So in the run up to his forthcoming debut here in Farringdon next month (5th June) and with lots to discuss, we fired over a few probing questions for him to answer, grabbing an exclusive mix too.
Download: Inside Info - FABRICLIVE x Viper Recordings Mix
So what have you been up to recently? I hear you’ve been pretty busy as of late…
Yeah it's been a really mad year so far. Lots of gigging around and I started working on a solo album for Viper. I'm also finishing up a couple of singles with Mefjus for Viper and one with The Upbeats for Virus. There's also some remixes and writing for Computer Music magazine. I feel really lucky and blessed to be doing the things I love. The more you put in, the more you get out of it!
And you’re due to play at FABRICLIVE next month. Excited much? As a raver, what’s been your most memorable fabric moment to date?
Yeah I grew up in fabric so playing has always been an ambition of mine. About 12 years ago (Christ!), one of my best friends had a 21st Birthday party in fabric and because her dad taught one of the fabric founders, Keith Reilly at school, Keith kindly sorted out a VIP bar for us. It was pretty surreal, even her parents came along and raved it up with all night. Fun times!
Take us back to beginning – can you tell us about your first contact with music? What kind of music were your brought up on?
My mum was really into a lot of 'out there' stuff like Jean Michelle Jarre, Tangerine Dream, Kate Bush, she was also into a lot of the modern dance music and early disco stuff. My dad was quite nostalgic and well into pop and rock from the 1950s to the '60s, so there was always quite a contrast of music coming from different rooms in the house which in hindsight was kind of cool, because as I was growing up I great to appreciate lots of different music.
How did that move to the place you are now, in the world of drum & bass?
When I was at school, it was around the time of early hardcore, The Prodigy etc. Jungle started cropping up and something about it grabbed me. I started listening to a lot of pirate radio and taped a lot of it. Then, I eventually got a pair of decks and started buying records. I was buying a bit of everything at first. I would ring up people like Red Eye Records and just go with their recommendations! I didn’t have a clue about artist names etc. Eventually drum & bass completely took over. At this point I was just old enough to venture out into the clubs, so places like The End and fabric became regular weekend hangouts and shaped what I do now in a huge way!
"I remembering hearing a track I did on BBC Radio 1 and thinking ‘holy shit, I actually made something that someone else thought was listenable MUSIC!’"
Since you first began InsideInfo, what have been the best moments and the greatest challenges?
Well having your first record signed is always a memorable experience; and then hearing it on radio. I remembering hearing a track I did on BBC Radio 1 and thinking 'holy shit, I actually made something that someone else thought was listenable MUSIC!' I think the biggest challenge sometimes is not to be too influenced by what’s hot and what’s not and trying not to regurgitate too much of what’s already been done before.
Can you tell us a bit about your studio and your production process?
I have a small studio at home. It's quite a minimal set up with one external hardware synth. I tend to spend days dicking around with sounds and messing things about then trying to somehow put them all together to make a track. I will normally write the bulk of the music in the first 2 or 3 days, then spend weeks undoing and redoing everything, tweaking, polishing, drinking too much tea and procrastinating.
And what about how you execute your DJ sets? Do you adapt to the vibe of the line up or do you just go with what feels right on the night?
I do tend to pack for the night depending on who’s playing and what kinda vibe I feel the night is, but that quite often changes when you arrive at a venue and see what is moving the crowd. What I love about playing in the UK is you can get away more with digging a bit deeper and playing some of the lesser known classics.
Finally, tell us about the mix you’ve just delivered to us?
It's a pretty energetic dancefloor mix with a lot of tracks that I really look forward to playing out at the weekends, as well as some forthcoming material dropping in the next few months and some oldies.