2. Patrick Topping
‘Local club DJ turned international rising star’
You’ve come through the traditional route as a DJ, running your own nights in bars in Newcastle - as opposed to the straight bedroom-producer route. Do you think that’s affected how you view DJing and producing?
I’m not sure, but I’m glad I did. I’ve seen promoting from a promoters side, so I know what to expect and what’s expected of me.
You were signed to Hot Creations, after which things really began to take off. How did that come about?
I’d been producing for a few years, just working away on tunes, then I had a mate who forwarded a track I’d given him to the Hot Creations camp. I was pretty unhappy as I didn’t think my tunes were ready - I wanted to get a few more tracks done before I put them out there - also it was to the general demo address and they must get loads every day, so I guess they can’t always get through all of them. But apparently Jamie’s tour manager picked it up and, well it went from there!
Talk us through your production:
My setup’s very modest. Just an IMac and a few plugins. Process wise, what I’ve learned is I used to try and make a track sound a certain way, and you’d be working hard at that and it’d take fucking forever! Now I just go with whatever comes out and run with it.
You’ve had two number one’s on the Beatport tech-house chart. Do you feel an added pressure now?
Yeah, but it’s self imposed pressure. I’ve always wanted to better every track with every new track, so that’s no different really!
You played DC10 last summer- your second-ever booking through an agent! You have a residency there this summer - are you going to be approaching your sets there differently now you’re a resident?
Yeah I’ve been thinking that through. There’s a lot of different line-ups, so I guess I’m going to adapt it to who else is playing around me, but then I also wanna push my own sound, so I guess it’s going to be an ongoing balancing act.