Born and raised on Athersley South council estate in Barnsley, Daley was pretty much schooled for DJ success from birth. Growing up with four brothers and sisters meant an eclectic barrage of different genres in every room of the house. His formal DJ education started at 17, playing 12-13 hour sets each Sunday at a club in his hometown.
With queues around the block, as his residency soon became the number one after-party destination for clubbers from far and wide. As word got around, the next stop was a 2006 residency at Cream Ibiza in Amnesia under the banner of Leeds club Glasshouse. But while his love for Ibiza never wavered, the difference between the sounds he was being asked to play and what he really enjoyed was becoming impossible to bridge.
His heart no longer in the music he had made his reputation playing, Daley stopped producing and stopped DJing. Thankfully for house music lovers everywhere, it didn’t last. In 2010 he “walked into the city centre of Leeds and just started going raving again. Good quality house music was back!” Hot Since 82 was born.
Thanks for taking the time to sit down with me today. This is your first Hideout, what are your first impressions?
I’m enjoying it a lot, it’s good, weather’s good, full of Brits which is always good. They’re keen ravers aren’t they, so yeah I’m having a really nice time. Sun’s out. And we have the first Knee Deep In Sound stage as well which is exciting and a pleasure for us to host a stage.
You have fans all over the world, what’s the strangest sign of appreciation you’ve received?
Oh man, I’ve had knickers thrown at me, bras, USBs, shoes, I’ve had all sorts of weird shit thrown at me. I’m lucky enough to have these Knee Deep In Sound shows sold out now, so we are quite fortunate to have a really strong following, so just coming here and hosting the stage is a massive appreciation.
You’re touring quite a bit this summer, what are some of the events and parties that you’re really looking forward to?
I was looking forward to Hideout, so that’s here now. We have Mint Festival coming up on home soil in Leeds, and that’s the second year that we’re going to host a stage so that’s pretty exciting and of course my three-date residency at Pacha in Ibiza – Knee Deep In Ibiza. Summertime is always nice for any DJ, it’s ram packed full of festivals, you get to experience all that. I’m just happy to be in some sunshine, I’m British aren’t I so it rains 24/7, so if I’m in the sun, I’m happy.
When it comes to production, there are so many new pieces of gear and software coming out. What are the 2 pieces of gear/ software right now that are your go-to for making music?
I’ve always been a big fan of the Arturia stuff, which make emulations of the Jupiter, the CS 8, the Prophet, the mini Moog, things like that. I use these in just about every single track. I’m using this LFO tool now is by Xfer, which is a handy little thing. I know a lot of people don’t actually use it because they’ve never heard of it before, but it’s by Steve Duda.
Basically, it’s an LFO tool and instead of pissing around with side-chaining there’s actually sidechaining parameters in it already and you can really mess around with the envelope and create some really interesting side chain routing than just the standard pumping, there’s a lot of really good presets in there. I’m also using this new soft-tube, it’s called Consol 1, it’s hardware and software integrated into one.
So you get the software, the visual side of it, and you also get the hardware. There’s a gate built into there, a compressor, and basically, it’s analogue with a digital side to it as well, so you get both sides and it’s a really really nice thing to have, it’s quite warm and very accurate as well. If you’re cutting a lot of the low-end frequencies with stock plugins in Live or Logic they don’t quite get the job done and the low end sometimes seeps through and makes the mix a little bit muddy, where the analogue side of the Softie really cuts everything, so it’s really accurate.
When you’re not listening to electronic music, what’s on your playlist?
I listen to a lot of non-dance oriented music, because I’m stuck in that environment 24/7 and if I listen to dance music all the time, when I go in the studio I’m just not inspired, so for me personally, it’s best not to. I’m listening to Empire Of The Sun, Highasakite – this Norwegian band – know who they are? Really good.
Saying I don’t really listen to much dance music, this [points at screen] Trevino, the album is called Front – It’s absolutely sick, I don’t really know much about Trevino but I’ve been bangin’ his records for the past 12 months or so, but he’s just put this album out and there doesn’t seem to be any Facebook page or any Soundcloud, I think someone told be he’s a Drum and Bass guy or maybe Dubstep guy and he’s gone and done this electronic, techno-y deep house kinda thing and it’s really really good. [Editor: Trevino is a new production project by Soul:R boss Marcus Intelex]
I was listening to it in Ibiza last week when I went on holiday when I was around the pool, it’s just really really good. So yeah Trevino, that’s a big thing that I’m listening to right now. and yeah, everything in between I guess.
And for releases, what should we be looking out for from Knee Deep In Sound this year apart from the brilliant Cristoph 8-track album?
Oh man, we’ve actually heard some really good news today, we’ve just signed this new act from Manchester called OC & Verde and they send me this two track EP quite some time ago and I was just blown away by them. It’s a bit of a refreshing take actually because most of the music I get sent is quite linear, kinda like one track and this is somewhat different.
It sounds a little bit like Tale Of Us but more rollin’, more thumpin’ and the mix down that the guys get is quite unique and I’m really excited about them, and that comes out in a couple weeks time. Today we got the news that one of them will be an essential new tune on Pete Tong’s BBC Radio 1 show tomorrow and it’s such a good start for the campaign. I think it’s going to be one of the biggest tracks this year, I’ve never played a record in the past couple years and had a reaction quite like it, the next day on all over twitter and social media what the record is so I’m really excited about that.
And for my own music I have a solo single on my label coming out in a couple weeks called “Yourself” which I just started playing these past couple of weeks that I’m really excited about, but I mean mate, I’ve really just been focusing on the label because it’s nice for me to just hide behind the scenes a bit now and not have it all about Hot Since 82 records and it be about the brand now Knee Deep in Sound so it’s nice to have friends you meet around the world and put them on the lineup as well and take a bit of a step back and just enjoy the party as well. So it’s nice to see the label you know holding it’s own it’s quite excited for me.
Can you tell us about your first memories of electronic music?
Mate, I’ve been listening to this stuff for a fucking long time, since the early 90s. I come from quite a musical family, I’ve been listening to Acid House and the early rave stuff since 1991 really, but sometimes people ask me what are the early electronic records that I listened to and I’d have to say it’s people like the KLF, The Prodigy, Praga Khan, Orbital, people like that.
Actually, you know what, the first CD I ever owned was in 1991. It was called “The Ultimate Rave” and it was a weird purple psychedelic CD, and I always put it in interviews that this is the best CD I’ve ever had. A couple of weeks ago – I wasn’t even expecting it – the postman knocked on the door, and said, “can you sign for this?”
I opened it up, I had no idea what it is, but my manager, or rather his assistant, had found it on Discogs or eBay or somewhere and posted it back to me, so I have this CD I had when I was 10 and it still sounds as fresh as it did back then and I play it in the car now, it’s wicked.
Well, thanks for taking the time. I don’t want to keep you, I know you’re about to go rock the Knee Deep In Sound stage here at Hideout.
Thank you man, appreciate it.
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