Real Gone Kid is the current project name of UK DJ/ Producer Simon Huxtable. A child of 80s pop, the name arose from the famous Deacon Blue song of the same name, and captures for him, the most exciting time in his musical development. Always the clubber first, Simon’s journey began in 1991, where he became heavily influenced by house music, especially the progressive house played by his all-time musical heroes, Sasha & John Digweed. Simon has DJed for many big organisations including Slammin Vinyl, Funk Delux, Empathy and many others and hosted an internet podcast ExposureUK, which sought to find amazing new DJs and give them a platform on which to launch their careers. Production wise, he has a few tracks awaiting labels; his first release, a remix for Melbourne based singer/songwriter eM quickly became her top 3 best-selling track on Beatport in 2012, and it looks very much like 2013 is shaping up to be much busier.
Simon started out as an indie kid, who liked Nirvana, Brit pop and Bob Dylan, but he felt something was missing, and he was still looking for that ultimate musical release. Then in 1991, he heard Future Sound of London – Papua New Guinea and his world changed. Simon was still at high school and couldn’t afford turntables, so he would record music from the radio and make pause tapes of his favourite tracks. He got his first set of decks in the winter of 1997. They were Soundlab DLP 32s; belt drive and a nightmare to mix on. He practiced religiously for 18 months, giving away mix tapes and getting his friends to let him DJ their house parties, then gigs started coming along with residencies at some local bars. The residencies, glamorous as they sound, were in chain pubs which wanted a ‘happy upbeat party sound’, that didn’t always sit right with Simon, as he wanted to showcase the amazing music he was finding and educate the public away from the dull 90s pop they were being drip fed. That meant he had to learn to build the night from deep vocal house tracks to peak time records over 3 or 4 hour sets, occasionally slotting in tracks which excited him, while at the same time, keeping the crowds and the bar managers happy. Playing these extended sets also taught him valuable lessons about how to warm up a crowd, read their reactions and how to take them on a musical journey without playing hit after hit. After a few years of pub gigs, Simon began to land gigs at local night clubs playing alongside some of the countries best DJs which lead to guest appearances at festivals and big events.
Around 2002, Simon began using a sound design program called eJay 3, it was really basic, but he quickly learned how to arrange tracks and work with layers to create a cohesive whole. After a long break in production, due to increasing work demands, he moved onto Ableton. With no musical heritage or formal music training, Simon had no idea about MIDI, or writing music, so he made bootlegs, and after locking himself away to really learn Ableton inside and out he got noticed by some well known producers and artists who liked his take on the progressive sound. Networking and building relationships with some of these folks has led on to his first release, eM – You Don’t Know (RGK Reinterpretation). Fortunately, the paying public agreed, and he made the record labels top 10 sales on Beatport, and the artists’ top 3.
Simon’s attention has changed to giving back to the scene, which started with a small podcast aimed at giving new DJs a chance to raise their profile in an industry rife with PR white noise and fake DJs. He wanted to show the world, and himself, that there were still DJs out there that play music for the love of it, rather than to become famous or make money. The podcast was called ExposureUK and ran for 3 years, he met some fantastic DJs and as a point of pride would travel the country to see them live before he considered them for the podcast, such was his devotion. This devotion got noticed by some important industry people and he was introduced to Bootleg Social and Musicology director Damion Pell who was, at the time, toying with the idea of a new website. The rest they say, is history…
01// Ozgur Ozkan – Gray Clouds [Mistique Music]
02// Alessandro Diga – Verzonken in Gedachten (Hazendonk & Cue Remix) [Inlab Recs]
03// Navar feat. Nick Beman – Long Lost Friend [Lost & Found]
04// Guy J – Fixation [Lost & Found]
05// Jamie Stevens – The Wonder of You [microCastle]
06// Darin Epsilon – Valencia (Jamie Stevens Rmx) [Perspectives Digital]
07// Dousk – Blender [Vapour Recordings]
08// Khen – Scales (Van Bellen Remix) [Change Audio]
09// James Holden – Horizons (Jaap Ligthart Remix) [CDR]
10// DJ Alex B – The Owl [Baroque]
11// DJ Samer & DJ B – Groove Tool (Sean McClellan Remix) [Pangea]
12// Miss Bliss – Best Thing (FOS Obsessive Mix) [Flying International]