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A Sit Down With DJ Andy Duguid

15:43 Dec/28/2017

Andy Duguid's career took off in September 2006 when his production "Hypocrisy" was picked up by the mighty Tiesto. The support of the grand elite of DJ's followed soon after that when Hypocrisy gained heavy support during sets of Paul van Dyk and Armin van Burren, after being added to Tiesto's playlist for many consecutive weeks. Being signed to Black Hole after the bidding war that followed, Hypocrisy landed on the 5th spot of the Dutch Dance Charts and simultaneously landed the career of Andy Duguid, instantly establishing a name for him in the almost impregnable forest of producers in the scene as we know it today.


"Without music I don't think I would have much of a life at all."


What is your career?

Well, I was so lucky to start my career with the Indah Artist Management team which is collaborating with Jaren as a songwriter for all my 3 vocal tracks and releasing them on Flashover and Armada Music. The Sebastian Brandt remix of my second song Blinded selected as a Tune Of The Week by Armin Van Buuren and got Number 1 tune on Ferry Corsten's radio show in may 2010 which were a huge success for this one.

What piece of instrument do you find the most crucial for your tracks?

A midi keyboard. I couldn’t function If I couldn’t play. Keys over Buttons any day.

The best collaboration from the beginning of your career was with ….

Julie Thompson. She is amazing to work with.

Nowadays many producers are changing their styles – please don’t tell us it’s also on your mind!

I have had many conversations about this and my view is that music shouldn't have to much pre-meditated thought put into it. You should sit down, be inspired and let the music flow naturally.

In which part of the world the best, refreshing and moving Trance music in your opinion is produced?

I think Russia is coming on really strong. They are staying true to Trance and there is lots of up coming talent bursting on to the scene everyday.

How do you feel about the current state of the music industry?

I think it’s pretty crap to be honest. Kids are learning fast these days. I know countless amounts of young guys who have started there own record label just to put stuff out there. Most of this music is pure shit and then they sign more shit. Meaning on a weekly basis on beatport alone, you have to troll through endless amounts of bad music to find the good ones. This is making DJ’s like me search for only the producers I like because I just don’t have the time. But with this comes lots of good music being missed. I miss the good old days of CD singles tho so maybe I’m just a bitter old man now.

What's your future plans for productions, remixes or DJ career?

Releasing the next signle featuring Nicole McKenna which is written by Jaren again and after that focusing on the other quality releases plus remixes and working more and more on my own radio show "The Caspian Sessions"

Is there something you would like to say to young producers who just getting started?

I always say not to rush things. There is so much crap being released these days on crappy little labels from artists who made their first ever track on fruity loops. These tracks hang around and you don't want to look back in 5 years time and have your early tracks ruin your chances of being taken seriously as a producer.

The hardest part in being a DJ / Producer is ...?

The constant inner battle with writers block. If it gets you, you need a strong will to get out of it!

Where do you see yourself in a year, two years, five years?

I hope I am known as a live show performer rather than a DJ. I think my music lends itself more to the live concert than a DJ set. This is something we are putting in place now and hopefully by the next album this will be my outlet for it.


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