Q&A WITH RAY HURLEY

Wednesday, 23 September 2015
Q&A WITH RAY HURLEY
What are you looking forward to at the Back To 95: Old Skool Special
The music, the atmosphere and playing in front of a guaranteed sell out crowd.
 
And why do you think events like Back To 95 are so popular?
The promotion, organisation and effort put in to Back to 95 makes this, the no.1 event to be at.
 
 
 
 
 
What can party people expect from your set, styles and sounds?
I like to mix it up with some bangers along with some of the more obscure old skool in my own way (check out my mix on the Back to 95 website)
 
Do you have any secret weapons you can share with us ?
Secret weapons….. I will be playing some of my own monsters from the Sub London camp and the SweeterGroove label.
 
Can you tell us what's new for you in terms of productions, remixes, projects etc etc ?
Myself and Chris Bass aka SweeterGroove have been busy putting out release after release, check out Traxsource, Beatport or Juno for our latest releases.
 
You're something of a legend of the UKG scene. Where did it all start for you
It all started for me at the Gass Club, Frog & Nightgown and the Arches, these were some of the 1st venues I was lucky enough to play at.
 
What have been your career highlights so far?
Highlights so far… playing in front of 10,000 people in essex and also Perth Australia, where the people just went crazy for the music.
 
How did you get your name and is there a story attached?
I go by the name….Hurley….Ray Hurley… Vodka martini…shaken not stirred (couldn’t resist the Bond thing there)
 
UKG was one of the first home grown dance sounds to really make it big in the pop charts and cross over into the mainstream, and is still going strong 18 years later. Most people tend to believe that "their" era of music was the best and that modern day music just can't compare. Do you feel that way about the 90s, or do you think the current output from the UK 'urban' music scene is just as good?
The original 90’s House & Garage will always be the music that inspired me to make beats, even to this day I’m making new deep house music with a twist of old skool garage which for me is the main reason I still produce.
 
How do you think the sound has evolved over the last couple of years with the success of Disclosure, Skepta, etc
Again the likes of Disclosure and the rest must also been inspired by the sound back in the day because you can hear elements of old skool in their music it may just be an organ sound or the swing of their drums, it all points back to garage.
 
There are lots of clubs nights celebrating the soulful house and garage of the late nineties what do you think it is about music from that era that people just don’t want let go.
The catchy vocals the rolling basslines and the 2step & 4/4 beats is why people flock to events like Back to 95 time and time again.
 
What advice would you give to aspiring DJs & Producers?
My advice to up and coming producers is to be inspired by whatever music made them want to make beats in the 1st place but give it a new twist and put your own stamp on whatever you do…be individual
 
What three records never fail when you’re trying to get people up on the floor?
Cherie Lee - Love me or leave me, Closer - The Klubb kidz and Oscar G – Gotta keep movin
 
And before you leave us, can you tell us something you think we should all be listening to before we head out the door to Back To 95 Old Skool Special?
Have a listen to my Back to 95 mix it contains some of the tracks I have been telling you about, new music with an old skool twist, also check out Sub London Records & SweeterGroove on facebook and soundcloud….peace

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