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Bodytonic Podcast - Dez Williams
Based across the Irish Sea in the electro capital of Holyhead, North Wales, Dez Williams has been releasing some of the finest electro for close on ten years across a variety of labels such as SCSI-AV, Ai, Cheap and his own Elektronik Religion. A true underground hero, Dez's live sets are a thing of legend and we're gearing up for his much-anticipated return to play Dublin next week.
For this podcast, we're delighted to get from Dez a killer deep live collection of his tracks programmed together seamlessly as a taster for his appearance at the Twisted Pepper on Oct 29th alongside Surgeon. Tickets available here for this POGO & Subject presentation as part of the Beatyard Bank Holiday weekend of events across The Twisted Pepper & Bernard Shaw spaces.
Mastered by Will Kinsella, Ceoltronic.
Bodytonicmusic.com got together for some words with Dez so kick back, hit play on the podcast and have a read below on the past, present & future of one of the key players in the world of electro. Amen!
BTM.com: How was life growing up in Wales on the music scene, and how did you first come in touch with electronic dance music?
DW: There has never been much of a music scene where I live to be honest. I think growing up hearing lots of the early synth pop in the 80's and listening to music by artists like Jean-Michel Jarre had a big influence. Then the whole breakdance thing took over when I was 7 or 8 years old, and from this point I knew I was hooked on electronic music for life!
BTM.com: Did you spend much time traveling to English cities for raving/clubbing?
DW: The Orbit in Leeds & Bugged Out in Manchester were two regular places for me and my friends to go clubbing in the mid-90's, and both were certainly a huge influence to me in my love for techno.
BTM.com: Some of your early releases, in particular the SCSI-AV album, raised your reputation considerably. Is there a release from this period that you are most proud of?
DW: It's funny because I rarely listen to my older productions as i'm always looking for new and fresh ideas. But the album on SCSI-AV is something that i'm proud of due to the limited set-up I used to produce with back then.
BTM.com: Your music is almost all hardware based isn't it? Could you give us an idea of your setup for making music today?
DW: Well i've kind of gone back to my roots and use mostly software for producing these days to be honest. I find using good software increases my work flow & offers me more options when experimenting with sounds.
BTM.com: One of your tracks is featured on Dave Clarke's new Fabric mix cd. How important is it that djs like Clarke still support electro?
DW: I've always had a huge amount of respect for Dave Clarke, so I always feel very proud when somebody like him supports my music. It's great that Dave still plays music he truly loves rather than following trends or jumping on bandwagons like plenty of others in the scene DJ's.
BTM.com: If you had to choose, what do you prefer, dj-ing or playing live?
DW: I think that depends a lot on what type of crowd and venue I'm are playing at. I love playing other people's music when I DJ, but I guess I'm more passionate about playing my own creations these days.
BTM.com: So, what's coming next for Dez Williams?
DW: Well as I mentioned, I'm in this for life! Electronic music is my religion, and my faith in the sound grows stronger everyday. Expect plenty more releases in the near future. And let me take this opportunity to say Thank You to you guys for taking an interest in my music, and I look forward to sharing some of my creations with you in Dublin on 29th ;) And massive thanks to all who continue to support the electronic underground! RESPECT - dEz
Dez Williams 100%.
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