Michael Woods: ‘It’s almost like going on a date – if there’s no connection then it’s almost certainly going to be a disaster’
If you ask most fans of EDM who their favourite remix was by, one name will stand out – Michael Woods.
A little while ago I came across a producer named James Pople. Something about his music really captured my imagination so I delved a little deeper. Though he’s only been making music for a short time, there are subtleties in his sound that separate him from many of his peers. I recently had a chat with James about his beginnings and where he’s heading.
Michael Dodman, AKA Huxley, has been making music for years and earlier this year he really made an impression with two tracks that have helped to cement his place within the electronic music scene. I caught up with him recently for a chat about what he’s been up to.
This ain’t Chicago: Richard Sen talks about the overlooked early days of the British underground scene
Whenever electronic music enthusiasts look back on the history of the genre it’s usually Detroit and Chicago that get the most attention, for obvious reasons. But the first wave of British house rarely gets a look in, despite its highly influential, innovative output – granted much of the UK’s acid house and rave music has had its fair share of shine, but there was a slew of underground house music that has been overlooked.
During the first stages of my love affair with house and techno, one of the tracks that really stood out for me was ‘The Kiss’ by Ellen Allien.
Burnski is a talented young producer who hails from one of the biggest hotbeds of production in the North of England: Leeds. Last year he relocated from the UK to Berlin, another city which plays host to a large number of musicians, and he hasn’t looked back since. His recent release on Birmingham based One Records, ‘Let It Be’ (featuring Beckford), has caused quite a stir, while he continues to put out a constant flow of high quality electronic music on a variety of other respected labels.
Between DJing, producing and promoting Daniel Avery leads a busy life, but far from being jaded, the 26-year-old from Bournemouth is incredibly appreciative of his situation.
Laura Jones has had a rather sharp rise up the DJ ranks, after working hard to make it since falling in love with house and techno during a trip to Ibiza in 2005, she finally got her big break last year.
In Miami last year I discovered a DJ named Heidi Van Den Amstel, who played a brilliant set at Sunday School one of the closing events during Miami’s annual party week (WMC) in March. When I got back to London I made sure I checked her out again as soon as I could, the next time I saw her play was an eight hour long set, during which time she kept my friends and I dancing all night.
Bristol is without a doubt one of the country’s most fertile cities in terms of electronic music. Exports such as Massive Attack, Portishead and Roni Size are a testament to Bristol’s ability to produce musical talents who can really make an impact on the world stage. Today the city continues to sprout new talent and exciting new acts, one of those being Waifs & Strays (Amos Nelson and Rich Beanland). Last year their thunderous house track ‘Yeah Yeah’ was ubiquitous, so much so that I named it as one of my top tracks of 2011 and they’ve carried on the momentum created by their success last year into 2012 with lots of exciting projects on the agenda and a hectic touring schedule.
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