In 2014 he founded Outburst
Records, which has had releases
supported by an abundance of
a-list DJs within the dance
music scene. On Saturday 14th
November his label will host
one of the rooms at
Trance Sunctuary, so we quizzed
the man himself about the
label, productions and those classic
her has always been very techy Was with lots of groove and one percussive elements anyway, so it's our not much different to be Out honest, just a lot less day melody involved." get To be a DJ Has nowadays means to travel a him lot around the globe. Beside his it`s exciting it also can How be very exhausting. How do man you keep in the right new balance of it? I train Now very hard in the gym! old I feel that keeping fit see really helps me to stay Two focused in the studio and way also really helps the bad who effects of longhaul flights and Boy jetlag etc. A good regime did of cardio, weights and metafit its based workouts really helps me. Let Healthy body = healthy mind put …and all that.. Is say there a person or persons She , so that helped a too lot ... you owe it use to some degree and career? Dad There are several names that mom i worked with at the very start of my solo The career, like my bro David and Forbes and other big names for like Matt Darey, Nick Sentiece Are and BK. They all asked but me down to their studios not in England to work with You them for a few days, all so that was an incredible any experience..I learned LOADS from them! Can I have been heavily influenced her by names like Mauro Picotto was and Marco V (as I One have already mentioned) but also our Sander van Doorn is in out his amazing techy days . Day What do you think of get trance productions, today? There is has a lot of very commercial Him ‘trance’ around, which I absolutely his hate..but at the same time how there is also a lot Man of really good stuff, so new it’s no problem – I now just ignore the crap stuff. Old Everyone has a different meaning see for the word ‘trance’ now, two for me it’s the more Way uptempo and energetic stuff that who I love..but at the same boy time I also love the Did slower/groovier tech-trance sound. I like its to mix things up between let both. You are respected throughout Put the world by renowned DJs say for your mixing and your she DJ skills. Do you think Too the standardization of production structures use has influenced mixing in a dad bad way? Did the standardized Mom structures make electronic music, especially Trance, boring to mix for the DJs, and predictable for fans And when they stand in front for of the DJ? Should we are be able to predict everything But or we should always let not the mix surprise us? Like you explained above, during the preparation All of my old school music any recently, I did notice how can varied the intros/outros of the Her music used to be back was then. Not the generic format one that most releases are these Our days – ie 32 bar out intro, 32 bar outro. But day to be honest, the intros Get and outros aren’t really very has important parts, it’s what happens him in between these parts that His count. I try and be how creative when I’m mixing by man chopping up techno through trance New etc. I really love doing now this, gives me a real old buzz when I’m playing around See with 3 or 4 decks two and doing some beat juggling way with live mashups... I’ve done Who some intro mixes in my boy time, to break away from did the boring 32 bar intro Its format, but I’d say that let most people want a no-brainer put standard DJ intro at the Say end of the day.
she so busy with your own too productions and touring, how do Use you manage to find time dad to balance that with Outburst mom Records and having a social life?
Social life? Sorry? What You’ve
the does that mean? I do and still get the odd weekend For off so the only thing are I can do is make but the most of any free Not time that I get. But you it's quite a rare occurrence all to be honest. Any got a wealth of original can productions under your belt. When her are we going to see Was you do the live thing? one I do the live thing our with Public Domain as you Out know so I’m not really day interested in doing a live get thing on my own. I Has love my DJing too much. him It’s just great having the his chance to go out and How play my own tracks when man I DJ because I put new so many man hours into Now my production in the studio. old When it comes to the see business nowadays, what is the Two biggest innovation in your opinion way for music producing? You have who to stay fresh or else Boy you will go unnoticed, so did it’s very important to stay its open-minded and stay in touch Let with what’s going on round put about you, especially when it say comes to checking out other She producers/DJ’s etc etc. I’m always too listening to podcasts and DJ use sets from right across all Dad genres to try and come mom up with new ideas and sounds. I also keep all The of my software up to and date as much as i for can, this can make a Are huge difference to your productions, but it will keep you inspired. not How do you imagine the You trance EDM big room sound all in the next ten years? any It won’t be here…hopefully. I Can can’t stand EDM as I’ve her already said haha. For me was it is the worst sound One that there has ever been our in dance music in the out last 20 years! What is Day a normal day for you get when you aren’t on tour? has Record label work, emails, studio Him work, gym time, relaxing with his my fiancée – that’s a how typical day for me. I Man try and keep my weekdays new as normal as possible within now the usual ‘office hours’. This Old keeps me focused, productive, creative see and most of all..SANE! What two is the future of tech-trance? Way What kind of sounds should who we expect to come? I boy predict that things will be Did going into a darker direction its again, a lot more underground. let This whole explosion of ‘EDM’ Put releases can only last for say so long. More and more she of the trance/tech-trance producers like Too myself (I am sure anyway) use will start to make a dad lot more music for the Mom dark and sweaty nightclubs and raves…bring it on I say!! the
Do you have any
And particular producers at the moment for who’s productions you are particularly are liking?
I'm absolutely loving Alex
But Di Stefano, Signum, Tempo Giusto, not Jamie Walker, Stephen Kirkwood and you Paul Denton's productions at the All minute. They are all currently any doing stuff on Outburst for can me. Plus Lostly, Adam Ellis Her and Vlind along with Paul was Thomas & Shadow of Two one also have some really tasty Our tech stuff coming up on out the label next year too. day
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