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If you had to describe your music/style in a sentence, what would you say?
It sits on the borders of melodic house, with elements of soul, disco and classic house hiding in there too.

Have you always wanted to produce? How did you get into it?
I got into production when I was about 12/13. My brother showed me a song he had on vinyl and explained to me that the lad who had made it produced it in his bedroom. It blew my mind. I thought that you needed a big expensive studio to release music. When I realised I could make tracks on my PC, I became obsessed.

Do you have a highlight in your career so far?
For me, it happened about six years ago, when I’d put together a song called Retrospect. As soon as it was released, it was being played at shows, festivals and even topped the Radio 1 Dance Chart. It then went on to be released by Ministry of Sound.

To what extent has Liverpool’s electronic music scene and clubbing scene influenced your work as a producer?
One of the reasons I wanted to produce music was because of Mike Di Scala. He was basically running the Scouse house scene when I started. He was doing exactly what I aspired to, just a lad making music and playing it out at shows; this was a massive inspiration to me.

What was the inspiration behind your newest track So Free? Any particular musical influences?
The original idea for the song was made back in 2015. I came across a sample that had a tribal vibe and spent a couple of hours playing around with it. Fast forward a few years later, I had a writing session with Jem Cooke who appears on the track. I found an old mp3 of the idea and asked if this was something she’d be interested in writing to. She loved the original idea, so we went from there. I was introduced to Todd Terry through my label and showed him some of my demos. He loved it, and I suppose the rest is history.

You’ve already worked with legends such as Todd Terry. Is there anyone who you aspire to collaborate with one day?
Collaborating with Todd was definitely a bucket list moment for me. I could probably list about 100 people who I’d love to collaborate with, with but I’ll narrow it down to my top three: Ben Böhmer, Tom Misch and Roy Ayers.

Why is music important to you?
I just love that you can hear a song that you haven’t heard for years and it has the power to transport you instantly to a different point in your life. I want to be able to give people that feeling. I want listeners to relate to my music, understand why I’ve created it and leave them with a lasting effect.

So Free is available now via Perfect Havoc

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