One of London’s most sought-after artists Archie Hamilton is coming to Australia this week. He’s running the two labels Moscow Records and Moss Co. and has his own releases and remixes on much respected labels like Fear of Flying, Fasten Musique Concrete, Rompecorazones, FUSE and of course his own imprints. With regular appearances at London’s FUSE, WetYourSelf! at fabric, tINI & The Gang and Space Ibiza as well as festivals like Sonus, OFF Sonár and Found he is a well known DJ in the underground house scene. Whono’s Music got the honour to speak to Archie prior to his gig at The Railway Hotel Brunswick this Saturday.
Since early age you’ve been into electronic music. How come you started DJing?
I got some belt drive turntables when I was 14 and I began just playing the records that we had in the house, and collecting as time went on. When I went to university I bought some direct drive decks from a friend, and one summer I decided not to go home. I stayed in my room for 3 months and learnt to mix. I also had a basic software sequencer, and began to play around on that. When term started again I had mixtapes to give to promoters, and I started playing in the clubs there doing warm-ups. 10 years later, here we are!
You’ve been around in the UK scene for a long time now. How are you finding the night life there and what differentiates it from the rest of the world?
On the whole, the UK has a really thriving electronic music scene. In London particularly clubbers are spoilt for choice, but I feel that the atmosphere has changed. I think that the commercialisation of the genre, and the gentrification of many of the major cities are some of the driving forces behind that. We are still very lucky compared to other countries; I’ve been reading a lot on Sydney’s lockout laws recently!
Your first release came out on your own label Moscow Records. Did you start your own imprint to release your own music?
Absolutely, it’s very difficult to get anyone to give you the time of day when you are just starting out. We wanted to have our own platform to release our music on our own terms. We also wanted to build an identity, whereby we could express ourselves through the music we were releasing.
When did you start producing your own music? Are you self-thought or schooled?
When I left university I went to Point Blank Music College to do an introductory course. Having just finished a marketing degree I couldn’t afford to do the full 3 year job. My tutor was Chad Jackson, who wrote the 90’s hit “Hear The Drummer (Get Wicked)”, and he taught me the basics of sequencing really well. The rest I learnt myself on YouTube and from watching other people in the studio.
You have been DJing at the FUSE parties for a while now. How did you become a part of the famous FUSE label?
I just kept churning out music and sending tracks to the residents. I’d written one that Enzo really liked and wanted to sign, but it was around the time that my house got robbed. I lost my computer, and my backup HD with the projects of everything I had ever written, so it was back to the drawing board! I had real determination not to let it affect me, so I made Mind Blank and Works on Sunday over the course of 3 days and Enzo wanted them both. Actually, I have just finished my follow up record on FUSE which is coming out in the not-too-distant future…
What are your top 5 tracks right now?
That’s really difficult, so I will give you 5 of my top tracks right now, in no particular order;
- Yokoona Skateboard – Diz
- A Question of Timing – Schatrax
- Be Still – Evil Eddie Richards
- Chez Dupont – Lawrence
- Double You – John Dimas
We are all looking forward to having you play at The Railway next week in Melbourne. What is your relationship with Australia and have you played here before?
I spent 6 months in Australia when I was 18/19 years old and funnily enough it was a very influential place for me musically – and Melbourne especially! I had just finished senior school, so it was the first time I began to properly go out partying and it had a huge affect on me. I haven’t been back since, so I really can’t wait.
This Saturday Stable Music and AU Underground is bringing the party to The Railway Hotel Brunswick where you can catch Archie Hamilton spin tunes alongside local DJs Safari Stable Music, Dylan Griffin, Brock Ferrar, Jacob Malmo, TheCamiloS, Scott Ward, Sundelin, Brendan Ruys and Caine Sinclair.
More information about the event can be found here.