Electronic Sessions 10th Birthday Interview With August Five
Q1. When did you start DJing – and what or who were your early passions and influences?
A1. I started DJing as soon as I could at 18 but was practising for 5 years before that. Producing wise, I’ve been at it since I was 13, so coming up to 10 years
Q2. What do you personally consider to be the incisive moments in your career so far?
A2. I’ve been lucky enough to have played some great gigs, the most stand out being on the Holi One UK Tour in 2014 and holding a Pacha London (RIP) residency simultaneously. Release wise, getting a #40 in the Beatport House chart was a lovely surprise as well as officially remixing Fatboy Slim for Skint Records.
Q3. What makes you decide to play a particular record during one of your sets?
A3. I really hate generic music so for me a track has to have a key element in; a weird synth, distinctive grooves and so on. The three main parts to me are melody, bass and groove which I try to stick to when choosing tracks.
Q4. Take us through your 2015 and what exciting plans do you have for 2016?
A4. 2015 was my best year yet for releases (as mentioned above), so my plan this year is to focus and try and continue the momentum. I’m hoping to polish off a few EPs this year which I will try to place on some established labels.
Q5. What Djs /producers are doing it for you at the moment?
A5. My favourite DJ has to be Guy J – every time I see him he blows me away. Him aside, I love Weiss, Metodi Hristov, Dennis Cruz for the deep techy stuff. All their tracks are spot on.
Q6. What’s the best gig you have ever played and why?
A6. As mentioned, when I was with Pacha, being a resident I had to adapt to the time of the night and also headliners – I played after Moguai (legend) once 4-6am and there was just something about it that just worked. I love progressive house (not to be confused with Beatport’s description of progressive house) and I was lucky enough to play 2 hours of tracks that are 4-7 years old. Bouncey, floaty stuff. Thoroughly enjoyed myself that morning
Q7. Tell us more about what labels are taking on your tracks?
A7. Recently I’ve signed records to Skint Records, Hotfingers and Whartone. I really do like all of these so its a pleasure to be on board. I have a lot of respect for what Sonny Wharton (Whartone) has achieved in his career, so to get the nod of approval from him was a nice feeling.
Q8. Finally what can we expect from your set at Brixton Jamm
A8. Journey music!! Groovy, deeper, darker house with melodies. I can’t wait for it, I don’t get to play this style often so always get excited in the run up.
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