How did it all begin for you & how long have you been DJing?
For me it all started when I was 11 years old, crazy to think but I was listening to House Music from that age before I was even in high school. From there on I decided to take up mixing from the age of 12, it was a hobby that I enjoyed doing every day and I developed over the years from there.There has been endless ways I have developed my talent and connected with promoters over the years whilst I was finding my feet and my style. Last year I was asked to play Electric Jame , one of the largest Electric Dance Music events in Manchester supporting Laidback Luke, Don Diablo, Nicky Romero, Sander Van Doorn and many more huge headliners.
Everything is possible and I believed in myself that someday I will be there with the big named DJâ€™s and now im there supporting them!
How would you describe your style?
There is only one word that I can really use for this, and that is unique. I watched Tomorrowland on Netflix, where it all started with upcoming DJs, where the festival originated in a public park in Belgium and how Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike merged to become the best duo in the world.It was actually Like Mike quote that made me realise that being a DJ isnâ€™t all about entertaining the crowd and having loads of confetti/CO2 cannons going off, itâ€™s all about playing to the crowd and making your own sets/sounds â€œuniqueâ€. Since then itâ€™s stuck with me and Iâ€™ve played to the crowd, reading every moment/movement with them and making sure that my set stands out but also to make it the most memorable.
Who are your influences?
I have a handful of influences, my main one is Laidback Luke, since the age of 11 I was listening to his sets and remixâ€™s when he was a tech/deep house DJ and hearing his sound change over the years to more Electro/Electric Bass House.
My other influences are Nicky Romero, Chris Lorenzo, Tchami, Don Diablo, Calvin Harris and AC Slater, they all musically talented in each of their own ways.
What have been your greatest achievements so far?
For me, is to warm up D.O.D 30 mins before his set at Sankeys in Spektrum. I appreciate Nick Ashworth (NASH) to even ask me to DJ on this night, never mind supporting one of Britainâ€™s rising talents. Nothing will beat a well-known DJ complement on your set saying â€œthat was a sick set manâ€. Overwhelmed wasnâ€™t the word at the time.
What is the dream?
The dream for me is to get a main stage slot somewhere in the UK or abroad. Feel like upcoming DJs need the correct exposure to the public so they remembered for what they did. The industry is so, so hard to crack without doing production. Im quite lucky as Iâ€™ve been asked to do gigs without doing production, itâ€™s all changed now as im learning, again by myself, how to produce on FL Studio by improvising on different types of genres so it suits my style and the industry Iâ€™m competing with. For me, I would do anything for a mainstage set to get my name recognised further within the industry.
What track always makes it into your live sets?
Alesso ft One Republic â€“ If I Lose Myself (extended mix), this is literally one of my favourite songs even though it is about 2 years old. The lyrics are very catchy and everyone in club knows very well.Whatâ€™s next?I was recently added to a Victoria Warehouse even,t Lost in Time. Steve Aoki, DVBBS, Blasterjaxx and Timey Trumpet will be headlining the show and Iâ€™ll be supporting.
Iâ€™m also starting a monthly mix and my own branding called Element Sessions. This will incorporate different genres of music into a 1 hour show, my first one is called The Beginning and is only 45 mins long, but I wanted something short and catchy for listeners. I have some exclusive guest mixâ€™s coming from upcoming DJs/Producers within the industry, so itâ€™s something really that im excited about and something to watch out on!