Anthony John Culverwell aka DJ Switch aka Tony ’3 Times’ – so called for his three back-to-back world DJ championship titles, as well as his three consecutive UK supremacy & team titles – began moving records at the tender age of 11 but has since conquered the world over with his scratching superpowers. From Africa to Bulgaria, China to Denmark, with countless diverse gigs across his homeland of England under his award-winning belt, he hasn’t looked back.
Shortly after his recent bout at the DMC championships he tells me about being the first DJ to ever play at The Proms, his love of Doctor Who and taking on America.My Interview with DJ Mr Switch..
Evil Nine are Brighton based Pat Pardy & Tom Beaufoy, a duo who have been in the game of Breakbeats for some time fusing their additional love for Hip-Hop and Techno to create sounds that are sweet, dark and famously haunting. Despite having the privilege of interviewing a few folks over the last year and more, this was a little bit different. I’ve been in awe of their material since being introduced to the broken beat many years ago. I love the sound of a good guitar riff just as much as I love a good synth melody, but Evil Nine have the ability to fuse both together in a way where it has only really been mastered by Bassnectar, Skrillex, The Glitch Mob but without the heavy bass-laden dubstep element (which they can also do).
Evil Nine’s Pat Pardy take a few minutes out to tell me why there hasn’t yet been a third album, how they are original gangsters and Normski the gig stalker (joke).My Interview with Evil Nine..
Jaguar Skills is one of the more well-known DJ’s in the UK. His genre-splitting mixing skills and tempo-disregarding mash-ups which he performs live and on stage can cause mayhem, headaches and very sweaty dancefloors. He appears regularly on BBC Radio and is on a plane almost every week. He genuinely is a very busy man. He called me up on the secret ninja hotline from the secret UK hideout to have a bit of a chat about what he’s recently been up to.
We talk quite candidly about his recent compilation album, when a genre dies, and playing music down the phone to Bon Jovi whilst he’s playing golf.My Interview with Jaguar Skills..
Having been brought up surrounded by classical music and its influences, Dilemn engaged himself with a wide range of music from the aggression of Hip-Hop and Drum & Bass to the synthesised qualities of Techno before finding his comfort zone in Electro at the age of 22. Exposing and condensing all of these influences in creating his signature sound, Dilemn’s music combines crunchy beats and slick warm electro lines into pumping melodies that take inspiration from and evolve the French House sound popularised by acts such as Daft Punk and Justice.
After the buzz of his latest release, the ‘Control Yourself‘ EP, he has managed to take some time out for a chat as he talks about his music progression, hard work and how he has the Summer in the studio.My Interview with Dilemn..
Strawberry Fields Festival is situated in “The Heart Of The National Forest” in the quiet area of Cattows Farm, Heather, Leicestershire. As far as festivals go, this one is rising superfast every year. The organisers listen to their supporters. They improve on the event in all areas and once again, this year is going to be an awesome 3 day weekend. The line-up is an eclectic mix of live bands, groups, artists, DJs, and producers. Sonny Wharton, X-Press 2, Jaguar Skills, MistaJam, Major Look, DJ Switch, 2 Bad Mice are performing as well as The View, The Enemy, The Cuban Brothers as well as a string of other acts from small local bands and DJs.
‘#SFF2013′ is one of the cleanest and greenest events around. I had a chat to co-founder and old friend Mike Beck. He informs us about event diversity, Hollywood superstars and tweed.My Interview with Mike Beck..
Sonny Wharton is a prime example of a “Superfan” chasing his dream to meet and greet his teenage idols and rubbing shoulders with them in later life. After a string of success with Skint Records and his own imprint Whartone Records, he has grown into an established and credible producer and DJ touring the World and giving back to his supporters.
Sonny takes some time out to chat about his forthcoming release ‘Coffee & Keys‘ and he talks about intimate gigs, feeling lucky and how he is against living miserably.My Interview with Sonny Wharton..
Today FreQ Nasty continues to push the boundaries of the dancefloor forward in his music production whilst sharing stages with Bassnectar, Beats Antique, The Prodigy, Chemical Brothers, and Tipper, among others.
I feel honoured that he has taken the time out to answer a few questions as he continues his busy schedule as he briefly talks about the hoping of a Tom Waites collaboration, sharing the vibes and his love of old school music.My Interview with FreQ Nasty..
X-Press 2 are known for bouncy beats, heavyweight basslines and for ‘Lazy ft. David Byrne‘, the chart topping tune of 2002 which saw the deep house act rise to countrywide fame. Since then, they have released a ton of big tunes, played all over the world and generally they have been keeping busy.
With their forthcoming release ‘Shakewerk‘ out next week from Skint Records which features a booming tribal style remix from Iberican guards, Chus & Ceballos, I had a few questions to ask them about what they have been up to recently, where they are going and how The Pixies are quite fond of them.My Interview with X-Press 2..
There are a few DJs and producers who would love the limelight and the awareness that has shrouded him but there is one certain act who has matched that rise in the DnB scene over recent years, and that happens to be ‘Matrix & Futurebound’.
I have a brief chat with Futurebound himself, Mr. Brendan Collins about forthcoming releases, who’s got the better bassline, and the importance of family.My Interview with Matrix & Futurebound..
Far gone now are the days when he was in his own room putting together some tunes and making his own material because since the rise and continuing rise of this prolific remixer, our man has produced works with some of the greatest producers of this current day and age.
From those bedroom days to BBC Radio 1 acclaim, cheeky bootlegs to working with Leroy Thornhill better known for his work with The Prodigy, KouncilHouse takes some time out to tell me about surreal moments, why genres don’t matter and why Paramedics make him starstruck.My Interview with KouncilHouse..
After a string of Breakspoll nominations and awards over the last couple of years he has gone further than most to continue his success and further than most attempting to push bass music into fields afar.
Chamber takes some time out to tell me about the lack of bass in Taiwan, how free downloads are the way forward and using an Erhu.My Interview with DJ Chamber..