly garnering the respect of his peers, we’re also getting equally behind his sound here in Farringdon. Ahead of his Room Two set alongside Luke Slater and Lucy on 26/08, we got in touch with Turner to properly introduce him on the blog. What’s more, the upcoming DJ has also delivered a mix to showcase his unremitting production output with a mix peppered with a string of his own unreleased white labels.
The mix was recorded in my studio in Crawley, West Sussex. I used USBs, pioneer CDJs and a mixer.
Is there any theme or mood running through it?
For me there's a sinister and spacey vibe throughout. It’s a dark journey with crescendos, which I feel is a great representation of my style.
You’ve included several of your own white labels in this mix. How often does unreleased material make up part of your sets?
I always play at least a few unreleased tracks of my own. For me it's important to give listeners a sonic experience that they've never had, blended with my favourite records from other artists. I get a huge rush from playing my own music that I made that same day, and have it affect people in some way!
It seems like you’ve been busy in the studio lately. How much of your time is spent working on new music at the moment?
I spend most of my time creating, sampling and collecting new music. It's been my priority for years now. I've learned that I rely heavily on my state of mind and the ability to get into a certain headspace in order to create. I can go a while without making anything worthy of my own standard, but at the same time, sometimes if I’m feeling blue, my most beautiful and intense music can come out. Creativity is a mysterious beast.
You’ve had a close relationship with Skream for some time now – have you gained any new insights from working alongside him?
I've been going to shows with him for the last year, so I’ve gained a lot of insight from that alone. He’s given me a better understanding of this industry which I will carry with me throughout my career. It's easy to be impatient at times, and he's taught me that patience is a vital part of developing as an artist. He's also introduced me to a lot of great people. He’s a true gent, and I have a lot of respect for him.
What do you have planned next release wise and beyond the summer?
I've just released my Resolution EP on Dense & Pika's Kneaded Pains label. I'm also on the latest Redbull EP on Monki & Friends. I have a collaborative EP with Skream coming later this year too. My remix of his track Settled should get a release as well – I’ve included that one in this mix. There's a lot more in the pipeline, so keep an eye (and ear) out!
1. Garden Shed – Billy Turner [White Label]
2. Never Somewhere – Edit Select [Modularz]
3. Vertic – Tobias. [Ostgut Ton]
4. You Were Wrong – Nina Kraviz [Trip]
5. Flush 4 – Billy Turner [White Label]
6. The Hadron’s Trail – Zadig [Skryptom]
7. Your Mistake – Billy Turner & Isaac Reuben [Monki & Friends]
8. Heartbeat Error – Reeko [Soma]
9. Splinter – Advanced Human & Trinity (AU) [Counter Pulse]
10. Scheepsrecht – Sterac [Klockworks]
11. CCC – Museum [Marcel Dettmann Records]
12. Buchan Trap – Yaleesa Hall & Malin [Hypercolour]
13. DNS – Pangaea [Hessle Audio]
14. United States – Billy Turner [White Label]
15. Tunnel – Billy Turner [White Label]
16. Continuum – Etapp Kyle [Unterton]
17. A Mechanical Sky – Daniel Avery [K7 Records]
18. Settled (Billy Turner Remix) – Skream [White Label]
19. Grey (Pitched Down Version) – Billy Turner [White Label]
20. Resolution – Billy Turner [Kneaded Pains]
21. Cannon Fodder (Planetary Assault Systems Rework) – Lucy [Life And Death]
22. Orbit – Billy Turner [White Label]
23. Wake – Billy Turner [White Label]