Hello Denney, I’m glad to ask you some questions for Differentgrooves.com
- You’re into in house stuff projects, and you begin in your younghood to make music. What can you tell us about how you perceive the house scene in England and in the place where you grew up?
The UK has an amazing house scene, we have nights up and down the country like Fabric, Back to Basics, Shindig, Below, Circus to name just a few off the top of my head. I actually grew up in a small town in the North East of England but even there i got to see the likes of Carl Cox, Derrick Carter and Roger Sanchez. I got my first decks at the age of 13 so i have grown up with House Music. I live in Leeds now and we are spoilt for choice with the amount of good nights and clubs here as well as a great scene of DJ’s like Laura Jones, Gavin Herlihy, Miguel Campbell, PBR Streetgang, Darius Syrossian etc.
- Just to name a few, you’ve been featured on Hot Creations, Baker Street Sounds, Viva Music, Bulletdodge etc, and in the pipeline there’s a very good release on Love Not Money. Do you think your approach to labels and managers changed after getting released on big labels or it’s grow up way, in terms of professionality?
To be honest i just make records that i enjoy making and have been lucky enough that other people feel the same way about them and sign them. I don’t think my approach will ever change as it’s all about the music at the end of the day. Obviously it is my job so i need to be working in the studio full time during the week, but i don’t see it as work as i love it. I have a great management team who are my friends so it’s nice to deal with people who look after you properly. I think as long as you are true to yourself then however you approach something it will be the right way.
- How about “Turn My Back” on Love Not Money? How this project born and how it has been developed by you, label and remixers?
Ste Guthrie who is an old friend and myself had been saying for ages about getting in the studio to do something together as we had DJed back to back a few times and it always seemed to work. We got round to hooking up and approached it with a musical blank canvas and just experimented “Turn My Back” was what came out after two days. We then sent to Luke Pompey who owns Love Not Money who signed it straight away, he found Electricano and got him to do his mix and i spoke to my old friends Robert James and Tim Weeks who did the other two mixes on the release. All of the remixes are amazing and i’m really happy with how this package has turned out.
- How do you produce? In the box, out of the box or both?
I use both, Cubase and use different synths and plug ins. I also do a lot of editing in Soundforge of samples.
- UK scene got different electronic music styles like dubstep and bass music, and follow up label ways, like Toolroom and Hotflush Recordings. Have you ever been in contact with other scenes like these or maybe you haven’t the opportunity/time or also the interest?
I make some downtempo records occasionally and would like to do an album under a different name at some point. Those labels you mentioned although popular and very good at what they do, aren’t really want i am into personally so i have no plans or interest to venture into that side of things.
- Have you got anything new forthcoming in the next months you wanna tell us about?
Yes i’m very busy in the studio, have just finished a track with Mel Blatt on vocals and am working on lots of new solo material as well as collaborations planned with Mark Jenkyns, Miguel Campbell, Waifs & Strays, PBR Streetgang and Darius Syrossian.
- Thank you for spending time to let our readers know more about your music and thoughts!
Thank you, it’s been a pleasure.
Interview by Matteo Pitton