Ellie Hewitt, London - United Kingdom - on 9/8/12
Indigo has done an exclusive mix for Pulse, encompassing some serious UK House and Techno vibes. Check it out below. He chats to Pulse's Ellie Hewitt about dark music, his early musical days as a classically trained musician, Manchester, his imprint Mindset and how blessed he is.
Tell us about the mix you’ve done for Pulse. Was a bit of a last minute thing and didn't have much time to do it, but I'm really happy how it turned out. I usually do pretty eclectic sets ranging through all tempos...but as it was for Hypercolour I went down the uk house / techno route. most of the tracks are dubs/releases from friends or artists on my label, Mindset.
You recently had your release ‘Wake EP’ out on Hypercolour which has quite dark sounds, what was the inspiration behind it? I have always made relatively dark music. Whether its techno, dnb, dubstep, ambient I don't like to make one style because its's boring that way. Every one of my releases sounds completely different from the last. no particular inspiration I just make alot of stuff, and luckily Jamie picked it up. Surprised me actually!
As label owner of Mindset Records, what are your intentions for your labels? Cliche, but to push good music. Been doing it since 2008, in a scene which was becoming stale. I always emphasized the techno influence and you can hear this since the first release, no doubt. Quality over quantity and whether the artist is known or unknown makes no difference to me. I know instantly whether it will have longevity or a timeless aspect to it, and whether the artist has 'it'. It may take a while for people to catch onto it, but I'd rather that be the case than ride on false hype that will die in a short space of time.
Which labels at the moment do you see having serious potential longevity? Not much excites me at the moment to be honest, but Apollo Records, Auxiliary, Exit & Modern Love are my favourite
You hail from Manchester, what does advantages would you say Manchester has a city over anywhere else? I don't believe in having an advantage over something/someone, only differences or perspective due to circumstance. Manchester is a very vibrant place and a great place to reside and go out. it has sense of 'space' and an industrial core. everyone knows everyone else, but their is a mutual respect and no competition, ego or bad vibes at all. In all honesty Manchester is well ahead of any other city creatively and i know many people who would back that up. No one is bothered about getting press or media attention, it all comes from an honest place with no expectations. That's why the quality is so high in my opinion.
How does it influence your music? Manchester doesn't influence my music specifically. The sense of community has helped over the years I reckon, but I don't spend much time in the city anymore, I live in the countryside away from all the hustle. I only make a trip in when I need to. I have no influences as such I just make what I feel at the time.
What secret haunts do you frequent in Manchester? I always make a trip to Earth Cafe or Mr.Scruffs tea shop in the Northern Quarter
What’s currently doing the rounds in your record box? Mainly artists Akkord, Troy Gunner, Biome, Stickman, Elsewhere, Szare, Eleven8 and of course my good friend Synkro.
What are your favourite pieces of kit (including trendy items of clothing) and why? My Mac, I couldn't live without it...sad to say i know but it's true! Clothing...anything WeSC.
Did you always want to produce music or where there any other careers you had lined up for yourself? Always made and played music since I was a very young kid, was classically trained for a long time then I obsessed over electronic music since about the age of 11, maybe even younger. there was never going to be anything else. all the jobs I've ever had were only to keep me going till i had the opportunities to get where I needed to be. I think every musician could say the same thing, I'm blessed to be where I am.
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