Core talks to DJ Generator, the audiophile in need of Audio Surgery. He's also provided us with an EXCLUSIVE mix just for our Core readers with the inclusion of first ever plays. Excited? You should be...
Hi James, for those of us that don't know you - can you give us a brief introduction?
I am a 30 year old DJ, Promoter and Producer based on the South Coast of the UK.
I am married and have a very young baby girl; with another on the way very soon. I adore all three ladies in my life and I am a self-confessed workaholic, however, I have a bit of a wild streak; those who have had the misfortune of seeing me on a night out, I am sure will agree.
It's clear that you're a total audiophile; where does your passion for music stem from and how do you keep the passion alive?
I have always liked music from a very early age. My parents got me a Walkman which was new at the time and I think it was Madonna’s ‘Holiday’ that was my first single given to me. However, the passion did not really become ingrained until I was 16 or 17, when I got my first set of 1210’s. I used to blag my way into Slinky at the Opera House, now known as the O2 Academy in Bournemouth and I remember standing on the balcony watching people like Scot Project and Lisa Lashes rock the place and since then it’s always been a part of me and who I am.
How have you seen the hard dance scene evolve over the years - good and bad?
I think evolution of music is important and since my early days there has been the emergence of new areas of hard dance (for example hardstyle and hard tech). However, despite all that, I see it all as hard dance.
I think the biggest issue is that people are perhaps pushing the niches too much rather than supporting the entire range of hard dance. So, for example, people only putting on hardstyle nights or hard house nights. We should be (in my opinion) encompassing the entire range in hard dance at events. It’s something we try to do at Audio Surgery; there are loads of great artists producing great stuff and it should all be showcased!
Tell us about your favourite gigs so far this year...
I have played a few this year actually - Audio Surgery and Noize to name but a few however, the stand out one, was Frequency. It was a smaller night that they had myself and Jordan Suckley playing and I closed the night after Jordan. The place was rammed and they were rocking right till the end. You always know a good crowd when they chant for one more at the end!
Where can we see you smashing up the dance floor in the near future?
I am playing Riot’s Halloween Spooktacular at Hidden in London on the 28th of October and then on the 2nd of November I am at Contact’s 14th Birthday Masked Ball Spooktacular in Portsmouth. Then I am having a break as my second child is due so will be back in action for Audio Surgery’s Christmas Madness on the 21st of December at the Voodoo Lounge in Southampton.
You're closely involved with the legendary Audio Surgery tours with the infamous Organ Donors - how did that come about?
I was promoting a new venture in Bournemouth called ‘Spun Out’ and by some fluke chance it was around the same time that the Organ Donors were about to announce their new brand, ‘Audio Surgery’ also in Bournemouth. I expect that there was a little bit of taking the rivals out of the equation when they talked to me as they said they wanted to grow the team; it was too good of an offer to turn down. The things I have learnt and guidance the boys have given me is second to none. They have been true to their word and over the last three years they have gradually taught me the tricks of the trade. I think that’s enough arse kissing for now. (Laughs).
What's in store for Audio Surgery?
Well as you may have heard, we have a new three room super club home in Southampton called the Voodoo Lounge. It holds 1200 people and we are very excited about it; we have gone all out on the line up which features the Organ Donors, Alex Kidd, Scot Project, Scott Attrill, Argy, Myself, Ash Preston, Projekt Tek and loads more over the three rooms.
As always you can expect to see the Audio Surgery brand touring the World and bringing the usual Organ Donor unique brand of madness to the clubs all over the UK.
Some may say that the Organ Donors have revolutionised the British hard dance scene - for you, what factors have contributed to their ongoing success and longevity?
Basically it’s all me - I am responsible for everything they do (laughs loudly) – no, of course not! They have a genuine love for the music, they want to push things forward and revitalise the hard dance industry. They are always looking to push the boundaries of what they do and the sound they produce. Their attention to detail is second to none; I have seen them take days over a bass line or a hook line and they are the epitome of perfection and it shows in their music and everything they do!
Finally, we can't leave you without asking where we can listen to your music - any important links for us?
The best place to go is - www.djgenerator.com
, from there you will find all my material, links to my portals, sites and everything I’m up to right now. I’d like to use this as a great opportunity to share links for my latest single ‘Sticky Fingers’ too which is currently tearing up the charts and of course my monthly Podcast which features guest mixes from Dan Kelly & DJ Audy – thanks for all of your support!
Generator ‘Sticky Fingers’
Generator October 2012 Podcast (Guest Mixes Dan Kelly & DJ Audy) – FREE DOWNLOAD -
No thank YOU James, it's been great chatting to you.....Core readers, are you ready for some aural pleasure? Here's the track list - get listening!
Organ Donors - 212
Feng Shui - Fluo
Projekt Tek - Placed
Generator - Ear Bashing (exclusive play)
Projekt Tek - Can Feel
DJ Kristy - Hurricane Brain
Joe-E - Mind Fuck
Kujin-fu & Skitek Bootleg - Knife party v Bonfire
Generator - Somethings Cum Inside Me
Agami Mosh - Mad Breathing (Generator Remix)
Generator - Saved My Life
Generator - Sticky Fingers
Matt Handy- Contact Anthem (Generator Remix)
Shaun Livener - Bass medication (Generator Remix)