Welsh DJ / Producer No-e is quickly becoming a talked-about name in today’s electronic music realm. Cutting his teeth in his hometown of Swansea, recent releases on Food Music and All Night Long Records have caught the eye of several well-known talents, including Shadow Child, Alex Virgo and now Hot Creations head Jamie Jones.Rising talent No-e achieves a career milestone this October, making his maiden appearance on Jamie Jones’ Hot Creations with the three-track A List. It continues a highlight 2021 for the Welshman, which has seen him release on Food Music, Nothing But and several other labels already this year. DMCWORLD dives in for a world exclusive…
Q: Thanks for taking the time to speak to DMCWORLD today! Can you please tell us a bit about yourself?
A: No problem at all, thanks for the invite. I’m from Wales in the UK, and have been DJing for around 20 years. I finally found the time to start producing, around 2 years ago.
Q:You have a new release on Hot Creations called ‘A List’ and we are loving it! Can you tell us about the production process and how you came to release it on the label?
A:Thank you, glad you like it. This track started from the sample. I was scrolling through looking for a track to sample and heard a string section I liked. I cut it up and built from there. I don’t always start that way, sometimes I start programming the drums, get a groove going and and do it that way. It just depends at the time.
As far as getting it on the label, I was introduced by my mentor Simon (Shadow Child). I had released a track on Food music that Jamie Jones had liked so when Simon heard this he suggested sending it over. The rest is history.
Q: Being from Swansea, can you tell us about the party scene there?
A: Swansea has always had a great dance music scene. We had Wales’s first super club here, which I was lucky enough to play at numerous times before it closed. Lots of new venues have opened up to replace it though. People really know and love their house music here.
Q: Who are your biggest musical influences and why?
A: I have always been a big Hip Hop fan and I think that has majorly influenced my use of samples. Artist wise my biggest influences are obviously Shadow Child, the way he does his drums and basses are amazing. Also I love the way Alex Virgo & Dance system use samples in their tracks. And then I would say Jamie Jones & Josh Hvaal, everything they do is great.
Q: Now that the world is getting back to some normality, what are you enjoying the most or looking forward to?
A: It’s nice to be out playing music to people on dancefloors again. It’s where this music needs to be played and enjoyed.
Q: Do you have any advice for aspiring DJs/producers?
A: I have been lucky enough to have some great advice given to me. One of the best bits was to finish every track. Whether you think it’s rubbish or not, it’s great practice. Also use tracks that you really like as a reference, yours will never sound the same but it’s great to refer back to see if your tracks are missing anything. If anyone wants to DM me I’m more than happy to help any new producers wherever I can.
Q: Your roots are in Hip Hop and Garage, can you tell us more about that?
A: I first started DJing UK Garage music back in 2000. The scene in Swansea was huge for a while and then when that declined the natural thing at the time was for me to play Hip Hop as I had always been a fan. Eventually the draw of House music was too great and I haven’t looked back since.
Q: What are your goals for the future?
A: To just keep enjoying myself, whether that’s making music or playing gigs. I think you always perform better when you’re having fun.
Q: Are there any last words you would like to say to our readers?
A: Thanks for having me, it’s been a pleasure. I hope you all enjoy A-List. See you on a dancefloor somewhere soon.