What was your first ever record?
Arrghh! its was huh, lets say,a bit embarrassing! a Chas n Dave 7inch, I can’t remember the name now, hahaha. It was quickly followed up by The Simpsons Sing the Blues LP. I would play it non stop on my mums record player downstairs, in the end I annoyed her so much I had the take the player out to the kitchen and shut the door! …and so began the long winding journey of doing my mothers head in with my music!
Who were your Heroes and Influences growing up?
Musically there were and still are loads, Kurt Cobain, Bob Dylan, Sasha & Digweed are my main ones. Personally, I admire Sigmund Freud, Issac Asimov, many professional athletes and my little brother (don’t tell him!) …oh. wait…
Which came first DJing or Producing?
DJing came first. I used to make pause tapes before I was able to buy some decks, I made the jump to producing in 2001/2 and at that time I was using a cheap program called eJay3 just to see if I had any talent for it.
Whats the story behind this mix?
As this is my first mix for This is Progressive, I wanted to create something to highlight my musical journey so far. I’ve tried to include some older tracks, some classics, some newer joints and weave together this story of where I came from and where I would like the RGK project to go.
Whats the home studio set up like?
Now its VERY basic. I’ve just finished university, where I was retraining to be a nurse, so I had to sell a lot of my gear off to move into halls etc. I just recently bought a Novation Itch for making mix tapes,and thats working out pretty well, its my first time going totally digital, so Im still learning that. Even after 15 years, I still find there are loads of things to learn. For producing I use Ableton. I’ve yet to buy any toys to go with it, so I create all my MIDI loops ‘in the box’ which has worked for me up to now. I do have plans to extend my studio, get speakers,a keyboard and sound proof my room. But thats all in the future…
Any future plans you would like to share?
My time now is taken up with my job, plus A&Ring for TiP, plus trying to find time to finish some original projects to send off. Im manic but I love it!
Whats your take on the Analogue vs Digital debate?
Its not what you play on the crowd enjoys, its the music you sequence. To my mind, as long as the crowd is hyped and excited to receive your music, you could DJ with a tin can and a spoon!
We as an industry need to get away from these types of debates. They are needless and ultimately self destructive. We seem to have forgotten DJing is an ART FORM, and a good DJ can take you places in your mind you never though possible. Too many of these younger DJs rely on the computer or whatever, and forget to have FUN and feel the music. Okay, rant over.
Are there any producers/labels you always go to for new material?
Theres lots of producers that interest me.I love to use their tracks as reference when I find time to make my own. Currently, I’m really feeling Betoko, Le Frenk and Kay-D from the new school, but I can’t go too far away from some of the old legends like Funk DVoid, Kerri Chandler and Charlie May.
What makes them special to you?
They can make the most basic ideas sparkle, and every release is new and different, but ultimately sound like them. Thats a neat trick, to remain consistent but not boring and repetitive. I’m still very much learning the craft. I have no formal training, its all been youtube videos and trial and error, but Im making much better music now than even 6 months ago, and its the aforementioned producers that keep me interested and focused.
Whats your dream DJ gig?
Dark basement club, minimal lighting, great crowd, awesome vibe and no closing time!