What is the concept behind Future Disco?
To bring together the best upfront House music that is inspired by Disco sounds.
The latest compilation is: Future Disco Vol 7: Till The Lights Come Up. How do you go about choosing which tracks are included? And how important is it to you to include a selection of styles and moods?
I start with quite a vast set of tracks and I tend to compile as I go adding or taking out tracks that I put aside for the compilations, I listen to tracks hundreds of times just to make sure they stand the test of time. If I get bored with them I take them out.
I think it is important to have a theme and that’s why we have a subtitle each time, so it gives the album some grounding and concept to work towards. It’s much more interesting that way.
You also run the Future Disco Radio show – which is still a remarkably successful medium. How do you feel radio fits in to today’s digital world?
Radio I believe is more successful than ever and I think that’s due to people using radio both in real time and catch up. We follow the same principles with our show going out on broadcast stations across the world and then streamed also on our soundcloud page every Thursday. It allows us to pick tracks between albums and also talk about what we are up to.
Who influenced you to become a Dj and what inspired you to set up your own label?
I remember my friend buying some turntables and a mixer from a Tandy store and they didn’t even have pitch control ! So impossible to mix. But from that day I knew I wanted to have turntables too, there’s something about collecting music and playing it that’s really good fun. My own label was just natural progression from that. When you DJ for a while you like the idea of a label and how you can craft a sound and work with artists.
Which artists have been the most important to you over the years, either within or outside of Dance music?
Sticking close to home I would say Mario Basanov as we work together closely so I’ve listened to so much of his music over the past few years. Then I like a lot of different music outside Dance mainly downbeat electronica.
How would you describe the health of House music in 2014 in terms of its retro influences and the art of song writing? What do you see happening next?
I think it’s healthier than ever and evolving in a nice way, most people understand investing in the creative side is what keeps you and the scene fresh. For the future maybe more live instrumentation in the performance and I see more countries scenes getting stronger.
What are the future plans for the label and can you tell about some the events you have planned for 2014?
We plan to do a lot more albums in 2014 – both compilations and artist albums. We are also doing parties in London on 8th March for an album launch, Unknown festival in Croatia and of course Ibiza (watch this space).
Album launch party: http://www.futuredisco.net/events/album-launch-party/
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