Argy: the tyrant of techWritten by Core reporter
Argy (known to his mates and neighbours in Neath, South Wales, as Rhys Jones) is one of a small group of new breed artists in the hard dance scene who are pioneering fresh innovative sounds. Constantly looking forward, Argy produces and plays tracks which break boundaries in all styles, including trance, hard dance, hard trance, tech dance, hardstyle, techno and dustup. He refuses to be pigeonholed.
Argy was also recently handpicked by BBC Radio 1 for the ‘In New Music We Trust’ event representing the hardest sounds alongside Kutski, and he made his big UK festival debut at Creamfields.
His music and DJing skills are championed by the big guns of the UK scene, including Alex Kidd, Lisa Lashes and Kutski who has publicly tipped Argy for the top.
Argy has come such a long way in a very short time. However, as he says himself, he's barely even started. His name is constantly mentioned by music fans and industry figures alike. Core Magazine decided that now is the best time to have a word with Argy to find out what he is all about.
When did you start DJing and where did you get your first break?
I've been DJing for years and years, but it wasn't until May 2009 that I got my big break. Alex Kidd contacted me, completely out of the blue, asking me to perform at his Kiddstock event in North Wales. He only went and put me straight on the main stage at peak time, straight after Scot Project, Mark EG & Kidd Kaos!
It went down a treat and I haven’t looked back since!
Your music seems pretty eclectic. How would you describe the music you play and what can you expect in an Argy set?
I hold no boundaries. It can be anything from drum and bass, techno, dustup, trance, house, electro… If it's good, I'll use it! I spend almost all day everyday working on music - from editing tracks to learning new tricks. The key to my music is energy and surprise. No one ever knows what's coming next. It’s the same kind of idea with my productions too…
Right now, like many scenes and industries, the UK's hard dance scene isn’t at its peak in terms of events and attendances. Why do you think this? And what do you think needs to change, if anything?
Unfortunately a lot of it is down to the recession, but I strongly believe that very few of the new UK artists are trying anything new or providing us with a new injection of life that I think the scene is crying for.
Your own productions have been doing well, with support from Kutski, Fausto and Alex Kidd. What have you got lined up in terms of releases? And do you prefer producing or DJing live?
DJing all the way for me! But in this day and age that isn't enough, so it's taken quite a lot of time for me to develop my production skills and own sound. I now feel my productions are really coming along and gaining massive support, not just in the UK but in Europe and further afield. It’s nice to know I'm now starting to match that European quality whilst still putting my own stamp on things.
Audio Surgery was definitely the UK leading brand and label in my eyes last year, pioneering future hard dance sounds. I'm really happy to say that I've just signed to the label! So you can expect to hear some crazy Hard Dance beats coming from my corner.
Which other artists do you look up too and take inspiration from, both as a DJ and Producer?
There is so many! Those that spring to mind immediately on the DJ front are Too Many DJ’s, James Zabiela, Jordan Suckley, Eddie Halliwell, Kutski, Alex Kidd and Mark EG…
Producer-wise: I really dig Walt (from Showtek), Organ Donors, Nosia, Deadmau5, Porter Robinson, Kamui, Scot Project and ASYS.
Apart from DJing and producing, what do you get up to in and out of the music scene?
As sad as it sounds I literally spend all of my time involved in music! From my radio shows to working on anything related to the label and events for Escape (Gets Filthy).
When I do get time out I catch up with my mates and family or hit the PS3!
You've conquered the UK and hit places like Ibiza. Where in the world would you love to play?
I think it’s safe to say I've conquered the UK now, especially with my key residencies in every part of the country and Ireland. My main focus now is to branch further afield, to places like Holland and Australia. The parties out there look out of this world! I think it’s always that bit tougher when you have your own sound though, but hopefully after a few solid productions I'll be able to show them what Argy is all about!
What advice would you give any budding DJ’s and producers who want to make it?
Don’t let people give you advice on what musical direction you should take. Always follow what you love and work as hard as you can to be the best you can… And be nice to people!