Converted _ Interview with CWS
Hahaha. See you have a few nice gigs coming up too.. One with Regis and another with Orphx? Would the nerves ever kick in, or do you make extra preparations when you are playing next to people like that?
The Regis gig is at a new night in Manchester called Process. It’s recently been started by some friends of mine, and there putting on some great line-ups, so it’s exciting to be playing there. The Orphx gig is at another new night in Manchester, called Ritual. I start a new residency there. That’s more of an electronic music night than just techno, which is good, as I’ll get to play some stuff I don’t usually get chance to. I always get butterflies before playing, even now. I wouldn’t say I make extra preparations, but I’ll just make sure that I’m on my A game, and play well.
I remember reading about Surgeon playing some desperate pop tune in Japan and it causing an awful stink with the audience. Have you ever done anything like that? Haha
I’ve dropped a few clangers over the years, early on in my career. Once let a record run out whilst off my head, and took the wrong record off once on another occasion. That was a long time ago though haha.
FFS – hahaha. Ok, moving swiftly on then.. You’ve been on both the TrusT albums as Siege / CWS & as part of Solitude Suite with Casual Violence. They must be doing something right in your eyes if you came back for more..
The Trust releases came about from knowing Dom, the label owner. He’s a friend of mine, so it was only natural to do something for the label, plus it gave me the chance to get my music out there. I’m self-taught, so it’s not been easy. Plus, my productions are nowhere near the level I’d like them to be. It’s a constant learning curve.
You are very modest.. I love the tracks on your new Singularity release Calvin. The remixes are killers – but the originals are really nice and complex. Plenty of stuff to latch onto. You must be really proud of it. What has the reaction to it been like?
Thanks, yes I’m really happy to have the Singularity release. It’s a label I’ve been trying to get on for quite some time now, so for it to finally happen is nice. I’m over the moon to have Voidloss and Makaton remix my tracks.
Well it sounds incredible.. Fair play!
Which do you think is better? An artist working with lots of different labels – sending demos around, or being able to work with the same label for the majority of your releases.
At the moment I’m still a newcomer as an artist, so I’m sending my music to various labels to try get noticed, and build a following. Eventually I will probably just try and work with a few selected labels, with Singularity being one of them.
What are your passions outside of music? Is there life outside of Techno?
Yeah, my 2 children.. and I’m a big boxing fan too.
Cool.. so that’s nearly us then. What does the future look like where you are sitting right now? Any predictions?
The future looks positive. I’m really busy at the moment with gigs, releases etc, and have plenty in the pipeline. I don’t make predictions, but I’d like to think you’ll be hearing a lot more from me in the future.