Ryan Ellis and Lewis Wright are No Artificial Colours - two people who've established a distinct sound and maintained that since their debut back in 2011. Purveying their blend of seductive and anthemic house music on labels such as Madtech the duo have garnered ample support from titans like Jamie Jones. It was only when we listened to the new promo mix they delivered to us earlier this month that we truly heard how far the boys have progressed since they last played here in 2011. Taking on a darker tone and picking up the pace a little, their new material still very much exudes that peak time, club dynamic but its construction seems to be exceeding their previous efforts, with the guys already signing an EP to Skream’s Of Unsound Mind imprint.
Set to join Hannah Wants, Tom Shorterz and more in Room One later this month (20th November) we checked in with Ryan and Lewis to get a little update on what they’ve been up to of late to better present the exclusive mix they’ve made us.
Can you walk us through how you approached this mix? Is it representative of what you’re playing in your sets right now?
No Artificial Colours: We like to change it up a bit when doing mixes, there will be some tracks from our current sets, new music from ourselves but also tracks that we've picked up along the way that aren't completely suited for the dancefloor so wouldn’t always get the chance to play.
What have you been up to as of late? Any unforgettable or definitive moments you’d like to share with us?
We'd say having our residency out in Ibiza (Sankeys) for the first time. It was was only a few years back we were on the dancefloor there ourselves... to play at the clubs we used to party at is the best feeling.
You recorded a mix for us back in 2011 – how would you say your sound has changed since then? Do you feel you’ve progressed as artists and if so in what way? What do you think have been the greatest moments and biggest challenges so far?
In terms of what we play, yes, it has changed. The music we’re playing now is probably leaning toward a more ‘techy' sound than before and the pace has picked up. We’re definitely enjoying some tougher tracks than a few years back. In terms of us as artists, we’ve definitely progressed, we are always learning while making music and trying out new things so we'd like to think that shows with every release, but who are we to judge!
The greatest moments for us are always when people connect with us through our music, whether that be on the dancefloors, social networks or even the people we meet out and about. It doesn't really matter where but to know people have enjoyed something you've created is a great feeling. The biggest challenge, as cliché as it may seem to say, is to try to not become throw away, although it's spoken about a lot within the industry it's very true. We just feel that as long as everything you do has meaning behind it and an honest intention you should be OK!
What do you have planned for the rest of the year and what aspirations have you both laid out for yourselves for 2016?
We have an EP out end of November on Skream's Of Unsound Mind which we are excited about and are currently working on some collaborations that we can't say too much about right now, which we are also excited for people to hear. We don't like to look too far ahead just keep doing what we are doing and who knows where it will take us next!