-Tell us about yourself and How you got into DJing and producing music?
I'm a middle aged techno producer from Ireland. I been djing since the early eighties. I grew up in a small west of Ireland town called Westport, it's a cool place and actually has a really strong music culture. Traditional Irish music being predominant of course as there are over 200 pubs and almost every one there is a music session going on most evenings .. there wasn't much in the way of alternative or dance music events going on of course, but there was a local record shop run by a forward minded music lover called Peter Corcoran and he introduced me and my friends to so much amazing stuff like Talking Heads, Joy Division, Kraftwerk, Pink Floyd (even!).. my friends and I were mad into music, we loved ska (the Specials, Madness, The Beat) we loved The Police.. etc. When I was still underage I convinced the local disco to allow
me to run these nights where I would dj all this new and exciting stuff and all our friends would come along.. even the local professional DJ was kind enough to lend me his decks, Dick Bourke, he thought me how to dj! What a legend.
Friends had this great band in town at the time too and I was a total fan! And I started my own band and made crap music..!! But it was a fun time and that's how I got started.. naively and earnestly!
I moved to Australia early 90's and got seriously into the scene in Melbourne around '94 .. djing etc. played at Tresor in Berlin in '95 with Rolando and DJ Hell .. what a blast! Didn't know it at the time of course... but never looked back.. and so it's been many years that I been doing this..! And I still love it !
-How does it feel to be a part of Awesome soundwave?
I feel honoured and privileged.. it's a great privilege to work closely with Carl. He has such passion for the music and his energy is positive and infectious! Every time we get together I feel energised and inspired. And it's exciting to reach out to new artists and talk about new ideas for releases.. both Carl and I really believe in this project. It's just really awesome!
You know the name Awesome Soundwave came from a Buddhist teaching about a Buddha called "Awesome Sound King" .. he used the sound of his voice to inspire people and bring peace.. that's what music can do. Music is the answer :)
-You have been releasing records since 1995, what's your most memorable one and why?
An album called "Digital Primate" .. that's where I got my artist name from.. it was a really weird diverse crossover of techno and rock.. with strings.. :) and then in '99 or 2000 I started releasing eps through the London based Pro-Jex label.. jackin' techno, alongside artists like DJ Rush, Angel Alanis, DJ Funk even!! A bunch of Chicago dudes, and an Irish guy..;)
My most memorable record though is one I released in 2009 called "Keep Calm and Carry On" .. it's a weird dubwise record that I did with Mad Professor, at his studio in London! That was an amazing experience, working with him for a month and watching him mix in such an intuitive and organic way.. just amazing!
-Where do you get your inspiration from? What inspires you?
For this album MNTNS of SLNC I have been inspired by the landscape of my homeland, co. Mayo, west Ireland, the mountains, the mystery, the beauty and the stark vistas.. so dramatic, it's techno!
I wanted to somehow articulate that sonically, create a sonic landscape if you will. I'm inspired by environment, landscape, nature .. I'm also inspired by other exciting music.. from Jon Hopkins (the composer of our time) to Recondite (such emotion) .. and by my friends.. they play me their favourite music and it's inspiring to listen with another's ears!
-What are your plans for the next 10 years?
To live in a cliff top overlooking an azure sea with studio and infinity pool. And to continue to make deep music...
-Any inspiring words for up and coming DJs in the house and techno scene?
Don't get distracted by other stuff
Music is the answer
Desert Hearts Announces Haunted Hearts Los Angeles on Halloween 2018 w/ Damian Lazarus, Mikey Lion, Lee Reynolds, Marbs, and Porky
Dreamers, the time is here! The offical Trancegiving Lineup for Dreamstate SoCal is here. Dreamstate SoCal returns November 23rd and 24th! Layaway plans are available for this trance journey, deposits start at $24.99 for GA and $49.99 for VIP
Grab your tickets at socal.dreamstateusa.com/tickets
“I’m a sloth every day!”
Electronic Excursion is out now. You can order Hal Stucker’s amazing album here https://pure.choons.at/electronicx.
HARD Summer 2018 was better than ever. This year Insomniac has produced the best HARD to date. In true HARD fashion fans were treated to rap stars to EDM's best. Everything was new and refreshing. Fans traveled from everywhere across the nation to experience this legendary event.
Doors: 9 PM | No Dress Code | Ages 18+
This Liverpool born producer and DJ is bringing his unique funky beats to HARD Summer this weekend! Get to know him before you catch him at the Pink Stage this Saturday August 4th at 5pm -6:30pm.
Ready for the time of your life! LED presents Tramps Like Us is returning to the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego. Tickets are still available here. Your first look at the line up is below, it features Adventure Club, Ekali, Herobust, LSDREAM, Yultron and more.
Los Angeles' Belasco Theater w/ Support: Ardalan presents Ardy Pardy, Christian Martin, Human Resources, Kill Frenzy, Tim Engelhardt, WhoMadeWho, and Worthy
Plus: 12th Planet, Destructo, Gabriel & Dresden, Nora En Pure, Boombox Cartel, Alison Wonderland, Walker & Royce + many more at the Sam Houston Race Park, October 27 and 28, 2018.
If you're headed out to HARD Summer this weekend make sure to download the app to view the set times and map. But for your convenience we have included them both here! This year will feature a new layout, free water stations and shade structures. General parking is FREE. Tickets are still available, get them here!
Dreamers! The time has come to find your way back to trance heaven. Dreamstate SoCal returns November 23rd and 24th! A limited quantity of Early Bird passes are available now! More info, details and lineup will be announced August 20th at noon PT. Layaway plans are available for this trance journey, deposits start at $24.99 for GA and $49.99 for VIP
Grab yours at socal.dreamstateusa.com/tickets
The excitement is building up and TICKETS are selling fast!
Special Guests: The Glitch Mob and Getter, Along with Green Velvet Presents: La La Land, Latmun, Tiga, Boogie T & Squnto, DJSS, Yheti b2b Toadface, Kenneth Thomas, and Weiss and Over 70 Local Artists Added to the Lineup
It’s been a week since Colorado’s biggest music event - Global Dance Festival which took place at Sports Authority Field at Mile High from July 20th - July 21st for its sixteenth installment.
Nocturnal Wonderland is excited to announce their daily line up and their single day tickets! There is still time to purchase your tickets and camping passes. Don’t miss out on dancing the night away under the beautiful moonlit sky at the Glen Helen Regional Park in San Bernardino.
HARD Events has launched HARD Recs! This newly launched label is treating fans with a legendary first ever HARD Summer 2018 Compilation. In the compilation, it features 18 tracks from HARD veterans and newcomers alike.
TICKETS for the general public will be available on Friday, July 27th at 10 AM local time.
Introducing ‘Art of the Future’ - Over 14 Technology-Driven Immersive Art Installations + Final Set-Times Announced!
Plus Recondite LIVE, Adriatique, Patrice Bäumel, Hunter/Game, Roland Appel, Brian Cid, Robert Hood, Matrixxman and much more!
Headlined by Nightmares on Wax, Metro Area, Wolf + Lamb, Soul Clap, Nick Monaco, The Whooligan, Fitness & Pony and more!
TIMEWARP BRASIL || 2-3RD NOVEMBER 2018 || SÃO PAULO
Featuring: Benson, Breakbot, Conspiracy Crew, Dena Amy, DOORLY, Ekali, FISHER, Generik, Habstrakt, Holy Goof, KAYEX, Kyle Watson, Made in Paris, Miguel Campbell, Mija, Nora En Pure, Patrick Topping, Set Mo, and What So Not